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Mental health

The information below is currently being revised. It was compiled as a supplement to the March 2006 edition of the ACYS journal, Youth Studies Australia.

Major Australian mental health and related services

Supplement to Youth Studies Australia, v.25, n.1,
March 2006


Headspace is Australia's National Youth Mental Health Foundation, and was established in 2006 in recognition of the need to respond in better ways to young people with mental health and alcohol and substance use issues. headspace supports the implementation of major initiatives in Australia to improve the mental health, social wellbeing and economic participation of young Australians affected by mental illness, by promoting early and effective treatment. See:  It achieves its objectives by:

  • collecting and building on the best available evidence-based practice in youth mental health through the headspace centre of Excellence an engine room for generating and gathering evidence that will be used to map out the interventions and service reforms that are needed to achieve improved outcomes for young people with mental health and substance use problems.
  • encouraging early help seeking by young people with mental health and substance use issues through local and national Community Awareness activities
  • assisting a range of service providers who work with young people to build their skills through Education and Training resources and initiatives
  • building the capacity of local communities to identify and provide early and effective responses to young people with mental health and drug and alcohol issues through a national Youth Services Development Fund

Centre for Adolescent Health

Established in 1991 with support from the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation and the William Buckland Trust, the Centre for Adolescent Health is recognised for advancing knowledge that has influenced adolescent health practice and policy internationally. An initiative of the Royal Children's Hospital, it is also significantly supported by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and The University of Melbourne.

The Centre for Adolescent Health uses an integrated multidisciplinary approach to adolescent health practice. The growing knowledge base of adolescent health practice is underpinned by health research that also draws on knowledge from the social and behavioural sciences. The integration of adolescent health practice with research underpins good policy development and forms the basis of the Centre's education and development programs.

Research issues

  • School climate
  • Bullying and victimisation
  • Parenting adolescents
  • Youth suicide in Australia
  • Drug and alcohol
  • Chronic illness research
  • Eating disorders
  • Depression
  • Genetic research
  • Resilience

Contact details: Centre for Adolescent Health, William Buckland House, 2 Gatehouse St, Parkville Victoria 3052, ph: (03) 9345 5890, fax: (03) 9345 6502, email: [email protected] web:

Details of a project: The Gatehouse Project

The Gatehouse Project is a research project aimed at promoting emotional well-being of young people in schools. The Project has been conducted by the Centre for Adolescent Health in Victorian secondary schools since 1996. The intervention is designed to make changes in the social and learning environments of the school as well as promoting change at the individual level. It provides schools with strategies to:

  • increase the connectedness of students to school
  • increase students' skills and knowledge for dealing with the everyday life challenges.

Contact details:


ORYGEN is a unique organisation made up of a specialist youth mental health service, a research centre and a range of education, advocacy and health promotion activities. The overall goal of ORYGEN is to integrate knowledge gained from clinical practice and research activities to implement, and advocate for, high quality mental health services for young people.

ORYGEN clinical program

The Clinical Program at ORYGEN Youth Health is part of Victoria's public mental health system and provides mental health assessment and treatment to young people aged 15 to 24 years who live in the western and northwestern areas of Melbourne.

Traditionally, the Victorian public mental health system is divided into Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (1 to18) and Adult Mental Health Services (16 to 65). In 2002 however, ORYGEN Youth Health decided it was time for a new approach. ORYGEN Youth Health began offering services to young people aged 15 to 24 years, the first youth-specific mental health service ever developed in Victoria. This decision highlighted the fact that mental health issues are the most common health concern for young people and that the development of specialised services minimises the impact of mental illness on a young person's learning and development.

In addition to its clinical services, ORYGEN also incorporates:

ORYGEN Research Centre

ORYGEN Research Centre (ORC) is a comprehensive youth mental health research centre, affiliated with the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Health and the Colonial Foundation. ORC has strong ties to researchers around Australia and overseas. The range of research projects conducted focuses on the mental disorders that impact on young people. ORC research, particularly on the early phases of psychotic illness, is recognised internationally and has influenced the delivery of services in many countries.

Translation and promotion
Translation and promotion activities at ORYGEN include education, dissemination and consultation services to allow clinical and research findings to benefit young people throughout Victoria, across Australia and beyond.

