Welcome to the dNet ‘Treasure Chest’ of links!

Here you will find links to a range of quality Australian depression related websites.

We have grouped the links into ‘Categories’ below.  Some websites cover a range of categories and where this happens, we have included the links in all relevant categories.

Alcohol, Drugs and Depression

This section contains resources on addiction, and how this can affect already existing mental health issues.  Among these are also information and links on where you can get help if you are struggling with addiction.
Alcohol and drug use Beyond Blue has several resources about Drug and Alcohol usage. This can both lead to, and result from, depression. Many people with depression or anxiety use drugs and alcohol to try and cope.
Alcohol & Depression – OnTrack Program  This is a free, online, self-paced program and is for people with risky levels of drinking and low mood. You must be aged over 18 years to register for the program.
Drug Abuse The Australian government’s Healthdirect website gives information on drug abuse and where to get help. It includes information on specific illegal drugs as well.
Dual Diagnosis Australia & New Zealand for persons with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.
Mental Wellness Online Mental Wellness Online was started by The Health Retreat in order to bring affordable help on mental health issues to the masses.
Comorbidity of Mental Disorders and Substance use A report by the National Drug Strategy on the relationships between addictions and depression
Rural issues – alcohol and depression Is a report by the Better Health on there being a strong link between excessive alcohol consumption and depression. Self-medication with alcohol is a common, but unsafe and ineffective coping strategy for farmers and other people living in rural and remote areas.  Statistics show that country men in particular consume more alcohol than is considered healthy.
Understanding Addiction: How Addiction Hijacks the Brain Harvard Medical School and Helpguide.Org Collaboration on understanding how Addictions affect the brain.

Anxiety disorders

ADAVIC – Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria Support groups that provide friendship, encouragement and recovery management. Our aim is to assist people that suffer from Panic Disorder, Social Phobia, Agoraphobia, Generalized Anxiety and Depression.

Anxiety Disorder Resource Centre The Anxiety Disorder Resource Center provides help and support for anxiety disorders including anxiety and panic attacks, social anxiety disorder, depression, OCD and post traumatic stress disorder.

AnxietyOnline – An internet based treatment clinic for those living with mental health conditions and more specifically anxiety disorders.

ARCvic (Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria) – provides support, recovery and educational services to people and families living with anxiety disorders.

Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health at the University of Melbourne undertakes world class trauma related research, policy advice, service development and education. Our innovative services help organisations and health professionals who work with people affected by traumatic events.

Crufad – Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression A site that educates and helps people with anxiety and depression. Some great self help services.

Mindhealthconnect  This Australian government provided website contains a fountain of information on a broad range of mental health issues, including this section on Anxiety.

OCD & Anxiety Helpline For support, information and referrals. Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm. Phone 9830 0533 or 1300 269 438.

The Mental Health Association (NSW) has an Anxiety Self- Help Program and Anxiety Support Groups and provides the The Anxiety Disorder Support Information Line – 1300 794 992 which focuses more specifcally on anxiety disorders. Operating hours are Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm

The Phobic Trust of New Zealand The Phobic Trust is a NZ based organisation whose purpose is to stimulate awareness and education of the anxiety, phobic and compulsive disorders with depression, alleviate the suffering of those involved, and provide input into the research of the cause.

Depression & Bi-Polar

ABC Health and Wellbeing – Depression The Depression Library page from ABC’s Health and Wellbeing, includes articles, stories, transcripts and other links to depression resources

Balance NZ Balance NZ is a charitable trust that makes a difference in the lives of those affected by mental health issues with a focus on mood disorders. It also provides online support groups and many other great resources!

Better Health Channel The Better Health Channel provides online consumer focused health information. All information on the site is quality-assured, reliable and regularly reviewed.

beyondblue: the national depression initiative A well designed site giving information on the BeyondBlue organisation and depression. As the Commonwealth Government’s response to the challenge of Depression in Australia, in addition to information for Professionals, Carers and Consumers, here you can also find out about a range of projects being undertaken around Australia.

Blues Pages This Blue Pages provides information about depression, treatments, resources and prevention to consumers. It was developed by the Centre for Mental Health Research (CMHR), Australian National University (ANU) and CSIRO Mathematical & Information Sciences (CMIS).

I am Back From The Brink has first hand knowledge to help overcome Depression.

KidsNet – depression section Depression related resources and information for children with depression.

McMan’s Depression and Bipolar Web

MindSpot provides online and telephone treatment for people living with depression and anxiety. They also provide a screening assessment, referrals and free treatment at the MindSpot Clinic if eligible.

