“Leading and serving other people is brutally difficult work, and it requires a level of self-awareness that no one I’ve ever known has without the help of someone else.” – Brené Brown
Every leader needs a mental health toolkit to support their teams and themselves to thrive in uncertainty. Below is a list of resources across a wide range of areas to lean into.
1800respect.org.au | 1800 737 732 | 24×7 support
Confidential information, counselling and support service open 24 hours to support people impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse.
Alcohol and Drug Information and Support Services (ADIS) (by State)
Alcohol and Drug Information and Support Services (ADIS) are state and territory-based services offering telephone counselling, information, referral and support, 24 hours a day, for anyone seeking help for their own or another person’s alcohol or drug use. They also provide information and support services for general practitioners, other health professionals and business and community groups.
beyondblue.org.au | 1300 22 4636 | 24×7 support
Aims to increase awareness of depression and anxiety and reduce stigma.
Black Dog Institute
Information on symptoms, treatment and prevention of depression and bipolar disorder.
Blue Knot Foundation Helpline
blueknot.org.au | 1300 657 380 | 9am-5pm AEST, 7 days
(formerly ASCA Professional Support Line) provides, support or referral for adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse, their partners, family and friends, health professionals and anyone in the workplace working with people who have experienced childhood trauma and abuse.
cancer.org.au/support-and-services | 13 11 20
Cancer Council 13 11 20 is a free, confidential telephone information and support service if you have a question about cancer, or if you’re seeking emotional or practical support for yourself or people affected by cancer.
carersaustralia.com.au | 1800 242 636
Short-term counselling and emotional and psychological support services for carers and their families in each state and territory.
Embrace Multicultural Mental Health
A national platform for multicultural communities and Australian mental health services to access resources, services and information in a culturally accessible format.
Ethical issues arise in a wide variety of professional environments, and it’s not always possible to address them internally. Professionals need somewhere impartial to turn – someone they can trust and confide in. Ethi-call sessions are a free, confidential one-hour call with an ethics counsellor. Counsellors guide you through a series of questions that help shine a light on the problem you’re trying to solve.
eSafety can help Australians experiencing online bullying or abuse to take action or make a complaint.
Free counselling support to anyone experiencing grief loss and or trauma Australia wide.
HALT (Hope Assistance Local Tradies)
halt.org.au | 0409 756 274
HALT’s vision is that every tradie in Australia knows how to look after their mental health and wellbeing
headspace.org.au | 1800 650 890
Free online and telephone service that supports young people aged between 12 and 25 and their families going through a tough time.
Head to Health
An innovative website that can help you find free and low-cost, trusted online and phone mental health resources.
Head to Help
headtohelp.org.au | 1800 595 212
HeadtoHelp supports Victorians of all ages to take the first steps towards finding the mental health and wellbeing support that’s best for you.
kidshelp.com.au | 1800 55 1800
A free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.
MATES in Construction, Mining, Energy
mates.org.au | 1300 642 111 | 24×7 support
MATES is a free service to help reduce the high level of suicide among Australian construction workers.
mensline.org.au | 1300 78 99 78
A telephone and online support, information and referral service, helping men to deal with relationship problems in a practical and effective way.
mindspot.org.au | 1800 61 44 34
An online and telephone clinic providing free assessment and treatment services for Australian adults with anxiety or depression.
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and Aboriginal Medical Services in each state and territory.
National Debt Helpline
ndh.org.au | 1800 007 007
Financial counselling is available from the National Debt Helpline. Financial counsellors are qualified professionals who provide information, advice and advocacy to people in financial difficulty. Their services are free, confidential, independent and non-judgmental.
PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia)
panda.org.au | 1300 726 306 | 9am-7:30pm AEST (Mon-Fri)
Provides a national telephone information, counselling and referral service staffed by trained volunteers, professional counsellors and supervising staff. Many helpline counsellors have had their own experience of perinatal depression or anxiety.
Free counselling and support for parents and carers. Parentline is a confidential telephone service providing professional counselling and support in Queensland and the Northern Territory.
openarms.gov.au/get-support/counselling | 1800 011 046 | 24×7 support
Veterans and Families Counselling provides free and confidential, nationwide counselling and support for war and service-related mental health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance and anger.
qlife.org.au | 1800 184 527 | 3pm-12am
QLife is Australia’s first nationally-oriented counselling and referral service for LGBTI people. The project provides nation-wide, early intervention, peer supported telephone and web based services to diverse people of all ages experiencing poor mental health, psychological distress, social isolation, discrimination, experiences of being misgendered and/or other social determinants that impact on their health and wellbeing.
Australia’s leading online mental health organisation for young people and their parents. Practical support, tools and tips to help young people get through anything from everyday issues to tough times – and the information offered to parents makes it easier for them to help their teenagers, too.
relationships.org.au | 1300 364 277
A provider of relationship support services for individuals, families and communities.
sane.org | 1800 18 7263
Information about mental illness, treatments, where to go for support and help carers.
SMART (Self Management and Recovery Training) Recovery is a free group program assisting any problematic behaviours, including addiction to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, food, shopping, Internet and others.
Smiling Mind provides accessible life-long tools to support healthy minds, via their app and in school and workplace resources.
Suicide Call Back Service
suicidecallbackservice.org.au | 1300 659 467
Suicide Call Back Service is a nationwide service providing 24/7 telephone and online counselling to people affected by suicide – people feeling suicidal, people worried about someone and/or people who have lost someone to suicide.
Support after Suicide
Information, resources, counselling and group support to those bereaved by suicide. Education and professional development to health, welfare and education professionals.
The Butterfly Foundation
thebutterflyfoundation.org.au/our-services/helpline/ | 1800 33 4673 | 8am-midnight (AEST)
Phone, webchat and email support for those experiencing an eating disorder, friends, family, carers and professionals.
Social, emotional and cultural wellbeing online resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.
Supporting business leaders to prevent mental injury and promote a mentally healthy workplace with resources, funding and networking opportunities.
For young people and families
Partners in Wellbeing (Victoria)
Free support and advice to improve your wellbeing during COVID and beyond – wellbeing coaching, small business support, veterans support.
Tips for staying safe online during the pandemic.
DIGITAL TOOLS AND APPS
Online tools and mobile apps for your mental health and wellbeing developed successfully tested through research trials that you can access anywhere at no cost.
SUPPORT GROUPS & ONLINE FORUMS
Talking about what’s going on with others who understand – or maybe going through something similar – can really make a difference. Our friends at Black Dog Institute have a list of support groups in every state and territory that can help you connect with groups of people who meet regularly to discuss their experiences, their problems and their strategies for coping.
DARING WAY™ TRAINED HELPING PROFESSIONALS
Find a clinician and/or coach additionally skilled with Brené’s Daring Greatly and Rising tools, by searching ‘Australia’ via the link above.