Great Minds: Mental Health Directory
One in five young people will face mental health issues, but most of us don’t get the help we need.
FBi Radio and Headspace Camperdown have teamed up to bring you Great Minds. It’s a directory of resources on maintaining good mental health, as well as information and assistance on any mental health issues you might be facing.
Remember though, if it’s urgent and you’re in crisis, please call 000 and go to the emergency department at your local hospital.
Headspace is a youth mental health service for people aged 12-25. There are Headspace centres around Australia.
They can help with mental health, physical health, drug and alcohol concerns, and stress related to work and study. headspace.org.au
Mental health line NSW - 1800 011 511
The NSW Mental Health Line is staffed by mental health professionals who are available around the clock and can connect you with the right care.
Call 1800 011 511.
Suicide Call Back Service
The Suicide Call Back Service provides free phone, video & online counselling for anyone affected by suicide. They’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Call 1300 659 467.
Online mental health resources and assistance
lifeline.org.au is a national charity providing all Australians with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
beyondblue.org.au provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever your age and wherever you live.
sane.org/get-help – The SANE Help Centre provides the information, guidance, and referral you need to manage mental health concerns. Available 9-5 weekdays.
eheadspace.org.au provides online and telephone support to people 12 – 25 and their family and friends.
kidshelpline.com.au is a free, private and confidential phone counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.
au.reachout.com helps under 25s with everyday questions through to tough times. Get the tools to make life easier.
Drug and alcohol Counselling
yourroom.com.au – Your Room offers information about alcohol and a wide range of drugs, how they can affect people, side effects, withdrawal, and how to get help for yourself or for anyone who needs it.
counsellingonline.org.au – a free, 24/7 counselling service for people using alcohol & other drugs, their family members and friends.
ncpic.org.au – The National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre is a Government Initiative that provides evidence-based information about cannabis use to prevent uptake and support treatment of users.
fds.org.au – Family Drug Support Australia offers 24/7 support for families affected by drug and alcohol use. Call 1300 368 186.
playsafe.health.nsw.gov.au – everything you need to know about safe sex, condoms, STI treatment and testing.
bodytalk.org.au – info for young people about the body, puberty, relationships and sexual health, including STIs and contraception.
1800 451 624 Sexual health infolink – free and confidential sexual health support and information from specialist sexual health nurses. Available Monday to Friday 9am-5:30pm.
1300 658 886 Family Planning NSW talk line – free and confidential sexual health support and information.
au.reachout.com/what-is-sexual-consent – Whenever you have sex, you need to make sure that your partner is just as enthusiastic. This info might help if you want to know more about consent, aren’t sure how to tell if someone is consenting, or want to know how to slow down or stop sexual intercourse.
How to support a friend you're worried about
youthbeyondblue.com – support a friend.
headspace.org.au – help a friend.
mhfa.com.au – help a friend, family member or co-worker with mental health, illness or crisis.
au.reachout.com – help a friend with stress.
ie.reachout.com – how to listen.
Study stress and job help
headspace.org.au – The headspace digital work and study service can assist you with creating a resume, career planning, job searching, interview preparation and more. See the website or call 1800 810 794.
youthbeyondblue.com – surviving year 12
au.reachout.com – tips to help you through exams
au.reachout.com – rolling in the deep blue HSC
LGBTIQ Community Assistance
twenty10.org.au – NSW gay & lesbian counselling service. They support people of diverse genders, sexes and sexualities, their families and communities.
qlife.org.au – QLife provides early intervention, peer supported telephone and web services to the full breadth of ages, bodies, genders, relationships, sexualities, and lived experiences. Operating daily from 3pm til midnight.
minus18.org.au – a youth-led organisation that provides mental health and peer mentoring support to same sex attracted and gender diverse young people from all over Australia. They have youth workers and peer mentors ready to go if you need someone to talk to.
acon.org.au – a NSW based organisation that specialises in HIV prevention, HIV support and LGBTI health.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health
amsredfern.org.au – The Aboriginal Medical Service Cooperative in Redfern provides culturally appropriate health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in central NSW.
headspace.org.au/yarn-safe – resources developed by headspace with the help of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.
beyondblue.org.au – research, information, education and support strategies developed in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations.