Mindhealthconnect This Australian government website is a great information source for all things mental health!  This section provides information on Bipolar Disorder.

Mood Tracker This online mood tracker is suitable for bipolar disorder as it has a scale of -3 (severely depressed) to +3 (severely elevated), or anyone else who experiences fluctuations in mood. It is possible to put in hours of sleep you’ve had, what medication you’ve taken and when, note levels of anxiety and irritability, and write a journal entry at the same time.

MyDr – Post Natal Depression The Post Natal section from MyDr website – Find out what you need to know about postnatal depression and its effects on women and their families.

N.I.C.K. Foundation David Buttifant, the Sports Science Director of the Collingwood AFL team, was struck by his own personal tragedy, with the suicide of his 20 year old son in 2009.  Buttifant has established the N.I.C.K. Foundation to help foster self-belief and wellbeing in our youth.  Reported in the Herald Sun newspaper May 12, 2011.

PaNDa (post & ante natal depression association inc) PaNDa is a Victorian based self-help support group formed by women who have experienced some form of postnatal depression.

Pendulum.org An excellent (USA) site that focusses on Bi-Polar disorder (manic depression) with information, books, research & more…

The Black Dog Institute You will find a wealth of information on depression and other mood disorders. As part of the Prince of Wales Hospital in NSW, this website provides a reliable information resource (with a ‘clinical’ perspective) and also offers the ipportunity to participate in a variety of research projects investigating mood disorders (depression, bipolar disorder etc.) You will also find information about their Consumer and Community Resource Center.

Family & Friends

ARAFEMI Association for the Relatives and Friends of the Mentally Ill

Carers Association of Australia Carers Associations – This is an Association for the Carers of Australia. Each state has a separate website.  COPMI has created a suite of materials for dads who have (or their partner has) a mental illness to help them with their parenting!

Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) for family members across Australia where a parent has a mental illness and for people who care for and work with them.

GROW has a service called “GROW-Better Together” which is a peer support service for caregivers of people living with a Mental Illness.

National Network of Adult and Adolescent Children Who Have a Mentally Ill Parent/S (NNAAMI) A personal site of people who have experienced growing up with parents who have mental illnesses. NNAAMI was established to provide assistance for one another via self-help support, discussion and counselling groups.

Postvention Australia is the National Association for the Bereaved by Suicide.  This website provides information on available support groups and other resources available for those affected by suicide or grief.

SOSBSA (Survivors of Suicide Bereavement Support Assoc Inc)

Young Carers – NSW The Young Carers Project at Carers NSW provides services for young people, 25 years or under, who help care for a family member or friend who has an illness, disability, drug or alcohol or mental health issue. Visit their interactive website to read young carer stories, post questions to the project workers and read frequently asked questions.

Legal services in Victoria

We get a number of people contacting us asking for help to find legal type services for issues arising from the impact of having depression.

‘Beowulf’ has compiled the following list of Victorian community services that you may find helpful for legal related issues..


Victoria Legal Aid
Regional Offices, Guidelines for Eligibility, Information, Publications.

Villamanta
A Victorian Community Legal Centre that works solely on disability related legal issues.

West Heidelberg Community Legal Service
Provides Victims of Crime Tribunal Assistance to the Banyule community.

Darebin Community Legal Centre
Provides legal advice about crimes compensation to people who live, work or study in the Darebin region.

Barwon Community Legal Service
Provides advice about general legal matters, welfare rights and family violence to people who live in the Barwon / Geelong region.

The Homeless Persons’ Legal Clinic
The Homeless Persons’ Legal Clinic (HPLC) is run by the Public Interest Law Clearing House (PILCH) in Victoria. The HPLC provides free legal assistance to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Federation of Community Legal Centres
Victorian Community Legal Centres and Concerns about the Law.

Disability Discrimination Legal Service
Community Legal Service that specialises in Disability Discrimination Legislation.

Victims Support Agency
A central resource for victims of crime. Includes a helpline that is staffed by Victim Support Officers.

Multiple and Complex Needs Panel
The Multiple and Complex Needs Panel (MACN Panel) is a statutory body established under theHuman Services (Complex Needs) Act. The MACN Panel has the power to authorise referrals to specialist housing, health and social services.

Mental Health Review Board
Appeal Forms, Selected Statements of Reasons, Annual Reports that include additional decisions.

Mental Health Branch
Includes Chief Psychiatrist’s Guidelines and Program Management Circulars.

