Helpful Resources and information

 
 

+ Resources for depression

beyondblue: http://www.beyondblue.org.au/ beyondblue is a national response to reduce the prevalence of depression in Australia.

Black Dog Institute:www.blackdoginstitute.org.au Expert information on depression and Bipolar Disorder for the general public as well as professionals, including information on getting help for mood disorders, suggestions on ways of staying well, and detailed information about the Institute's research activities.

BlueBoard: www.blueboard.anu.edu.au An online support group for people affected by depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders. It aims to reduce stigma, and to provide support, hope and opportunities for sharing successful coping strategies. The group is run as a moderated bulletin board with strict protocols to enhance safety and privacy.

headspace: www.headspace.org.au headspace provides young people 12-25, and their families, with information, support and advice on general health; mental health and wellbeing; alcohol and other drugs; education, employment and other services. headspace centres around Australia provide young people with access to youth-friendly health professionals and the headspace website has a section devoted to supporting parents and carers.

MoodGYM: www.moodgym.anu.edu.au A popular interactive program which incorporates cognitive-behaviour therapy for depression. It was first launched in 2001 and is now in its third revision. MoodGYM has been extensively researched and its effectiveness has been demonstrated in randomised controlled trials.

+ Resources for drug & substance abuse

Australian Drug Information Network: www.adin.com.au The ADIN provides a central point of access to quality Internet-based alcohol and drug information provided by prominent organisations in Australia and internationally.

headspace: www.headspace.org.au headspace provides young people 12-25, and their families, with information, support and advice on general health; mental health and wellbeing; alcohol and other drugs; education, employment and other services. headspace centres around Australia provide young people with access to youth-friendly health professionals and the headspace website has a section devoted to supporting parents and carers.

+ Resources for suicide

Reach Out: www.reachout.com.au A national online youth suicide prevention program.

+ Info on helplines

Kids' Helpline: www.kidshelpline.com.au 1800 551 800 A national 24-hour telephone counselling service for children and young people in Australia.

Lifeline: www.lifeline.org.au 13 11 14 A national 24-hour telephone counselling service for all ages.

+ Government Resources & Projects

Australian Centre for Post-Traumatic Mental Health: www.acpmh.unimelb.edu.au The Centre provides advice on mental health issues to the Departments of Veterans' Affairs and Defence. It also acts as a source of expert advice to mental health service providers, policy makers, organisations, researchers, and other interested parties on issues associated with traumatic stress and veteran or military mental health.

+ General Resources

Australian Pain Society: www.apsoc.org.au The Australian Pain Society is a multi disciplinary organisation with representatives among its members from many medical specialties, as well as dentistry, psychology, nursing, general practitioners other health professionals and the basic sciences.

Beacon: www.beacon.anu.edu.au Provides consumers and professionals with information about e-health online applications for mental health and physical health disorders. Websites throughout the world are reviewed and ranked by a panel of health experts. Consumers can also submit rankings and comments.

Carers Australia: www.carersaustralia.com.au The national peak carer organisation that works to promote the recognition of the important role of carers and to empower carers so that they will be better informed and resourced.

Centre for Health Promotion: www.chdf.org.au Information to support health promotion work with children, young people, women and parents and info about the Centre for Health Promotion and their programs.

Consumers' Health Forum of Australia: www.chf.org.au The leading national organisation providing a voice for all health consumers.

Mental Health Council of Australia: www.mhca.org.au The MHCA is an independent, non-government peak body that represents and promotes the interests of the mental health sector and advises on mental health in Australia.

Mental Health associations / organisations throughout Australia www.mentalhealth.asn.au

Multicultural Mental Health Australia: www.mmha.org.au The MMHA links a wide range of state and territory mental health specialists and services, advocacy groups and tertiary institutions to promote the mental health and wellbeing of Australia's diverse communities.

National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect:www.napcan.org.au NAPCAN is a national organisation working to promote effective care and protection of children.

+ Info on Rural & Remote Assistance

National Rural Health Alliance: www.ruralhealth.org.au This alliance is the peak national body working to improve the health of Australians living in rural and remote areas.

+ Resources on trauma and grief

Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health: www.acpmh.unimelb.edu.au The Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health at the University of Melbourne undertakes world class trauma related research, policy advice, service development and education. Their services help organisations and health professionals who work with people affected by traumatic events.

Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network (ACATLGN):www.earlytraumagrief.anu.edu.au For everyone involved in the care of children/youth and interested in the potential impact of trauma, loss and grief experiences.