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General Mental Health and Well Being

General Mental Health and Well Being

MindStrength is an online course developed by Black Dog Institute for young people aged 14 - 16. It’s designed to help you understand what resilience is and how it can help you get through the tough stuff in life. The course includes:

  • five short, interactive and engaging modules supported by helpful explainer videos  
  • useful resilience building strategies including mindfulness meditation, controlling emotions, identifying your strengths and a step by step process for problem solving 

Access the course online at:

More info click link - Poster

BITE BACK is 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!

BLACK DOG Institute is a world-leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder

Here you can access Information about depression and bipolar disorder including symptoms, causes, and treatments, There is a  Q & A section, self assessment tools and how to go about getting help.

BLUE PAGES provides information on treatments for depression based on the latest scientific evidence

BluePages also offers screening tests for depression and anxiety, a depression search engine, and links to other helpful resources.

A site designed especially for young people to provide information and support on depression and anxiety. Provides information about symptoms, causes and treatment, checklists, stories, news and events

Headspace was established and funded by the Commonwealth Government of Australia in 2006 and offers  help to young people who are going through a tough time.

Headspace has over 30 factsheets that can be downloaded on different mental health related issues including depression, eating disorders, alcohol, drugs, psychosis, self harm, relationships, sexuality, natural disasters, grief, trauma and bullying.

Headspace also has a dedicated YouTube channel. 

Are you looking for someone to talk to? If you're 12-25, you can get health advice, support and information from headspace.

(Please note that at this stage there is NOT a centre close to us for face to face contact)

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Headroom provides mental health information to empower young people to make informed decisions about their health and wellbeing. This includes information on all issues around mental health, drugs and alcohol, family issues, eating disorders, grief and loss, sake sex and pregnancy, school and work.

This information is available for to 6-12 year olds, 12-18 year olds, parents and friends, service providers and professionals

Kids Helpline is Australia's only free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.

Michael is one of Australia's highest profile psychologists. He works in private practice as a nationally registered child and adolescent psychologist and is passionate about making  a difference to the health and wellbeing of young people.

Mood GYM helps with anxiety, depression and low confidence - interactive website developed by the Australian National University

MyNite website has Information about safe partying including alcohol, breaking the law, cyber crime, sex, driving, violence, drugs, graffiti, parties, offensive behaviour and legal advice.

The National Health Service Directory (NHSD) uses GPS (if accessed via a mobile or app) to help you find your nearest GP, pharmacy, emergency department or hospital. 

Somazone is a place for young people to ask questions, share stories and get help for mental health issues, sexual health, relationships, abuse, body image and drug use. Somazone is made by young people, for young people and is managed by the Australian Drug Foundation. Factsheets are available on image; relationships, drugs, sexual health, mind health, and cannabis and mind health.

The Tune In Not Out (TINO) website brings videos, 24hr TV, fact sheets, real stories and blogs from across Australia into one site for young people to explore.

REACHOUT is an Australian website for young people on lots of issues. Information for young people on issues such as depression, drugs and alcohol, family issues, eating disorders, grief and loss, safe sex and pregnancy, school and work. There is also a search facility to find help.

Apps that are available:

A modern meditation for young people. A simple tool that gives a sense of calm, clarity and contentment.

  • Let Panic Go
  • My Calm Beat
  • iCope
  • Moodkit
  • LifeArmor
  • Talking Anxiety


Are you caring for others? Check this out:

Young carers help in families where someone has an illness, a disability, a mental health issue or who has an alcohol/drug problem. This site provides information to help Young


Alcohol and Drugs

Counselling Online is a program funded by the Australian Government's Department of Health & Ageing and operated by Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre in Victoria.

Here you can communicate with a professional counsellor about an alcohol or drug related concern, using text-interaction.

This service is free for anyone seeking help with their own alcohol and drug use, or if you are concenred about a family member, relative or friend.

Counselling online is avaialbale 24 hours a day, 7 days a week across Australia. You may choose to use this service anaomously or can register for ongoing assistance.

Somazone is a safe space for young people to ask questions, share stories and get help for mental health issues, sexual health, relationships, abuse, body image, and drug use.

Somazone aims to empower young people to address their physical, emotional and social health needs in a way that is relevant and non-judgemental, by providing free and anonymous access to reliable health information.

Somazone is made by young people for young people, and managed by the Australian Drug Foundation.



This is a site for students, teachers, young kids and parents covering all thiongs related to bullying.

This website is aimed at students around 10-14 years of age. Students direct themselves on an interactive journey through a detective's office to learn more about cyberbullying. By hunting and exploring their way through a fun website, students will uncover clues and information about cyberbullying and how to recognise what to do.


ThinkUKnow is a partnership between the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Microsoft Australia, and is now proudly supported by ninemsn. Together, they want to make sure that you make the most out of what technology has to offer, but making sure you are safe from any of the bad stuff that could happen.

  • A publication that provides info on privacy issues that you may face, some of the pitfalls to avoid, and who to turn to for help if your privacy has been affected.

  • Cybersmart is a national cybersafety and cybersecurity education program managed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), as part of the Australian Government's commitment to cybersafety. The program is specifically designed to meet the needs of its target audiences of children, young people, parents, teachers and library staff.

  • Susan McClean is Australias foremost expert on safety. On this website You will find extensive information for yourself as a student, parents and teachers.


Divorce and Separation

A website for children and teens whose parents have divorced. You will find lots of information about what happens when your parents' separate and live in separate places, and tips to help you to cope . As all families are different exactly what is happening in your famil may noe be covered, however there are sections so you can find more help if you need it.

Domestic Violence

This website helps you to work out what's okay in a family and what's not. It tells you what you can do if someone in your family is hurting or abusing you or another member of your family

You can go here to have dialogue about healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviours and how to have and maintain a respectful relationship.


Eating Disorders and Weight

Here you will find news, events, tips sheets and lots of other information on eating disorders.

This site provides education, information, referral and advocacy for people affected by eating disorders, as well as families, carers and professionals. The site includes a chat room, message board, information sheets and reference material.


Family Relationship issues

This page is for teenagers and young people and has information and advice about family relationship issues. You will find information you can read as well as services that may be able to help.


Indigenous Links

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this web site may contain images of deceased people.

This website celebrates the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and is a gateway to Australian Government information on Closing the Gap.



Provides information about legal rights for people under the age of 18


Online Self Help Programs for Mental Health

e-couch is 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.

What is MoodGYM? MoodGYM is an innovative, interactive web program designed to prevent depression. It consists of five modules, an interactive game, anxiety and depression assessments, downloadable relaxation audio, a workbook and feedback assessment.

Using flashed diagrams and online exercises, MoodGYM teaches the principles of cognitive behaviour therapy – a proven treatment for depression. It also demonstrates the relationship between thoughts and emotions, and works through dealing with stress and relationship break-ups, as well as teaching relaxation and meditation techniques.