Cars For Hope aims to provide a bridge connecting those suffering from mental illness with the help that is required. We cannot stress the importance of professional advice and the progress that you can make towards recovery just by seeking the correct support that you may need. It could be as simple as undertaking self-help techniques, to calling a helpline or visiting a counsellor for the first time. Whatever it may be, it is up to you to decide what you do, who you talk to and how you travel on your road to recovery.
Below are a variety of resources that we recommend for finding information about mental health. If you think you or someone you know is experiencing mental illness, don’t hesitate to refer to the information below or alternatively, you can visit your general practitioner.
Please remember that Cars For Hope is not a crisis centre and cannot provide crisis support. If you or someone you know needs immediate help please call the below Helplines or your local GP or treating psychologist / psychiatrist if you have one.
If you are faced with a serious emergency situation, contact your local emergency services immediately.
Call Triple Zero (000). All Triple Zero calls are free.
13 11 14
Anyone can call Lifeline. The 13 11 14 service offers a counselling service that respects everyone’s right to be heard, understood and cared for. They also provide information about other support services that are available in communities around Australia.
1800 55 1800
A free 24-hour Telephone and online counselling for young people aged between 5 and 25 in Australia.
1300 78 99 78
Counselling, information and referral services for men with family and relationship concerns.
Suicide Call Back Service
1300 659 467
A free, nationwide telephone service that offers short to medium term support for people at risk of suicide, their carers, and those bereaved by suicide.
1800 184 527
A phone and online chat counselling service for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex Australians.
Headspace – Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation
Headspace has been set up to help young people aged 12-25 and their families to deal with different health problems (depression, anxiety, alcohol, eating disorders, self harm etc) You can access help from experts online or find a local Headspace centre in your area to drop into.
The Black Dog Institute
The Black Dog Institute is a not-for-profit, educational, research, clinical and community-oriented facility offering specialist expertise in depression and bipolar disorder.
1800 18 7263
A charity that helps people suffering from mental illness and their families. It produces a range of publications and videos and provides a telephone information service and an online help service.
Head to Health
If you’re trying to improve your own mental health, or support somebody else with mental health issues, Head to Health provides links to trusted Australian online and phone supports, resources and treatment options.
yourtown provide help and reassurance to those experiencing life challenges that include: physical and emotional abuse, alcohol and drug abuse and mental illness. They offer one-on-one counselling to thousands of young people and their families.
ReachOut.com is Australia’s leading online youth mental health service. ReachOut.com is a place that’s there for you when and where you need it. It’s anonymous, open 24/7 and filled with loads of facts and info, stories, videos, blogs and forums where you can connect with others who are going through the same stuff as you.
A national organisation devoted to increasing awareness and understanding of depression in the community. Its website contains useful depression resources (including people’s personal experiences of depression) and information on current initiatives. beyondblue also provides a 24 hour telephone information service which is available to provide information on depression and anxiety and advice on how to get help, where to get services and support Australia-wide.
A website to help young people (aged between 18-25 years) and their families and friends deal with depression. Developed as part of a national community awareness campaign to reduce stigma associated with depression and encourage young people to seek help. The website has information about warning signs, how to communicate about depression, and how to seek help.
You will find resources to locate help and healthcare professionals as well as information about causes, symptoms and various treatment options in managing depression.
Suicide Prevention Australia
Suicide Prevention Australia is the national peak body for the suicide prevention sector in Australia with a role in providing policy advice to governments, community awareness and public education, increased involvement in research and a future role in leading Australia’s engagement internationally.
This organisation committed to the prevention of suicide and its website has a useful list of tips for conducting a conversation with someone who may be struggling on their own.