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Australian Dads Network

The Australian Dad's Network offers peer support groups, online forums, and educational resources to help fathers navigate parenthood, share life experiences, and support their children.

 Website   Free

Babana Aboriginal Men’s Group

Locations: Redfern

Babana Aboriginal builds and empowers local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men in the inner-city community of Redfern in Sydney. Babana offers primary health, mental health and suicide prevention programs, local men's groups and mentoring.

 Website   0411 282917   Free

Baptist Care

Locations: Metropolitan Sydney - Bankstown, Campbelltown and Penrith

Baptist Care offers a men's support group for men seeking to change their behaviour. Facing Up Men's Behaviour Change - a 20-week men's behaviour change support group for men who want to stop being abusive within their family relationships.

 Website   1300 130 225   Free

BOOMers – Sydney Community Services

Locations: Lane Cove, Hunters Hill

Men’s Group Outings (BOOMers) service is for older men who are looking for an opportunity to socialise and visit interesting places in the company of other men. Older men who are independently mobile (walkers and sticks welcome) can join outings every second Friday morning. To join a BOOMer outing, phone 02 9427 6425 or email [email protected]

 Website   Costs may be involved

Bridging the Gap – Men’s Resource Centre

Locations: 183 Rose Avenue, Coffs Harbour

The Men's Resource Centre is a safe space where men can gather and talk, receive counselling, and attend programs. Open from Tuesday to Thursday, 9am to 3pm, the centre offers:
  • Free counselling (including specialised trauma counselling)
  • Free psychologist appointments with our qualified psychologist
  • Self help programs such as drugs and alcohol, parenting, cooking on a budget and anger management.


 Website   (02) 5606 2167   Free

Brothers4Brothers

Brothers4Brothers creates a safe and judgment-free space where men can communicate about their mental health struggles so they can begin the healing journey and live up to their full potential. Too many men suffer in silence with mental health ailments and addiction. Every man has the ability to live up to his full potential – sometimes just needing support from other men who have faced similar struggles. Brothers4Brothers helps men communicate their struggles and take the steps they need to heal so they can become the men that they want to be and the men their families deserve.

They offer one-on-one mentoring, personal training and online mentoring.

 Website   0422 302 677   Free

Change Happens Psychotherapy and Consultancy

Locations: Sydney

Clinical therapist who works with men individually, in same sex couples and in groups. Provides a space where men who are single, in a relationship, who identify as straight, gay and bisexual pan, trans or non-binary can be open to talk through their issues without judgment or embarrassment.

 Website    0407 915 076   Costs may be involved

Complete Men

Locations: Brunswick Heads

The Complete Men Foundation is a not-for-profit charity providing weekly men's groups in South East Queensland and Northern NSW with an online group for men from other regions. The Foundation offers workshops, individual support and programs for men to engage in, as well as related personal growth activities. The groups offer opportunities for men to connect, share, and seek help with emotional, financial, and relationship challenge.

The Northern NSW Support Group is based in Brunswick Heads.

 Website   Free

Dads at Dalwood

Locations: Seaforth (Northern Sydney)

The program is designed to maximise engagement and participation for fathers. A male family counsellor provides dedicated support for dads by ensuring father friendly access, a dad’s e-mail group, individual counselling for dads, dads playgroups, evening discussion groups, activity afternoons for children and dads. ​



 Website   (02) 9951 0365   Free

Dads Group

Dads Group promotes positive parenting for fathers and father figures and give new Dads the support and connection they need. Their early intervention approach provides new Fathers with positive social relationships and easier pathways to health services if they need them. Search for a Dads Group near you on the location map: Join a Dads Group — Dads Group

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 Website   Free

Dads in Distress (A program of Parents Beyond Breakup)

Dads in Distress (DID) is an Australian non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting fathers and families experiencing separation or divorce. Established in 1999, DID offers a range of support services, including peer support groups, telephone support, and online resources. The organisation aims to provide a safe and confidential space for fathers to share their experiences, learn coping strategies, and develop positive parenting skills.

