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: https://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: https://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: https://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: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/

cohealth

cohealth is a not-for-profit community health organisation that strives to improve health and wellbeing for all and lead the way in reducing health inequity in partnership with people and the communities in which they live. They provide free and/or low-cost services including access to doctors and nurses, mental health services, dental services, family violence, refugee and asylum seeker health, physiotherapy and more.

Website: https://www.cohealth.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: https://www.wire.org.au/

Community Groups

The Space

The Space is a social support group for same sex attracted, transgender, gender diverse and intersex young people who live, work, study or play in the Melton region. The Space is a safe place to meet like-minded young people and hang out, share stories and support one another. This program is an initiative of Melton City Council’s Young Communities. To join, contact Jaime on 9747 5382 or email jaimev@melton.vic.gov.au.

Phone: 03 9747 5382

Website: https://www.melton.vic.gov.au/Services/People/Youth/Get-support/The-Space

Crystal Queer

Crystal Queer is a social and support group for LGBTQIA+ young people in the Brimbank Area aged 15 – 25 (with consideration made for young people attending under the age of 15). It’s a fun and informative social support group for same-sex attracted, intersex, trans, gender diverse and questioning young people which provides a space to meet like-minded people, learn new event management-related skills, learn about the LGBTQIA+ community and create meaningful events. This program is delivered by Brimbank City Council’s Youth Services. To find out more, email youthsupport2@brimbank.vic.gov.au.

Phone: 03 9249 4000

Website: https://brimbankyouth.com/programs/crystal-queer/

The drum

The drum delivers youth services in Carlton, Kensington, North Melbourne, the Melbourne CBD, as well as the Richmond and Collingwood public housing estates. They run programs and events made by young people, for young people. Their service inclusive of young people from ALL genders, religions, cultural and identity backgrounds. Check out their website to learn more about what’s on!

Phone: 03 9663 6733

Website: https://thedrum.ds.org.au/

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: https://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: https://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: https://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: https://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: https://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: https://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: https://www.westjustice.org.au/