VCAT (Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal)
Guardianship and Administration, mediation options.

Australian Human Rights Commission
Information about Discrimination.

Dispute Resolution
Dispute Information includes tips to step through your issue, guide to dispute resolution, explanation of alternative dispute resolution.

Legal Services Commissioner
Useful publication on ‘Working with your Lawyer’. Includes tips such as preparation for your first meeting, questions about the lawyers expertise, costs etc. The website is also the gateway for making a complaint about a Victorian lawyer.

Rural Law
Rural Law Online is designed to give rural Victorians access to plain language information on areas of law which affect them. Includes a Discussion Forum where questions can be posted that lawyers respond to and information about capacity and capacity to enter a contract.

Find a Community Legal Centre
CLCs provide general legal services to people in their local geographical area and can be found in metropolitan Melbourne, and in Rural, Regional & Remote Victoria. Search by POSTCODE.

Mental health – General

Australian Centre for Grief & Bereavement is the largest provider of grief and bereavement education in Australia.  Their mission is to build the capacity of individuals, organisations and communities in order to enhance well-being following adverse life events.

Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health at the University of Melbourne undertakes world class trauma related research, policy advice, service development and education. Our innovative services help organisations and health professionals who work with people affected by traumatic events. Click the following for a pdf of the ACPMH Recovery after Trauma booklet.

Australian Infant, Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Association aims to actively promote the mental health and wellbeing of infants, children, adolescents and their families and carers in Australia.

COPMI For children of parents with a mental illness.

The Desk aims to support Australian tertiary students to help achieve mental and physical wellbeing.

Each aims to improve the physical, mental and social well-being of individuals, families and communities.

Gay & Lesbian Community Services SA/NT provides information, counselling and referrals on issues regarding sexuality and sexual health.

Gay & Lesbian Counselling Service of NSW is a volunteer based organisation which provides free, anonymous and confidential counselling, referrals and information to the GLBTI community in NSW.

The Gay & Lesbian Switchboard is a volunteer organisation which provides free, anonymous and confidential counselling, referrals and information to the GLBTI community and it’s supporters in Victoria and Tasmania.

The Inspire Foundation is a national non-profit organisation formed in 1996 in response to Australias then rising rates of youth suicide. Inspires mission is to create opportunities for young people to help themselves and help others.

Headspace provides mental health and wellbeing support, information and services to young people and their families across Australia.

Mental Health Association of Australia (NSW) Provides advocacy, information, support and education to people who are affected by the symptoms of mental illness. Also provides the Mental Health Information Service on 1300 794 991 for general enquiries about Mental Health, operating hours are Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm.

Mental Health Association QLD MHAQ provides quality early intervention Mental Health services and programs that support the community to make Mental Health connections, develop Mental Health literacy and participate in employment as a foundation for recovery.

Mental Health & Insurance Project The website is the result of an ongoing partnership between MHCA and Beyond Blue and their work in the area of mental health, discrimination and insurance.

Mental Health Foundation of Australia (Vic) The Mental Health Foundation of Australia (Victoria) is the oldest Mental Health Association in Australia. It is an organisation of professionals, sufferers, families of sufferers, related organistations concerned with mental health and concerned members.

Mental Health Recovery Institute promotes recovery from mental ill health through education based on the latest trends and research.

mindhealthconnect a new site designed to help you access reliable and relevant information about mental health issues and services.

MindSpot provides online and telephone treatment for people living with depression and anxiety. They also provide a screening assessment, referrals and free treatment at the MindSpot Clinic if eligible.

Multicultural Mental Health Australia provides national leadership in mental health and suicide prevention for Australian’s from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. MMHA links a wide range of state and territory mental health specialists and services, advocacy groups and tertiary institutions to promote the mental health and wellbeing of Australia’s diverse communities.

National Association for Loss & Grief (Vic)  A resource for people who have experienced a loss and are grieving and those who support them – in Victoria.

National Disability Services (NDS) National Disability Services is the Australian peak body for non-government disability services.

National Rural Health Alliance is the peak body working to improve the health of Australians in rural and remote areas. It comprises of 23 member bodies, representing both health consumers and service providers in non-metropolitan areas.

N.I.C.K. Foundation runs mentoring programs, leadership workshops and motivational talks for young adults and their parents. Their aim is to build self-esteem and understanding in young people and give them hope for the future.

Orygen Youth Health Orygen Youth Health (OYH) is Australia’s largest youth-focused mental health organisation.

Ruah Mental Health  A not-for-profit community based social service provider in Perth.