Contact details: Ph: 9342 2800, email: [email protected], web:

Details of two programs:

Mental Health First Aid

Health First Aid is the initial help given to someone experiencing a mental health problem before professional help is sought. The most common and disabling mental health problems are depression, anxiety disorders and psychotic disorders. Mental health problems are very common. In any one year about one in five adult Australians experience a mental health problem. Many people suffer a mental illness for a long time before they seek help. Furthermore, alcohol and drug problems frequently occur with depression, anxiety and psychosis.

Contact details: Leanne Northausen MHFA Program Administrator, ORYGEN Research Centre, University of Melbourne, Postal Address: Locked Bag 10, Parkville, VIC 3052 Email: [email protected], phone: (03) 9342 3770, web:


EPPIC is the Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre and is located in Poplar Road; Parkville, Melbourne. EPPIC is a component service of ORYGEN Youth Health.

EPPIC is a publicly funded health service which specialises in the treatment of first episode and early psychosis. It was established in 1992 and since then has become a world leading clinical and research centre. EPPIC sees between 250 and 300 new people a year who are experiencing their first psychotic episode. EPPIC provides a full range of services including crisis assessment, inpatient facilities, outpatient case management and group programs.

Clients of EPPIC are aged between 15 and 24 years and come from the north-west and western regions of Melbourne.

Contact details: Referrals to any part of EPPIC can only be made through Triage on 1800 888 320.


Youthbeyondblue started in 2000 as Ybblue, a Centenary of Federation Millennium Legacy Initiative which was run through Toowong Private Hospital in Brisbane, Queensland.  Then, as now, youth suicide was an issue of concern, and many  groups worked together to address the high youth suicide rates in Australia by setting up this service. In 2002, beyondblue: the national depression initiative partnered with the Toowong Private Hospital to support the Youthbeyondblue campaign and take it nationwide.  Since then, beyondblue has worked to expand the focus of the campaign from suicide to youth depression awareness and prevention as a whole, and to involve young people in all it does.

Contact details: PO Box 6100, Hawthorn West, VIC 3122 Phone: (03) 9810 6100 Fax: (03) 9810 6111
Email: [email protected]

Details of the program:

Formerly known as Ybblue, beyondblue's youth program, youthbeyondblue, targets young people aged 12 to 25 and aims to help family and friends who are concerned about someone they care about look for the signs, listen to the problem, talk and seek help together.

SANE Australia

SANE Australia is a national charity helping people affected by mental illness through campaigns, education and research.


SANE campaigns for improved services for, and attitudes towards, people affected by mental illness.

As well as ongoing advocacy for improved services, SANE lobbies on specific issues, such as the effect of welfare reform and drug strategies on the lives of people with a mental illness. SANE's Stigma Watch program monitors and pursues stigma against people with a mental illness in the media.


SANE promotes understanding of mental illness through an award-winning range of education products and services for those affected, their family and friends, health professionals and the general community:

  • Guidebooks, fact sheets, videos and other resources on mental illness and related topics.
  • A national freecall 1800 Helpline (also HelplineOnline) offering information and referral.
  • SANE's site on the world wide web:
  • SANE News is a quarterly magazine on mental health issues.


SANE conducts applied research, which aims to make a real difference to the lives of Australians affected by mental illness and to those who care for them. SANE has conducted research on the following topics:

  • Helpline
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Mental health system
  • Physical health
  • Advocacy and employment
  • Medication

Contact details: SANE Australia, PO Box 226 South Melbourne, Victoria 3205, ph: (03) 9682 5933, fax: (03) 9682 5944, email: [email protected] Helpline: Ph: 1800 18 SANE, email: [email protected]

Details of a program:

Itsallright is a website where young people can read the diaries of four fictional teenagers touched by mental illness. It also has useful factsheets and provides an online information and referral service on mental illness, including schizophrenia, depression and anxiety disorders. The website was created and is managed by SANE Australia. Contact details:

Multicultural Mental Health Australia

Multicultural Mental Health Australia (MMHA) provides national leadership in mental health and suicide prevention for Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

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 well being of Australia's diverse communities.

Multicultural Mental Health Australia is funded under the National Mental Health Strategy and National Suicide Prevention Strategy by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

Contact details: phone: (02) 9840 3333, fax: (02) 9840 3388, email: [email protected], Web:, mailing address: Locked Bag 7118, Parramatta BC NSW 2150.

