Links

Links

Online Resources

For additional information on specific mental conditions or services offered to different carer and consumer groups, please feel free to explore the links listed below.

NB: The information found through the following links are hosted outside this website. Mind is not responsibe for their content.

CARERS AND FAMILIES

Mental Health Carers Arafmi Australia (MHCAA)
formerly known as Arafmi National Council
Level 2, 76-80 Turnham Ave
Rosanna, VIC 3084
http://www.arafmiaustralia.asn.au

ARAFMI Hobart
PO Box 717
Moonah Tas 7009
Phone: 03) 6228 7448
Email: [email protected]
http://www.arafmitas.org.au

ARAFMI New South Wales
Families and Friends Promoting Mental Health and Well Being

http://www.arafmi.org/

ARAFMI Queensland Inc
http://www.arafmiqld.org

South Australia
For carer support in SA contact the Carers Association of South Australia
http://carers-sa.asn.au/contact-assets/mental-health-support/arafmi/

 

Carers ACT
http://www.carersact.org.au/

ARAFMI Mental Health Carers And Friends Association Inc: Western Australia
http://www.arafmi.asn.au

Carers Australia
http://www.carersaustralia.com.au

Providing Education Programs, Information and Support and Representing Carers through Policy Advocacy.

Carers Victoria
http://www.carersvic.org.au
The Victorian branch of Carers Australia providing Education Programs, Information and Support and Representing Carers through Policy Advocacy.

Translated Mental Health Information
http://www.vtmh.org.au/resources/translatedmentalhealth.html
Victorian Transcultural Mental Health has a directory of mental health information for families and carers available in seven languages. The aim of these ‘help tips’ is to provide useful information on the symptoms and impact of mental illness and to support the carer role.

Mental Illness Fellowship
http://www.mifellowship.org
The Mental Illness Fellowship is Victoria's leading membership-based not-for-profit organisation working with people with mental illness, their families and friends to improve their well being.

The Bouverie Family Centre
http://www.latrobe.edu.au/bouverie/
A state-wide integrated clinical, academic and consultation agency specialising in family approaches in mental health service provision.

Mental Health Council of Australia Fact Sheets
http://mhca.org.au/resources/fact-sheets

Fact sheets for consumers of Mental Health Services and their families and carers.

The Network for Carers of People with a Mental Illness
http://www.carersnetwork.org.au

While not a direct service organisation for carers, this is a useful website that enables carers to be aware of opportunities for advocacy and input.

The Carer Booklet
Click here to download the booklet
Information, supports and services for Carers of people with Dual Diagnosis - Mental Illness and problematic drug and/or alcohol use, who live in the North East of Melbourne (Banyule and Nillumbik).

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Anxiety

Anxiety Recovery Centre - ARCVic
http://www.arcvic.com.au
This website is for people who live with anxiety disorders and for their families, relatives and friends.

Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria Inc.
http://www.adavic.org.au/index.htm
Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria has a discussion board that provides online support for people who experience anxiety and depression. The site also offers education and information about panic attacks and agoraphobia, social anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic disorder and other useful links.
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DEPRESSION

beyondblue
http://www.beyondblue.org.au
Provides reliable and up to date information on symptoms, causes, and treatment for depression. It gives examples of treatment and recovery experiences, feedback to professionals, links to other information services, and information about the work of beyondblue.

BluePages
http://bluepages.anu.edu.au
BluePages is produced by the Centre for Mental Health research at the Australian National University. The site contains information about symptoms of depression, and which medical, psychological and alternative treatments for depression work.

depressioNet - www.depressioNet.org.au
dNet is provided by, and for, ‘people like us’ – Australians living with depression.  It provides a comprehensive online resource for information, help to access resources in your area, and peer support for people with depression and our families & friends.

depression.com.au - http://www.depression.com.au/
depression.com.au offers a compliation of counselling and psychologist services across Australia. It can provide carers useful information covering many of the issues concerning depression.

