WHAT IS OPEN UP OCTOBER?

#OpenUpOctober is a mental health initiative that prompts people to open up about their mental-wellbeing & eliminate mental health stigma. 🌟

By Opening Up we can reach more people that deal with issues that affect their mental health. We want to let people know that it is okay to not be okay, that it is not easy to admit or to open up, but when you decide to open up, you know that there are people that are willing to listen and help.

October is Mental Health Month in Australia. The whole month is dedicated to mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. 10th October is also the World Mental Health Day which is recognised internationally.

By scrolling down you will find resources that you can access help throughout Australia.

SUPPORT

Emergency

13 11 14

Lifeline Australia

1800 55 1800

Kids Helpline

13 52 47

Samaritans

000

Emergency Services

GENERAL WEBSITES

Your Health In Mind

This website provides expert information about mental illness, treatments, psychiatrists, and how to get help.

It’s written in plain English, based on the best available evidence. It’s especially for Australians and New Zealanders.

We know that many people aren’t sure about things like:

  • the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist

  • what psychiatrists do and how they can help with mental health problems

  • what happens when you visit a psychiatrist

  • how to find and get in touch with a psychiatrist.

We hope this website will answer these questions.

Kids Helpline

Kids Helpline is Australia’s only national 24/7 telephone and online counselling and support service for young people aged between 5 and 25 years.

Lifeline

We provide 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services.

Sane

Helping all Australians affected by mental illness lead a better life

Black Dog Institute

Information about depression and bipolar disorder including symptoms, causes, treatments, Q & A section, self assessment tools and getting help.

A comprehensive list of Australian support groups divided by state

Headspace

headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation. We help young people who are going through a tough time.

ReachOut

Wonderful resource for young people finding themselves and their place in society

mindhealthconnect

mindhealthconnect is the easy way to find mental health and wellbeing information, support and services from Australia’s leading health providers, together in one place.

Mental Health Apps (Australian Site)



Depression

beyondblue is working to reduce the impact of anxiety, depression and suicide in the community by raising awareness and understanding, empowering people to seek help, and supporting recovery, management and resilience.

Living Is For Everyone (LIFE)

is a world-class suicide and self-harm prevention resource.

Mood Gym

Learn cognitive behaviour therapy skills for preventing and coping with depression

MindSpot

We provide free online and telephone Screening Assessments to help you learn about your symptoms of stress, anxiety, worry, and low mood. Complete the Online Screening Assessment and a MindSpot therapist will then contact you via telephone or email to provide you with your results.

Anxiety

Anxiety Australia

provides information about anxiety disorders and the treatment options available. You will also find information on psychologists around Australia who have substantial experience in and/or work primarily with anxiety disorders .

MindSpot

We provide free online and telephone Screening Assessments to help you learn about your symptoms of stress, anxiety, worry, and low mood. Complete the Online Screening Assessment and a MindSpot therapist will then contact you via telephone or email to provide you with your results.

Addictions

AA Australia

Counselling Online

A FREE, 24/7 COUNSELLING SERVICE FOR PEOPLE USING ALCOHOL & OTHER DRUGS, THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS.

Al-Anon Family Groups

Alcoholism, alcohol abuse, or problem drinking affects thousands of families in Australia and worldwide. Your inquiry is confidential and anonymous. If you are concerned about someone else’s drinking, we encourage you to browse our website for information about our programs

The National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre

evidence-based information about cannabis use to prevent uptake, especially by young people and in Aboriginal communities, and support treatment of users.

Drug Info

TRAUMA/PTSD

HAVOCA – Help for Adult Victims Of Child Abuse

HAVOCA is run by survivors for adult survivors of child abuse. We provide support, friendship and advice for any adult whose life has been affected by childhood abuse.

White Ribbon

Australia’s campaign to stop violence against women

Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria

We provide training, publications, research and other resources to those experiencing (or who have experienced) family violence, and practitioners and service organisations who work with family violence survivors.

Picking Up The Peaces

Picking Up The Peaces is a not for profit organisation committed to raising awareness about the detrimental effects of stigma and the signs and symptoms of PTSD and how, by seeking intervention early, sufferers and their families can regain some functionality and an improved quality of life.

BIPOLAR

International Bipolar Foundation

Black Dog Institute

Information about depression and bipolar disorder including symptoms, causes, treatments, Q & A section, self assessment tools and getting help.

SEXUALITY & GENDER

MindOut

Welcome to MindOUT! National LGBTI Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Project

Q Life

QLife is Australia’s first nationally-oriented counselling and referral service for people of diverse sex, genders and sexualities. QLife provides nation-wide, early intervention, peer supported telephone and web based services to support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people of all ages.

EATING DISORDERS

Butterfly National Support Line and Web Counselling Service

Provides free, confidential support for anyone with a question about eating disorders or negative body image, including sufferers, carers, family and friends, teachers, employers and more.

SUPPORT FOR CARERS

Carers Australia

Carers Australiais the national peak body representing Australia’s carers, advocating on behalf of Australia’s carers to influence policies and services at a national level. It works collaboratively with partners and its member organisations, the network of state and territory Carers Associations, to deliver a range of essential national carer services.