Details of project: Synergy

Synergy is the newsletter of Multicultural Mental Health Australia. It is distributed three times a year. It can be read online or downloaded as a PDF file.

Contact details: email: [email protected]


The Inspire Foundation is a national non-profit foundation that was formed in 1996 in response to Australia's unacceptably high rates of youth suicide and attempted suicide. The mission of the Inspire Foundation is to create opportunities for young people to help themselves and help others. "This mission derives from our deeply held belief that young people want to make a positive difference in their own lives and the life of their community - and that with appropriate care and support every young person can get through tough times. We also believe that every young person has something special to give the world. That is why young people are at the centre of all that we do - as partners in the development and delivery of our initiatives." The primary focus of Inspire's work is on young Australians aged 16-25, with a specific commitment to those living in underserved communities.

By combining the power of technology with the face-to-face involvement of young people, Inspire delivers three national programs:

Reach Out! - provides information and support to help young people get through tough times.

Beanbag - partners with youth centres around Australia to provide educational, employment and social opportunities for young people living in our most under-served communities.

ActNow - provides resources and skills to assist young people to take action on the issues they are passionate about.

Inspire also undertakes consultancies that promote the mental health and wellbeing of young people in Australia and overseas. The Internet and its associated technologies provide unprecedented opportunities for the creation and delivery of new forms of social services for young people - the Internet is the medium of young people, it can be used anonymously and is available 24 hours a day. Young people are actively involved in the development and delivery of all Inspire Foundation initiatives. This involvement takes place through two channels under the banner of Inspire Youth Programs: the Reach Out! Youth Advisory Board and Youth Ambassador Program. 130 young people from around Australia are currently involved in Inspire's Youth Programs. We work in partnership with business, government, trusts and foundations, community organisations and individuals who share our passion for inspiring young people.

Contact details: Inspire Foundation, PO Box 1790, Rozelle NSW 2039, Phone: (02) 9818 3055, fax: (02) 9818 3855, email: [email protected], web:

Details of a program: Reach Out!

Reach Out! is a web-based service that inspires young people to help themselves through tough times.

The aim of the service is to improve young people's mental health and well being by providing support information and referrals in a format that appeals to young people.

How does Reach Out! reach young people?

Reach Out! brings mental health information to young people in a highly personal way, combining information with stories of how other people have coped with mental health issues. Over 2.3 million people have accessed Reach Out! since it was launched in 1998.

The Reach Out! website is an effective way for young people to access information that is often stigmatised and personal.

While Reach Out! does not offer online counselling, the information and interactive features on Reach Out! provide a good first step towards young people working through difficulties themselves as well as the option to seek further assistance if they choose to.

The service also reaches out to young people directly via its fortnightly RAW newsletter and a regular spot on national youth radio station Triple J. Reach Out! is an initiative of the Inspire Foundation ( The mission of the Inspire Foundation is to create opportunities for young people to help themselves and help others.

Reach Out Central (ROC) is a new initiative launched by the Inspire Foundation. It's an online interactive program designed to help youth to explore how their thinking, behaviour and feelings interact. In effect it teaches young people cognitive behavioural techniques using interactive gameplay. How it works: you choose your own character and try out different ways of reacting to real-life situations.

Contact details:

The Auseinet Project

Auseinet works with governments and organisations across many sectors to support change in Australia 's mental health policy and practice. We develop, collect and disseminate information on promotion, prevention and early intervention approaches to mental health. We also establish and maintain networks of people and organisations committed to this approach.

Origins: The Australian Network for Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention for Mental Health (Auseinet) is a national project funded by the Australian Department of Health and Ageing under the Mental Health Strategy and the National Suicide Prevention Strategy. The first phase of the project began in 1997 to co-ordinate a national approach to early intervention for the mental health of children and young people.

The Auseinet project was then expanded to include promotion, prevention and early intervention (PPEI), as well as suicide prevention, across the entire lifespan. The project aimed to provide information, education and support for mental health and other sectors and the community.

Auseinet played a significant role in taking forward a number of the national strategies identified in the Mental Health Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention National Action Plan 2000.

In this phase the project team expanded, and a Management Committee representing state, territory and national interests was established to oversee the project.

The third phase of the project is now underway and will focus on increasing the education and training, capacity building, and implementation of PPEI and suicide prevention within the wider health sectors.

