Here are quick links to mental health information providers in Australia
The below links will provide you with additional online mental health care info. The list is by no means exhaustive, nor is it an endorsement of the content of the sites.
- Kids’ Helpline: www.kidshelpline.com.au
1800 551 800
A national 24-hour telephone counselling service for children and young people in Australia.
- Lifeline: www.lifeline.org.au
13 11 14
A national 24-hour telephone and online counselling service for all ages, featuring an online chat service.
- Mensline Australia: www.mensline.org.au
A national 24-hour telephone and online counselling service for men.
- Suicide Call Back Service: www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au
1300 659 467
A national 24-hour telephone and online counselling service for those feeling suicidal and those caring from someone who is suicidal, or those affected by suicide.
- MindHealthConnect: www.mindhealthconnect.org.au
MindHealthConnect features mental health resources, information and online programs provided by a range of organisations, including a guided search tool which helps users to navigate their way to appropriate support.
- Mental Health Council of Australia: www.mhca.org.au
The Mental Health Council of Australia is an independent, non-government body that represents and promotes the interests of the mental health sector and advises on mental health in Australia.
- SANE Australia: www.sane.org
A national charity helping people affected by mental illness and fighting stigma through campaigning, education and research.
- Reach Out Pro: www.reachoutpro.com.au
ReachOut Pro provides information about mental health, as well as access and advice for professionals on a range of online interventions, tools and resources that can be used to enhance the effectiveness of psychosocial support and mental health care provided to young people.
Veteran’s Mental Health
- DVA At Ease: www.at-ease.dva.gov.au/veterans/
At Ease is DVA’s portal to online mental health information. It provides self-help tools and information to support mental health and wellbeing and is a gateway to websites and free mobile apps about stress, PTSD, alcohol management, resilience and suicide awareness and prevention. The portal also links to a wide range of mental health resources for health professionals and GPs for effective assessment and evidence-based treatment of veterans.
- VVCS: www.at-ease.dva.gov.au/veterans/http://www.vvcs.gov.au/
VVCS provides free and confidential, nation-wide counselling and support for war and service-related mental health conditions, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression. VVCS also provides relationship and family counselling to address issues that can arise due to the unique nature of military service. VVCS counsellors have an understanding of military culture and can work with clients to find effective solutions for improved mental health and wellbeing.
Anxiety and depression
- beyondblue: www.beyondblue.org.au
A national organisation which aims to reduce the prevalence of anxiety and depression in Australia and the stigma surrounding the issues.
- Black Dog Institute: www.blackdoginstitute.org.au
Expert information on depression and bipolar disorder for the public and professionals, including information on getting help for mood disorders and suggestions on ways of staying well.
- BlueBoard: www.blueboard.anu.edu.au
An online support group for people affected by depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders. It aims to reduce stigma, and to provide support, hope and opportunities for sharing successful coping strategies. The group is run as a moderated bulletin board with strict protocols to protect safety and privacy.
- e-couch: www.ecouch.anu.edu.au
A self-help interactive program with modules for depression, generalised anxiety and worry, social anxiety, relationship breakdown, and loss and grief. It provides self-help interventions drawn from cognitive, behavioural and interpersonal therapies as well as relaxation and physical activity.
- headspace: www.headspace.org.au
Information, support and advice for young people 12-25, and their families, on general health; mental health and wellbeing; alcohol and other drugs; education, employment and other services. Centres around Australia provide with access to youth-friendly health professionals.
- mentalhealthonline: www.mentalhealthonline.org.au
Information about anxiety disorders, free automated psychological assessment and self-help treatment programs, plus low-cost therapist-assisted programs over 12 weeks.
- MoodGYM: www.moodgym.anu.edu.au
A popular interactive program which incorporates cognitive-behaviour therapy for depression. MoodGYM has been extensively researched and its effectiveness has been demonstrated in randomised controlled trials.
- Partners In Depression: www.partnersindepression.com.au
An innovative information and support group program for people who love, live with or support someone experiencing depression.
- Living Is For Everyone: www.livingisforeveryone.com.au
A world-class suicide and self-harm prevention resource, dedicated to providing the best available evidence and resources. The LIFE website is designed for people across the community who are involved in suicide and self-harm prevention activities.
- Reach Out: www.au.reachout.com
A national online youth suicide prevention program, featuring information and resources.
- Mindframe: www.mindframe-media.info
National initiative to provide information and resources to help the media and entertainment industries report on suicide, mental health and mental illness.
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