Mental Health Links

Links provided here are not intended for individuals needing practical or urgent assistance with specific mental health problems or of friends/family. In such situations, people should contact local mental health agencies, doctors, hospitals or other health care professionals. Some of these access points are provided here. Sites listed on this page are not produced by, or commercially connected to the MHFA.

Mental Health Links are grouped into the following categories:-

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety Recovery Centre 
www.arcvic.com.au
Information about anxiety disorders, their management and links.

ADAVIC (The Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria)
www.adavic.org.au
Information about Panic Disorder, Social Phobia, Agoraphobia, Generalised Anxiety and Depression, and support services.

Social Anxiety Australia
www.socialanxietyassist.com.au
Information on social anxiety and panic attacks, first-hand accounts from people living with these conditions and links.

Anxiety Disorders Alliance
depressionet.com.au/resources/services/nsw/ada.html
Information on anxiety disorders, related resources and support groups.

Anxiety Network Australia
www.anxietynetwork.com/
Information on anxiety disorders, related programs, workshops and courses - as well as stories from people living with these disorders.

Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety Disorders (CRUfAD)
www.crufad.org
Information about depression, anxiety and its management.

Reconnexion: Treating Panic, Anxiety, Depression and Tranquilliser Dependency
www.reconnexion.org.au/
Information on anxiety and depression (including post-natal depression) and details on related research and publications

SANE Australia
www.sane.org
Mental health-related information, tips, links and online help.

GROW
www.grow.net.au
Details of weekly depression and anxiety-related support group meetings, various social activities and group leader training weekends.

Victims of Crime
http://www.victimsofcrime.vic.gov.au/
Information and referral in relation to being a victim of crime.

 

Bipolar Disorder

Black Dog Institute
www.blackdoginstitute.org.au
Information on depression (including during and after pregnancy) and Bipolar Disorder - specifically looking at causes, treatments, symptoms, getting help and current research findings.

Even Keel
www.evenkeel.org.au
Information on mood disorder-related conditions (e.g. bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, phobias), issues (drug and alcohol use, self-harm) and links.

SANE Australia
www.sane.org
Mental health-related information, links and online help for people affected by mental illness, their families and friends.

Bipolar Support.org
http://bipolarsupport.org/
Support forums for those living with bipolar disorder, as well as their family and friends. 

Bipolar Caregivers
www.bipolarcaregivers.org/
Information for those caring for those living with Bipolar Disorder. Based on guidelines for adult caregivers (18 years or over) developed by combining the latest bipolar research with the opinions and consensus of 143 expert caregivers, people with bipolar disorder and clinicians from different countries

 

Consumer Rights

Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission
www.humanrights.gov.au
Information on your rights and how to protect them, including information specifically for people with disabilities.

Mental Health Legal Centre
www.communitylaw.org.au/mhlc/cb_pages/the_legal_centre.php
Legal information for people with mental illness in Victoria - covering issues like being an involuntary patient, guardianship, medication and making complaints.

The Mental Health Advocacy Service - NSW
www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au/asp/index.asp?pgid=594
The Mental Health Advocacy Service is part of Legal Aid NSW. The service provides free legal advice and assistance about mental health law and the Guardianship Tribunal. Relatives and friends are also welcome to contact the service. Legal Aid will pay for the telephone call if you are outside Sydney. 

National Mental Health Consumer & Carer Forum
www.nmhccf.org.au
Information on what consumers (people with mental illnesses) are doing to help improve the mental health system in Australia - as well as links to a range of consumer-related mental health issues.

Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC)
www.vmiac.org.au/
Information on current consumer-based publications, laws, research and discussion papers. (The word 'consumer' means a person with a mental illness.)

Centrelink
www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/dhs/centrelink
Information on how people with mental illness and their carers can get the support they are entitled to, including sickness allowance, disability support pensions and psychological treatment.

Disability Services Australia
www.dsa.org.au
Information on the rights of people with disabilities.

