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.

As Cars For Hope does not provide treatment services, we cannot accept responsibility for any of the services or organisations listed here or otherwise.

Cars For Hope is not a 24-hour helpline, nor are we trained mental health professionals. We hope to serve as a bridge to help.


EMERGENCY

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.


HELPLINES

Lifeline
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.

Kids Helpline
1800 55 1800
A free 24-hour Telephone and online counselling for young people aged between 5 and 25 in Australia.

MensLine Australia
1300 78 99 78
Counselling, information and referral services for men with family and relationship concerns.

Suicide Call Back Service
1300 959 467
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.

QLife Australia
1800 184 527
A phone and online chat counselling service for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex Australians.


INFORMATION RESOURCES

Headspace – Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation
www.headspace.org.au
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
www.blackdoginstitute.org.au
The Black Dog Institute is a not-for-profit, educational, research, clinical and community-oriented facility offering specialist expertise in depression and bipolar disorder.

SANE Australia
www.sane.org
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.

yourtown
www.yourtown.com.au
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
www.reachout.com
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.

beyondblue
www.beyondblue.org.au
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.

Youthbeyondblue
www.youthbeyondblue.com
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.

dNet
www.depressionet.org.au
You will find resources to locate help and healthcare professionals as well as information about causes, symptoms and various treatment options in managing depression.

RUOK?
www.ruokday.com
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.

Suicide Prevention Australia
www.suicidepreventionaust.org
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.