Mental health

Sector contacts


AFFIRM, The Australian Foundation for Mental Health Research, provides funding and advocates for the importance of mental health research. AFFIRM is located within the Australian National University.




Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network

Information for those involved in the care of children/youth and interested in the potential impact of trauma, loss and grief experiences. The network is based at the Australian National University in Canberra and has a national focus with links to key stakeholders across each state and territory.




Australian Infant, Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Association

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. 




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). The Institute is attached to the Prince of Wales Hospital and affiliated with the University of New South Wales.




Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI)

Diseases of the brain and mind, including substance abuse, clinical depression and dementia now account for more than 40 percent of all illness. These diseases are devastating for those affected, their families, and for society, costing the Australian economy an estimated $30 billion each year. Part of Sydney University, the BMRI brings together patients, support groups and front-line carers with scientists and clinicians working in neurosciences and brain research, providing hope for those affected. 




Centre for Developmental Health

A collaboration between Telethon Institute for Child Health Research and Curtin University of Technology, the Centre's researchers work across a diverse range of fields in child development and have fostered research partnerships that bridge traditional discipline boundaries.




Centre for Mental Health Research

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

The Centre's website provides a number of self-help and self-evaluation tools. 




Children and Youth Health

This site from South Australian Health, presents information for teens and young adults on health and wellbeing issues.




Children Of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI)

COMPI provide information for family members across Australia where a parent has a mental illness and for people who care for and work with them. 



Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA)

FaHCSIA is the Australian Government's main source of advice on social policy and works in partnership with other government and non-government organisations managing a diverse range of programs and services designed to support and improve the lives of Australians.




Good Grief

Good Grief Ltd is committed to relieving suffering and bringing hope to people affected by change, loss and grief. They have a suite of programs and resources developed to support children, young people and adults to effectively work through change, loss and grief in their lives.





The Headroom project based in South Australia commenced with the ‘Partnership with young people project' in January 1997. Its broad aim was to develop ways to promote mental health among young people aged 6-18.




headspace provides mental and health wellbeing support, information and services to young people aged 12 to 25, and their families across Australia. Established and funded by the Commonwealth Government of Australia in 2006, headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation. 



Inspire Foundation

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. 




Life is for everyone

The National Suicide Prevention Strategy is guided by the Living Is For Everyone (LIFE) Framework which sets out the national priorities for suicide and self-harm prevention. LIFE is 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. 





Lifeline provides access to crisis support, suicide prevention and mental health support services.




Make a Noise

Youth Suicide Prevention, in the Greater Murray region southern NSW, launched the Make A Noise campaign in 1998. Make A Noise is the central concept which has been adopted to engage young people in help seeking behaviour. The initiative and website encourage young people to talk to each other, to experts, to counsellors, to anyone who can provide help when they need it most. 





A companion website to the Australian Government's Mindframe National Media Initiative in Australia. The sections of this website have been created to provide access to accurate information about suicide and mental illness and the portrayal of these issues in the news media and on stage and screen in Australia. 




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. 




National Centre for Childhood Grief

The National Centre for Childhood Grief provides loving support in a safe place where children grieving a death can share their experience as they learn to live with its impact on their lives. The centre also provides education and training for individuals, schools and other organizations handling the grief of children and young people. 




Orygen Youth Health

Orygen Youth Health (OYH) is Australia’s largest youth-focused mental health organisation.




Reach Out

Reach Out is a service to help young people develop their understanding of the issues that relate to your mental health and wellbeing. They also provide information on the services available to help young people, as well as a forum for those in similar situations to share their thoughts and experiences.




Reach Out Pro

Reach Out Pro provides access and advice for health care professionals on a range of technologies and online resources that can be used to enhance the effectiveness of psychosocial support and mental health care provided to young people. 





Somazone is an Australian website developed by young people for young people. Somazone provides fast, free, anonymous access to quality-assured health information. Somazone is a program of the Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) and aims to empower young people to address their physical, emotional and social health needs in a way that is relevant and non-judgemental.




The Link Youth Health Service (TAS)

The Link provides free health services, recovery programs and confidential advice to young people aged between 12 - 24 in Hobart, Tasmania.





Youthbeyondblue is the arm of beyondblue that has a specific focus on young people aged 12 to 25 years. Youthbeyondblue programs and projects centre on early intervention and prevention of high prevalence mental health problems for young people and also on raising community awareness. 




Evaluation report of the Youth Justice Liaison and Diversion Pilot Scheme

This report from the UK looks at the provision of healthcare within the youth justice system, and the results of a pilot program to identify and meet a range of health and developmental issues. Original article

22 Mar 2012

Telstra will stop billing young people up to $100 to use Kids Helpline

A spokesman from Telstra told The Sunday Telegraph the company would stop the charges to the 1800 number from mobile phones. The cost would be covered by Telstra's $250 million support fund for underprivileged customers. Original article

22 Mar 2012

LIFE newsletter

The recent issue of the LIFE (Living Is For Everyone) newsletter features commentary from Chris Tanti, CEO of headspace, on 'Young people, the internet and suicide risk'.  Original article

22 Mar 2012

Youth Week 2012 calendar of events

The Youth Week website has an events calendar listing events that have been planned so far for this year's Youth Week. Events can be added and the calendar sorted by location.  Original article

22 Mar 2012

Young leaders pave the way for constitutional change

You Me Unity reports on a forum organised by the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) in Redfern and supported by Reconciliation Australia that brought together 76 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for four days, representing all Australian states and territories. Original article

21 Mar 2012

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