The Australian Health Insurance Association
www.ahia.org.au
Private health insurance related information from the Australian health industry's peak representative body.

 

Depression

Black Dog Institute
www.blackdoginstitute.org.au
Information on depression (including during and after pregnancy) and Bipolar Disorder - specifically causes, treatments, symptoms, getting help and current research findings.

Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety Disorders (CRUfAD)
www.crufad.org
Information about depression, anxiety and its management.

SANE Australia
www.sane.org
Mental health-related information, links and online help for people affected by mental illness, their families and friends.

BluePages
www.bluepages.anu.edu.au
Information on the symptoms of depression its causes, how to prevent and treat it - as well as related links.

Reconnexion: Treating Panic, Anxiety, Depression and Tranquilliser Dependency
www.reconnexion.org.au/
Information on anxiety and depression (including post-natal depression) and details on related research and publications

Depressionet
http://depressionet.org.au/
Comprehensive resource for information, help to access professionals, treatments, tools, etc. throughout Australia. You can also find Peer Support message boards and chat rooms.

 

e-health

MoodGYM
www.moodgym.anu.edu.au
An interactive web-based program that helps people identify problem emotions and develop skills for preventing and managing depression.

VirtualClinic
www.virtualclinic.org.au
Free Internet-based education and treatment programs for people with anxiety and depression.

myDr.com.au
www.mydr.com.au
Comprehensive Australian health site with free information covering a wide variety of diseases and conditions, tests and treatments, health and fitness issues, medications, health support groups and more, including a section on mental health.

Web MD
www.webmd.com/
WebMD provides valuable health information, tools for managing your health, and support to those who seek information.

myCompass
https://www.mycompass.org.au/
myCompass provides a personalised self-help program that you can use on your mobile phone, computer and/or tablet.

 

Family and Friends

Carers Australia
www.carersaustralia.com.au
The latest information, research, policies and services for people caring for someone with an illness or disability, including mental illness.

Carer Gateway
https://www.carergateway.gov.au/
Carer Gateway is a national online and phone service that provides practical information and resources to support carers. The interactive service finder helps carers connect to local support services.

SANE Australia
www.sane.org
Mental health-related information, links and online help for people affected by mental illness, their families and friends.

itsallright.org
www.itsallright.org
Information and links to help and support young people who have a friend or family member with mental illness.

COMIC (Children of Mentally Ill Consumers)
www.howstat.com/comic/contactus.asp
Children of Mentally Ill Consumers or COMIC is a group of people who have parents with a mental illness. The website has resources and information on support groups.

ARAFEMI (Association for Relatives and Friends of the Mentally Ill)
QLD  -  www.arafmiqld.org
NSW -  www.arafmi.org/
SA    - carers-sa.asn.au/contact-assets/mental-health-support/arafmi/
TAS  -  mentalhealthcarerstas.org.au/
VIC  -  www.mindaustralia.org.au/
WA  -  www.arafmi.asn.au
Provides information on support services for families and friends of people with mental illness and/or psychiatric disability. 

Cyclops ACT
http://www.anglicare.com.au/pages/cyclops-act.html
CYCLOPSACT is the ACT's website for young carers - young people who care for someone in their family who is affected by illness or disability.

National Network of Adult and Adolescent Children who have a Mentally Ill Parents Victoria 
www.nnaami.org
This site is run by a group of people who have experienced life with a mentally ill parent - the aim is to provide assistance for each other, via self -help support, discussion and counselling groups.

Children Of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI)
www.copmi.net.au
Contains a database of programs and support services already operating across Australia to support children and families where there is a parent with a mental illness. It also provides access and downloads for a wide variety of resources and support materials and programs, as well as tips provided by its users that have worked for them.

 

Grief and Loss

Suicide Helpline
www.lifeline.org.au/
Information on why a person becomes suicidal, how to help someone who is suicidal, what to do in an emergency and how to cope with a death by suicide.