 Website   1300 853 437   Free

Domestic Violence Crisis Service

Locations: Canberra

Domestic and family violence happens to men too, including men in same-sex relationships. People who use violence against men include their children, wives or partners, ex-partners, parents and siblings. Men who are subjected to domestic and family violence are more likely to be impacted by psychological symptoms, stress, depression and alcoholism than men who do not experience violence.
  • 24/7 crisis intervention services to anyone who is experiencing, or has experienced, domestic and family violence. Services provided 365 days a year include: telephone support; attendance with police at domestic and family violence incidents; access to safe emergency accommodation; safety planning; and referrals to support services. Call the 24/7 crisis telephone line 02 6280 0900 or email [email protected]
  • Room4Change program for men who want to stop their use of violence and controlling behaviours and build healthy, respectful relationships. The Room4Change program comprises a 30-week Men’s Behaviour Change group along with individual sessions. Call 02 6280 0900 or email [email protected]


 Website   02 6280 0900   Free

Everyman

Offers support for men based in the ACT who are at risk of homelessness, living with mental health issues, disabilities, perpetrators or survivors of violence, ex-prisoners, socially isolated, having relationship or parenting difficulties.

 Website   02 6230 6999   Free

Family Advocacy and Support Service

Free legal advice and support at court for people affected by domestic and family violence. General phone number: 1300 00 FASS
  • ACT - If you need help with your legal or non-legal issues from a duty lawyer or FASS social support worker, call 1300 654 314 to be transferred to the FASS and Family Violence team.
  • NSW - If you need help with your legal issues and want to speak to a duty lawyer, call the Legal Aid NSW Early Intervention Unit on 1800 551 589. If you need help with your non-legal issues and want to speak to a FASS social support worker, call FASS social support services men: 1300 00 3277.


 Website   NSW - 1800 551 589; ACT - 1300 654 314   Free

Fathering Project

A service directory platform to help fathers connect with their children and build strong, healthy relationships, including where to find local fathering community gatherings and mentoring, as well as resources such as podcasts and fact sheets and tips, and links to events and workshops.

 Website   Free

Gotcha 4 Life Foundation

Gotcha4Life is dedicated to building a mentally fit future through delivering preventative mental fitness campaigns, workshops, programs and resources in schools, sports clubs, workplaces and communities Australia-wide. Mental fitness programs for local communities include presentations, workshops, training, and one-on-one peer support. The Tomorrow Man workshop trains young men how to walk their own path, talk with gravity and engage actively, with purpose, in all areas of their lives.

 Website   Free

Grab Life by the Balls

Locations: Port Stephens

A local community organisation for blokes to build stronger social connections through mateship. They run laid back events for men to connect, hang out and be themselves in Port Stevens.

 Website   Free

Head to Health – Australian Department of Health

Locations: NSW: Penrith, Liverpool, Parramatta, Canterbury, Hawkesbury (Metropolitan); Tuggerah, Warners Bay (Central Coast); Cessnock (Hunter New England); Lismore (Northern NSW); Shellharbour (Illawarra Shoalhaven)

The Head to Health National Digital Mental Health Gateway provides access to digital mental health services, information and support. Information on Head to Health can be searched via different categories, including living well, support someone else, portals for professionals and service providers. There are sections for Aboriginal, multicultural, veterans, young, LGBTQI+ people.
  • Search by a keyword 'men' to locate men-specific services, including Mensline Australia, Inside Out - Boys and Men, AseTTS Multicultural Men's Group
  • Head to Health centres are located in NSW and ACT at a number of locations.


 Website   1800 595 212    Free

Health in Gear

Locations: Canberra

Health in Gear is a program developed by the OzHelp Foundation that focuses on supporting the health and wellbeing of transport and logistics workers on the job and at home. This includes 24/7 phone support and free counselling for workers and their families, health tips for staying well, roadside health checks, and the Share the Load podcast.

 Website   1800 464 327   Free

Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds

Promotes the prevention and understanding of mental health issues across the road transport and logistics industries in Australia. Links to the Healthy Heads App and other mental health and physical wellbeing support for the Australian supply-chain workforce.

