For Children and Adolescents
Beyond Blue: A resource for adolescents experiencing anxiety or depression that provides resources, webchat and 24-hour phone line 1300 224 636.
BeyondNow: A safety-planning app from Beyond Blue.
Reach Out: Provides practical information, tools and support for adolescents, ranging from everyday troubles to really tough times.
Kid's Helpline: A free 24-hour counselling service for kids and adolescents aged 5-25 years. You can get help by email, web, or over the phone 1800 551 800.
Bite Back: A new and ever-changing space where you can discover ways to amplify the good stuff in life, share real and personal stories with others, check out videos, blogs and interviews of interesting people, check and track your mental fitness, and get your teeth stuck in to a bunch of activities!
LGBTIQA+ Counselling Service NSW: Twenty10 is a volunteer-based community service providing a broad range of specialised services for young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender diverse, non-binary, intersex, questioning, queer, asexual and more (LGBTIQA+) people aged 12-25 years. Services include housing, mental health, counselling and social support. They also provide support for friends and family and the wider community throughout NSW on sexuality and life issues.
Headspace: A National Youth Mental Health Foundation that provides face-to-face support for adolescents between 12-25 years on general health, mental health and counselling, education, employment, and alcohol and other drugs. The headspace website provides information about your nearest centre and resources for adolescents and their parents / carers.
Lifeline: A support and suicide prevention service that provides webchat 7.00pm to 4.00am and 24/7 phone line 13 11 14.
If you or someone you know is not safe
DOCS Helpline: 13 21 11
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Helpline: 1800 200 526
Domestic Violence Hotline: 1800RESPECT 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800respect.org.au
Safe Steps: a 24-hour family violence response centre 1800 015 188 or visit www.safesteps.org.au
Victims Support Line: 1800 633 063
Some online therapy, medication and self-help resources
TeenSTRONG: For young people from 12-17 years old who have anxiety and/or depression. This course of treatment requires the supervision of a parent or carer and a prescription from a clinician.
Mood gym: For anxiety and depression. Moodgym is like an interactive self-help book that helps you to learn and practise skills that can help to prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Brave: For children and teenagers who experience Separation Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, Specific Phobia and Generalised Anxiety Disorder.
Ecouch: A self-help interactive program with modules for depression, generalised anxiety & worry, social anxiety, relationship breakdown, and loss & grief. It provides evidence-based information and teaches strategies drawn from cognitive, behavioural and interpersonal therapies as well as relaxation and physical activity.
Smiling Mind: a free mindfulness meditation app for a range of ages and settings.
Sleep shack: Gen Z’s home of better sleep. A clinically proven, personalised sleep treatment program for teens & tweens developed by Australia’s leading Sleep Doctors.
AnxietyBC: A useful resource (from Canada) for children and teenagers on help with anxiety.
Medisafe: An app to help you remember when to take your pills.
MedAdvisor: An app to help you liaise with your pharmacy about when medication might run out. MedAdvisor connects to your pharmacy to provide automatic details of your medication, scripts and repeats.
Parentline: A free counselling and referral service for all NSW parents of children aged 0-18 years that provides online resources and operates a part-time 7-day (including public holidays) phone line on 1300 130 052.
Families NSW: Provides Positive Parenting Program (PPP) and other resources. For further information contact 1800 789 123.
Raising Children Network: Offers parents reliable and scientifically-validated information and resources to support them in the day-to-day work of raising children and looking after their own needs.
Parenting Resources: A resource provided by Families NSW that provides information on Parenting Events, Early Learning Events, and Aboriginal Events.
For Indigenous Families
Gunawirra: Programs for families with preschool children and training for preschool teachers.
How to contact a health service: Provides a list of locally-based Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) contact details.
Healing Foundation: A portal to visit Healing resources. A recent publication is Growing Our Children Up Strong: healing for children and young people.
Closing The Gap resource sheet on trauma: What works and culturally-specific approaches to trauma-informed care.
ANU Trauma Loss and Grief Network: Provides resources and weblinks around the specific issues arising in Indigenous families and communities around trauma, loss and grief.
Closing The Gap: A clearinghouse for research and evaluation evidence on what works to overcome Indigenous disadvantage.
For Families of a Child on the Autism Spectrum
Helping Children with Autism: This is a link to the Department of Health webpage about Medicare items that are available to assist with the assessment and management of autism. This funding is a single entitlement (not recurring each year) and is in addition to the 10-sessions available each year through the Better Access to Mental Health Care Plan and Chronic Disease Management (formerly Enhanced Primary Care or EPC) possibly available through your GP. You are strongly encouraged to register for the Medicare Safety Net, which may refund 80% of the gap costs for the remainder of the year once a threshold of spending has been reached for a household (please also refer to the summary on the About My Fees page).
