The Australian Federal Government has launched a new website called Head to Health. Head to Health is a website which makes it easier for people to access free or low cost Australian digital mental health services. It has been developed in collaboration with people with mental illness and their carers, the community, mental health professionals and digital service providers, and underwent extensive testing with users.
To find out more visit the Head to Health website
There is a lot that you, your family and local community can do to look after your mental health. This may include general preventative activities (e.g. regular exercise), dealing with and bouncing back from a difficult life event (resilience) or continuing your journey of recovery from a mental illness. Self care is something that you can do yourself, without needing to see a health professional.
The following sites provide a range of mental health self care guides and tools:
E-health Media Services
E-mental health is services, programmes or applications that may be self-driven or involve real time or delayed interaction with a clinician or other support person. E-mental health and telephone mental health information and services are of particular benefit to people with limited access to psychological services, such as those living in rural and remote areas who face barriers in accessing face-to-face services. A number of e-mental health and telephone services are funded as outlined below.
eMHprac have compiled a list of e-mental health services across a range of areas that are easily accessible.
beyondblue support service provides free, immediate, short-term counselling, advice and referrals to anyone in Australia via telephone, email and web chat. www.beyondblue.org.au
MoodMission is an evidence-based app designed to empower you to overcome feelings of depression and anxiety by discovering new and better ways of coping
Mental Health Online is an online self help tool to support you to overcome anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, panic disorder, and agoraphobia.
Mindspot provides free real time, online and phone Cognitive Behaviour Therapy counselling with a trained counsellor for common mental disorders such as anxiety and depression. Treatment is for those 18 years and above and there is no need for a referral.
MoodGym is like an interactive self-help book which helps you learn and practice skills which can help to prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety. www.moodgym.com.au
eheadspace is a telephone and web-based support service for young people. It provides free, confidential and anonymous counselling services to young people between the ages of 12 and 25 years with, or at risk of developing, a mild to moderate mental illness. The service also provides referrals to other appropriate services, including mental health alcohol and drug, social and vocational services.
1800 650 890