Our Helpline OCD & Anxiety HelpLine 03 9830 0533 or 1300 ANXIETY 1300 269 438 


Meet The Experts

– Anxiety issues in children post-COVID

Hear directly from leading psychologists and psychiatrists. 

Sunday, June 19th 2022
12-1 pm Israel
7-8 pm Australia

Venue: Webinar

Register in advance for this webinar:

For more info, please contact:


Let’s learn to cope with COVID

and understanding how we can help ourselves and others

Presented by ARCVic, CEO Michelle Graeber

ARCVic understands the complexities and debilitating nature of anxiety and it can be difficult to know where to begin, how to help myself and others. 

Would you like to gain a greater understanding of anxiety, stress, worry and learn some helpful strategies to support yourself and or others?

Learning to cope with anxiety, stress and worry, whilst a normal part of life, can be deeply challenging not only for us, the family unit but our community as a whole.

Theses FREES Information sessions will cover:

  • Understanding the role of anxiety, stress and worry
  • The signs and symptoms and when do I need further help
  • What’s helpful and unhelpful
  • Relaxation techniques and tools, mindfulness, breathing etc.
  • Where to go for more information/help

Fact sheets, practical exercises will be provided.

Registration Details & Dates:

Tue September 22:  www.eventbrite.com.au/e/lets-learn-to-cope-with-covid-tickets-118415763737

Wed September 30:  www.eventbrite.com.au/e/lets-learn-to-cope-with-covid-tickets-118416586197

Session Times:    7pm – 8pm           Venue:  Online webinar, details to be sent on registration


COVID-19 Update

Find out how to access our services during the COVID-19 pandemic, plus tips on looking after yourself

On behalf of the Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria we would like to thank you for your time and
patience. We are having to adapt in ways that are completely new, and the unfamiliarity of this can
bring anxiety for all of us. Each new day brings new guidelines and conditions however please
remember that which has come to isolate us can also unite us. At a time when we are having to
physically distance ourselves from one another it is also a time to ensure we don’t emotionally
disconnect, let our voices do the work, reach out through the distance and uncertainty of it all and
let our human kindness and compassion do its job. We are vulnerable together, anxious together,
sad together, scared together and hopeful to see a way through this time together.

Our CEO Michelle Graeber is currently exploring other options so at this time we ask you for some
patience until it becomes clear what this might look like and of course the safest way moving

During this period of uncertainty and heightened levels of stress in our community, we want to
assure you that while the Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria continues to operate, our first priority
remains the health and wellbeing of our employees, volunteers, and service users.

With the recent announcement by Premier Daniel Andrews declaring a State of Emergency due to
the COVID-19 pandemic, ARCVic is following the latest Government advice and adapting our
programs and services where necessary. We have in place a number of measures to ensure all of our
staff, volunteers and community members are safe within the environments in which they work or

For your information and in light of the information to date and advice ARCVic has:
• Instructed all employees currently working from home for two weeks – to be reviewed
pending further developments and DHHS advice.
• All support groups have been placed on hold for a period of 8 weeks during this time we are
currently looking at the possibility of continuing support groups through the zoom
technology. We hope this in be available next week.
• Our Helpline will remain operational.
• All internal and external training has also been postponed for a 12 week period.
• Please note all volunteer interviews will be followed up by phone – no group gatherings until
further notice.
• Current Helpline training/ supervision will be scheduled using zoom technology.

If you are concerned about what is going on, I urge you to seek  information about COVID-19
from credible sources.
See the following resources for more information:
• COVID-19 – Frequently asked questions – Australian Government Department of HealthCOVID-19

• www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-self-assessment Self-assessment for risk of coronavirus (COVID-
19) –Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services

• www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus Translated resources – coronavirus disease (COVID-19) –
Victorian Department of Health and Human Services

If you suspect you may have the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) please self-isolate and call the
dedicated hotline – open 24 hours, 7 days – on 1800 675 398.

Tips for looking after ourselves during COVID-19

  • Breathe- take some time for yourselves. Challenge your perspectives gently and with
    curiosity not judgement.
  • It’s important to be updated with events in relation to the virus but don’t let this consume
    us. There are so many lovely creative suggestions on how we can adapt and beautiful
    examples of compassion right now. Take the time to search for these and see this beauty.
  • Take your control back that is understand we may not be able to change what’s happening
    on a global scale right now, but we always have a choice of how we respond to this.
  • We do have the power to influence change and the current situation by following suggested
    guidelines from credible sources.
  • Reach out to friends and family .. ring them hear their voice rather than text maybe even
    write them a letter or send a card if we can’t touch them right now.
  • Be mindful there is always something to be grateful for … remind yourself of those things
    and maybe its as simple has a hot cup of tea
  • Be creative have virtual dinner parties, morning teas with friends or family
  • Let’s share our strategies together would love you to share ideas with others
  • Be gentle with yourselves and loved ones …and let’s take this one day at a time you do not
    need to do this alone … we are all in this thing together.
  • Reconnect with nature, step outside, spend some time in the sun, our garden, stretch the
  • Try a new hobby or create a new one.
  • Feed your soul, stay hydrated and nuture yourself so we can look after yourselves and the
    people we love.

It is our hope that you find this helpful and we will keep you updated.


Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

ASIST is the most widely used suicide intervention model in the world.


