Today’s blog post is a short list of some of the mental health services available for free help in Australia, especially for young people. These foundations provide lots of information on mental health issues as well as free counselling services if you are feeling overwhelmed.
If you have any other foundations or online services (such as forums or communities) that you have had good experiences with, feel free to add them in the comments! They don’t necessarily have to be based in Australia.
- “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 provides support, phone (1300 22 4636) and web (4pm-10pm) counselling services, fact sheets and resources on mental health issues. Not just for those suffering, but for friends and loved ones who are concerned about someone or want to understand what they are going through. There are also resources for schools, workplaces and healthcare professionals.
- youthbeyondblue is specifically for younger adults and teenagers, with lots of easy-to-understand fact sheets.
- “a counselling service for Australian children and young people aged between 5 and 25 years”
- Created for children and teenagers/young adults, the Kids Helpline site features information and advice about a range of issues, such as family issues, relationships and school, or understanding grief and loss. The great thing about the site is that it features two separate sections for the different age groups. Adults can also learn about what the organisation does. Kids Helpline is well known for its 24 hour phone counselling service (1800 55 1800), but they also provide web and email services.
- “the national youth mental health foundation. We help young people who are going through a tough time”
- Another youth-targeted foundation, Headspace provides fact sheets, information and online chat and and telephone support services (eheadspace). There are also headspace centres located across Australia. Contacy your local centre for more information on how to access this service.
- “Learn cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) skills for preventing and coping with depression”
- A free online self help program for depression and anxiety, developed by the Australian National University (ANU). CBT can help you to identify and overcome problematic feelings and develop better coping methods for the future.
- “dedicated to bringing about change to the culture, policy and practice in the prevention, treatment and support of those affected by eating disorders and negative body image.”
- Eating disorders can be very difficult for people to understand and treat. The Butterfly Foundation provides support services and resources for those affected by eating disorders. They also have a support line (1800 ED HOPE / 1800 33 4673) and email service (firstname.lastname@example.org). Recovery is possible for all sufferers; the first step is seeking help.