It can be hard to know what to do when supporting someone with a mental health problem. Mind has compiled information aimed at helping friends, family, carers and others to give support and take care of themselves too.
When it comes to mental health, access to support and reliable information can change lives. The Black Dog Institute offers general guidelines for seeking help as well direct links to professional services.
WayAhead have a number of important programs that support, educate, de-stigmatise and promote better outcomes for the 14% of Australians that are affected by Anxiety Disorders.
Grow is a community-based organisation that helps Australians recover from mental illness through a program of mutual support and personal development. There are around 180 Grow Groups throughout Australia. In addition, Grow has international offices in Ireland, America, Trinidad and New Zealand.
This article explores the connections between drug abuse and depression, the physical and mental symptoms as well as treatment options available.
Head to Health can point you to great online mental health resources. Head to Health contains around 370 mental health services and resources funded by the Australian Government.
The Black Dog Institute's evidence-based bipolar resources can provide a better understanding of signs, diagnosis, treatment and management.
Schizophrenia is an illness affecting the normal functioning of the brain. It interferes with a person’s ability to think, feel and act. This factsheet from SANE Australia outlines the symptoms, causes and treatment of schizophrenia.
The MI Fellowship supports people with mental illness and their families and friends through recovery, education and advocacy. They offer programs across metropolitan and regional Victoria, the ACT and Tasmania and their website offers useful information and practical ways to give and to find help.
Conversations Matter is a new suite of online resources developed to support community discussion about suicide. The resources provide practical information for communities and professionals to guide conversations about suicide.
Jayne Newling talks to Richard Fidler about the tragic loss of her teenage son to suicide. In this raw and honest conversation Jayne tells of her three sons' experiences of depression and her own uphill battle to recover from the despair left by the death of her son. A moving insight into the effects of mental illness and the importance of educating young people about mental health.
Oxford University has produced a new guide which aims to help parents and carers of young people who are self-harming. The guide has information on topics including understanding self-harm, managing injuries, sources of help and looking after parents' own needs.
The ABC's Mental As site is full of stories, resources and advice on all aspects of mental health. The site is featured during Mental Health week which falls in October each year.
Operation Life Online is an initiative of the Departmnet of Veterans' Affairs. This website will help you understand the warning signs of suicide and provides information and resources to help keep you and others safe from suicide. Help is also available for those bereaved by suicide.
The Transcultural Mental Health Centre works with health professionals and communities across New South Wales to support positive mental health for culturally and linguistically diverse people.
The MindSpot Clinic is a free telephone and online service for Australian adults troubled by symptoms of anxiety or depression. Mindspot offers online screening assessments free treatment courses, and can assist you to find local services that can help.
Man Therapy is designed to get blokes to take practical action to take charge of depression and/or anxiety, and to combat suicidal thoughts. But it also can be a valuable resource for their mates or loved ones. A uniquely designed and helpful site.
At 24, acclaimed novelist Matt Haig’s world fell apart and he could no longer see a reason to live. Haig’s memoir is an honest and inspiring account of how he emerged from severe depression and anxiety, and learned to live again. In this podcast, Haig talks to ABC's All In The Mind.
A Way Ahead is a directory of mental health services in NSW. Aside from the directory, their site contains information on key mental heath issues, programs and treatment.
Just Ask Us is a portal for tertiary students to seek help and information about mental health, alcohol and other drug problems. If you have a problem or are worried about someone else, this site will give you the information, tools and contacts you need to get help now.
THIS WAY UP™ provides online learning programs, education and research in anxiety and depressive disorders. Please note: This is a paid service.
These key facts and statistics about mental health problems can help to challenge the myths that contribute to the stigma that many people still face. It’s so important that we challenge these myths so we can understand the real facts about what mental health problems are and how they can affect people.
Mindhealthconnect (now Head toHealth), is the easy way to find mental health and wellbeing information, support and services from Australia’s leading health providers, together in one place. Supported by the Australian Government, this site helps you to find information you can trust.
Mind Australia supports clients to live independent, productive and satisfying lives through a comprehensive range of services. The service operates in Victoria and South Australia but many resources are available online.
Kookaburra Kids supports children living in a family affected by mental illness by providing intervention and education in a fun way through camp and activity programs. They aim to facilitate unforgettable experiences for children giving them a break from their caring role and a safe environment to share their experiences with children living in similar situations.
Do you suspect a young person in your life may be suffering from depression? The Black Dog Institute outlines signs to look for resources and services available to help.
Sleep specialist Dr Roger Allen, helps people whose lives are blighted by disordered sleep often brought on by anxiety or trauma. Here, he speaks to the ABC's Richard Fidler.
Journalist Jessica Rowe talks about her experience with post-natal depression and the importance of reaching out for help.
Batyr aims to engage, educate and empower young people to speak out about mental health issues by fostering an environment where talking about these issues and getting help is not only accepted, but is encouraged and supported.
When her partner was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Kate Holleman learned that becoming a carer called for a complete emotional overhaul.
Caring for someone with an eating disorder is a big responsibility and comes with considerable personal strain. NEDC have developed a new resource to help equip families and carers with skills and coping techniques.
The Black Dog Institute is a world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.
Information for young children and teens who have parents suffering from mental illness.
SANE Australia is a national charity helping all Australians affected by mental illness to lead better lives through support, training, and education.
Neami is a non-government mental health organisation that provides support services, including accommodation and rehabilitation, to people with a serious mental illness.
Millions of people around the world live with depression. “Living with a black dog” is a guide for partners, carers and sufferers of depression. It advises those living with and caring for people with depression on what to do, what not to do, and where to go for help.
Seek help. Find hope. Lifeline provides 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services.
James O'Loughlin speaks to Professor Ian Hickie about helping kids to beat the blues.
Caring for someone with depresion or anxiety
ABC Health and Wellbeing fact file outline the causes, symptoms of depression as well as contact details for emergency support services.
Beyond Blue has a 24 helpline, online chat and email service to help when it's needed. All calls and chats are one-on-one with a trained mental health professional, and completely confidential. Although you may be asked for your first name and some general details, you can remain anonymous.
ReachOut.com is Australia’s leading online youth mental health service which helps hundreds of thousands of people under 25 tackle everything from finding motivation to getting through really tough times. You might find incites here to help you to help a young person in your life or direct them to this site which has a wealth of information and resources.