Helpful contacts and websites

Information and help lines



1300 273 266 or (03) 9886 9400

Information and support service line available from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria (ARCVic)

1300 269 438 or (03) 9830 0533

Support, information and referral line for mental health care providers, people with anxiety and their families and carers. Available from Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.


Mental Health Foundation

(02) 6282 6658

Information and referral line available from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.


Anxiety Disorders Information Line

1300 794 992

Information and referral line, available from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.


Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria Inc (ADAVIC)

(03) 9853 8089

Telephone support and information service available Wednesday to Friday, 10.30am to 4pm. Closed on public holidays and weekends.

Face to face support and treatments


Anxiety Disorders Therapy Program, Hyson Green Mental Health Unit (Part of Calvary Private Hospital)

Phone (02) 6201 6000

Provides support, promotes self-awareness, develops knowledge and teaches skills to clients that will empower them to function at their highest level of ability in their home and community, thus reducing or eliminating the need for, or frequency of hospital admissions. Eight week group therapy program (one day per week, including group and individual therapy). Hyson Green, Mary Potter Circuit, Bruce, ACT 

Mental Health Foundation ACT

Phone (02) 6282 6658

Delivers a number of innovative programs designed to assist and improve the lives of people living with a mental health condition and their carers.


Anxiety Disorders Clinic (ADC)

Phone (02) 8382 1400, Monday to Friday 9-4pm

Provides face-to-face and online treatment for adults with anxiety. The face-to-face programs are available in groups or private session with clinicians. Darlinghurst, Sydney

Centre for Emotional Health Macquarie University

A centre for research excellence, which focuses on the understanding, treatment and prevention of anxiety, depression and related mental health problems. 16 University Ave, Macquarie University, NSW

  • Includes specialised programs for children aged 3-6, 7-17, children with Autism, students in years 10-12, and adolescents (12-17) with depression and anxiety. 
  • Specialised programs for adults include: Social phobia, Blood, injury and injection phobia, Panic/Agoraphobia, Older Adult (60+) Treatment Program

Mental Health Association NSW

Support groups

Phone (02) 9339 6013  Email

Monthly support groups for people with generalised anxiety disorder, social phobia, panic attacks/disorder, agoraphobia and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Family and friends of people with anxiety are also welcome to attend. Various locations in NSW

Phone (02) 9339 6093  Email

Anxiety self-help groups, free to attend, are based on an effective, 12 week, self-treatment behaviour therapy program. Group members are guided, step-by-step through a program of gradual exposure to help overcome their fears. Various locations in NSW

Small Steps Seminars

Phone (02) 9339 6003  Email

A program that aims to raise awareness and improve the recognition of anxiety in children. NSW

FREE 'anxiety awareness' seminars for primary school staff (teachers, principals, administrative staff) and parents:
  • Topics covered during the seminar include: signs and symptoms of anxiety, telling normal fears from problem anxiety, the different types of anxiety and how they present, how to speak to an anxious child, evidence based treatments for anxiety, and an overview of referral and treatment options with information packs available, which include strategies on how to assist children with anxiety. 
  • Seminars for parents can be conducted before school, immediately after school, or in the evening.


Anxiety Empowerment Support Group

Contact Carrieanne 0431 583 047  Email

A free, monthly, support group giving people with anxiety a chance to talk and be heard.

Freemasons Hall, Caloundra, QLD

Hermit Park sessions – contact John (07) 4779 2203 
Pimlico sessions contact Karen (07) 4729 0629 or email or 

This mental health support group network in Townsville, QLD consists of a group of people who have experienced depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions who come together to share their experiences. Free service.

Saint Matthews Church Hall, Hermit Park – meets on Tuesdays, from 9.30am 11.30am
159 Kings Road, Pimlico – meets on Thursdays, from 7.00pm- 9.00pm.

Mental Health Association Australia

Phone 1300 729 686

A non-Government, not-for-profit organisation that:

  • raises awareness about and promotes mental wellbeing
  • promotes skills and activities, both online and in public space to maintain good mental health
  • provides support to individuals at risk of developing a mental health condition or those who are experiencing the effects of a mental health condition
  • support families and loved ones of individuals who are experiencing the effects of a mental health condition
  • support groups include OCD Support Group, and Anxiety and Depression Support Groups.