 Website   Free

Healthy Male

Online platform that provides evidence-based, easy-to-understand content for everyone, created with the expertise and experience of Australia’s best clinicians, researchers and educators addressing all health issues. There is also content for health practitioners who care for men and boys, with a range of education and training programs, best practice guidelines and resources. Content is geared towards offering Australian men advice for better health.

 Website   Free

Illawarra-Shoalhaven Men’s Homelessness Support Service

Locations: Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven, Nowra

This service provides integrated support to single men over 25 years of age who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and links them to a range of services. It focuses on providing early intervention responses through outreach to men in the community, as well as providing crisis and transitional accommodation, and intensive responses for men with complex needs, including men who are sleeping rough. Men are assisted to access and maintain stable accommodation.

 Website   (02) 4423 3558   Free

Interrelate’s Respectful Man Program

Respectful Man is a 14-week online program designed to help you become the man you want to be, and the man your loved ones need you to be.​ It is specifically for men who have used abuse of any kind in their​ intimate relationships, who are wanting and ready to change.

 Website   1300 473 528   Free

Lifeline Northern Beaches – Counselling and Support Groups

Locations: Balgowlah

Lifeline Northern Beaches provides low-cost face-to-face counselling and support groups for anyone aged 15+ on Sydney’s lower north shore and northern beaches. Support services include: Crisis Support, Face To Face Counselling, Financial counsellingSupport groups and Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme.    

 Website   13 11 14   Free

Mantle Health

The Mantle Program supports men to be better partners, fathers, brothers, colleagues, leaders, and friends, and to improve mental health outcomes for men and those around them. Mantle provides professional and one-on-one psychological support through a secure and discreet video telehealth service.

 Website   1300 646 753   Costs may be involved

Mates in Construction (NSW)

MATES provides suicide prevention services to the construction industry through community development programs on sites, and by supporting workers in need through case management and a 24/7 help line.

 Website   1300 642 111   Free

Men and Family Centre

Locations: Goonellabah, Tweed Heads

The men’s behaviour change program, MEND, is for men who want to stop hurting and frightening the people they love. This involves challenging traditional masculinities that are often based on concepts of status, power, strength, avoidance of emotional expression, ownership and control.

 Website   Goonellabah 0458 172 846, Tweed Heads 0422 195 003   Free

Men’s Kitchen

Locations: Northern Beaches, Ku-ring-gai, and Canberra

A fun, safe, supportive and instructive environment where older men learn cooking skills. Members can share time with each other, swap yarns and work together on the preparation of a meal. There are opportunities to participate in community events where the Men's Kitchen has offered to prepare the food of the day.

 Website   Free

Men’s Sheds

The national website for the Men's Sheds. A Men's Shed is a local community hub for men to socialise, learn new skills, and work together on woodworking, metalworking, gardening, and community projects. Use the handy location function on the website to find a Men's Shed operating near you.

 Website   1300 550 009   Free

Men2Be – Men’s Group

Locations: Tweed Heads

An open-men's group meeting weekly in Tweed Heads to support men mentally, socially, spiritually in an informal forum.

 Website   Free

Mensline Australia

MensLine Australia is a telephone and online counselling service offering support for Australian men, across areas of concern to men, including mental health, family violence, relationships and addiction.

 Website   1300 78 99 78   Free

Menstuff

Offers counselling, trauma-informed psychotherapy, supervision, workshops and coaching services relating to men, young men, and those in their lives, to achieve their greatest potential. There are also some men's groups, including different 'Walking with Intention Men's Groups" and "Separation and Divorce Men's Group".

 Website   0411 411 103   Costs may be involved

Mentoring Men

Mentoring Men provides free long-term one-to-one life mentoring for men suffering from mental health challenges like loneliness, anxiety and depression. With the early intervention of a mentor, these challenges can be prevented from escalating into full blown mental health crises. A mentor will listen to problems and give support when the going gets tough.

 Website   1300 583 925   Free

MENtors for Men

Locations: Coffs Harbour, Kempsey

Mentors for Men connect with men in the community and establish peer support, mentoring networks and services to improve men’s physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing. Through training, mentors are able to address men’s behaviour, risk-taking, and health through self-awareness.



