Everyone needs help at some point. The following is a list of a range of links to mental health support services.
ARBOR is a free service of AnglicareWA and stands for Active Response Bereavement Outreach. It offers short-medium term counselling, referral, volunteer peer support and support groups to people who have lost loved ones to suicide.
Authoritative information and statistics to promote better health and wellbeing.
The AIHW was established as a statutory authority in 1987 by the Australian Institute of Health Act 1987 to report to the nation on the state of its health. In 1992, the role and functions of the then Australian Institute of Health were expanded to include welfare related information and statistics, making it the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. The Act is now titled the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987. The Act establishes the Board as the governing body, with the role and composition of the Board specified in s. 8(1) of the Act. The AIHW Board is accountable to the Parliament of Australia through the Minister for Health.
World Mental Health Day (WMHD) is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. An initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, WMHD is an annual program held on 10 October 2013 to raise public awareness of mental health issues worldwide.
This year in Australia, WMHD has three objectives:
• Encourage help seeking behaviour
• Reduce the stigma associated with mental illness
• Foster connectivity throughout communities
The Australian Drug Information Network (ADIN) is Australia’s leading alcohol and drug search directory. Here you will find reliable information on alcohol, other drugs and mental health, with links to treatment services, research, statistics, guidelines, journals, policy, campaigns, events, curriculum, professional development opportunities and more.
Every website in our directory has been through a formal quality review process to give you the best search results. For more than a decade we have been reviewing comprehensive and relevant alcohol and drug information.
As an alcohol and drug information service of the Australian Drug Foundation, ADIN shares reliable news and information about alcohol and other drugs.
ADIN is especially for:
• health professionals
• people who use alcohol and other drugs, and their friends and families
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
• people from diverse cultural backgrounds
• people living in rural and remote locations.
ADIN is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing as part of the National Drug Strategy managed by the Australian Drug Foundation, a HealthInsite information partner compliant with the Health on the Net Foundation Code of Conduct (HONcode).
beyondblue is working to reduce the impact of depression and anxiety in the community by raising awareness and understanding, empowering people to seek help, and supporting recovery, management and resilience. beyondblue was established in the Australian context of the World Health Organization’s projections of an increasing global burden caused by depression. Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide and is predicted to be the leading cause of burden of disease by 2030, ahead of heart disease.
beyondblue is an independent, not-for-profit organisation supported by the Federal Government and every State and Territory Government in Australia. The Movember Foundation has also become an important partner in raising awareness about men’s mental health. beyondblue is supported by the Australian Federal Government and every State and Territory Government in Australia. beyondblue also receives financial support, donations and in-kind support from numerous individuals, corporate and non-government organisations.
Domestic Violence Resource Centre (DVRCV) make websites, videos, apps, brochures, posters and lots more to help people understand what family violence is, why it happens, how to recognise it and how to help others who are experiencing it.
We also run training classes for people who work with family violence victim/survivors and professionals who work to prevent more violence from happening.
The Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI) is a specialist state-wide program that is administered through North Metropolitan Health Services in Western Australia. We conduct clinically applied psychosocial research and provide training and supervision for various psychological interventions. We also offer a clinical service for adults suffering from anxiety, mood and eating disorders.
At Ease can help veterans, ADF personnel, and family members identify the symptoms of not coping. It’s not unusual to experience sadness, distress or anger after deployment. When you need to reach out, seek treatment or identify effective ways to move forward, At Ease can provide tips, treatment options & resources. At Ease also has clinical resources for health professionals who may be treating members of the veteran & defence community.
Part of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, the Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) is an information exchange for practitioners, policy makers, service providers and researchers working with children, families and communities. CFCA is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Social Services.
The CFCA information exchange produces a number of publications including long papers, resource sheets and practice guides, which are published electronically and are free to access. Its goal is to be a primary source of quality, evidence-based information, resources and interactive support for professionals in the child, family and community welfare sectors.
Victorian website – The Domestic Violence and Incest Resource Centre has a great deal of information on domestic violence and incest, including quizzes, research publications, resources, services and a comprehensive list of links to national and international related sites.
A comprehensive list of Australia-wide services
Find the resource that best suits you. Australia has great mental health services and resources, but it can be tough finding the ones that suit you best. We’ve made your search easier by hand-picking resources from publicly funded providers. Online resources can be convenient, private and effective — and many are completely free! Not only can you find websites with solid information and advice, but you can also use apps and programs to build skills and track progress, share stories in online forums, and get confidential support through phone, email, and chat services.
Heads Up is all about giving individuals and businesses the tools to create more mentally healthy workplaces. Developed by the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance and beyondblue, Heads Up has a workplace focus encouraging everyone in the workplace to play their part in creating a mentally healthy working environment, take care of their own mental health, and look out for their colleagues. The website provides a wide range of resources, information and advice for individuals and organisations – all of which are designed to offer simple, practical and, importantly, achievable guidance.
There is also an interactive tool to create an action plan that’s tailored for your business which helps to define and prioritise goals, identify risk areas and take a step-by-step approach to creating a mentally healthy workplace. The Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance was established by the National Mental Health Commission.
Helpful section on stigma: The fear of speaking up about mental health conditions at work
Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation. We help young people who are going through a tough time.
Looking for someone to talk to? If you’re 12-25, you can get health advice, support and information from headspace. With 55 centres all around Australia, headspace can help you with:
• General health
• Mental health and counselling
• Education, employment and other services
• Alcohol and other drug services.
So we’re here for you if you:
• are feeling down, stressed or can’t stop worrying
• haven’t felt like yourself for a long time
• can’t deal with school or finding it difficult to concentrate
• are feeling sick or worried about your health
• want to cut down on your drinking or drug use
• want to talk about sexuality, identity or relationships
• are having difficulties with friendships
• have sexual health issues or want to find out about contraception
• are being bullied, hurt or harassed
• are worried about work or study or if you’re having money trouble
Headspace was established and funded by the Commonwealth Government of Australia in 2006.