Help services for depression

You don’t have to deal with depression on your own. Find out where to seek more info on depression, including how to find a doctor or other mental health professional, access support groups, and learn strategies to help you cope in everyday life. Finally, know where to seek help if you need it urgently.

This can help with:

  • Finding more info about depression
  • Finding online services to support depression
  • Getting some help managing depression
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Why support services help

You don’t have to deal with depression on your own. The great news is that depression is able to be treated, but the quicker you seek professional help, the easier managing your symptoms will be. If you think you may have depression, or you have been diagnosed with a type of depression, you can turn to the following groups and organisations for info, counselling, help and support.

Find a GP or mental health professional

If you think you might have depression symptoms, visiting your local GP will make managing your symptoms much easier– they’ll work with you to figure out what’s going on and will be able to refer you to other help if necessary.

Head to Beyond Blue’s directory of Mental Health Practitioners to search for a GP or mental health professional in your area.

Online info about depression

  • The Black Dog Institute -  a research and treatment facility that specialises in depression and bipolar disorder. They have online information about depression, including self-tests and suggestions for what you can do right now.
  • SANE Australia - a mental health charity that provides information and resources for depression.
  • Beyond Blue –  a mental health organisation that provides info on depression including symptom checklists and information on depression services.
  • headspace –  an Australia-widem government organisation that provides info on depression. They also have treatment centres located all around Australia which you can visit if you are worried about depression.

Online support groups

Self help strategies online

There are a lot of places online which support you to use self-help strategies to manage depression symptoms. Check out beacon.anu.edu.au to compare different programs to find one that is right for you. Some suggestions are:

  • MoodGYM – an online cognitive behavioural therapy program from the Australian National University designed to reduce depression and anxiety symptoms.
  • Helpguide.org, an international Not-for-profit organisation, provides tips for managing depression.
  • The Black Dog Institute’s guide to self help strategies and alternative therapies.
  • Just Ask Us - a government program that provides information on mental health, information on alcohol and other drugs, and self-help material.
  • myCompass -an interactive self-help service from the Black Dog Institute. This is an online tool to help you track your moods and build resilience.

If you need help urgently

If you’re feeling suicidal, unsafe or extremely distressed and need to talk to someone right now:

  • eheadspace.org.au - headspace's online chat counselling service. Available 7 days a week, 1pm-1am AEST.
  • kidshelp.com.au - Kids Helpline’s web-based and email counselling service. Available 24/7 for young people up to 25yrs.
  • lifeline.org.au - Lifeline’s online chat counselling service  Available 7:30-10:30pm AEST Monday-Thursday.
  • Visit our Emergency help page for more info including telephone counselling services.

What can I do now?

Last reviewed: 04 May, 2017
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