Dial 000 in Australia if your life is in danger.
On this page is a list of helplines and information sources to learn more about mental health, seek help, read real life experiences, and get support in times of distress. You can follow any of these links to resource pages, or call the phone numbers provided to talk to a professional.
Apart from these services, speaking with a trusted friend or family member can work for a lot of people. As well as finding a psychologist in your area, and speaking through your issues in person.
Seeking help and support is something to always be proud of. No one needs to be in this alone, and with the amount of support options out there at the moment, you can search for one you’re comfortable with. If you’ve sought help in the past and not felt satisfied, keep trying. Because someone will listen.
Beyond Blue is an organisation focused on information and support for all types of Anxiety and Depression. They also have information on suicide, pregnancy related mental health issues, and self harm information. Their site has been incredibly useful to me, in the past, to understand what exactly was happening to me in times of stress. They have an online chat forum and a helpline for anyone needing support.
Helpline: 1300 22 4636
Life Line is a national charity that offers information, support, and crisis management 24 hours a day. They have an online chat forum, real life stories, and a helpline for crisis support. They cover a range of topics including problem gambling, self-harm, and rural mental health.
Helpline: 13 11 14
Kids Helpline is a support service for those aged between 5 and 25, and parents and carers of those affected. They offer a 24/7 free-call service as well as e-mail and webchat support. They also have Kids Helpline circles; social network for peer support. Their website has topics tailored to young people, and specific site links for different ages. Topics like body image, coping with a break-up, being a young carer, and leaving home are covered on their site for 13-25’s.
Helpline: 1800 55 1800
Head Space is support and information specifically for youth suffering mental health issues. They have centers around Australia dedicated to helping those in need. You can find their center locator here. They also offer online chat support services and a helpline. Pieces of information on their site are tailored to directly support young people’s issues, and they also offer in-school workshops such as bullying prevention.
Helpline: 1800 650 890
SANE Australia seeks to help those living with mental illnesses to lead a more fulfilling life. They offer a lot of information on what a mental illness is/does and how to live through the effects. They have an online chat service and helpline for those needing support, as well as online forums for those wanting more information and an open discussion. Their online chat service and helpline only operate weekdays between 9am and 5pm AEST.
Helpline: 1800 18 7263
FTW Revolution was started by Matt Dee, who lost both of his siblings to suicide. With his FTW team, they prove that speaking about mental health and supporting each other makes us strong. Through clothing brands, parties and events, they raise money for Suicide Prevention Australia and show the world that you’ve got to live life to the fullest. They claim to represent the underdogs and general misfits of the world. And their huge male presence speaks volumes for their ability to get men talking about mental health issues as well.
The Suicide Call Back Service offers help to those in times of great distress. As well as those worried about a friend or family member, those who have lost someone to suicide, and health professionals. The offer 24/7 counselling via phone, online, and even video chat.
Helpline: 1300 659 467
Suicide Prevention Australia is focused on bringing down the high statistics of death by suicide and stamping out the stigma surrounding that. Their goal is to halve the suicide rates in Australia, in ten years. They run campaigns and support programs around the country.
This list will continue to grow as we’re made aware of any other mental health service that has helped our readers, and could help future readers. If you’d like us to add a resource to this list don’t hesitate to get in touch via our contact page.