Want to help someone who might be struggling but don't know where to start? Below are some organisations that can help you understand what that person might be going through and where they can get more comprehensive support.
beyondblue is a national depression initiative, working to reduce the impact of depression and anxiety in Australia. It provides online information on depression, anxiety and related disorders, as well as available treatments and where to get help. You can also call the beyondblue info line on 1300 22 4636 (local call cost from a landline), or email infoline@beyondblue. org. au.
The Black Dog Institute is a not-for-profit organisation offering specialist expertise in a range of disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder. The Institute aims to improve the lives of those affected by these disorders - and in turn - the lives of their families and friends. It provides high quality clinical services for those with a mood disorder; undertakes research; and provides education and training to health professionals, communities, workplaces and schools. You can also use the Institute’s online self-assessment tool and resources.
Lifeline provides 24/7 crisis support for all Australians. For telephone crisis support call Lifeline on 13 11 14. Its online crisis support chat service is also available 7 days a week from 8pm - midnight. Lifeline also has a range of online self-help tool kits and fact sheets covering issues such as mental illness, depression, suicide prevention, anxiety and more.
MHFA Australia is a national non-profit training and research program that provides high quality evidence based mental health first aid education open to all members of the community. Its 12-14 hour courses are presented by accredited Instructors across Australia and in 16 other countries, and teach how to use mental health first aid strategies to assist individuals with mental health problems. MHFA courses include Standard, Youth, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Vietnamese.
The Mindframe National Media Initiative provides comprehensive national guidance on responsible, accurate and sensitive portrayals of mental illness and suicide through the mass media. Funded by the Australian Government and advised through media industry engagement, Mindframe delivers evidence-based education, training and resources for media professionals, universities and sectors working with the media on issues relating to mental illness and suicide.
ReachOut. com is Australia’s leading online youth mental health service. It’s the perfect place to start if you’re not sure where to look. It’s got information, stories and discussions on everything from finding your motivation, to getting through really tough times. With a mobile-friendly site and forums, you can access help, info and support no matter where you are.
The Salvation Army’s Hope for Life Program aims to raise awareness about the impact of suicide in Australia and to educate and empower the general community to provide appropriate responses to people who have been bereaved by suicide. Its training courses are designed to equip people in local communities with the skills, knowledge and confidence to be there for people, to provide them with a listening ear, to give practical support and assistance and to give them a sense of comfort and hope.
SANE Australia is a national charity working towards a better life for people affected by mental illness, through campaigning, education and research. The SANE Helpline and Helpline Online also provide advice, information and referral for people concerned about mental illness and suicide prevention. Call 1800 18 SANE (7263) for advice and information.