When you're struggling

You may notice more frequent mood swings. You may feel distressed and have a growing sense of hopelessness. When you’re struggling, you may withdraw from things you enjoy and the people you’re close to. You may think it’s time to seek professional support. 

What you can do when you’re struggling

Seek help from our free, anonymous counselling service or connect with your peers online. Crisis support is available 24/7 if you need it.

Talk to a counsellor

Call our free, confidential phone counselling service. It’s available 24/7 so you can get support when you need it. Most calls last around 20 minutes. 

Call a counsellor on 1300 22 4636

Chat to a counsellor online

You can use our free, anonymous webchat service 24/7. Counsellors are online to help when you need them the most. 

Chat to a counsellor online

Connect with our online peer support community

Visit our Forums to read posts from people who understand what you're going through. You can join anonymously to connect with others and start your own discussions.

Visit our Forums

Get crisis support

  • Suicide prevention offers advice on how to stay safe and get support if you’re thinking about suicide.

Find support outside Beyond Blue 

Reaching out to someone can make a difference to your mental health. You can access free helplines and support groups around Australia. 

Find free helplines and support groups

How you can start healing and working towards healthy

You may not want to do much when you’re struggling. That’s okay. When you’re ready, reach out to friends, family or someone you trust to share what’s happening. You can seek help from the community or a counsellor. 

Read stories to inspire you

Discover how others in the community manage their mental health journey. Get inspired by the tools and tips they share to support your own mental health.

Browse personal stories

Find podcasts to support your wellbeing

Not alone is our podcast series. You’ll find unique stories from people who share their mental health journey to help you with yours.

Explore Not Alone podcasts

Learn more about your mental health

You can have ups and downs, good days and bad days. If you can identify how you’re feeling, you can get the support you need. Take some time to learn more about your mental health. It's one way to start healing and moving towards healthy.

Read about the factors affecting mental health

There are common factors that affect your mental health. If you understand them, you may be more aware of when you’re at risk. This can help you prepare and reach out early for support.

Learn about factors affecting mental health

Reflect on the stages of mental health

The mental health continuum outlines the 6 stages of mental health. Learn about the common signs for each stage to help you know where you’re at and get the support you need.

Read more about the continuum

Learn more about suicidal thoughts

Get information to help you understand and cope with suicidal thoughts and feelings. Suicidal thoughts can pass, and crisis support is available.

Learn more about suicidal thoughts

Discover online self-guided help options

These free, online resources can help you manage stress, anxiety and depression.


A free service for anyone experiencing stress, anxiety or depression. You need to register to complete an assessment and get feedback. You can then talk to therapist about your results and treatment course.

Visit Mindspot


An interactive program to help you prevent and manage symptoms of anxiety and depression. It offers 5 online modules full of information, exercises, workbooks and quizzes. You need to register to use this self-help program.

Visit MoodGym

Stories of hope

In this video, 8 community members talk about finding a way through suicidal feelings. Their stories of hope let you know you’re not alone and there is way to start healing.