In the 2004-05 National Health Survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 1 in 10 or 2.1 million Australians reported longer term mental or behavioural concerns. Anxiety-related issues and mood disorders were the most frequently reported, with each affecting approximately 5% of the population. About 19% of respondents aged 18 years or over reported reliance on medication for the maintenance of their mental health.
Australia's high standards of living, high income per capita and political stability has not translated into a happier society. In 2005, there were 2,101 suicide-related deaths registered. (Suicides, Australia, 2005, Australian Bureau of Statistics, www.abs.gov.au)
Australians with mental health problems can utilise a wide range of psychiatric and related services provided by the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. There is specialist help available whether one suffers from mild personality disorder, periodic anxiety, debilitating major depression or chronic schizophrenia. State and territory governments are committed to funding medical research, the treatment and prevention of mental illness.
This category is in the process of listing psychiatric clinical services; mental health programs for adults, aged persons, children and adolescents; GPs with a special interest in mental health; clinical psychologists; rehabilitation and support services; psychiatric outreach services; homeless outreach services; drug and alcohol detox and rehabilitation services; and organisations that offer information and support for people with mental illness and their carers.
Private psychiatrists are listed under Medical specialist > Psychiatry
Psychiatric crisis assessment and treatment services are listed under Emergency > Psychiatric..
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for depression
Safe and effective treatment for depression
St Leonards, NSW 2065Sydney TMS or transcranial magnetic stimulation is an innovative, safe and effective way to treat depression. Magnetic pulses generated from a coil are used on the scalp to stimulate parts of the brain. TMS offers a relatively pain free alternative with few side effects. As Sydney TMS is an outpatient clinic, patients can receive their treatment and continue on with the rest of their day.
East Perth, WA 600424-hour Telephone Counselling 13 11 14
Our comprehensively trained and supervised volunteer counsellors provide a vital 24-hour, 7-days a week, state-wide Telephone Counselling Service to all Western Australians for the cost of a local call.
Suicide Emergency Line
Subiaco, WA 600824 hours a day, 365 days a year.
National Line: 13 52 47
Youthline: 1800 198 313
Counselling service for 5 to 25 year olds
Milton, QLD 40641800 55 1800 - free call from landlines and mobile phones (using the networks of Optus, Virgin, Vodaphone, Telstra) from within Australia.
Australia's only telephone and online counselling service for 5 to 25 year olds. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Any issue, any time.
We also offer web and email counselling. These services can be accessed through our website, 7 days a week.
A national charity working to help all Australians
affected by mental illness lead a better life
South Melbourne, VIC 3205Sane Australia, a non-profit organisation, works to improve the life of people affected by mental illness, and their carers, through education, research and advocacy.
Programs, support resources, help services, and forums for consumers and carers can be found online - or call 1800 18 SANE (7263).
Phone: 03 9527 4866
Fairfield, NSW 1860We offer support groups for people who are experiencing a gambling problem. Groups are held every night for the purpose of debrief and support.
Helpline 02 9726 6625
Roseville, NSW 2065Sleep Disorders Australia (SDA) is a voluntary group offering assistance and support to those persons and their families who are living with sleep disorders throughout Australia.
'A Calm in a Sea of Addiction'
Eagle Vale, NSW 2558Odyssey House was founded in 1977 and has helped more than 25,000 people. We provide residential and non-residential rehabilitation programs for men and women with a drug or alcohol problems. When appropriate, the dependent children of residents participating in the program may also receive accommodation and support.