Turning Point to provide phone support for ice

Posted on: Friday, 24 April 2015

Turning Point will operate the State Government's new ice help line - 1800 ICE ADVICE (1800 423 238)

Officially launched by Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley on April 22, the service will give people with ice-related issues, and those close to them, access to professional counselling 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Turning Point Director Prof Dan Lubman said with ice an increasing concern for the community, a specific support service which allowed people to get advice about ice was welcome.

"Whether you are affected by ice yourself; or you are a family member, friend or loved one who is concerned about someone close to you who is using ice, the Ice Advice Line is an important first port of call for help."

The Ice Advice Line is a welcome addition to the range of drug and alcohol phone and online support services which Turning Point already provides, including DirectLine and Counselling Online.

Prof Lubman said the effects of ice use can include palpitations, hallucinations, violent behaviour and collapse. 

"Long term, it can mean increased risk of stroke and brain damage, as well as psychosis and depression." Prof Lubman said. 

"And then we also need to consider the devastating effect ice can have on those close to the individual affected, and what it means for their family and friends."

Prof Lubman said the Ice Advice Line was just one way we can help tackle the effect the drug was having across Victoria.

"An all community approach is required. As well as health agencies, government, law enforcement, businesses and local communities must come together to help address the issues we are facing."

The ice help line is now online - 1800 ICE ADVICE (1800 423 238), and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Turning Point Director Dan Lubman, Eastern Health Chief Executive Alan Lilly, Statewide Services Director Barbara Kelly, Minister Foley and Eastern Health Executive Director Continuing Care, Ambulatory, Mental Health & Statewide Services Matt Sharp at the Ice Advice Line launch.