Auseinet is also currently providing additional funding support to assist the implementation of PPEI initiatives in the following areas:

  • state/territory government activities
  • mental health consumer projects.

Contact details: Auseinet C/- Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide SA 5001, ph: (08) 8201 7670, fax: (08) 8201 7673, email on website:

Details of programs:

The Living Is For Everyone (LIFE) website

This website is a world-class suicide and self-harm prevention resource. Dedicated to providing the best available evidence and resources to guide activities aimed at reducing the rate at which people take their lives in Australia, the website is designed for people across the community who are involved in suicide and self-harm prevention activities.

Suicide prevention is an important and substantial area of Auseinet's work with: national, state and territory government; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities; consumer and carer networks and peak non-government organisations.

The Living Is For Everyone (LIFE) website was developed by Auseinet as part of its commitment to facilitating networks for information exchange and learning under the Australian Government National Suicide Prevention Strategy (NSPS). That strategy is guided by the Living Is For Everyone (LIFE) Framework, which sets out the national priorities for suicide and self-harm prevention.

Auseinet supports the implementation of a major Australian Government policy document: Living is for Everyone (LIFE): A framework for prevention of suicide and self-harm in Australia. On the LIFE site you will find:

  • Access to online and print-based resources
  • Australian statistics
  • National and state/territory government policies
  • Information about Australia's National Advisory Council for Suicide Prevention
  • Information about suicide prevention projects in all states and territories funded through the National Suicide Prevention Strategy
  • Resources related to the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Access to the CommunityLIFE website which supports community based suicide prevention approaches

Contact details:

NSPS Projects for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

For information about projects (past and current) funded under the Australian Government's National Suicide Prevention Strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities including a full database of projects targetting a range of population groups can be found see:

Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre

Turning Point strives to promote and maximise the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities living with and affected by alcohol and other drug related harms. We aspire to be a world leading research and development centre. Our ultimate aim is to ensure the safest possible environment for now and the future in relation to alcohol and other drugs.To achieve this we are continually:

  • creating a thriving research and development culture that produces the best possible knowledge;
  • applying, using and translating this knowledge to promote change, build effective and rational policy, and demonstrate and contribute to world's best practice; and
  • building our own and our communities' capacity through strategic relationships, partnerships and collaborations

Since its establishment in 1994, Turning Point has led research and its translation into policy and practice at a local, national and international level. Our work is essential in the development of effective approaches to the prevention and treatment of alcohol and other-drug dependence.

Turning Point employs staff from a diverse range of professional backgrounds. To provide the flexibility required to best respond to emerging issues, the organisation runs a number of programs that bridge activities in the areas of:

  • research
  • evaluation
  • education and training
  • advice and referral
  • treatment

Turning Point is affiliated with St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne and the University of Melbourne and is also a member of the International Harm Reduction Association.

Contact details: Main office: 54-62 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065, ph: (03) 8413 8413, fax: (03) 9416 3420, email: [email protected], web:

Details of a service: DirectLine

DirectLine is part of Turning Point's statewide telephone service network, providing 24-hour, seven day counselling, information and referral to alcohol and drug treatment and support services throughout Victoria. Turning Point's professional counsellors are experienced in alcohol and drug-related concerns.

Contact details: 1800 888 236

The Mental Health Council of Australia

The Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) is the peak, national non-government organisation representing and promoting the interests of the Australian mental health sector, committed to achieving better mental health for all Australians. (MHCA) is the peak, national non-government organisation representing and promoting the interests of the Australian mental health sector, committed to achieving better mental health for all Australians.

Contact details: PO Box 174, Deakin West ACT 2600, ph: (02) 6285 3100, fax: (02) 6285 2166, email: [email protected], web:

Details of a project: Not for Service

Not for Service: Experiences of injustice and despair in mental health care in Australia is the most significant report on mental health care in Australia for over a decade.

In response to ongoing community criticism of experiences of care, in 2004, the MHCA and the Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI, University of Sydney), in association with HREOC initiated a new national review. The goal of this review was to capture the current critical themes in mental health care from the perspective of those who use or deliver its services on a daily basis.

In 1992 all Australian Governments initiated the National Mental Health Strategy to correct decades of neglect and assure the rights of people with mental illness.