Raising Children Network FAQ on NDIS: The Raising Children Network provides this guide to answer your questions about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). If your child has a significant and permanent disability, then NDIS can provide financial support for your child, as well as for you and your family.
Positive Partnerships NDIS FAQs sheet: Positive Partnerships also provides a FAQ on NDIS funding.
RANZCP Factsheet: The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrist provides factsheets. This link takes you to one about autism.
Aspect: Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) is a service provider for autism and other disabilities. Services include a schools program, providing information and advice, diagnostic assessments, behaviour support, parent and family support, and adult programs.
Aspect was appointed by the Department of Social Services (DSS) to deliver the Autism Advisor Program in NSW, which is a component of the federal government’s Helping Children with Autism package.
Autism Community Network: The Autism Community Network advances the health and social wellbeing of people with autism, their families and communities by providing:
- Information, support and coordination of services for individuals with autism, their parents and carers;
- Social skills building programs for children and adults with autism;
- Community development programs for disability services and mainstream providers.
Autism Awareness: Autism Awareness is an Australian organisation that provides resources for families about how Autism Spectrum presents throughout different ages and how it is diagnosed, interventions and funding.
Financial Assistance: ASPECT provides a current summary of the financial assistance available to families of children with autism. For a further update for 2017, click here.
Autism Behaviour Intervention Association: ABIA trains, educates and supports parents, carers, and professionals working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. ABIA's aim is to raise awareness about Applied Behaviour Analysis.
Amazing things happen: Published in March 2017, this short animation is an introduction to autism that aims to raise awareness among young neurotypical audiences, to stimulate understanding and acceptance in future generations. It is intended to be viewed, discussed and shared widely by anyone but especially teachers and parents.
Medication guide for parents: A guide for parents of a child with ASD about approaches to using medication that is published by the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Psychiatry Association. (NB The US Food & Drug Administration, FDA, referred to on page 10 has different regulations to the Australian equivalent, the Therapeutic Goods Administration).
Advocating for your child with autism in school: An ABC Life artcile published 1 May 2019.
Accessing services in NSW
Head to Health: A portal provided by the Department of Health to access resources and therapy sites.
NSW Mental Health Access Line on 1800 011 511: A 24-hour helpline for mental health emergency consultations and access to out-of-hour services.
Find a Clinical Psychologist: The Australian Clinical Psychology Association provides a webpage to assist in finding a Clinical Psychologist in your area. Please click on the above link to access this.
Find a Psychologist: Search for a Psychologist in your area on the Australian Psychological Society website.
NSW anti-bullying website: Resources and information for schools, parents and carers, and students.
Healthdirect Australia: 1800 022 222. A national public health information resource that offers access to free health helplines as well as online health information and advice.
Relationships Australia: provides support, counselling and therapy for individuals, families, and communities 1300 364 277.
Family Relationships Advice Line: 1800 050 321. Information for all families – whether together or separated – about family relationship issues and a range of services to assist families manage relationship issues, including helping families agree on arrangements for children after parents separate, and how to access counselling, dispute resolution services, legal advice and financial advice.
Kids Matter: an Australian mental health and wellbeing initiative set in primary schools and early childhood education and care services.
COPMI: Children of Parents with Mental Illness: A website providing video resources for children, parents, friends, and professionals.
Live Life Get Active: provides free health, fitness and nutritional education both online and in the parks, suburbs and cities of Australia (supported by Local Government and Corporate Australia). The activities though are for people aged 18 years and older.
YMCA Brightside: The YMCA’s Brightside program offers opportunities for people with a mental illness to improve their physical, social and mental health and wellbeing. The program offers free and unlimited access to a YMCA facility for 60 days, as well as a customised exercise program and one-on-one support.
Holiday camps for Disability Service providers: Provided by NSW Sports and Recreation.
School holiday program: Provided by NSW Sports and Recreation.
Youth Alcohol & Other Drug Services: This resource provides an overview of the specialist non government youth services providing alcohol and other drug (AOD) services in NSW who are members of the Youth AOD Services Network. It is provided by the Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies (NADA), which represents close to 100 non government organisational members that provide a broad range of alcohol and other drugs services including health promotion and harm reduction, early intervention, treatment and continuing care programs.
Accessing further information
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists: Provides fact sheets on a range of mental health topics.
Black Dog Institute: Provides fact sheets on depression, bipolar disorder, including in young people, their treatments, mood charts, and staying well techniques.
Depression explained: A cartoon story explaining depression through the experience of a young student.
Medicare Australia: Provides information on a range of benefits, payments and services to help with the cost of health services, prescription medicines and medical equipment.