The National Association for Loss and Grief
SA- www.grieflink.asn.au
NSW- www.nalag.org.au
VIC - www.nalagvic.org.au
Information on counselling and support services, seminars, publications and links for people who are experiencing grief following the loss of someone close to them.

Suicide Prevention
www.suicideprevention.com.au/
Information on how to manage and get treatment for suicidal thoughts.

Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement
www.grief.org.au
Grief and bereavement related information and resources, links to websites and low cost or free counselling services and a message board.

National Association for Grief and Loss
www.nalag.org.au (NSW)
www.nalagvic.org.au (VIC)
www.grieflink.asn.au (SA)
Grief and bereavement related resources and links to services and websites.

The Compassionate Friends
www.compassionatefriendsvictoria.org.au
Information, support and referral for families (including siblings) dealing with issues around grief and loss.

 

Mental Health

Australian Psychological Society (APS)
www.psychology.org.au

Headspace
www.headspace.org.au
Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation. They help young people who are going through a tough time.

Mental Health Professionals' Network (MHPN)
www.mhpn.org.au/
A federally-funded initiative that supports and promotes interdisciplinary practice and collaborative care between practitioners working in primary mental health care through its two core programs: MHPN networks and the Online professional development webinar program.

Mind Health Connect - Mental Health and Wellbeing
www.mindhealthconnect.org.au
Mind Health Connect is the easy way to find mental health and wellbeing information, support and services from Australia's leading health providers, together in one place. Supported by the Australian Government, Mind Health Connect helps you to find information you can trust.

Australian Association of Exercise Sports Science
www.aaess.com.au
Explains what services exercise physiologists provide and how to find one in your area.

Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
www.responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au/
Various resources and support services for getting help with gambling.

SANE Australia
www.sane.org
Mental health-related information, links and online help for people affected by mental illness, their families and friends.

Good Therapy
www.goodtherapy.com.au
Information about what to expect from therapy and tips on how to find a therapist.

Mensline Australia
www.menslineaus.org.au
Information and support for men, especially around family breakdown or separation. This service provides anonymous telephone support, information and referral.

Lifeline
www.lifeline.org.au
Links and a search facility that directs you to your local Lifeline centre.

Mental Health Associations/Foundations
NSW - www.mentalhealth.asn.au
NT - www.teamhealth.asn.au
SA - mhcsa.org.au/
QLD - www.mentalhealth.org.au
VIC - www.mentalhealthvic.org.au
WA - www.waamh.org.au
Information on mental health, research, programs, services and links.

MI Fellowship
www.mifellowship.org
Information about mental illness, related projects, programs and services in which the organisation is involved.

Commonwealth Carelink
www.commcarelink.health.gov.au
Information on community aged care, disability and other support services available locally, interstate or anywhere within Australia.

JobAccess
www.jobaccess.gov.au
JobAccess - a website and free professional telephone information and advice service. Users of the service can access confidential advice on matters relating to the employment of people with disability. 

At Ease
www.at-ease.dva.gov.au
This website can help you or someone you know recognise signs of mental health problems and act to improve and maintain health and wellbeing.

Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (MHIMA)
http://www.mhima.org.au/
Funded by the Australian Government, Department of Health, to provide a national focus for advice and support to providers and governments on mental health and suicide prevention for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

 

LGBTI Mental Health

National LGBTI Health Alliance
http://lgbtihealth.org.au/
Peak Health Organisation for health-related programs, services and research focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people (LGBTI) and other sexuality, gender, and bodily diverse people and communities.

QLife
https://qlife.org.au/
Provides nation-wide, early intervention, peer supported telephone and web based services to people of all ages across the full breadth of people’s bodies, genders, relationships, sexualities, and lived experiences.

ACON
http://www.acon.org.au/
Provides a range of counselling services and a care coordination programs for LGBTI people, including those living with HIV.

Out and Online
https://www.outandonline.org.au
Out & Online is an online program to improve wellbeing and reduce mental health symptoms in same-gender attracted youth aged 18-25 years

 

Parents and Older People

My Aged Care
http://www.myagedcare.gov.au/
Information on community aged care, disability and other support services available locally, interstate or anywhere within Australia.

