Where To Get Support

 

 

Beyond Blue not only provide great support for those experiencing mental illness but they also offer support to loved ones. Support is available 24/7 on 1300 224 626 or via email, online chat and community forums. Their website is full of wonderful resources and they also have a handy search function to assist with finding professional help in your local area.

 

For 24/7 crisis support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit their website.

 

The Suicide Call Back Service offer free counselling 24 hours, 7 days a week to any one who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts. They also assist people caring for someone who is suicidal or those have lost loved ones to suicide. Call the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467 or visit their website to register for online services.

 

SANE Australia offer great advice and tips on mental health and wellbeing. They also provide phone, email and chat support to those experiencing mental illness as well providing support to family and carers. Please note these services are not available 24/7, so if you require crisis support please contact one of the numbers listed above.

 

headspace offer assistance to young people aged 12-25 years and their families. They have centres located around Australia, or alternatively you can call 1800 650 890, chat online or via email. 

 

Kids Helpline is another one for young people, offering free support for kids, teens, young adults (5-25 years) and their families. For phone counselling, please call 1800 55 1800 or jump online for support via chat or email.

 

If you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression, you can take a free online or telephone assessment through MindSpot Clinic. A team of mental health professionals will provide you with information based on your symptoms and offer further assistance via a free treatment course or referrals to other services.

 

The Black Dog Institute provides a whole stack of information on mental illness symptoms and treatment options, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

 

For guys that may find it difficult to seek help, MensLine Australia provide 24/7 telephone and online counselling services, specifically tailored to men. Contact MensLine on 1300 78 99 79. 

 

mindhealthconnect is like a mental health and wellbeing encyclopaedia! Here you will find trusted and relevant mental health resources and content. They provide information on a broad range of mental health issues and not just limited to anxiety and depression.

 

Booking in an appointment with your general practitioner (GP) is a great start! In Australia, your GP can write a Mental Health Treatment Plan and refer you to see a mental health specialist. Medicare can cover up to/provide benefit for 10 individual sessions per year.

 

Feel free to contact me via email at hellosarahloublog@gmail.com or send me a Facebook message and I’d be happy to point you in the right direction or lend a friendly ear (or eyes!)