You don’t have to deal with depression on your own. Find out where to seek more information on depression, including how to find a GP 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 if:
- you’re wondering what the support options are for depression
- you’re not sure where to find help
- you need urgent help.
Why support services help
The good news is that there are effective treatments available. The quicker you seek professional help, the easier it will be to manage your symptoms. It can be hard to know where to go or who to talk to.
If you think you may have depression, you can turn to the following groups and organisations for information, counselling, help and support.
Find a GP or mental health professional
Your local GP will help you to manage your symptoms of depression more easily. They’ll work with you to figure out what’s going on, and will refer you to other help if necessary.
Head to beyondblue's directory of Mental Health Practitioners to search for a GP or mental health professional in your area.
Online information about depression
- Black Dog Institute: This research and treatment facility 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: This mental health charity provides information and resources for depression.
- beyondblue: Provides information on depression, including symptom checklists and information on depression support services.
- headspace: This Australia-wide government organisation provides information on depression. They provide free online and phone counselling, and also have treatment centres located all around Australia that you can visit.
Online support groups
- Mental Health Carers Australia: For friends and family members supporting people through depression and other mental health disorders.
Self-help strategies online
There are a lot of places online that 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’s right for you. Some suggestions are:
- MoodGYM: This online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) program from the Australian National University is designed to reduce depression and anxiety symptoms.
- Helpguide.org: This international not-for-profit organisation provides tips for managing depression.
- Black Dog Institute: This facility has a 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: This interactive self-help service is from the Black Dog Institute. Their online tool helps you to 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, contact one of the following services, either via telephone or online:
- eheadspace.org.au: headspace's online chat counselling service. Available 7 days a week, 9 am – 1 am, AEST.
- kidshelpline.com.au: Kids Helpline’s web-based and email counselling service. Available 24/7 for young people up to 25 years.
- lifeline.org.au: Lifeline’s online chat counselling service is available 7 days a week, 7 pm – 4 am, AEST.
- Visit our urgent help page for more info, including telephone counselling services.