The National Association for Loss and Grief
SA- www.grieflink.asn.au
NSW- www.nalag.org.au
VIC - www.nalagvic.org.au
Information on counselling and support services, seminars, publications and links for people who are experiencing grief following the loss of someone close to them.

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) People
www.health.vic.gov.au/diversity/cald.htm
Important knowledge of different traditions

Multicultural Mental Health Australia
www.mmha.org.au
Mental health information translated into many languages...also links to culturally- relevant mental health services, including state/territory- based transcultural mental health centres.

Postnatal Depression
Post and Antenatal Depression Association Inc (PaNDa)
www.panda.org.au
Provides information to women and their families affected by antenatal and postnatal mood disorders on the causes and symptoms of these disorders, as well as types of treatments and support services are available.

Queensland Postnatal Distress Support
www.bubhub.com.au/directory/find/post-natal-depression-help-brisbane-qld
Directory of post natal depression counsellors, PND help and postnatal depression support groups throughout Brisbane and other regions of Queensland. 

Black Dog Institute
www.blackdoginstitute.org.au
Information on depression (including during and after pregnancy) and Bipolar Disorder - specifically causes, treatments, symptoms, getting help and current research findings.

Raising Children Network
www.raisingchildren.net.au
Information on parenting children and details of support services for new parents.

Tresillian
www.tresillian.net
Information on parenting children and details of support services for new parents.

Karitane
www.karitane.com.au
Information on parenting children, including a section on managing postnatal depression, and details of support services for new parents.

 

Rural Links

Department of Health - Rural and Regional Health Australia
www.ruralhealthaustralia.gov.au/internet/rha/publishing.nsf/Content/Your_health_care#mental_health_programs
The programs and initiatives in this section are aimed at maintaining and improving health services across regional Australia.

 

Substance Abuse Related Disorders

Turning Point
www.turningpoint.org.au
Information about substance use-related disorders and their management and an online interactive counselling service.

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC)
www.ndarc.med.unsw.edu.au
Information about substance use-related disorders and their management.

Family Drug Help
www.familydrughelp.sharc.org.au
Family-focused information about substance use-related disorders and their management.

Drug Info Clearinghouse
www.druginfo.adf.org.au
A searchable online library with drug and alcohol-related information.

National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre
ncpic.org.au/
Evidence based information on cannabis and related harms. Cannabis Information and Helpline (free call) 1800 30 40 50

Harm Reduction Victoria
http://hrvic.org.au/
HRVic aims to educate, inform, support and advocate on behalf of Victorian people who use drugs and their friends and allies.

 

Suicide Prevention

Lifeline
http://www.lifeline.org.au
Links and a search facility that directs you to your local Lifeline centre.

Suicide Prevention Australia - SPA
http://www.suicidepreventionaust.org
Links and referrals to suicide prevention related helplines and services throughout Australia.

Support After Suicide
http://www.supportaftersuicide.org.au
Information and resources for people bereaved by suicide as well as for professionals who are providing support including GPs and schools.

Suicide Call Back Service Website
http://www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au
Information and referral to assist people at risk of suicide, their carers, and people bereaved by the suicide of a loved one.

 

Young People

Headspace
www.headspace.org.au
Information an referral for young people on a range of mental health issues.

Ybblue
www.beyondblue.org.au/resources/for-me/young-people
The youth website of beyondblue: the national depression initiative. Focusing on depression, anxiety and substance use-related disorders, this site is aimed specifically at young people and provides information, tips, personal stories and links.

Child and Youth HealthHeadspace
www.cyh.com
Information and advice on how to look after the mental health of children and young people. This site is for children, young people, their families and friends and includes information on bullying, stress, problem solving and friendship.

Somazone
www.somazone.com.au
Young people-focused information about drugs, sex, mental health, body image and relationships.