People with Disabilities
cda.org.au – Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA) is the national peak body which represents children and young people aged 0-25 with disability.
myplace.ndis.gov.au – the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Call 1800 800 110.
dsa.org.au – Disability Services Australia provides essential community support, employment and training services to enhance the lives of people with a disability.
disabilityonline.community – an online hub linking Australia’s disability resources.
youthaction.org.au – Youth Action works towards a society where all young people are valued, engaged and supported. Check out their tips on working with young people with a disability.
legalaid.nsw.gov.au – The Legal Aid Youth Hotline provides legal advice and information to people under 18. It operates 9am to midnight weekdays, with a 24-hour service from Friday 9am to Sunday midnight and on public holidays. Call 1800 10 18 10.
alsnswact.org.au – Aboriginal Legal Service is a community organisation giving information and referral, and legal advice and court representation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and children across NSW and ACT. If you’re in trouble with the police, call 1800 765 767. If you need care, call 1800 733 233.
lawstuff.org.au – know your rights. A website dedicated to providing legal information to children and young people in Australia.
Domestic Violence NSW
Domestic violence is violent, abusive or intimidating behaviour by a partner, carer or family member to control, dominate or cause fear. If you’re a victim of domestic violence, there is help available.
If you’re in immediate danger, call 000. For info and help, call the 24 hour Domestic Violence Line on 1800 65 64 63 or visit domesticviolence.nsw.gov.au
Sexual Assault Helpline
Are you experiencing sexual assault or domestic and family violence? Seeking to support someone who is? Call 1800 737 732. 1800RESPECT is a national counselling helpline that offers information and support 24/7.
Relationships Australia can help you to achieve positive and respectful relationships – through counselling, family dispute resolution and a range of other programs. If you’re having relationship difficulties or problems in your family, check them out.
parentline NSW: Counselling services for parents
Parent Line is a telephone counselling, information and referral service for parents of children ages 0-18 who live in New South Wales.
Parents, grandparents and carers can call 1300 1300 52 for the cost of a local call. They are available 9am-9 pm Monday to Friday, and 4pm-9pm on weekends.
Mensline: Counselling Services For Men
MensLine Australia is a national telephone and online support, information and referral service for men with family and relationship concerns. It’s staffed by professional counselors who are experienced in men’s issues. Call 1300 78 99 78 or use their online services.
Transcultural Mental Health
The Transcultural Mental Health Centre works with people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, health professionals and partner organisations across NSW to support good mental health.
The Butterfly Foundation for Eating Disorders
The Butterfly Foundation supports Australians in the prevention and treatment of eating disorders and body image issues. If you’re worried about yourself, someone you care about or if you just need to talk, call 1800 33 4673.
launchpad: youth homelessness
Launchpad helps young people aged 16-24 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the Sydney district. They can assist with accessing or keeping your housing, finances, things at home or school, and advice about education and employment. Call (02) 9557 2810 between 9-4 Monday to Friday.
link2home: Homelessness line
Link2home is a state-wide phone service for homelessness enquiries run by Housing NSW. Call for assistance if you are homeless or at risk of homelessness and get access to specialised support and accommodation services. 1800 152 152 (free call)
My Compass: self-help program
1 in 5 people struggle with their mental health each year. myCompass is a personalised self-help program that you can use on your mobile phone, computer or tablet. Whether you need help now, or want to prepare for the future, myCompass will teach you ways to boost your mental fitness.
Smiling Mind: mindfulness mediation app
Smiling Mind is a unique web program and app developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to your life. Just as you eat well and stay fit to keep your body healthy, mindfulness meditation is about mental health and looking after your mind.
Woolcock Institute Sleep Clinics
The Woolcock Institute of Medical Research has over 200 medical researchers and doctors working to uncover the causes of diseases, find better treatments and provide treatment for patients. Woolcock Clinics in Glebe and Camperdown specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders.
Mood Active is a not-for-profit association which provides small group exercise programs for people clinically diagnosed with depression and anxiety. Mood Active uses exercise to help people get back on their feet and better manage chronic illness. Exercise programs include cardio tennis, yoga, boot camp and body circuit classes.