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BIPOLAR AFFECTIVE DISORDER

Black Dog Institute
http://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au

An Australian based educational, research, clinical and community-oriented facility dedicated to improving understanding, diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
http://dbsalliance.org
This site has fact sheets and downloadable booklets for people with mood disorders and their families.

Dr Ivan Goldberg's Depression Central
http://www.psycom.net/depression.central.html
This site has links to a number of sites on bipolar disorder and depression.

Expert consensus guidelines for treatment
http://www.psychguides.com/
This site includes a handout for families and consumers on the treatment of bipolar disorder.

Mood Swings
http://moodswings.net.au

MoodSwings is an online self-help tool for people with bipolar disorder.  This website is being evaluated as part of a study conducted through the University of Melbourne and Barwon Health.

National Institute of Mental Health (USA)
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/
This site has up to date fact sheets and booklets on a wide range of mental health problems including a PDF booklet on bipolar disorder.

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BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER

BPD Central
http://www.bpdcentral.com

National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder
http://www.neabpd.com

Spectrum
http://www.spectrumbpd.com.au

The personality disorder service for Victoria.

Treatment and Research Advancements Association for Personality Disorder
http://www.tara4bpd.org

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PSYCHOSIS

EPPIC
http://www.eppic.org.au
EPPIC online has information about early psychosis and getting help. This site caters for mental health professionals, people who know someone who might be experiencing psychosis, people who are experiencing or recovering from psychosis and the general public.

Psychosis Sucks
http://www.psychosissucks.ca
A Canadian based Early Psychosis Intervention Program website. Contains useful information about psychosis, its treatment and recovery

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SCHIZOPHRENIA

Schitzophrenia - Kali talks to Carers and Clinicians
http://www.jillparris.com/#!/p/schizophrenia-kali-talks-to-carers-and.html
Dr Jill Parris a counselling psychologist has produced a DVD involving Kali Paxinos, a long term carer, talking to other carers. 

Internet mental health
http://www.mentalhealth.com/
This site is maintained by a Canadian psychiatrist and contains information about a range of mental illness including schizophrenia.

National Institute of Mental Health (USA)
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/
This site has up to date fact sheets and booklets on a wide range of mental health problems including schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia Research Institute 
http://www.schizophreniaresearch.org.au

The Schizophrenia Research Institute is a non-profit, independent Australian medical research organisation undertaking world-class studies to understand the causes of schizophrenia.

Queensland Centre for Schizophrenia Research
http://www.qcsr.uq.edu.au
This site has information about recent research about schizophrenia, medications, and treatment.

Schizophrenia.com
http://www.schizophrenia.com/

A non-profit community providing in-depth information, support and education related to schizophrenia. The site is managed by a group of independent volunteers and contractors around the world - most of whom are either family members or people who have schizophrenia.

World Fellowship for Schizophrenia and Allied Disorders
http://www.world-schizophrenia.org

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ACCESSING MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN VICTORIA

Victorian State Government Mental Health Services Web site
http://www.health.vic.gov.au/mentalhealth/
This site lists contact details for mental health services in Victoria by area. It a has an information booklet for families and carers of people with mental illness, and information available in a variety of languages for consumers and carers.

Better Health Channel
http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/
This site has a directory to search for health services and practitioners, and information on a wide variety of health issues.

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MENTAL HEALTH INFORMATION

Health Institute
http://www.healthinsite.gov.au

This site is funded by the Australian government Department of Health and Ageing to provide access to quality assessed information on a  variety of health topics, including mental health.

Mental Health Advice Website
http://www.health.vic.gov.au/mentalhealthadvice

The Mental Health Advice Website provides information and advice on Mental Health issues.

Mental Health First Aid
http://www.mhfa.com.au
This Mental Health First Aid course was created at the Centre for Mental Health Research, Australian National University and includes first aid strategies for mental illness.

Multicultural mental health Australia
http://www.mmha.org.au/
This is a national program in mental health and suicide prevention for Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Translated brochures for carers and consumers can be accessed through the library and information services section.