SANE Australia A national charity working for a better life for people affected by mental illness. A very current and dynamic website & organisation.

Secret Squirrel Business A practical and empowering book for people living with a mental illness.

Sk’illness is the ability to find unique positives in living with a mental illness.

Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) SPA is a suicide prevention, education, training, community awareness and information organisation. This website is currently under construction, however, SPA is hoping to provide in the future one-to-one counselling and suicide prevention.

Twenty10 supports young people, communities and families with diverse genders and sexualities.

Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC) engages in a number of activities, which include information provision, advice, mutual support and self-help, individual, group and systemic advocacy, research and evaluation, and education and training.

The Way Ahead Directory provides a directory of mental health services in NSW

Self Help

Anxiety Online Is a website designed specifically for Anxiety, Depression and Mental Health, providing online assessments, programs and information.

Cybertherapy A feature article by ABC’s Health Matters outlining the growth in online self-help CBT programs for anxiety and depressive disorders.The article focuses on programs that are in English, have been assessed in well designed studies and shown to work, and charges no fees to users.

DASS or Depression and Anxiety Stress Scale, is a depression and anxiety self assessment tool provided by the Psychology Foundation of Australia

E-couch is a self-help interactive program with modules for depression, generalised anxiety & worry, social anxiety, relationship breakdown, and loss & grief. A part of the Australian National University.

Mensline Australia (1300 78 99 78) is a professional telephone and online support, information and referral service, helping men to deal with relationship problems in a practical and effective way.

MindBodyLife This website is presented as a source of information on ways to enhance physical wellbeing – especially for people living with a mental illness and for the people who care about them.

Mood Tracker This online mood tracker is suitable for bipolar disorder as it has a scale of -3 (severely depressed) to +3 (severely elevated), or anyone else who experiences fluctuations in mood. It is possible to put in hours of sleep you’ve had, what medication you’ve taken and when, note levels of anxiety and irritability, and write a journal entry at the same time.

MOOD Swings This site is an online self-help tool for people with bipolar disorder. Material used in this website is based on an effective face-to-face group program found to be successful in reducing episodes of illness.

MoodGYM An online interactive program that can help you to change negative thought patters and learn many other strategies that help in dealing effectively with depression.

myCompass An interactive self help service where you can track your moods, write about them, get information and receive tips.

WEBSITES WITH APPS

Digital Dog is a research group from within the Black Dog Institute working to use technology to solve mental health problems.  One of the Apps they currently have created is called SnapShot, which we have listed below.

SANE Australia -Talking Anxiety The app has four modules, ‘Understanding anxiety’, ‘What helps’, ‘How to help yourself’ and ‘How family and friends can help’. Available for iPhones. Talking Anxiety is available from the iTunes AppStore for $2.99

SnapShot is an app put out by Digital Dog (above) and is a confidential, password-protected tool that enables you to measure and monitor your mental health and wellbeing. It is designed for use among Australian adults.  By assessing your general happiness, mood, and anxiety, as well as work stress, sleep, social support and alcohol intake, this app provides general feedback and options for online and offline help-seeking services in Australia.

SoundMindz platform has been designed to provide the latest mental health digital tools and therapies available for Android and iPhones, from any location and at user convenience online or offline.

OVERSEAS WEBSITES

Mindfulness

The following are websites that have been recommended by members of our dNet online community.  There is a topic in our messageboards where people share their thoughts and experiences about mindfulness (you do need to register to enter the messageboard)

Mindfulness In Plain English This website contains an eBook in pdf format that explains mindfulness, written by Ven. Henepola Gunaratana.

www.healthfulchat.org is an international chat, forum and information service covering many health conditions incl. depression, anxiety, bipolar, obesity, physical disabilities, addiction, etc

http://www.ajahnbrahm.org/ – from Candle “This is a good site. I find his talks inspirational, helps me so much when I was going through a bad patch shortly after I resign from my job.”

Sleep

Some sleep basics from CBHS Health Fund.

Health Guide: Sleep Disorders  (US) a good summary article with links to articles with tips for getting to, and staying asleep.Sleepnet.com  (US) 

Sleep Disorders home page.
Contains information, forums and more on a broad range of sleep disorders, including:

Sleep Disorders – NSF (US)

About Sleep Paralysis [A Cheyne]

Neurobiology of Sleep, Hot Topics – Cambridge Scientific Abstracts

A Review of Melatonin [A Goldman] – Priory Lodge Educ., Ltd

On DHEA, Melatonin and Sleep Mechanisms [J Howard] – (US)

Society for Reseach on Biological Rhythms

Support Groups

If you know of any Support Group websites for people living with depression and/or other mood disorders, please let us know so we can include them here!