In 1993, the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission's National Inquiry into the Human Rights of People with Mental Illness ('Burdekin Report') exposed the devastating personal consequences of grossly inadequate mental health and welfare services. Despite 12 years of national effort, this report captures the persisting, distressing and daily experiences of inadequate mental health and community care. It details personal stories of people with mental illness, and their families and carers. Such stories are often excluded from other national reports. The report also includes the strong views of doctors, nurses, psychologists and other professionals who provide mental health services in Australia.

Contact details: To download the report, go to:

The Brain and Mind Research Institute

The University of Sydney has established this landmark development, linking basic and clinical research in mental health, neurology and neuroscience. The Institute proposes to build on the synergy that comes from the sharing of experiences, resources, techniques and world-class facilities. This collaborative process will strive to develop new treatments, preventative strategies and new ways of delivering existing treatments.

Contact details: Judy Keogh, 100 Mallett St, Camperdown NSW 2050, ph: (02) 9351 0799, web:

The Centre for Mental Health Research

The Centre for Mental Health Research aims to improve the mental health of Australians through research and development, training, policy and the dissemination of health information.

Its mission is to produce population-based mental health research of the highest standard. In particular, the Centre aims to describe and analyse the social, environmental, psychological and biological risk and protective factors for mental health disorders across the lifespan and in ageing; to develop methods of preventing, compensating for or adapting to age-related declines and disorders to enable productive ageing; to improve mental health outcomes through the development and evaluation of population based interventions using Internet technology; to provide a consumer perspective on research content and practice and a focus for the engagement of consumers in mental health research; to develop and evaluate new methods in statistical analysis of complex data sets and clinical trials; and to examine the relationship between mental health and family breakdown.

Contact details: Centre for Mental Health Research Building 63 The Australian National University Canberra ACT 0200, ph: (02) 6125 2741, fax: (02) 6125 0733, email: [email protected], web:

Details of a program: MoodGYM

MoodGYM is an innovative, interactive web program designed to prevent and decrease depressive symptoms. It was designed for young people but is helpful for people of all ages. It consists of five modules, an interactive game, anxiety and depression assessments, downloadable relaxation audio, a workbook and feedback assessment. The program teaches the principles of cognitive behaviour therapy, which has been found to be helpful for people with depression. Using flashed diagrams and online exercises, MoodGYM demonstrates the relationship between thoughts and emotions - users are taught to come to grips with their own feelings and the 'warpy' thoughts that might accompany them. MoodGYM also works through dealing with stress, handling separation and relationship break-ups, as well as relaxation and meditation techniques.

Contact details: MoodGYM website:

Lifeline Australia Inc (National)

Lifeline was founded in 1963 by the late Reverend Dr Sir Alan Walker as a telephone crisis service of the Methodist Central Mission in Sydney. Lifeline provides 24-hour telephone counselling services with the national accessible number 13 11 14 for the cost of local call. This is available through 42 Lifeline Centres across Australia. Face-to-face counselling services are offered in many Lifeline Centres. Types of services and counselling service themes vary from one centre to another based on the specific needs of each regional or local area.

Contact details: Lifeline 24-hour Telephone Counselling Service: 13 11 14, Office: Lifeline Australia: ph (02) 62159400, fax (02) 62826566, web:

Details of two programs:

Just ask

Just ask is Lifeline's rural mental health information service. It's an Australia-wide service provided by Lifeline South Coast.

We provide information and referral for people with mental health problems, and to friends, relatives and others who want to know how to help. We tell callers about relevant local services, as well as books and websites. We also provide our own self-help information sheets on a range of areas. See "How we can help".

Contact details: Ph: 1300 13 11 14, email: [email protected], web:

Just look

Just look is a comprehensive online national database of low cost or free health and community services offered throughout Australia. It is a free, confidential 24 hour service that provides details of thousands of services and service providers around the country.

Contact details:

Australian Infant, Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Association (National)

The overall aim of the Association is to actively promote the mental health and well being of infants, children, adolescents and their families or carers.

Contact details: PO Box 387 Stepney SA 5069, ph: (08) 8132 0786, fax: (08) 8132 0787, email: [email protected], web:

Details of two programs:

COPMI Project

In 1999, the Australian Infant, Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Association Ltd (AICAFMHA) undertook a national scoping project to identify the services available and future plans for services for children of parents with a mental illness. In March 2001, the report of this project was launched by the Minister for Health. In response to this report, the Commonwealth government allocated funding for a three year national initiative to develop guidelines and principles for services and workers, and complementary resource materials for services/workers, parents and young people.

