Stress affects us all. A little stress is OK — some stress is actually beneficial — too much stress can wear you down and make you sick, both mentally and physically.
However, stress can become a chronic condition if a person does not take steps to manage it.

Symptoms of stress include:

  • Feeling unusually tired
  • Headaches
  • Teeth grinding
  • Appetite loss or gain
  • Dizziness
  • Run-down
  • Increased heart rate
  • Dry mouth


Stress symptoms may be affecting your health, even though you may not realize it


The stress hormone, cortisol, is public health enemy Number One. Cortisol is released in response to fear or stress by the adrenal glands as part of the fight-or-flight mechanism. Once the alarm to release cortisol has sounded, your body becomes mobilized and ready for action — but there has to be a physical release of fight or flight. Otherwise, cortisol levels build up in the blood, which wreaks havoc on your mind and body.

Scientists have known for years that elevated cortisol levels interfere with learning and memory, lower immune function and bone density, increase weight gain, blood pressure, cholesterol, and heart disease— and the list goes on.

Chronic stress and elevated cortisol levels also increase one’s risk of depression, mental illness, and decreased resilience — especially in adolescence.

Contact us if you are suffering from stress symptoms!


Behaviour of Concern

Behaviour of Concern

Behaviour of concern, also termed challenging behaviour, refers to challenging and difficult behaviours exhibited by people with a disability that impact their physical safety or quality of life and/or those around them.

Behaviours of concern can be when someone does things that hurt themselves, other people, and/or things. This behaviour can stop them from doing things that ‘regular’ people do, such as going to work or meeting with friends.

Behaviour of concern can seriously cause stress for family and/or carers, and possibly harm them.

Our behaviour support is a service designed to improve participant’s quality of life, and supports the family and/or carers with skills and tools to reinforce a positive change.

elvesCARE behaviour support is available to clients regardless of whether they reside in specialist disability accommodation or currently live in the home.

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence


Domestic violence, also called domestic abuse, includes physical, emotional, financial and/or sexual abuse in couple relationships, carers, or between family members.

Domestic violence and abuse can happen to men or women.

Abuse by a partner is the most common form but by no means the only one. Abuse by family members or former partners, including stalking, make up a large number of cases.

We believe that all survivors of domestic abuse should be able to get the support they need to move on from the impact of the abuse they have suffered. We don’t just help people who’ve experienced domestic violence and abuse — we’re here to support both men and women who are currently suffering from abuse and want to change their lives!

If you feel that you need help, then contact us today. We have a long track record for helping those who want to escape and overcome violence and abuse.


Call 000 for Police and Ambulance help if you are in immediate danger!


Thoughts of Suicide

Thoughts of Suicide

If you’re feeling like you want to die, it’s important to tell someone. You do not have to struggle with difficult feelings alone.


Talk to someone you trust!

Let family or friends know how you feel. They may be able to offer support and help keep you safe. Having a conversation with someone you trust is what’s important.

Tips for coping with your feelings right now!

  • Focus on getting through today; one step at a time
  • Remove yourself from areas where drugs and alcohol are consumed
  • Spend time with someone you trust, e.g. a friend
  • Make sure that you are not alone when you feel down
  • Do something that you usually enjoy, even though you may not feel like it right now
  • Get professional help as soon as possible

Are you worried about someone else?

If you’re worried about someone, start a conversation with them. Ask open-ended questions like: “How are you feeling today…?”
Do not worry about giving advice. Just listen to what the other person says. Being a listener can greatly help them.


At elvesCARE we can facilitate improvements for people who have thoughts of suicide. All we need is your commitment to feeling good again!

Get a change & keep it!


The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)


The NDIS provides people with disabilities with the support they need to live an ordinary life.
Unlike previous systems, the NDIS provides people with disabilities with the choice of how, when, and where that support is delivered to them. NDIS participants are in the driver’s seat and can choose what works best for them.

To be eligible to get help from the NDIS you must meet some criteria.

  • You must have a permanent disability that significantly affects your ability to take part in everyday activities;
  • You must be under 65 years old;
  • You must be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent visa or hold a Special Protected Category visa.

If you think you meet these criteria your first step is to call the NDIS on 1800 800 110 or apply to join the NDIS.

Once the NDIS has received and processed your Access Request Form, a Local Area Coordinator will contact you to arrange a planning meeting. While you are waiting for the Coordinator to call you, it is a good idea to start thinking about what support you need and what you would like in your plan.

If you feel that you need help to gather your thoughts for that meeting, you are welcome to contact us. We gladly help!
Read more about NDIS here!