Various locations on Gold Coast and Brisbane, QLD


Anxiety Disorders Association South East Inc. (ADASE)

Phone (08) 8723 9400  Email

Aims to reduce the incidence of anxiety disorders by consumer led educational programs, including:

  • A Great Step Forward Basic Program
  • A Great Step Forward Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Program
  • A Great Step Forward “Mind Over Mood” program
  • A Great Step Forward “Friends for Life” program

Post Office Box 8130, Mt Gambier East SA 5291 

Centre for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD), Flinders University

Phone (08) 8204 4779

Provides free treatment for anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions. The multidisciplinary team offers cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and other evidence-based therapies to adults aged 18 to 65 years of age. The services include: one-on-one therapy, a self-management group and a two to three week inpatient program at Flinders Medical Centre (FMC). Flinders Medical Centre, Bedford Park 5042, SA

Phone (08) 8222 8100  Fax (08) 8222 8101  Email

A free government clinic providing evidence-based outpatient psychological therapy for anxiety and depression. CTAD specialises in providing psychological therapies that have been shown to be the most effective for anxiety and depression in rigorous scientific research, as they were delivered in those studies. 30 Anderson Street Thebarton SA 5031

Phone 0410 521 633  Email

Offers exclusive support to individuals and families affected by anxiety and panic. It offers professional assistance and peer support to people experiencing anxiety or panic. Services include counselling, group support, The Panic Room SA Forum, workshops and information sessions. Support group location: Torrensville


Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria Inc. (ADAVIC)

Phone/fax (03) 9853 8089  Email

Provides support for people who experience anxiety, their partners and families and education for relevant health practitioners. Services include: anxiety support groups, information evenings, workshops, quarterly newsletter for members, adolescent information pack, five-week recovery program.Kew, VIC

Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria (ARCVic)

Phone 1300 269 438 or (03) 9830 0566  Email

A state-wide, specialist mental health organisation that provides support, recovery and educational services to people and families living with anxiety. ARCVic aims to support and equip people with knowledge and skills that will build resilience and recovery, and reduce the impact of anxiety.

Recovery Programs

Short term, skills based group therapy programs for people with anxiety disorders. Surrey Hills, VIC

Support groups

Support Groups provide an opportunity for people to help one another, understand their anxiety disorder and the recovery process. These groups provide an avenue to share their hope, motivations and their journey in a safe, supportive environment. Includes specialised support groups for specific anxiety disorders. Over 22 locations in metropolitan Melbourne and region Victoria – click on the link above to find the full list. 

Phone (03) 9819 3671

Provides information about anxiety and the treatment options available. Group therapy is offered for ‘Overcoming Shyness and Social Anxiety’. Public speaking course are also available. Hawthorn and Richmond, Vic


Phone 1300 273 266  Email

Provides accessible evidence-based information, support and treatment for people who are experiencing anxiety disorders, depression, benzodiazepine or analgesic dependency and related problems. Services include information and telephone support (Australia wide), counselling and group programs, education and training for health professionals, providing secondary consultation in the benzodiazepine program, and community awareness and education. 

Counselling locations: Glen Iris, Melton and Cranbourne
Group sessions: Glen Iris
Education and training: state-wide
Information and telephone support: Australia wide

Swinburne Psychology Clinic

Phone (03) 9214 8653

Individual treatment of anxiety and group treatment for SAD and OCD. Low-cost counselling, psychological assessment and group therapy treatment. Hawthorn, VIC


Centre for Clinical Interventions

Phone (08) 9227 4399  Email 

Provides a clinical service for adults with complex mental health disorders, and information for adults and health professionals on individual and group treatment. Conducts specialised group therapy programs for Social Phobia and Social Anxiety Disorder. Offers individual therapy treatments for Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia and Mixed Anxiety-Depression. Northbridge, WA

Depression and Anxiety Support Group

Contact Bob (08) 9755 4021  Phone/fax (08) 9751 5866  Email

Aims to help people who experience depression and anxiety to overcome them and remain well. Provides workshops and individual support for people to gain the skills that help overcome depression and all forms of anxiety and also methods to remain well. The skills and methods are largely based on cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). Resources and a library of self help books are available for participants. Busselton, WA

Online support and treatment

Online information and support

Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria (ARCVic)

Provides support, recovery and educational services to people and families living with anxiety.

Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, The University of Melbourne

No age restrictions. Provides information on mental health problems that can develop following trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder and other anxiety disorders, and advice on seeking help and treatment for these problems.

Bite Back, Black Dog Institute

Age range: 12-18. A space where young people can check out real life stories and discover ways to amplify the good stuff in life. It involves positive psychology-based activities, quizzes, information, videos, blogs and competitions.

