UpStart is a social inclusion and supported participation program. For adults living with mental health challenges who feel isolated and would like to re-engage with community through volunteering, up-skilling / employment, and social participation.

UpStart offers:

  • Individualised support with a Better Health Network Mental Health Social Worker
  • 6-12 month holistic advocacy and capacity building opportunities
  • Recovery-orientated care and support planning
  • Person-centred social inclusion goal-setting
  • Support in accessing community workshops and activities
  • Referral links to relevant health and wellbeing support services

For consumers living in the LGA’s of Port Philip, Glen Eira, Kingston and Stonnington 

About Us:

UpStart was established as a partnership between Better Health Network (formally Star Health) and South Port Community Centre to support the equitable participation of consumers living with mental health conditions in capacity-building community engagement. UpStart has collaborative partnerships with local community organisations to support personal recovery goals through
workshops/activities that promote autonomy and self-determination, and develop essential life-skills, including:

  • Higher order thinking skills – creativity and innovation, critical thinking, problem solving
  • Interpersonal skills – communication, teamwork, conflict management
  • Positive mindset skills – resilience, self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-management

For more information email or call 132 246 (BHN).