National mental health helplines & support groups

Talking about what’s going on with others can make a difference.

Reach out to these mental health helplines and support groups for mental health. They're free for everyone in Australia.

Some helplines offer general support. Others specialise in supporting certain groups or conditions, such as youth, addiction or perinatal mental health.

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24/7 mental health helplines

These free and confidential telephone and online chat helplines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Beyond Blue Support Service and Forums

Beyond Blue Support Service and Forums are here to listen whenever you need brief counselling or to talk to someone who understands what you’re going through. You might:

  • be having a really bad day
  • feel overwhelmed and not know where to start
  • have diagnosed anxiety or depression
  • need help to support a partner, family member or friend.

We can also help you find the right mental health services for you if you need extra support.

Crisis support

Lifeline – crisis support and suicide prevention services for people experiencing emotional distress.

Suicide Call Back Service – counselling for people affected by suicide.

Hotlines for depression, anxiety and other mental health support

MensLine Australia – counselling, support and referral service for men.

Kids Helpline - counselling for kids, teens and young adults aged between 5 and 25.

Open Arms - counselling for anyone who has served at least one day in the ADF, their partners and families.

Domestic, family and sexual violence helpline

1800RESPECT – counselling and information for people affected by family and sexual violence.

Alcohol and other drug helplines

Counselling Online – online chat counselling for people affected by alcohol or other drug use.

National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline – telephone referral to local services.

Gambling helpline

Gambler's Help  - support for people with gambling problems, family and friends close to them, and those just wanting to cut back or regain control.

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Mental health helplines

The free and confidential helplines listed here have different opening hours. Check the helpline’s website for details.

General mental health support

MindSpot Clinic – online and telephone assessment and treatment for people experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and chronic pain.

SANE – support and information for people affected by mental health issues and trauma.

Post natal depression support

PANDA’s National Perinatal Mental Health Helpline - support for people throughout pregnancy up until their baby is 12 months old.

Complex trauma support

Blue Knot Helpline - information and support for anyone affected by complex trauma. This includes violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation.

Eating disorders and body image support

Butterfly National Helpline – counselling for people affected by eating disorders.

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Youth mental health services and support

Kids Helpline – 24/7 counselling for kids, teens and young adults aged between 5 and 25.

headspace - mental health support for young people. Offering phone, chat and online community support.

ReachOut - mental health service for young people and their parents. Offering self-help information, peer-support program and referral tools.

Wellbeing support helplines

QLife - anonymous and free LGBTI peer support and referral. Talk about sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships.

FriendLine – for seniors who need to reconnect or just want a chat.

Carer Gateway – individual and group counselling about the concerns carers have and how they feel about their carer role.

Websites and support groups for mental health

Black Dog Institute – resources and mental health support groups for people affected by anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Head to Health – brings together more than 500 digital resources to support your wellbeing and mental health.

Embrace Multicultural Mental Health - national platform for Australian mental health services and multicultural communities to access resources, services and information in a culturally accessible format.

Support after Suicide – information and online community for those bereaved by suicide.

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