NAMI (USA)
http://www.nami.org
This site has fact sheets on a variety of mental illness and information for families of people with mental illness.

National Institute of Mental Health (USA)
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/
This site has up to date fact sheets and booklets on a wide range of mental health problems.

SANE Australia
http://www.sane.org
SANE is a national charity helping people affected by mental illness. The website provides information about mental illness (fact sheets and bookshop), a helpline, and a comprehensive list of links to Australian and international sites.

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FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

itsallright
htpp://www.itsallright.org

This site is for young people who have a family member or friend with mental illness.

PATS - Paying Attention to Self
htpp://www.rch.org.au/pats/

Paying Attention to Self (PATS) Program is a peer support program for young people aged 13-18 yerars who have a parent who is affected by mental illness. For further information about what PATS has to offer phone Danielle Forer - Coordinator PATS program on (03) 9345 7950 or go to the website by clicking on the above link.

Make a noise
http://www.makeanoise.ysp.org.au/
This site includes fact sheets on mental health issues for young people.

Mood Gym
http://moodgym.anu.edu.au/welcome

MoodGYM is an internet-based therapy program designed to prevent depression in young people. Although it is intended for young people, people who are older may find it helpful.

Reach Out!
http://www.reachout.com.au
Reach Out! is an online service that inspires young people to help themselves get through tough times. It provides support and information, as well as a national database of services that can offer further assistance.

Young Carers
http://www.youngcarers.net.au

A website for young carers that provides support, information and chillout activities.

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CHILDREN OF PARENTS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS

Eastern Health Information
http://www.easternhealth.org.au/fapmi.aspx
This Australian site is to help children and families better understand mental illness. It is designed so that children can have fun, have questions answered and find out useful information about mental illness.

Children of Parents with a Mental Illness: Worker Resource Centre
http://www.copmi.net.au

This site is a resource centre for information relating to families where a parent has
a mental illness.  It has information for workers in specific fields and includes downloadable booklets and resources.

COMIC (Children of Mentally Ill Consumers)
http://www.howstat.com/comic/
COMIC is comprised of a group of adults who share a common interest for
children of parents with a mental illness. The site includes the 'Supporting our Family' kit.

Australian Infant, Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Association
http://www.aicafmha.net.au
AICAFMHA is an organization that promotes mental health for young Australians. Includes a list of resources related to children of parents with mental illness.

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LEGAL INFORMATION

Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission
http://www.hreoc.gov.au/

Victorian Mental Health Act
http://www.health.vic.gov.au/mentalhealth/mhactreform/mh-act/index.htm

Download the Mental Health Act 1986 in Word or PDF format.

The Mental Health Legal Centre
http://www.communitylaw.org.au/mentalhealth/

The Mental Health Legal Centre provides a free and confidential legal service to anyone who has experienced mental illness in Victoria where their legal problem relates to their mental illness.

Office of the Public Advocate
http://www.publicadvocate.vic.gov.au

Victoria Legal Aid
http://www.legalaid.vic.gov.au/

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TELEPHONE HELPLINES

Mensline Australia
http://www.menslineaus.org.au

Ph: 1300 78 99 78

Kids Helpline
http://www.kidshelp.com.au/
1800 55 1800

Lifeline
http://www.lifeline.org.au/

13 11 14

Suicideline VIC
http://www.suicideline.org.au/

1300 651 251

Suicide Call Back Service
http://www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au/
1300 659 467

OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

Couselling Online
http://www.counsellingonline.org.au

Eating Disorders Foundation of Victoria
http://www.eatingdisorders.org.au

Family Drug Help
http://www.familydrughelp.sharc.org.au

Grow
http://www.grow.net.au

Mental Health Council of Australia
http://www.mhca.org.au

Mental Health Foundation of Australia
http://www.mentalhealthvic.org.au

Post and Antenatal depression association
http://www.panda.org.au

Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council

http://www.vmiac.org.au/

Vicserv
http://www.vicserv.org.au/