Contact details:

National Youth Participation Strategy

The Department of Health and Ageing contracted AICAFMHA to develop a strategy for the voice and perspective of young people to be incorporated into the development and implementation of national programs funded under the National Mental Health Strategy (NMHS) and the National Suicide Prevention Strategy (NSPS). The draft scoping report was submitted in June 2005. For more information, contact: Dyanna Smith-McCue, National Youth Participation Strategy Project Officer, ph: (08) 8161 7338, fax: (08) 8161 6983, email: [email protected], PO Box 387, Stepney SA 5069.

Kids Help Line (National)

Kids Help Line is Australia's only free, confidential and anonymous, 24-hour telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between five and 18. Counsellors respond to more than 10,000 calls each week about issues ranging from relationship breakdown and bullying to sexual abuse, homelessness, suicidal thoughts, and drug and alcohol usage.

The service aims to empower young people by assisting them to develop options, identify and understand the consequences of a particular course of action, facilitate more productive relationships with family and friends, and provide information on local support services. Kids Help Line counsellors are fully qualified professionals who undergo additional accredited training at Kids Help Line.

Contact details: PO Box 376, Red Hill QLD, 4059, ph: (07) 3369 1588, email: [email protected], web:
Kids Help Line: 1800 55 1800.

Details of a program: Males and help seeking behaviour

Only around one-quarter of callers to Kids Help Line are male. When web counselling was introduced earlier this year, it was expected more males would access help through this medium than females. This has not been the case. In an effort to gain a better understanding of males and their help seeking behaviour, Kids Help Line has embarked on a gender analysis of all calls from the last two years. KHL will explore the issues that particularly concern males, how serious the problem is when they call, which males are more likely to phone us, and a range of other factors. KHL hopes to better understand how boys and young men perceive and manage issues and problems, and thereby discover ways to encourage males to seek help when they need.

Ted Noffs Foundation (NSW, ACT)

The mission of the Ted Noffs Foundation is to 'implement programs, services and activities based on good practice, which will facilitate the capacity of young people who are experiencing drug related harm to manage their lives more effectively.'

Contact details: PO Box 120, Randwick NSW 2031, ph: (02) 9310 0133, fax: (02) 9310 0020, email: [email protected], web:

Details of a program: Ted Noffs Foundation Schools Counselling Service

The schools program is based on the Modified Social Stress Model developed by the World Health Organization and is proud to have the State Government's endorsement. TNFSCS uses a structured approach to the drug and alcohol problem in schools with treatment, education and early intervention with students, parents and families. Participants are taught life management skills and are also referred to other services for specialised help.

Contact details: As above


Headroom (formerly known as Partnership with Young People Project) (PYPP) is a South Australian mental health promotion project managed by the Division of Mental Health, Women's and Children's Hospital which is part of the Children Youth and Women's Health Service . The Headroom project is supported on a statewide level by Southern CAMHS, Flinders Medical Centre.

Headroom is funded by Health Promotion SA, South Australian Department of Health.

The website aims to inform young people, their caregivers and service providers about positive mental health. It provides information for:

  • young people aged 12 to 18
  • young people aged 6 to 12 years
  • parents and friends
  • service providers and professionals.

Contact details: Email: [email protected] , web:

Child Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

If not listed below, check with the health department in your State and Territory.

Victoria: Child Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) (VIC) To find your regional CAMHS branch contact: Mental Health Branch, Department Human Services, 2/555 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, ph: (03) 9616 7777, fax: (03) 9616 8726, web:

South Australia: Child Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) (SA) Contact details:

Black Dog Institute

Black Dog Institute is a clinical, research and educational body dedicated to improving understanding, diagnosis and treatment of depression and bipolar disorder (formerly called manic depression in severe cases). Contact details: Hospital Road, Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick NSW 2031, ph (02) 9382 4530, fax: (02) 9382 8208, email: [email protected], web:

Details of a program:

