Mental health problems affect one in five Adult Australians. Many people experience a crisis situation where they need additional support. Knowing where to go for immediate support and assistance is really important. For some people, a person on the other side of a phone is what they need. For others using the internet as a way of connecting to crisis support is the best way of coping. People need crisis support at any time, day or night. These helplines and online support provide a range of options for people in need.
NSW Mental Health Line
1800 011 511
The Mental Health Access Line is for people to call within NSW and directly link with local NSW mental health services, and to mental health services in other regions throughout NSW. You can also ring them if you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health crisis and may be at risk of harm to themselves or others.
Lifeline Telephone 24-Hour Crisis Support
13 11 14 www.lifeline.org.au/crisischat
Lifeline has trained crisis supporters available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They also offer an online Crisis Support Chat 7 days a week between 7pm – 4am AEDT. www.lifeline.org.au/crisischat
1300 78 99 78 www.menslineaus.org.au
This is a telephone counselling service available 24 hours, 7 days a week, for men with relationship or family concerns.
Suicide Call Back Service
1300 659 467 www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au
Suicide Call Back Service is a nationwide service that provides 24/7 telephone, video and online professional counselling to people who are affected by suicide.
1300 22 46 36 www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support
24-hour helpline which gives information and referral to services for anxiety and depression.
1300 726 306 www.panda.org.au
PANDA supports women, men and families across Australia affected by anxiety and depression during pregnancy and in the first year of parenthood. They also provide support relating to postnatal psychosis. The national helpline is available from 9am – 7.30pm Monday to Friday AEST.
Alternatively, you can email support@panda. org.au and a team member will get back to you during helpline hours.
Ph: 1800 242 636
Carers NSW provides a Carer Line which is staffed by experienced Carer Support Officers who offer emotional support, referrals, and distribute carer specific resources and information, to carers, service providers and community members. Their Carer Support Officers understand the issues carers face and the supports carers can access in their local community. The Carer Line runs Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.
Gambling Help Telephone & Online
1800 858 858
This free, confidential helpline provides counselling, information and referral for people with gambling problems and concerned family members, over the phone or as an online chat service.
The Butterfly Foundation
1800 33 4673
The Butterfly Foundation is a nation-wide advocacy and support organisation for those with eating disorders and their loved ones. The website has excellent resource for parents and carers, and provides support by email or live chat.
Telephone: 1800 184 527
(3pm-midnight local time, 7 days)
QLife is Australia’s first nationally-oriented counselling and referral service for LGBTIQ+ people. QLife provides nation-wide, early intervention, peer supported telephone and web-based services to people of all ages, sexualities and genders. The website also hosts some useful guides.
NSW Quitline 13 7848 (13 QUIT)
A confidential telephone information and advice service to help smokers quit and stay quit.
1800 187 263
Helpline where you can talk to a mental health professional. The Helpline runs Monday to Friday, 10am – 10pm.
Ph: You can also use the SANE support chat which runs Monday to Friday, 10am – 10pm.https://www.sane.org/services/help-centre
Headspace are the National youth mental health foundation dedicated to improving the mental health and wellbeing of young people. If you are a young person aged 25 years and under, and are having a difficult time, you can talk to Headspace via phone or e-headspace online.
Ph: 1800 650 890
Kids Help Line
1800 55 1800
This is a telephone, and web-based counselling service. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for young people aged up to 25 years.