Mental health

On this page, you will find a library of healthcare services, community groups and educational resources related to mental health.

Our mental health is about much more than the way that we feel about ourselves. It also includes our wide range of emotions as well as our sense of connection and belonging. When we have positive mental health, it helps with the way we handle stress, relate to other people and feel good about the choices we make. It’s important to learn about and take care of your mental health throughout every stage of your life.

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Support Services

Kids Helpline

Australia’s only free, confidential 24/7 online and phone counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25. Qualified counsellors at Kids Helpline are available via WebChat, phone or email anytime and for any reason.

Phone: 1800 55 1800

Website: www.kidshelpline.com.au/

eHeadspace

A service that provides free online and telephone support and counselling to young people aged 12 – 25 and their families and friends. If you’re based in Australia and going through a tough time, eheadspace can help.

Website: www.headspace.org.au/eheadspace/

QLIFE

QLIFE provides anonymous and free LGBTI peer support and referral for people in Australia wanting to talk about sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships. The QLife family includes hundreds of highly experienced LGBTIQ+ staff and volunteers Australia-wide. You are invited to explore any issue including referrals, community connections, thoughts and feelings around sexual orientation and/or gender identity. All conversations are confidential, anonymous and non-judgmental.

Phone: 1800 184 527 (webchat available on website)

Website: www.switchboard.org.au/qlife

Beyond Blue

A service that provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live. Chat with a trained mental health professional via phone, email or webchat. You can also participate in their online forums.

Phone: 1300 22 4636

Website: www.beyondblue.org.au/

WIRE

A free, Victoria-wide generalist information, support and referral service run by women and non-binary people for women, non-binary and gender-diverse people. WIRE offers you a safe place to share your experience. No matter what the problem is, we are here to listen and support you, and to provide information on services and practitioners that you can connect to. Appointments not needed.

Phone: 1300 134 130

Website: www.wire.org.au/

headspace – Sunshine

headspace Sunshine offers free support for young people aged 12 to 25, their families and friends. headspace centres act as a one-stop-shop for young people who need help with mental health, physical health (including sexual health), alcohol and other drugs or work and study support.

Phone: 03 9927 6222

Website: www.headspace.org.au/headspace-centres/sunshine/

cohealth

cohealth provide a range of mental health services for people living with or at risk of developing mental illness. cohealth mental health specialists can support you to manage your self-care, improve social connectedness and achieve good quality of life, and also support you with access to education, employment, housing and physical health care.

Phone: 9448 5502 (Footscray) or 9448 5534 (Laverton)

Website: www.cohealth.org.au/service-category/mental-health/

Shifra

Shifra has been co-designed with refugee and migrant communities and organisations to help users access culturally-sensitive mental health information in local languages. Information is currently available in Arabic and English with more languages coming soon.

Website: www.shifra.app/en/community-health/mental-health

Resources

ReachOut

An internet service for young people that provides information, support and resources about mental health issues and enable them to develop resilience, increase coping skills, and facilitate help-seeking behaviour.

Website: www.au.reachout.com/

iBobbly

A social and emotional wellbeing self-help app for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 15 years and over.

Website: www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/resources-support/digital-tools-apps/ibobbly/

Brimbank Youth Directory

An online guide to helpful services for young people in Brimbank and neighbouring areas. Brimbank Youth Services provides and manages this online directory.

Website: www.brimbankyouthdirectory.com/

Ask Izzy

Ask Izzy is a website that connects people in need with housing, a meal, money help, family violence support, counselling and much more. It is free and anonymous, with over 370,000 services listed across Australia. And if you’re on the Telstra or Vodafone mobile networks, you can access Ask Izzy on your phone even if you don’t have credit or access to wifi.

Website: www.askizzy.org.au/

myCompass

A free internet and smartphone-based self-help program for people with depression, anxiety and stress. It delivers proven psychological techniques used by doctors and psychologists such as cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT).

Website: www.mycompass.org.au/

BITE BACK

BITE BACK is Black Dog Institute’s FREE, self-guided online wellbeing and resilience program for young people aged 13 – 16 years old. Evidence shows that using BITE BACK can decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety and increase wellbeing. BITE BACK uses a combination of fun, interactive activities, quizzes, animations and information across nine positive psychology domains including gratitude, optimism, flow, meaning, hope, mindfulness, character strengths, healthy lifestyle, and positive relationships. BITE BACK also provides information about the benefits of increasing wellbeing, strategies to develop skills in each of the positive psychology domains, and links to other relevant resources.

Website: www.biteback.org.au/

WEstjustice

WEstjustice provides free legal help to people in the Western suburbs of Melbourne. They can help with a broad range of everyday problems, including consumer disputes, credit and debt, family law and family violence, fines, motor vehicle accidents, tenancy, youth criminal law and more. They have offices in Footscray, Werribee and Sunshine, as well as a number of outreach services.

Phone: 03 9749 7720

Website: www.westjustice.org.au/