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

TMS is a treatment where strong magnetic fields are used to stimulate the brain through a simple coil held to the head. It is a potential alternative treatment for depression and auditory hallucinations (in schizophrenia). Researchers at Black Dog Institute are currently seeking adolescents with depression (15 to 18 years) and people with schizophrenia for their research treatment studies. Contact details:

The Australian Foundation for Mental Health Research

Mission: To fund scientifically researched community initiatives and interventions for mental health problems and to promote mental health literacy and stigma reduction through national mental health awareness-raising activities. Vision: To decrease the prevalence of common mental health disorders in Australia and to increase community understanding of mental health issues. Contact details: The Australian Foundation for Mental Health Research, Building 63, The Australian National University, Canberra 0200, ph: (02) 6125 2741, fax: (02) 6125 0733, email: [email protected]


The Australian Mental Health Reference Guide, developed by Eli Lilly Australia, can be downloaded from the following address:
It contains crisis telephone numbers plus information on mental health peak bodies, general mental health organisations and organisations by issues/conditions for all Australian States and Territories.

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Young people's experiences of mental health care: Implications for the headspace: National Youth Mental Health Foundation, by Anjalee Cohen, Sharon Medlow, Norm Kelk, Ian Hickie and Bradley Whitwell
v.28, n.1, 2009, pp.13-20. View summary | Full text: HTML | PDF

Aggression management training for youth in behaviour schools: A quasi-experimental study, by Anna Wheatley, Rachael Murrihy, Jacobine van Kessel, Viviana Wuthrich, Louise Rémond, Rebekka Tuqiri, Mark Dadds and Antony Kidman
v.28, n.1, 2009, pp.29-36. View summary | Full text: HTML | PDF

Gatekeeper training for youth workers: Impact on their help-seeking and referral skills, by Tania Cartmill, Frank Deane and Coralie Wilson
v.28, n.1, 2009, pp.5-12. View summary | Full text: HTML | PDF

Rethinking the digital divide: Findings from a study of marginalised young people's information communication technology (ICT) use, by Michelle Blanchard, Atari Metcalf, Jo Degney, Helen Herrman and Jane Burns
v.27, n.4, 2008, pp.35-42. (View summary)

Values and visions Youth and the failure of modern Western culture, by Richard Eckersley
v.27, n.3, pp.10-19; and v.14, n.1, 1995, pp.13-21.

yshareit: A project promoting the use of e-mental health resources among young people, by Caroline Spiranovic, Kate Briggs, Kenneth Kirkby, Caroline Mobsby and Brett Daniels
v.27, n.2, pp.52-60. (View summary)

The PATS peer support program: Prevention/early intervention for adolescents who have a parent with a mental illness, by  John Hargreaves, Lyndal Bond, Matt O'Brien, Danielle Forer & Liz Davies
Youth Studies Australia, v.27, n.1, pp.43-51. (View summary)

The social consequences of 'how the sibling died' for bereaved young adults, by Andrew McNess
v.26, n.4, pp.12-20.  (View summary)

Rural adolescents' attitudes to seeking help for mental health problems, by Kristy Francis, Candice Boyd, Damon Aisbett, Karyn Newnham and Krystal Newnham
v.25, n.4, 2006, pp.42-49.

Youth mental health: special edition
v.25, n.1, 2006. Contents:

  • Success and wellbeing: A preview of the Australia 21 report on young people’s wellbeing, by Richard Eckersley, Ani Wierenga and Johanna Wyn.

  • Where to from here? Guiding for mental health for young people with complex needs, by Andrew Bruun and Christopher Hynan.

  • Being true to oneself: The role of authenticity in promoting youth mental health, by William Hallam, Craig Olsson, Glenn Bowes and John Toumbourou.

  • Self-help support groups: Adding to the toolbox of mental health care options for young men, by Ann Dadich.

  • Health and wellbeing: How do young people see these concepts?
    Gary Easthope and Rob White.

  • The Cool Teens CD-ROM: A multimedia self-help program for adolescents with anxiety, by Mike Cunningham, Ronald Rapee & Heidi Lyneham.
    Sample article online in full text.

  • Online supplement: Major Australian mental health and related services: An extensive list of Australian mental health organisations that provide services for young people, and examples of their programs:

Youth, hope and cultural creatives: Possible conceptual connections, by de Sales Turner.
v.24, n.2, 2005, pp.17-23.

