Getting Help with Mental Health
The following services are available for you to contact if you are concerned about your own, or someone else’s, mental health.
In an Emergency
In an emergency situation where a person is in immediate danger or at risk of harm, ring Emergency Services (000)
Lifeline’s 24-Hour Telephone Counselling Services – ph: 13 11 14
Contact Lifeline if you are feeling low, depressed or suicidal, or worried about a friend or family member and need immediate help. For more information visit: http://www.lifeline.org.au
Kids Helpline – ph: 1800 551 800
Kids Help Line (KHL) is a free Helpline for children and young people aged 5 to 18. Phone Counselling is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you're not sure about talking to someone on the phone, or can't get to a phone, you can use web counselling or email for less urgent contact. For more information visit: http://www.kidshelp.com.au/
Mensline – ph: 1300 78 9978
Mensline Australia is the national telephone support, information and referral service for men with family and relationship concerns. For more information visit: www.menslineaus.org.au/
SANE Australia Helpline - ph:1800 18 SANE (7263)
SANE Helpline provides information about symptoms, treatments, medications, where to go for support and help for carers. Easy to read pamphlets and other information are also sent out on request. The Helpline is only available Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm EST.
SANE also provides a Helpline online service. For more information visit: http://www.sane.org/
The Abuse and Neglect Hotline – ph:1800 880 052
A national referral service for anyone wanting to report claims of abuse and neglect against people with a disability in any government-run or government-funded disability service.
The Hotline is available daily from 8am to 8pm. For more information visit: http://www.disabilityhotline.org/.
Domestic Violence Line – ph: 1800 656 463
24 hour, 7 days per week telephone service for people affected by domestic violence.
Salvo Care Line – ph: 1300 363 622
24 hr Christian counselling service
Mental Health Information Service - ph: 1300 794 991
This is a free, anonymous helpline via phone and email, operating week-days. A wide range of information is also available to the public on other services that can directly impact mental health for individuals or their families. Also has access to interpreters. Telephone: 1300 794 991 or visit: www.mentalhealth.asn.au/resources/index.htm
beyondblue Information Line - 1300 22 4636
Information and resources about depression.
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Telephone Counselling & Information Line - Phone: 1800 18 4527
Operates 7 days a week - from 5.30pm to 10.30pm .
In the Sydney Metropolitan Area, or from Outside of NSW, call: (02) 8594 - 9596
Outside of Sydney Areas call: 1800 - 18 – GLCS (1800 - 18 - 4527)
Vietnam Veterans Counselling Service – ph: 1800 011 046
After hours telephone crisis counselling for veterans and their families.
Support for families and carers:
ARAFMI NSW (Inc) – 1800 655 198
ARAFMI provides support and advocacy for families and friends with mental illness or disorder. The Information, Support & Referral Line is available during business hours.
Sydney: (02)9332 0700 NSW country areas: Toll Free 1800 655 198
Carers NSW – 1800 242 636
For carer information, support and counselling. Free call except from mobiles.
Multilingual Health Information
Multicultural Mental Health Australia has translated fact sheets in 21 languages. Go to www.mmha.org.au/find/resources
The multilingual section in the NSW Health site provides translations of factsheets in up to 49 languages, and also provides translations of information on physical disease.