Getting Help


The numbers on this page are for Australia. For other countries, please look in your phone book or visit 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:


Contact details



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

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

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


Inspire Foundation

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

Black Dog Institute

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


1300 22 4636

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


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

Just Ask Lifeline Australia

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

Australian Psychological Society

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


Online self guided treatment courses for anxiety and depression.



Online mental health treatment programs

Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health

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

Mental Health Association of NSW – Mental Health Information Service

1300 794 991

Information on mental health services in NSW

Reach Out

Information, support and resources for young people


Diabetes information and support


Contact details


Diabetes Australia

Information and advice for people with diabetes

Diabetes Counselling Online


Information and free online counseling for people in Australia with 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:


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.