Facilitated by Michelle Graeber (CEO) and Renee Tsatsis LivingWorks Aus

In this 2 day interactive workshop, learn how to:

• Reflect on how your attitudes and beliefs about suicide affect your intervention role
• Discuss suicide with a person thinking about suicide in a clear and direct manner
• Build a collaborative approach to intervention focused on safe outcomes
• Review immediate suicide risk and develop appropriate safeplans
• Recognize that suicide prevention is broader than suicide first aid and includes life promotion and self care for caregivers

ASIST is run by registered LivingWorks trainers and uses internationally standardized learning materials.

2020 Dates

March Friday 20th & Saturday21st
May Friday 29th & Saturday 30th
August Friday 6th & Saturday 7th
November Friday 6th & Saturday 7th

Time:      9.30am-5.30pm both days (it is a requirement to attend both full days)
Venue:    ARCVic, 292 Canterbury Road, Surrey Hills
Fee:        $385 / $330 ARCVic Members fully catered

For further information or to register contact the

ARCVic Office – 9830 0566 or Helpline – 9830 0533 / 1300 269 438
Email mgraeber@arcvic.org.au web: www.arcvic.org.au

Download flyer here.


Managing Stress and Anxiety Teacher Resource Kit

Anxiety disorders can seriously affect a student’s ability to learn and take in new information. This is because stress has a negative impact on our ability to concentrate, make decisions and solve problems.

To go some way to combat this, last year we teamed up with Bayside Glen Eira Kingston Local Learning & Employment Network (BGKLLEN) to create the Managing Stress and Anxiety Teacher Resource Kit.

This free kit can be downloaded and used by teachers to both create a classroom space that is anxiety-aware and discover methods to implement within the classroom when students become elevated. 

To download your free copy, visit the BGKLLEN website


Do you live with someone experiencing Hoarding Disorder?

Researchers at Swinburne University of Technology have developed a free group program to assist people who care for someone who experiences Hoarding Disorder. The program aims to provide information about the causes and treatment of Hoarding and to develop strategies to assist you with living with Hoarding.

The program has been developed for people (including spouses, parents, siblings, children, partners or carers) who live or support someone experiencing Hoarding. There is no need for the person you care about to be formally diagnosed with Hoarding Disorder or to be in treatment. If you are over 18 years of age, and the person experiencing Hoarding is over 18 and you would like further information please contact The Swinburne Psychology Clinic on 9214 5528 or at  psychprojects@swin.edu.au


PTS Education and Recovery Strategies Workshop

This workshop is focused on increasing understanding and coping skills around traumatic stress reactions whilst keeping Post Traumatic Growth in mind.  It consists of 6 x 1.5 hour sessions that provide information for participants about PTSD and how it effects the brain, individual treatment options when working with a therapist, identifying values and learning new skills in mindfulness and grounding techniques with the purpose of moving towards a valued and meaningful life.


Facilitated by George Kontis MAPS

George is a registered psychologist with a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology. He has extensive previous experience facilitating support groups and working with a range of psychological issues, including providing support to individuals experiencing post-traumatic stress.  He uses evidence-based approaches including cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness and compassion focussed therapy.

Many people will experience a traumatic event in their lifetime which can understandably be highly stressful and emotionally challenging.  However given the right support and circumstances, most people recover in the weeks following it.  Some people may react in a more severe and enduring way, resulting in a diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Recent Australian studies have reported the lifetime prevalence rates of PTSD in the community at 7.7%.  Despite the pain and distress, many people also report great psychological and spiritual growth and other positive outcomes from the recovery journey.  These psychological changes, known as Post Traumatic Growth can include the perception of improved interpersonal relationships, enhanced personal strength, new possibilities, spiritual growth and an increased appreciation of life (Tedeschi & Calhoun, 2004).

A brief telephone interview will be undertaken with interested participants.  Places fill quickly so please call or e-mail to register your interest and to undertake a phone interview.

Dates: Wednesdays evenings 6.30-8.00pm – March 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th and April 4th & 11th

Venue:The Compassionate Friends – Victoria Inc.    229 Canterbury Road, Canterbury (Car parking at rear)

Fee:   $189.90 for the program (Medicare rebates may apply for part of the cost)
Fees are required to be paid up front in order to secure your spot in the program once allocated to a workshop. 

For further information, please contact Susan Konstantas on (03) 9830 0566 or email: skonstantas@arcvic.org.au

Download a flyer here (329 KB)


What is good mental health?

Living & managing life’s expectations

A discussion that aims to talk about the expectations of living in Australia when you come from an Australian Asian and/or Indian background:

  • Dealing with the complexity of living between two cultures
  • Living up to cultural expectations
  • What causes us stress and how this looks and feels
  • Reducing the stigma around asking for help and supports
  • What does support look like? What supports are available?
  • A personal story from an Australian Indian/Asian perspective
Upcoming sessions:
Date:    Tuesday March 6th
Time:    10.30 am welcome refreshments (for 11am start) – 12.30pm – book online here
Venue:  Darebin Intercultural Centre (Pearl Room – upstairs), 59A Roseberry Avenue, Preston
Fee:      Free
Box Hill
Date:    Thursday March 15th
Time:    11.am to 12.30pm (book online here) OR 7.00pm – 8.30pm (book online here)
Venue:  Box Hill Town Hall – ‘Matsudo Room’, 1022 Whitehorse Road
Fee:      Free

Are you an Anxiety Ambassador?

Would you like to participate in a unique opportunity to share your story of recovery?