Getting Help

 

The numbers on this page are for Australia. For other countries, please look in your phone book or visit http://www.befrienders.org to find help.

 

Mental health support

If you are having thoughts of suicide or harming yourself:

Please get help immediately by calling one of the helplines below.

TALK TO SOMEONE NOW. Other people can find a way to help you get through this.

The four helplines below are all available 24 hours, 7 days per week.

If life is in danger call 000.

 

If you would like psychological support:

Please speak to your GP about options for mental health services.  For example, in some cases GPs can refer patients to see a psychologist or psychiatrist, with a Medicare rebate available.  Your GP may also be able to assist you in accessing your local community mental health team.

There are also a range of Internet-based treatment programs for depression and anxiety.

Useful resources include:

Service

Contact details

Description

Mindhealthconnect http://www.mindhealthconnect.org.au

Information on mental health and wellbeing, support and services, (including online programs) from Australia's leading health providers.

Mental Health Information Line

1300 729 686

9:00am to 7:00pm

For support and assistance connecting to services including support groups, men's services, respite, child and youth services and many more.

Just Ask Lifeline Australia

1300 131 114

Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm http://www.justask.org.au

For people with mental health problems, and their friends or relatives. Tells you where to get help. Not a counselling service

SANE Help Line

1800 187 263

Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm http://www.sane.org

For people with mental health problems and their carers. Information, where to go for support. Email helpline (reply in 3 working days)

ReachOut!

Inspire Foundation

http://www.reachout.com.au

For young people going through tough times, and for their friends. Gives online information. Also blogs and other online support

Black Dog Institute

http://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au

For people with depression or bipolar disorder and for people wanting to support them. Information and how to get help.

beyondblue

1300 22 4636 http://www.beyondblue.org.au

For people with depression or anxiety, and for people wanting to support them Information and how to get help

Bluepages

http://www.bluepages.anu.edu.au

For people with depression. Information, advice, how to get help

Just Ask Lifeline Australia

http://www.justask.org.au

For people with mental health problems, and their friends or relatives. Tells you where to get help.

Australian Psychological Society

http://www.psychology.org.au

Information, fact sheets and ‘Find a Psychologist' search facility.

VirtualClinic https://www.virtualclinic.org.au

Online self guided treatment courses for anxiety and depression.

OnTrack

https://www.ontrack.org.au

 

Online mental health treatment programs

Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health

http://www.acpmh.unimelb.edu.au

Information, fact sheets and advice about trauma and disaster recovery.

Mental Health Association of NSW – Mental Health Information Service

http://www.mentalhealth.asn.au

1300 794 991

Information on mental health services in NSW

Reach Out

http://au.reachout.com

Information, support and resources for young people

 

Diabetes information and support

Service

Contact details

Description

Diabetes Australia

http://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au

Information and advice for people with diabetes

Diabetes Counselling Online

http://www.diabetescounselling.com.au

 

Information and free online counseling for people in Australia with diabetes

OnTrack

https://www.ontrack.org.au/diabetes/

 

A free online program for people with Type 2 diabetes

 

Queries about the Writing for Health program

If you have any questions or comments about the Writing for Health program, please contact us on:

Email: SVHS.WritingForHealth@svha.org.au

Telephone: (02) 8382 1660 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm) and ask to speak to a Writing for Health researcher. 

Please leave a message if a Writing for Health staff member is not immediately available.

We will respond to your email within 5 working days.

The Writing for Health team is based in the offices of Faces in the Street:Urban Mental Health Research Institute, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, Australia.

Please note that Writing for Health does not provide a counselling service. For mental health support, please see the information under Getting Help above.