 Website   0419 258 023   Free

Mongrels Men

Locations: Metropolitan Sydney - Northern Beaches, Ku-ring-gai, Bondi, North Sydney; Central Coast - Avoca; Hunter New England - Nelson Bay;

Offers meet ups, golf days, meditation and yoga activities, physical and team sport activities, fund raising events. Support for men through sports, fitness, exercise, connection and community.

 Website   Free

Mr Perfect

Bringing men together at weekend BBQs in local parks across Australia, to create community and connection. Check the map to see if there is a BBQ running near you soon. Or get support to start a BBQ in your town.

 Website   Free

MyCompass from Black Dog Institute

myCompass is a free online and confidential self-help program for people who have been feeling anxious, down or stressed, and people who want to build good mental health. myCompass has a specific online learning activity for managing depression in men.

 Website   (02) 9382 3719   Free

Namatjira Haven Drug and Alcohol

Locations: Alstonville

Namatjira Haven supports Aboriginal men and their mob in the process of healing from alcohol and substance misuse by reconnecting to self, family, community and culture. The Gulgihwen Program is for Aboriginal mean 18 years and over offering a compassionate and culturally focused professional live-in program of change, centred on self responsibility in healing. It provides education and support towards addressing the issues of substance misuse and related harms such as criminality, and to improve health and wellbeing.

 Website   02 6628 1098   Free

No To Violence

No to Violence works with men who use family violence, and the sector that supports them to change their abusive and violent behaviour.
  • The Men’s Referral Service is an anonymous and confidential telephone service for men. It provides a central point of contact for men who are wanting to stop their violent or abusive behaviour towards their family members, but are not sure how or where to go for advice. Family and friends are also able to access telephone counselling
  • Men’s Behaviour Change Program providers are available to take your calls, offer a service and link you with other agencies depending on your individual circumstances.


 Website   1300 766 491   Free

Northern Beaches CARES

Locations: Frenchs Forest, Manly, Narrabeen, Palm Beach

Northern Beaches CARES is a new community-based suicide prevention network. CARES stands for ‘Care and Respond, Ending Suicide.’, which encompasses our vision of eliminating suicide on the Northern Beaches. There are Anxiety Support Group meetings as well as the Men's Anxiety Support Group run by WayAhead on the 3rd Saturday of each month.  

 Website   0422 302 677   Free

Northern Beaches Men

Locations: Northern Beaches

Men typically struggle to talk about how they feel and don’t always have supporting networks around them to be able to share their feelings. Sometimes a supportive ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on, can be all that's needed. Northern Beaches Men creates a safe environment to share our challenges and feelings, to grow our minds and to build supportive networks of men who can rely on each other while also providing men with new resources.


 Website   Free

OMNI (Older Men New Ideas)

Locations: Wagga Wagga, West Wyalong, Tamworth, Tomaree (Nelson Bay), Holbrook, Griffith

OM:NI is for men aged over 50. OM:NI groups create safe male-only sharing experience to help members reduce loneliness, address issues that affect their lives, and enhance their health, wellbeing and lifestyle in retirement.

Local groups generally meet fortnightly. You can search for local groups online and how to make contact with organisers.



 Website   Free

One in Three

The One in Three Campaign is Australia’s national campaign to raise awareness of the existence and needs of male victims of family violence. They offer a directory of support services for men who have experienced domestic and family violence and abuse.

 Website   Free

One4Life Redfern – Men’s Group run by Anglicare

Locations: Redfern, Alexandria area

The One4Life program supports people living in the Redfern/Waterloo areas as they strive for better living habits by establishing healthy, positive relationships in a loving environment. There are online, phone or face to face, individual, group support for men.  

 Website   1300 111 278   Free

OzHelp

OzHelp works with the government, blue collar workplaces, corporate partners, and the community to provide mental health and wellbeing support and training services to high risk, hard to reach industries that are most at risk of suicide. OzHelp provides 24/7 phone support and free counselling to workers in the building and construction industry and their families.

 Website   Building and Construction: 1300 694 357 Transport and Logistics: 1800 464 327   Free

Penrith Men’s Walk and Talk

Locations: Penrith

Just a bunch of knockabout locals who get together every Thursday evening for a walk and talk.