National

The Australia Counselling website provides an easy search tool to find counsellors and psychotherapists within Australia.

The Black Dog Institute has a list of support groups for depression and other mood disorders throughout Australia.

Grow provides peer support groups as well as courses, social activities etc for people with mental illnesses including depression.  There are Grow groups throughout Australia & New Zealand.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has links to information on support for people with mental illnesses, their carers and families.

Health Direct Australia has links to information on support for people with mental illnesses, their carers and families.

Dads in Distress Support Services Support groups for Dads throughout Australia.   1300 853437

Mens Shed A Place for Men to be Men, giving them somewhere to Talk and Learn. For Older Men it might be to learn how they fit into the Modern Man Mould, For Younger Men it might be to learn new skills. Online Version a joint venture between Beyond Blue and Australian Men’s Shed Association.

NPS provides an extensive list of support groups and links for those living with Depression.

Postvention Australia is the National Association for the Bereaved by Suicide.  This website provides information on available support groups and other resources available for those affected by suicide or grief.

ACT

PANDSI (Post and Ante Natal Depression Support and Information inc.) PANDSI provides support, education and information for families in the Canberra/ACT region who are experiencing Antenatal Depression and/or Post Natal Depression. 02 6288 1936

SHOUT, Self Help Organisations United Together  02 6286 4475

NSW 

CAN Mental Health  provide local & national peer support services and recovery activities. 02 9114 8150 (Sydney callers) or 1300 135 846 (for Intra &Interstate callers).

Black Dog Institue provide a wide range of services for depression and other mood disorders in NSW.

The Mental Health Association (NSW) has Anxiety Support Groups and provides the The Anxiety Disorder Support Information Line – 1300 794 992 which focuses more specifcally on anxiety disorders. Also provides the Mental Health Information Service on 1300 794 991 Operating hours are Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm

The Way Ahead Directory provides a directory of mental health services in NSW

Queensland

Self Help Queensland Inc. (07) 3852 5933

Mental Health Association of Queensland (MHAQ) run a number of support groups in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast.

South Australia

MIFSA – MIFSA runs a number of support groups in SA for people living with a mental illness and their carers.

Victoria

Collective of Self Help Groups (COSHG) , (03) 9349 2301

ADAVIC (Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria) Local Support Group Locations

ARCvic (Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria) – provides support, recovery and educational services to people and families living with anxiety disorders.

Outminds is a social group for people who identify as LGBTQI who are managing mental health.

Western Australia

Connect Groups is a fabulous place to start for anyone looking for a support group in WA!  Connect Groups helps to support both groups and individuals and provides an online search facilityto find support groups in your area within WA, as well as providing help to start a support group if there isn’t one handy to you!

Treatments

Advanced Neuropsychological Treatment Service (ANTS) provides comprehensive neuropsychological assessment, which can address questions of diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. They also offer cognitive remediation for individuals who experience memory and/or other cognitive difficulties.

Better Health Channel – Provided by the Victorian Government, this website provides a ‘Find a Health Service’ for a range of healthcare professionals and services within Victoria only. If you live in Victoria, this is a very handy place to search for a range of professionals and services that can help with depression, anxiety, etc.The eCentre Clinic provides a range of online ‘treatment courses’ that are also research projects to help us learn more about the benefits available through online treatments.  A great ‘win-win-win’ all round!  Participation is free and we have had some great positive feedback regarding the helpfulness of these courses.

Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI) WA offers a clinical service for adults suffering from anxiety, mood and eating disorders. They provide a number of FREE treatments including online courses.

Good Therapy – Australia’s Mental Health Resource An Online Mental Health Resource that puts Australians in touch with the various kinds of therapy available in their community; helps them to make informed choices, and get the support they need. This web site includes a Directory of Practitioners, Public Forum, Calendar of Workshops and Book Shop.

International Society for Interpersonal Therapy The International Society for Interpersonal Psychotherapy (ISIPT) is a professional, scientific organisation whose mission is to provide accurate information on the application of Interpersonal Psychotherapy for a range of mental health disorders.

Making Changes  offers a range of programs to help people overcome problems such as depression, anxiety, stress, insomnia and relationship difficulties. As well as having offices in the Sydney region, making changes offers a range of on-line options. Utilising specially designed web-based resources, chat-room and message board, making changes on-line services give you access to highly qualified and very experienced clinical psychologists from anywhere.

