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Get emergency help

Get emergency help

Get emergency help

If you or someone close to you is in distress or immediate danger dial 000 as soon as possible.

24/7 mental health helplines

Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation is not a mental health service, but we are happy to point you in the right direction. These free and confidential telephone and online chat helplines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Counselling Service

Beyond Blue | 1300 22 4636
Call Beyond Blue or chat to them online if you need brief counselling or to talk to someone who understands what you’re going through.

Crisis support

Lifeline | 13 11 14
Crisis support and suicide prevention services for people experiencing emotional distress.

Suicide Call Back Service | 1300 659 467
Counselling for people affected by suicide.

13Yarn | 13 92 76
Counselling for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Hotlines for depression, anxiety and other mental health support

MensLine Australia | 1300 78 99 78
Counselling, support and referral service for men.

Kids Helpline | 1800 55 1800
Counselling for kids, teens and young adults aged between 5 and 25.

Open Arms | 1800 011 046
Counselling for anyone who has served at least one day in the ADF, their partners and families.

Domestic, family and sexual violence helpline

1800RESPECT | 1800 737 732
Counselling and information for people affected by family and sexual violence.

Alcohol and other drug helplines

Counselling Online
Online chat counselling for people affected by alcohol or other drug use.

National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline | 1800 250 015
Telephone referral to local services.

Gambling helpline

Gambler’s Help | 1800 858 858
Support for people with gambling problems, family and friends close to them, and those just wanting to cut back or regain control.

General mental health support

MindSpot Clinic | 1800 61 44 34
Online and telephone assessment and treatment for people experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and chronic pain.

SANE | 1800 187 263
Support and information for people affected by mental health issues and trauma.

Post natal depression support

PANDA’s National Perinatal Mental Health Helpline | 1300 726 306
Support for people throughout pregnancy up until their baby is 12 months old.

Complex trauma support

Blue Knot Helpline | 1300 657 380
Information and support for anyone affected by complex trauma. This includes violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation.

Eating disorders and body image support

Butterfly National Helpline | 1800 33 4673
Counselling for people affected by eating disorders.

Youth mental health services and support

Kids Helpline | 1800 55 1800
24/7 counselling for kids, teens and young adults aged between 5 and 25.

headspace
Mental health support for young people. Offering phone, chat and online community support.

ReachOut
Mental health service for young people and their parents. Offering self-help information, peer-support program and referral tools.

Wellbeing support helplines

QLife | 1800 184 527
Anonymous and free LGBTI peer support and referral. Talk about sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships.

FriendLine | 1800 424 287
For seniors who need to reconnect or just want a chat.

Carer Gateway | 1800 422 737
Individual and group counselling about the concerns carers have and how they feel about their carer role.

Websites and support groups for mental health

Black Dog Institute
Resources and mental health support groups for people affected by anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Head to Health
Brings together more than 500 digital resources to support your wellbeing and mental health.

Embrace Multicultural Mental Health
National platform for Australian mental health services and multicultural communities to access resources, services and information in a culturally accessible format.

Support after Suicide
Information and online community for those bereaved by suicide.

If you don’t feel like you can call any of the above services, you can also:

  • Talk to someone you trust

  • Contact your GP, a counsellor, psychologist or psychiatrist

  • Visit a hospital emergency department