Handy mental health resources

Help is just a click away with our list of handy mental health resources.

Handy mental health resources

Whether we are willing to admit it or not, most of us will have experienced some form of mental health concern – be it anxiety, stress, severe or mild depression, or even some sort of subtle phobia.

October 10 is World Mental Health Day. This past week has been an important catalyst for activating the minds of the masses and exposing the state of mental health Australia-wide, through a series of community events, seminars, festivals, art exhibitions, and musical and theatrical performances.

World Mental Health Day, or 10/10, has its very own list of 10 tips to help maintain mental wellbeing. These include: 

  1. Sleep well
  2. Enjoy healthy food
  3. Plan and prioritise your day
  4. Tune into the music you love
  5. Cut down on bad food and booze
  6. Switch off your devices and tune out
  7. Hang out with people who make you feel good
  8. Join in, participate and connect
  9. Exercise your body and mind
  10. Seek advice and support when you need it

And to help you find that support, we’ve put together a handy list of online resources to help you get savvy with your own mental health and wellbeing.

mindhealthconnect

Launched in July 2012, mindhealthconnect is a wealth of mental health and wellbeing information, which includes support and services from some of Australia’s leading health providers, as well as the Australian Government as part of its National E-Mental Health Strategy.

Health professionals and the public can access a range of mental health content and resources including online programs, fact sheets, audio and video, and online communities. It’s also a great site for those who are concerned about someone else’s mental health. This includes different age groups, stages of life and cultural backgrounds.

Lifeline

Lifeline is a 24-hour national suicide prevention service that is open to all Australians free of charge. The service was founded in 1963, after the late Dr Alan Walker took a call from a distressed man who then took his own life. Vowing to never let this happen again, Dr Walker launched this 24-hour crisis support help line, which, nowadays, receives around 1800 calls per day.

If you’d like to speak to someone at Lifeline, please call 131114. Or if you’d like to donate some money, please call 1800 800 768.

SANE

SANE Australia works to help all Australians affected by mental illness through wide-ranging support, training, and education services.

headspace

The National Youth Mental Health Foundation website headspace provides early intervention services for younger people, specifically those aged from 12 to 25 years. The site offers easy-to-follow information targeted at young people and their families, so that they can find help for the problems that affect their mental wellbeing.

Black Dog Institute

Founded in 2002, the Black Dog Institute is the world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of depression, bipolar disorder and suicide prevention, providing information through high-quality translational research, clinical expertise and national education programs.

Black Dog Institute partners with universities, health services and community groups across Australia, offering workplace programs that aim to protect and maintain the mental health of students and workers from many different backgrounds.

beyondblue

Through its public health approach, beyondblue focuses on improving the health of all Australians, working with schools and workplaces in conjunction with health services and its online portal – to be accessible to as many people as possible.

ReachOut

ReachOut started in 1996, and works with young people and experts through its online mental health service. ReachOut specialises in providing practical tools and know-how to support young people through everyday issues right through to more difficult situations that arise in life.

ReachOut leaves the counselling to the experts, and instead focuses on its own chat service to help young people through their day-to-day lives.

MentalAs

The ABC has partnered with the Society for Mental Health Research along with many of the aforementioned services, and others. MentalAs provides Australians with a mental health and wellbeing portal that features a range of informative news articles, documentaries, links to websites and other helpful information. With an infotainment-based approach that shines a light on a huge range of mental health issues, MentalAs is an invaluable resource for anyone looking to sort out their own health issues, or those of their loved ones, with palatable information and easily accessible services.

Do you know of any other helpful mental health services? Why not share them with our members?





