It seems to me that the mental health services available in Australia are so expensive that it is difficult for the normal everyday Australian to have access to good assistance.
The good news is that the following health services are free! Many will still require you seek a mental health plan from your GP, but it is still good to know that you can seek help without being out of pocket.
After all, mental health affects everyone, not just the rich!
What is Mental Health Plan?
A mental health plan is a planned series of treatments your Doctor will prescribe once you have been formally diagnosed with a mental health disorder. Not all mental health disorders are eligible (ie dementia), but it doesn’t hurt to ask your GP what plans are applicable to your situation.
Mental Health Plans help assists with the costs or even cover the cost of seeking treatment. They usually allow for up to ten appointments with an accredited health service in a one year period.
Mental Health Services for Youths:
Call – 1800 650 890
Chat Online – Feedback Forum
Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ wellbeing. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.
Call – 1800 55 1800
Chat Online – Webchat
Kids Helpline email – [email protected]
Kids Helpline is Australia’s only free, private and confidential, phone counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.You can reach out and talk with us for FREE about good things and tough stuff, exciting times or about something that’s bringing you down. There’s heaps of great tips & info for you and remember, you’re always welcome to talk with us. 24/7. 365 Days.
Over a million Australian children have at least one parent with a mental illness. These children may face many challenges. A range of factors associated with families where a parent experiences mental illness can have a negative impact on a child’s development and wellbeing. The COPMI (Children of Parents with a Mental Illness) national initiative develops information for parents, their family and friends in support of these kids and young people. This information complements online training courses developed by COPMI for professionals to support families either individually or through community services and programs.
This website is the primary way our information is accessed. We also work with health care providers, community support groups, educators, service organisations and the media.
Mental Health Services for Everyone:
Call – 1800 18 7263
Helpline email – [email protected].
SANE Australia is a national mental health charity working to support four million Australians affected by complex mental illness including schizophrenia, bipolar, borderline personality disorder, eating disorders, OCD, PTSD and severe depression and anxiety. Our work includes information, support, research and advocacy. For more information about SANE Australia visit www.sane.org
Call – 13 11 14
Chat online – Lifeline Chat
Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. We’re committed to empowering Australians to be suicide-safe through connection, compassion and hope. Our vision is for an Australia free of suicide.
Call – 0800 543 354
Lifeline Aotearoa has been helping New Zealanders in crisis for over 50 years. Our free community helplines (Lifeline 24/7, Suicide Crisis Helpline, Kidsline) are answered by volunteers and counsellors from call centres in Auckland and Christchurch. We also provide specialized counselling and corporate and volunteer training.
Chat Online- ReachOut Forums
ReachOut Forums is a supportive, safe and anonymous space. Hear from others about what has helped them and share what you’re going through. ReachOut.com helps under 25s with everyday questions through to tough times. Visit now to get the tools you need to make life easier.
Call – 1800 011 046
VVCS provides free and confidential, nation-wide counselling and support for war and service-related mental health conditions, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression. VVCS also provides relationship and family counselling to address issues that can arise due to the unique nature of military service. VVCS counsellors have an understanding of military culture and can work with clients to find effective solutions for improved mental health and wellbeing.
Call – 1800 558 268
Our mission To enable people with a mental condition or illness, to take their responsible and caring place in the wider community.
Our vision Grow is recognised for its unique approach to developing leaders in mental health recovery, through mutual help, friendships and community. Our values Personal responsibility: we have a duty to do what is right and ethical and to take responsibility for our actions Personal value: every person is valuable and has their unique place in the community Mutual help: by working together, learning together and sharing experiences we help one another grow to our full potential.
Call – 1300 659 467
Chat Online – Suicide Call Back Service Chat
Suicide Call Back Service provides free phone, video & online counselling for anyone affected by suicide. The Suicide Call Back Service is a 24-hour, nationwide service that provides telephone and online counselling to people 15 years and over who fit one of the following categories:
- People who are suicidal
- People caring for someone who is suicidal
- People bereaved by suicide
- Health professionals supporting people affected by suicide.
The Suicide Call Back Service is especially suited to people who are geographically or emotionally isolated.
Call – 1300 22 4636
Chat Online – Beyond Blue Chat
Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live. Going through tough times? Stress, anxiety and feeling down can affect anyone, and in fact, happens to a lot of us at some point in our lives. We all have good days and bad days. However, if you’re feeling sad, down or anxious and these feelings have started to affect what you would normally enjoy or do, then it’s important to find out what’s going on and what you can do about it.
Call – 1300 789 978
MensLine Australia is a telephone and online counselling service for men with family and relationship concerns. MensLine Australia is the national telephone and online support, information and referral service for men with family and relationship concerns. The service is available from anywhere in Australia and is staffed by professional counsellors, experienced in men’s issues. We’re here to help anywhere, anytime. If you are having a relationship or family problems you can call or chat with us now.