We recognise that there are many organisations also doing great work in the mental health space for families. We’ve put together a list of free resources from trusted Australian organisations who we work with and can recommend.
Below you’ll find a short summary of who each organisation is, and what resources and support they offer for families. Click through to view their website.
13YARN (Thirteen Yarn) is a national crisis support line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are feeling overwhelmed or having difficulty coping. 13YARN offers confidential, one-on-one yarning opportunities with Lifeline-trained Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander crisis supporters.
You can call 13YARN 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 13 92 76.
Beyond Blue is one of Australia’s most well-known mental health organisations and has a huge amount of resources online about anxiety, depression and suicide.
If you are in crisis, you can also call the Beyond Blue Support Service to speak to a counsellor on 1300 22 4636, available 24/7.
Carer Gateway is an Australian Government program providing free services and support for carers such as those who care for a family member or friend with disability, a medical condition, mental illness, or who is frail due to age.
If you need support in your caring role, you can call 1800 422 727 Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm.
ForWhen is a free, national perinatal mental health care phone service connecting new and expecting parents to local mental health services and supports that best match their needs. Parents can self-refer by calling the helpline on 1300 24 23 22, or have a family member or health professional call on their behalf, if they’re struggling to make that first crucial step.
Head to Health Kids Hubs
Head to Health offers a directory of digital mental health services from some of trusted Australian mental health organisations.
They provide a comprehensive list of apps, online programs, chat forums, phone services, and digital information resources to help you manage your own mental health and wellbeing, as well as information about how to support others.
headspace provides early intervention mental health services to young people 12 to 25 online, by phone and through headspace centres in metro and regional areas across Australia.
headspace also offer online resources and tools for both young people and their families. They provide information and advice about mental ill-health, wellbeing, navigating life, alcohol and other drugs, and work and study.
Find general health information and advice – including both mental and physical. They provide a national directory of trusted health information covering different health conditions, medicines, and symptoms.
You can also call the 24-hour health advice line on 1800 02 222, where you can speak to a registered nurse for advice.
Kids Helpline is a free confidential online and phone counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25. Call them on 1800 55 1800 24/7.
The Kids Helpline website also has a range of resources for parents and families with information about family, relationships, mental health, school, safety and abuse, growing up and safety.
NACCHO is the national peak body that represents the 144 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) across the country.
NACCHO provides advice and guidance on policy and budget matters while advocating for community-developed health solutions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
You can use the NACCHO map on their website to search for your local Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.
For information about disability and support for your child, you can visit the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The NDIS website has a great section for families and carers to help you provide the best possible support for a child in your care who has a disability or developmental delay.
Parentline is a free phone counselling service available to parents and carers, to call if you need support on parenting issues or concerns.
Parentline counsellors are available to talk about any issues to do with parenting and your relationships with your child, help you with ways to cope and be a positive parent, help with your family's wellbeing and resilience, and connect you with services in your area. Click here to find your state or territory's details.
QLife offers both telephone and webchat support for LGBTQIA+ people and their families to talk about a range of issues including sexuality, identity or relationships. They will be able to point you in the right direction for the best support for you and your family.
You can call QLIfe on 1800 184 527 3pm – midnight, every day of the year.
Raising Children Network
For more information on parenting, Raising Children Network is a great source of online information.
Reviewed by experts and based on evidence, you'll find videos, articles and apps on parenting topics, including information and advice about pregnancy, family routines, child behaviour and development, sleeping, feeding, raising teens, disability, autism, looking after yourself and more.
For mental health support and advice targeted specifically for young people aged 12-25 you might like to visit ReachOut.
ReachOut offers a range of online support options to help young people look after their own mental health, including self-help information, peer-support forums and referral tools to access professional help if needed.
SMS4dads helps fathers to understand and connect with their baby and partner during the first year of parenthood. It will check in on their wellbeing and offer professional support if needed.
SMS4dads is free and available for new dads to join up and receive text messages and support straight to their phones from 12 weeks into a pregnancy and throughout the first year of parenthood. With messages developed by health professionals and researchers, SMS4dads is designed to be friendly, positive and real.
The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
The Australian Aboriginal HealthInfoNet provides information to those working in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector by making research and other knowledge readily accessible. It provides a range of resources. Information is available on data sources, current research, theses, full text material, research findings and bibliographic data.
The Healing Foundation
The Healing Foundation is a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation that aims to provide information and support for Stolen Generations survivors and their families.
They work with communities to create a place of safety, providing an environment for survivors and their families to speak for themselves, tell their own stories, and be in charge of their own healing.
Triple P is an evidence-based program currently available to families for free in Australia.
It provides families with tools and guidance for managing the everyday challenges of raising children. Their programs include information and advice about understanding how development affects behaviour and emotional wellbeing, how to build positive relationships, and how to build emotional self-regulation in your child.
WellMob brings together online resources made by and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Find websites, apps, podcasts, videos, helplines, social media and online programs all with a focus on social and emotional wellbeing. WellMob is a safe online place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to access all kinds of digital wellbeing resources.