BluePages, Australian National University (ANU)

No age restrictions. Provides information on treatments for depression based on the latest scientific evidence. BluePages also offers symptoms quizzes for depression and anxiety, a depression search engine, and links to other helpful resources.

BlueBoard (part of Blue Pages), Australian National University (ANU)

Age range: 18+. A moderated online community for people experiencing a wide range of mental health concerns including depression or anxiety, their friends and carers, and for those who are concerned that they may have depression or anxiety and want some support. The hope is that this bulletin board will enable people to reach out and both offer and receive help and know they are not alone.


Access to trusted, relevant mental health care services, online programs and resources., Inspire Foundation

Age range: 14-24. A range of mental health issues faced by young people. Information and stories, online forums and blog, youth involvement.


Phone 1300 273 266  Email

Provides accessible evidence-based information, support and treatment for people who are experiencing anxiety, depression, benzodiazepine or analgesic dependency and related problems. Services include information and telephone support (Australia wide), education and training for health professionals, providing secondary consultation in the benzodiazepine program, and community awareness and education.

Online treatment

Mental Health Online, National eTherapy Centre, Swinburne University of Technology

Age range: 18+. Online assessment, self-help and therapist-assisted treatment, cognitive behaviour therapy for Generalised anxiety disorder, Social anxiety disorder, Panic disorder, Post-traumatic stress disorder and Obsessive compulsive disorder.

Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria (ARCVic)

Provides information on anxiety and treatment. Also has youth-specific information.

Anxiety Treatment Australia

Provides information about anxiety and the treatment options available.

BRAVE online


A free online program for the prevention and treatment of anxiety in Australian children and young people aged 8–17 years, and their parents. This program aims to teach young people the skills they need to reduce anxiety and to cope with stressful situations.

eCentreClinic, Centre for Emotional Health, Macquarie University

Age range: 18+ (with separate courses for older adults aged 60+). A not-for-profit initiative of the Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. This internet-based research clinic develops and tests state-of-the-art, free online treatment courses for people with symptoms of worry, anxiety (including OCD and PTSD), stress, depression, low mood and other health conditions, including chronic pain. 

e-couch, Australian National University (ANU)

Designed for 16+ but has been used with younger adolescents. A self-help interactive program with modules for depression, generalised anxiety and worry, social anxiety, relationship breakdown, and loss and grief. It provides evidence-based information and teaches strategies drawn from cognitive, behavioural and interpersonal therapies as well as relaxation and physical activity.

MindSpot Clinic

A national online and telephone assessment and treatment service for adults with anxiety or depression. Offers online and telephone screening assessments and effective treatment courses that people can do online or with telephone support from a trained therapist. The service is free.

MoodGYM, Australian National University (ANU)

Designed for ages 15-25, but has also been found effective for adults. This free, fun, interactive program consists of a number of different modules that aim to help identify and overcome problem emotions and show how to develop good coping skills for the future. 

myCompass, Black Dog Institute

Age range: 18+. An interactive self-help service that aims to promote resilience and wellbeing for all Australians. myCompass is a guide to good mental health – it points you in the right direction. You can track your moods, write about them and view information and tips. You can also choose to do one of the modules designed to help you manage mild to moderate stress, anxiety and depression. This is a self-help resources via mobile or computer.

Shyness and Social Anxiety Treatment Australia

Phone (03) 9819 3671 or 0419 104 284  Email

Provides information about social anxiety, treatment options, psychologists around Australia who treat social anxiety, group therapy and workshops, support groups, articles, resources and links to other sites.

This Way Up, St Vincent’s Hospital & University of NSW

Age range: 18+. Online services developed by The Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression (CRUfAD). CRUfAD is a joint facility of St Vincent’s Hospital and the University of New South Wales, established to reduce the impact of anxiety and depressive disorders on people. Provides online treatment, education and research in depression and anxiety.

The aim is to reduce the burden of anxiety and depression by conducting research and educating individuals about how to recover, and training and up-skilling clinicians about how to treat and cure anxiety and depression. Covers depression, GAD, panic mixed depression and anxiety.


PTSD Coach Australia

Available from iTunes for free. Developed by the Australian Centre of Posttraumatic Mental Health for people receiving treatment for Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), specifically for use of Australian veterans and personnel serving in the Defence Force. This is an app that helps people understand and manage symptoms of PTSD.

Crisis support

If you are in an emergency, or at immediate risk of harm to yourself or others, please contact emergency services on 000. Other services include: