Here are some useful links if you would like to read more about mental health, or are looking for some online support:
If you, or anyone you know, is having suicidal thoughts or struggling with a serious situation, please contact Lifeline, immediately: http://www.lifeline.org.au or phone: 13 11 14.
Or, in a crisis situation, call 000.
BeyondBlue- The National Depression Initiative (www.beyondblue.org.au or phone: 1300 22 4636)
Beyondblue produce and refer people to accurate, up-to-date, easy to read information on depression, anxiety and related disorders. A wide variety of factsheets and booklets can be ordered online or downloaded from this website. The Find A Doctor or Other Mental Health Professional database allows people to search for mental health professionals in their local community.
BlueBoard is an online community for people suffering from depression or anxiety, their friends and carers, and for those who are concerned that they may have depression or anxiety and want some support. The group is run as a moderated bulletin board with strict protocols to enhance safety.
The depressioNet.org.au website and online community is created and provided by Australians from a variety of backgrounds who have had personal experiences with depression. The site includes information and resources about depression, as well as an online message board and chat rooms.
Health Direct (http://www.healthdirect.gov.au/)
HealthInsite is the Australian Government’s health information site for consumers and service providers. It includes information about health services, health professionals, and an interactive create your own profile tool.
Healthshare is Australia’s fastest growing interactive health network, designed to provide better access to health expertise and improve the quality of health information online. Healthshare provides a question and answer service for Australians to get answers from qualified local experts across over 360 topic areas. The service operates in a community environment which provides support and encouragement.
The MHiMA project is funded by the Australian Government, Department of Health & Ageing to provide a national focus for advice and support to providers and governments on mental health and suicide prevention for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. The website includes an ‘Information for Consumers and Carers’ section with useful resources for the general public.
SANE Australia provides information about mental illness, suicide prevention and where to get help. The site includes factsheets, an online bookshop, media releases and a helpline (online and telephone). There are also research, advocacy and awareness campaigns.
Please let us know if you can recommend any other helpful links.