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If you feel anxious, stressed, have a diagnosed mental illness or have suicidal thoughts, or you want to support someone in this situation, there are many organisations in Australia who offer support, information, self-help programs and referrals to health professionals.

In a crisis you can contact the following organisations 24/7

Lifeline

13 11 14 www.lifeline.org.au
Lifeline offers free telephone support 24 hours a day, but also offers self-help tool kits and a wide range of information on topics, including, financial stress, panic attacks and family and relationship problems.

SANE

1800 18 SANE (1800 18 7263) www.sane.org
In addition to 24 hour telephone support, SANE offers online forums for people living with mental illness and their families and carers. SANE also combats the stigma associated with mental illness.

Kids Helpline

1800 55 1800 www.kidshelp.com.au
Kids Helpline offer free 24 hour telephone and online support to children and young people aged 5-25. It also provides online information and activities.

Beyondblue

1300 22 4636 www.beyondblue.org.au
Beyond blue offers 24 hour telephone support as well as information about anxiety, depression and suicide for all people of all ages.

Suicide Callback Service

1300 659 467 www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au
The Suicide Callback Services offers free telephone and online support as well as information and resources to anyone affected by suicide - people with suicidal thoughts, people worried about someone else, people who have lost someone to suicide and health professionals.

Mensline Australia

1300 789 978 www.mensline.org.au
Mensline offers telephone and online support, information and referral service helping men to deal with relationship issues.

Other organisations that offer support:

Black Dog Institute

www.backdoginstitute.org.au - Information on symptoms, treatment and prevention of depression and be-polar disorder.

Carers Australia

1800 242 636 - Short-term counselling and emotional and psychological support services for carers and their families.

Headspace

1800 650 890 www.headspace.org.au - Free online telephone service that supports young people 12-25 going through a tough time and their families.

Head to Health

www.headtohealth.gov.au, Find online mental health resources.

Mood GYM

www.moodgym.anu.edu.au - A free, confidential online self-help program to assist people with depression, based on cognitive behaviour therapy. Mood GYM was developed at the Australian National University National Institute for Mental Health Research. First launched in 2001, the program has been revised and now has more than 800,000 registered users across the world, and is available in English, Chinese, Dutch, Finnish and Norwegian. There are five modules and completion of at least two modules is linked to significant improvements. See also e-couch, Blue Board and Beacon.

Relationships Australia State and Territory websites