APS initiatives

Psychology in the Public Interest: www.psychology.org.au/community/public_interest/
The APS Public Interest team promotes the contribution that psychology and psychologists can make to issues of public policy, debate and community wellbeing via position statements, submissions and tip sheets. 

Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program: www.apshealthyworkplace.com.au
An evidence-based initiative that assesses workplace psychological health and provides access to expert organisational psychology advice, resources and tools to help organisations improve.

Stress and Wellbeing in Australia Survey: www.psychology.org.au/npw/survey
An annual survey conducted by the APS which examines the stress and wellbeing of Australian adults and provides resources to help people to manage stress better.

KidsMatter: www.kidsmatter.edu.au
An Australian mental health and wellbeing initiative set in primary schools and early childhood services.

Disaster Response Network: www.psychology.org.au/topics/disasters/drn/
A national network of APS psychologists with special expertise or interest in helping those affected by disasters or emergencies. 

PsychStudentHQ: www.psychology.org.au/studentHQ/
Information and resources for those studying or interested in studying psychology in Australia. Includes information on exclusive events.   

Helplines

Kids' Helpline: www.kidshelpline.com.au
1800 551 800
A national 24-hour telephone counselling service for children and young people in Australia.

Lifeline: www.lifeline.org.au
13 11 14
A national 24-hour telephone and online counselling service for all ages, featuring an online chat service.

Mensline Australia: www.mensline.org.au
1300 789978
A national 24-hour telephone and online counselling service for men.  

Suicide Call Back Service: www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au
1300 659 467
A national 24-hour telephone and online counselling service for those feeling suicidal and those caring from someone who is suicidal, or those affected by suicide. 

Mental illness

MindHealthConnect: www.mindhealthconnect.org.au
MindHealthConnect features mental health resources, information and online programs provided by a range of organisations, including a guided search tool which helps users to navigate their way to appropriate support. 

Mental Health Council of Australiawww.mhca.org.au
The Mental Health Council of Australia is an independent, non-government body that represents and promotes the interests of the mental health sector and advises on mental health in Australia.

SANE Australiawww.sane.org 
A national charity helping people affected by mental illness and fighting stigma through campaigning, education and research.

Reach Out Pro: www.reachoutpro.com.au
ReachOut Pro provides information about mental health, as well as access and advice for professionals on a range of online interventions, tools and resources that can be used to enhance the effectiveness of psychosocial support and mental health care provided to young people.

Anxiety and depression

beyondblue: www.beyondblue.org.au
A national organisation which aims to reduce the prevalence of anxiety and depression in Australia and the stigma surrounding the issues.

Black Dog Institute: www.blackdoginstitute.org.au
Expert information on depression and bipolar disorder for the public and professionals, including information on getting help for mood disorders and suggestions on ways of staying well.

BlueBoard: www.blueboard.anu.edu.au
An online support group for people affected by depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders. It aims to reduce stigma, and to provide support, hope and opportunities for sharing successful coping strategies. The group is run as a moderated bulletin board with strict protocols to protect safety and privacy.

e-couch: www.ecouch.anu.edu.au
A self-help interactive program with modules for depression, generalised anxiety and worry, social anxiety, relationship breakdown, and loss and grief. It provides self-help interventions drawn from cognitive, behavioural and interpersonal therapies as well as relaxation and physical activity.

headspace: www.headspace.org.au
Information, support and advice for young people 12-25, and their families, on general health; mental health and wellbeing; alcohol and other drugs; education, employment and other services. Centres around Australia provide with access to youth-friendly health professionals.

mentalhealthonlinewww.mentalhealthonline.org.au
Information about anxiety disorders, free automated psychological assessment and self-help treatment programs, plus low-cost therapist-assisted programs over 12 weeks.

MoodGYM:www.moodgym.anu.edu.au
A popular interactive program which incorporates cognitive-behaviour therapy for depression. MoodGYM has been extensively researched and its effectiveness has been demonstrated in randomised controlled trials.

Partners In Depression: www.partnersindepression.com.au
An innovative information and support group program for people who love, live with or support someone experiencing depression. 

Drugs and substance use

Australian Drug Information Network: www.adin.com.au
A central point of access to quality internet-based alcohol and drug information provided by prominent organisations in Australia and overseas.

headspace: www.headspace.org.au
Information, support and advice for young people 12-25, and their families, on general health; mental health and wellbeing; alcohol and other drugs; education, employment and other services. Centres around Australia provide access to youth-friendly health professionals.

Suicide

Living Is For Everyone: www.livingisforeveryone.com.au
A world-class suicide and self-harm prevention resource, dedicated to providing the best available evidence and resources. The LIFE website is designed for people across the community who are involved in suicide and self-harm prevention activities.

Reach Out: www.reachout.com.au
A national online youth suicide prevention program, featuring information and resources.

Mindframe: www.mindframe-media.info
National initiative to provide information and resources to help the media and entertainment industries report on suicide, mental health and mental illness.

Trauma and grief

Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health: www.acpmh.unimelb.edu.au
World-class trauma-related research, policy advice, service development and education. The centre's services help organisations and health professionals who work with people affected by traumatic events.

Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network: www.earlytraumagrief.anu.edu.au
Resources and information for anyone involved in the care of children and youth and interested in the potential impact of trauma, loss and grief experiences.

Other resources

Australian Pain Society www.apsoc.org.au
An organisation featuring representatives of many medical specialties such as dentistry, psychology, nursing and general practice, the society aims to relieve pain and related suffering through education, research and public advocacy.

Beacon: www.beacon.anu.edu.au
Provides consumers and professionals with information about e-health online programs for mental health and physical health disorders. Websites throughout the world are reviewed and ranked by a panel of health experts and by consumers.

Mental Health in Multicultural Australiawww.mhima.org.au
An organisation linking a  range of state and territory mental health specialists and services, advocacy groups and tertiary institutions to promote the mental health and wellbeing of Australia's diverse communities.

Carers Australia: www.carersaustralia.com.au
The national carer organisation that works to promote the recognition of the important role of carers and to empower carers so that they will be better informed and resourced.

Consumers' Health Forum of Australia: www.chf.org.au
The leading national organisation providing a voice for health consumers.

National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect: www.napcan.org.au
A national organisation working to promote effective care and protection of children.

National Rural Health Alliance: www.ruralhealth.org.au
A national body working to improve the health of Australians living in rural and remote areas.

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