Reach Out!
www.reachout.com.au
Young people-focused information and advice on how to prevent and manage tough times - including an interactive program.

itsallright.org
www.itsallright.org
Story-based information, advice and referrals for young people with a friend or family member who has a mental illness.

Kids Help Line
www.kidshelp.com.au
Email and web counselling for children and young people aged between five and 18 years.

 

General Health Information

Health Direct
http://www.healthdirect.gov.au
Safe, practical health information and advice you can act on. Free service provided by the governments of Australia.

Better Health Channel
http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au
Comprehensive, trustworthy, easy to understand health and medical information quality assured by the Victorian Government.

Health Insite
http://www.healthinsite.gov.au
Wide range of up-to-date and quality assessed information on important health topics such as mental health.

myDr.com.au
http://www.mydr.com.au
Comprehensive Australian health site with free information covering a wide variety of diseases and conditions, tests and treatments, health and fitness issues, medications, health support groups and more, including a section on mental health.

 

Chronic Illness

Alzheimer's Australia
http://www.alzheimers.org.au
Information on dementia

Arthritis Australia
http://www.arthritisaustralia.com.au
Information on arthritis.

Asthma Foundations of Australia
http://www.asthmaaustralia.org.au
Information, advice, education, counselling and support for people with asthma

Breast Cancer Network Australia
http://www.bcna.org.au
Information about breast cancer

Canteen
http://www.canteen.org.au
Information for young people living with cancer

Diabetes Australia
http://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au
Information about diabetes

Kidney Health Australia
http://www.kidney.org.au
Information on kidney health

National Heart Foundation of Australia
http://www.heartfoundation.com.au
Information on a range of heart-health topics

National Stroke Foundation
http://www.strokefoundation.com.au
Information on stroke

Parkinson's Australia
http://www.parkinsons.org.au
Information on Parkinson's disease

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia
http://www.prostate.org.au
Information on prostate cancer

The Cancer Council Australia
http://www.cancer.org.au
Information about cancer

The Continence Foundation of Australia
http://www.continence.org.au
Information on preventing and managing incontinence   

 

Resilient YOUTH Links

www.burstingthebubble.com
www.copmi.net.au
www.mentalhealth.gov.au
www.beyondblue.org.au
www.sane.org
www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au
www.aceinfo.net.au
www.druginfo.adf.org.au
www.reachout.com.au
www.kidshelp.com.au
www.aicafmha.net.au
www.eppic.org.au
www.cyh.sa.gov.au
www.bullyingnoway.gov.au
www.moodgym.anu.edu.au
www.triplep.net
www.mentalhealth.gov.au
www.cmy.net.au
www.ysas.org.au
Website to understand domestic violence
Information about children of a parent with a Mental Illness
Information about Mental Illness
The National Depression Initiative
Information about Mental Illness
Indigenous Health website
Information about Deafness and Hearing Impaired
Australian Drug Foundation's Drug information clearing house
Youth mental health site
Kids Help Line website
Australian Infant, Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Association
Early psychosis prevention and intervention centre
Parenting Youth and Children information
Bullying information
Interactive mental health site
Parenting information and programs
Commonwealth government mental health/illness website
Centre for Multicultural youth issues
Youth substance abuse service          


State Government Sites

www.health.nsw.gov.au
www.dhs.vic.gov.au
www.health.wa.gov.au
www.health.sa.gov.au
www.health.nt.gov.au
www.health.act.gov.au
www.health.tas.gov.au
www.health.qld.gov.au

 

Resilient KIDS Links

If you need immediate assistance, call one of the following services:

Lifeline

131 114  (cost of a local call)  

Kids Helpline 

1800 55 1800  (free call)

 

Anti-bullying information

Child and Youth Health

Useful advice about bullying

Bullying UK

Excellent UK based bullying site

Kid Sites

Fun stuff - Lots of links to websites specially designed for children

Bullying. No Way!

Includes a forum where children and young people can post their experiences and questions