Find Support

If you are experiencing mental ill health we encourage you to reach out for support on your recovery journey. The below organisations provide free advice and information.

Crisis support services

If you or someone you care for is in need of immediate assistance you can contact:

Lifeline

We are a national charity providing all Australians experiencing emotional distress with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. We exist so that no person in Australia has to face their darkest moments alone.
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Suicide Call Back Service

Suicide Call Back Service is a free nationwide service providing 24/7 phone and online counselling to people affected by suicide.

Beyond Blue

Some days are better than others and we all need a helping hand from time to time.
Beyond Blue is here to help all people in Australia achieve their best possible mental health. Earlier, easier, together.
Whether you're seeking mental health information or 24/7 qualified support for you or someone else, we're here for you.

MensLine Australia

MensLine Australia is a free telephone and online counselling service offering support for Australian men anywhere, anytime.

StandBy – Support After Suicide

Is an Australian Government initiative, established in 2002 to meet the need for a coordinated community response to suicide.
StandBy is Australia’s leading suicide postvention program dedicated to assisting people and communities bereaved or impacted by suicide.

Youth

headspace

headspace is Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation, providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds.

Kids Helpline

ReachOut

Anonymous and confidential, ReachOut is a safe place where young people can openly express themselves, get a deeper understanding and perspective on what’s happening in their lives, connect with people who will provide judgement-free support, and build the resilience to manage their challenges now and in the future.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Support Services

13YARN

13YARN [Thirteen YARN] is the first national crisis support line for mob who are feeling overwhelmed or having difficulty coping. Confidential one-on-one with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporter.

Alcohol and Drug Information and Support Services (ADIS)

Alcohol and Drug Information and Support Services (ADIS) are state and territory-based services that offer telephone counselling, information, referral and support, 24 hours a day, for anyone seeking help for their own or another person's alcohol or drug use. For local numbers visit the website.

Brother to Brother Crisis Support Line

The Brother to Brother crisis line provides phone support for Aboriginal men who need someone to talk to about relationship issues, family violence, parenting, drug and alcohol issues or who are struggling to cope for other reasons. The line is staffed by Aboriginal men, including Elders, who have a lived experience in the issues that the line offers support for.

Wellmob

Social, emotional and cultural wellbeing online resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

Other Services

Head to Health

Whether you are looking for mental health support for yourself, someone you care about, or just trying to improve your wellbeing - Head to Health is a good place to start.

Head to Health helps all Australians access the mental health and wellbeing services that are right for them. It makes it easier to navigate and choose the most suitable care options, whether that’s face-to-face, via phone, or online.

Life in Mind

Life in Mind is a knowledge exchange portal providing translated evidence, policy, data and resources in suicide prevention and hosts the National Communications Charter.

QLife (LGBTIQ+ community)

The QLife family includes hundreds of highly experienced staff and volunteers Australia-wide. If you're looking to connect with someone to explore what's going on in your life, we're here to chat and to take your call from 3pm-midnight each day.

Embrace Multicultural Mental Health

Empowering Australians from multicultural mental health by providing trusted tools and resources.

1800RESPECT

1800RESPECT is available for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to support people impacted by domestic, family or sexual violence.

SANE

SANE is for people with recurring, persistent or complex mental health issues and trauma, and for their families, friends and communities.

Butterfly Foundation

Support for eating disorders and body image issues.

Carer Support

With 30 years’ experience in supporting carers and seniors, Carer and Community SA understands how to support you and your goals.

National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline

Free and confidential 24/7 phone service that provides counselling, advice, and information for those struggling with addiction.

Natural Disaster Support Services

If you have been impacted by a natural disaster (including bushfire, flood, drought), you can access immediate free counselling by contacting Services Australia 1800 22 66 or your local GP or health professional.

For additional information regarding financial assistance and support visit the National Recovery and Resilience Agency. You can also access mental health information, disaster toolkits and resources at Head to Health

Financial Support Services

National Debt Helpline

Professional financial counsellors provide free and confidential advice.

Small Business Debt Helpline

If you or someone you know is struggling with their business finances, call these small business financial counsellors for free, independent and confidential advice.

Defence Force and Veteran Support Services

Defence Force personnel can also contact your; Local health facility, Mental Health & Psychology Section, Chaplain, Unit Welfare Officer, Chain of command.

 If you don't feel like you can call any of the above service, you can also:

  • talk to someone you trust
  • contact your GP, a counsellor, psychologist or psychiatrist

Open Arms

Mental health support for Navy, Army and Air Force personnel, veterans and their families.

All-hours Support Line

24/7 confidential telephone service for Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and their families to facilitate access to ADF or civilian mental health services.

Defence Family Helpline

Defence provides a range of services, assistance and resources to support ADF members and their families.

Need more information?

Please note: the National Mental Health Commission does not take responsibility for the information or advice accessed outside our website.

Black Dog

The Black Dog Institute is a not-for-profit facility for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder.

R U OK?

A non-profit suicide prevention organisation.
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Acknowledgement of Country

The Commission acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands throughout Australia.
We pay our respects to their clans, and to the elders, past present and emerging, and acknowledge their continuing connection to land, sea and community.

Diversity

The Commission is committed to embracing diversity and eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of health services. The Commission welcomes all people irrespective of ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Lived Experience

We acknowledge the individual and collective contributions of those with a lived and living experience of mental ill-health and suicide, and those who love, have loved and care for them. Each person’s journey is unique and a valued contribution to Australia’s commitment to mental health suicide prevention systems reform.