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    MICK
    10th Oct 2016
    11:46am
    Life is enough to drive a saint nuts. Ok....there's an invitation.
    buby
    19th Oct 2016
    2:40pm
    i'm not going to take up that offer mick......rolls eyeballs
    PIXAPD
    10th Oct 2016
    12:17pm
    There is NO depression, mental problems or suicide for those who trust the Lord, NONE
    buby
    19th Oct 2016
    2:40pm
    me thinks thats also a bit of a farce Pixapd
    particolor
    10th Oct 2016
    12:20pm
    No Comment !!
    MICK
    10th Oct 2016
    12:40pm
    Is this the 3 Musketeers or am I going nuts?
    particolor
    10th Oct 2016
    1:06pm
    May I suggest MentalAs, as a Good program ! May be used on new Arrivals from Foreign Lands !!
    musicveg
    10th Oct 2016
    12:56pm
    Good nutrition is the key, your mind needs good fuel as well as your body, exercise, yoga and meditation help immensely too. Stay away from anything or anyone who does not give you joy.
    MICK
    10th Oct 2016
    1:10pm
    I just has an apple.
    particolor
    10th Oct 2016
    1:14pm
    I've turned the Power off and not talking to Malcolm ! :-) Will that help ?
    Anonymous
    10th Oct 2016
    5:18pm
    ECT may be of assistance.
    Anonymous
    10th Oct 2016
    8:26pm
    Good advice musicveg....

    And definitely something in staying off the devices as listed in the original article...

    Time spent in nature is always good as well.
    particolor
    13th Oct 2016
    6:44pm
    Tell the Homeless that !!
    buby
    19th Oct 2016
    2:32pm
    rolls eyeballs, sheez now ya tell me. why didn't you tell me this 50yrs ago??? Music!
    buby
    19th Oct 2016
    2:37pm
    that can be difficult music when you live in an environment, that used to be a nice farming area, and now they dig it up to build new homes.
    All year long i been suffering, with infection and lack of sleep, not too mention Fresh air. and when you go to the supermarket to buy your fruit and veg, you suck in more crap coming through the air ventalation system. I been on antibiotics so much for the past year or so, its unbelievable. How can you not get depressed when they don't watch out about the way they do things in your area.
    Shaking head, as often the mentally disable, only get fed more drugs, which really doesn't fix anything. Just makes them more gaga.
    ITs a big farce!!!
    McGroger
    10th Oct 2016
    6:06pm
    A person I know well had problems with anxiety attacks. Now the attacks either don’t happen or don’t manifest themselves in talk or behaviour. The only thing different now is that the person doesn’t have as much to do with another person who had similar problems - they used to drag each other down. Rather, the person now associates more with people who are upbeat most of the time.

    So, for this person’s case, number 7 (‘Hang out with people who make you feel good’) has been by far the most important.

    I agree with the others, with a couple of quibbles:
    Number 3 (‘Plan and prioritise your day’) may be counterproductive at times - nice surprises are joyous.

    And number 6 (‘Switch off your devices and tune out’) is only true when you’ve allowed your device to be the master (I know, too many have!). Sometimes the device can work well with number 8 (‘Join in, participate and connect’).
    andytwo
    13th Oct 2016
    5:18pm
    I have suffered PTSD for the last 45 years, it was treated as a joke then and it seems it still is. I still suffer the nightmares. So Mick, Pixapd, Particolor come and walk in my shoes for a week.
    buby
    19th Oct 2016
    2:39pm
    Can i ask you andy, What is PTSD?
    andytwo
    19th Oct 2016
    3:21pm
    Hi buby, I am glad you asked, a lot of people don't know. It is what is now known as POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER.
    particolor
    19th Oct 2016
    4:23pm
    AY ??
    andytwo
    19th Oct 2016
    7:12pm
    particolor if it is too much trouble to google it I will give you a clue, try looking into a persons eye's as you ram a bayonet into his throat, the eyes never leave you. Is that better explained?.
    particolor
    19th Oct 2016
    8:45pm
    Dou think Im Dumb or something ?? I've known what those things are Long LONG Ago !!
    andytwo
    20th Oct 2016
    12:58am
    I knew I should not have tried to explain. Sleep well.
    particolor
    20th Oct 2016
    1:13pm
    Never had a Problem Sleeping in all my life !:-) I haven't got a Guilty Conscience :-) :-) :-)
    andytwo
    20th Oct 2016
    1:30pm
    particolor, I think you answered yourself 2 replies ago, you know what those things are but you have not experienced them, if you had you would not come back with such a reply.
    particolor
    20th Oct 2016
    8:30pm
    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and a Guilty Conscience ? Now that takes some thinking about ? The path may lead anywhere ??
    andytwo
    21st Oct 2016
    12:16am
    The path leads straight to a hospital, that is where our blokes coming from Iraq etc are going, nice talking to them. I hope this discussion has answered your question buby.


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