Mental health services: What young people who are homeless say, by Matt Dixon and Sian Lloyd.
v.24 n.3, 2005, pp.24-30.

First you have to 'see' them: Youth-friendly practice in mental health work, by Ann Crago, Chris Wigg and Kathleen Stacey.
v.23, n.2, 2004, pp.38-45.

The costs and causes of low self-esteem, by Nicholas Emler
v.21, n.3, 2002, pp.45-48.

Young people's mental health: special issue
v.21, n.2, 2002.

Working with schools to promote emotional health and prevent depression: The ACE Program (Adolescents Coping with Emotions), by Nick Kowalenko, Ann Wignall, Ron Rapee, Julie Simmons, Kathy Whitefield and Roger Stonehouse
v.21, n.2, 2002, pp.23-30.

'beyondblue: the national depression initiative': Targeting depression in young people, by Jane Burns and Karen Field
v.21, n.2, 2002, pp.43-51.

Remote communities, child telepsychiatry and primary health care, by Brendan Sheahan
v.21, n.2, pp.52-55.

Day programs for young people with mental health issues, by Pauline McEntee and Michelle Hilton
v.21, n.2, 2002, pp.36-42.

Children, young people and families: A population health approach to mental health, by Beverley Raphael
v.21, n.2, 2002, pp.12-16.

Headroom - promoting the mental health of young people: A multi-media approach, by Christine Lock, Beajaye Wright, Tony Phillips and Caroline Brown
v.21, n.2, 2002, pp.31-35.

Anxiety and depression in young people: a collaborative rural and remote model, by Warren Bartik, Nick Kowalenko, Kathy Whitefield and Ann Wignall
v.20 n.3, 2001, pp.38-42.

Rural CAMHS: for better or worse, by Brendan Sheahan
v.20 n.3, 2001, pp.44-48.

Making ends meet: The experiences of undergraduate students of education at the University of Ballarat, by S. Turale.
v.20 n.2, 2001, pp.29-34.

Young people and mental health (PART 1): Access and Alliance, by S. Wright and G. Martin.
v.17, n.4, 1998, pp.11-16.

Young people and mental health (PART 2): Customer service, by S. Wright and G. Martin.
v.18, n.3, 1999, pp.25-29.

Connexions: A program of Jesuit Social Services, an integrated service for marginalised young people, by D. Murray, R. Ellis, J. Enter and C. Richards.
v.18, n.1, 1999, pp.16-22.

Youth mental health promotion: A public health perspective (NZ), by R. Moore.
v.16, n.4, 1997, pp.27-36.

Mental health indicators in young people: Pilot results from the Western Australian Child Health Survey, by A. Garton, S. Zubrick and S. Silburn.
v.13, n.2, 1994, pp.36-39.

Mental health problems faced by homeless young people in NE Melbourne, by A. Fuller, J. Krupinski, O. Krupinska, R. Pawsey and V. Sant.
v.13, n.2, 1994, pp.31-35.

Adolescent stress and post-compulsory schooling: Moving beyond the good study manager/hopeless study manager duality, by L. Stevens and P. Kelly.
v.12, n.4, 1993, pp.35-40.

The forgotten in-betweens: Middle to late adolescents with psychiatric disorders, by J.M. Haliburn.
v.12, n.3, 1993, pp.44-48.

Policing or Serving?: The role of police in the criminalisation of young people with mental health problems, by R. Hearn.
v.12, n.1, 1993, pp.40-44.

Responding to adolescent loss and grief, by H. Tolshoshev,
'Youth Studies and Abstracts: Bulletin of the National Clearinghouse for Youth Studies'
v.7/8 n.4/1, 1988/89, pp.84-86.

Stressful events: An adolescent perspective, by L. Rehfeldt,
'Youth Studies and Abstracts: Bulletin of the National Clearinghouse for Youth Studies'
v.7/8 n.4/1, 1988/89, pp.54-59.

Disturbed children and adolescents - whose responsibility?, by H. Cook,
'Youth Studies and Abstracts: Bulletin of the National Clearinghouse for Youth Studies'
v.7/8 n.4/1, 1988/89, pp.24-26.

Sick of being unemployed, by G. Easthope and C. Waddell,
'Youth Studies and Abstracts: Bulletin of the National Clearinghouse for Youth Studies', 1986
v.5, n.1, 1986, pp.18-19.