MOOD Swings This site is an online self-help tool for people with bipolar disorder. Material used in this website is based on an effective face-to-face group program found to be successful in reducing episodes of illness.

MoodGYM An online interactive program that can help you to change negative thought patters and learn many other strategies that help in dealing effectively with depression.

Professional Counselling provides Depression Counselling and Psychologist Services as well as providing informative resources on depression and anxieties.

The Psychologist is a website specifically designed to search for registered, qualified psychologists by area. They also have some articles on depression and assertiveness. The Psychologists listed will have detailed information on who they are and the services they offer to make entering this complex and confidential area simple. Ph. 1300 369 111

Reconnexion (Professional Service Provider) To inform and improve treatment outcomes for people who are experiencing tranquilliser dependency, anxiety disorders and depression.

Young people like us

The issues and challenges for young ‘people like us’ are often different from those for older people.

The following websites are specifically provided for younger Australians.

Alcohol and Drug Usage Beyond Blue has information and resources on the effects of Drug and Alcohol Abuse on young people, and how to go about getting help.

Child and Youth Health provides an information service, for children and youth up to 25

Headspace is Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation. There is a heap of really useful information, how to get help, stories from other young people and much more!

Kids Helpline provides 24 hour telephone support as well as a range of online help and support for both kids and teens & young adults. They provide free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.

Lifeline is always a good one to have handy as they offer 24 hour telephone crisis support and suicide prevention, as well as a range of other services that aren’t as well known – such as self help toolkits and more.

Open Doors Reconnect Program (Qld) is a program for LGBT young people aged 12 to 18 who are at risk of homlessness, and their families.

Orygen Youth Health is Australia’s largest youth-focused mental health organisation.  This is more an ‘about us’ type website, however you can find out about the great programs they offer to both young people, and families.

Qnet (Queer Youth Canberra) lists support services for the GLBTI community and also their family and friends.

Reach Out provides a huge range of online information and services for young people aged 14 to 25 years, including online community forums. They also provide a range of activities for young people within the community. Reach Out also has information on how you can get the best help from services, as well as opportunities for you to connect with other young people like you.

Smiling Mind is a modern meditation for young people. It is a web and application program designed to help young people create balance in their lives.

whatworks4u.org is a website that allows young people to share what treatments have worked for their mental health problems and to learn from others.

Youth beyondblue is the arm of beyondblue that has a specific focus on young people aged 12 to 25 years.

Please let us know if you are aware of any other websites or services for young people so we can include them here.

Other helpful links

Adults Surviving Child Abuse ASCA is committed to enabling people affected by childhood trauma, to live the lives they want to lead, which are satisfying, meaningful and connected with their communities.

Catholic Health Australia (CHA) is the largest non-government provider grouping of health, community and aged care services in Australia, nationally representing Catholic health care sponsors, systems, facilities and related organisations and services.

Catholic Social Services Australia is the Catholic Churches peak national body for social services in Australia. Their 69 member organisations provide social services to over one million Australians each year, delivering services in local communities in metropolitan, regional and remote Australia.

Centre Against Sexual Assualt (CASA) is the The Victorian CASA Forum is the peak body of the 15 Centres Against Sexual Assault, and the Victorian Sexual Assault Crisis Line (after hours). Together we work to ensure that women, children and men who are victim/survivors of sexual assault have access to comprehensive and timely support and intervention to address their needs.

Healthdirect Australia is a FREE* 24-hour telephone health advice line staffed by Registered Nurses to provide expert health advice about any health issue, and which can also help with general health information and direct you to local health services. Call 1800 022 222

NURSE-ON-CALL (for Victorians only, and similar to Healthdirect above) is a phone service that provides immediate, expert health advice from a registered nurse, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1300 60 60 24 for the cost of a local call from anywhere in Victoria. (Calls from mobile phones may be charged at a higher rate.)

Legal Services – Victoria Community Legal Services in Victoria

LifeCircle provides support and mentoring services to those with terminal illness and for carers of those reaching the end of life. Their Hopeline can be contacted on 1300 364 673

Relationships Australia is a community-based, not-for-profit Australian organisation that provides relationship support, including counselling, for individuals, families & communities.  They have offices in every state & territory.

The Butterfly Foundation  provides support for Australians who suffer from eating disorders and negative body image issues and their carers.

Veterans & Veterans Families Counselling Service provides counselling and group programs to Australian veterans and their families. It is a specialised, free and confidential service Australia wide.