 Website   Free

RedNose Grief and Loss

Information and connection for men who are grieving the loss of a child. Men can also connect 24/7 to speak directly with grief counsellors.

 Website   1300 308 307   Free

Relationships Australia – Safer Pathways for Men

Locations: Murrumbidgee - Wagga Wagga, Giffith, Albury; Southern NSW - South Coast

Safer Pathways free program provides localised support and case coordination for men who have experienced recent domestic and family violence. Specialist staff provide telephone support services to men across Wagga Wagga, Giffith, Albury and the South Coast. Individuals are referred to this service by the NSW Police Force or Local Courts.

 Website   1300 364 277   Free

Rural Outreach Counselling (ROC)

Locations: Wagga Wagga

A community-minded mental health charity working out of the Riverina region. With ROC MateKeeper Champions, qualified counsellors and coordinators circulate within the community with the aim of reducing the impact of depression and anxiety in rural families and communities throughout regional Australia.

 Website   0418 762 255   Free

Service Assisting Male Survivors of Sexual Assault (SAMSSA)

Locations: Canberra

SAMSSA is a program of the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre offering counselling, advocacy, and crisis support to male survivors over the age of 16 in the ACT and surrounding region, and their supporters, to recover from the effects and impacts of sexual violence, including childhood sexual abuse. For client and services enquiries; crisis contact and counselling services; professional consultation:
  • Crisis Phone Line: (02) 6247 2525
  • Crisis Text Line Only: 0488 586 518
  • Crisis Email Contact: [email protected]


 Website   (02) 6247 2525   Free

SMS4dads

SMS4dads supports men in their role as fathers. SMS4dads provides information and support to dads from 12 weeks into their partners pregnancy and throughout the first year of parenthood. Information is provided via text messages. The messages are linked to the baby’s birth date, so information is relevant to the age of their baby. SMS4dads includes an interactive MoodChecker to check in on Dad and if he needs support, a trained counsellor from PANDA ­– Australia’s National Perinatal Mental Health Helpline, reaches out and makes contact.

 Website   02 4921 6401   Free

Survivors & Mates Support Network (SAMSN)

SAMSN provides a peer support line and other support for male survivors of child sexual abuse and their families. The Peer Support Line is designed so that you can book your own appointment.  Alternatively, you can contact one of the planned support workers on 1800 472 676 to discuss all your support options, including booking you an appointment with one of your peers.

 Website   1800 472 676   Free

Sydney Gay Counselling

Locations: Byron Bay

Individual and couple counselling, sexual identity support for GBTIQ. Support for gay, bisexual or transgender individuals feeling depressed and anxious because of their personal life, career or relationships, sexual orientation or gender identity. Counselling is available via Zoom online or in person at Byron Bay.

 Website   (02) 8968 9323   Free

The Dads Cooperative Project

Sydney based community support group for new fathers and dads to connect, learn from one another and share their experiences.

 Website   Free

The Fly Program

Locations: Thredbo; Narooma

Life-changing retreat experiences for men delivered outdoors, in the Snowy Mountains. On offer are programs for individuals, group programs and fly fishing experiences. Men in Flight Snowy Mountains is held at Thredbo in the Snowy Mountains. Men in Flight Coastal offers a 4-day fishing retreat at Narooma on the far south coast of NSW.

 Website   Costs may be involved

The Glen

Locations: Chittaway Point

Residential support for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal men struggling with alcohol and other drug addiction, based on the NSW Central Coast. 12-week program offers a culturally safe, supportive environment to recover from addiction and start building practical life skills for clients over 18-years old.

 Website   02 4388 6360   Costs may be involved

The Man Walk

Locations: Canberra; NSW - Albury, Bonny Hills, Bowral, Bundanoon, Bulli, Cessnock, Crookwell, East Lindfield, Forster, Geringong, Gosford, Goulburn, Griffith, Huskisson, Jamberoo, Kempsey, Kiama, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Manly, Maroubra, Marulan, Milperra, Minnamurra, Mollymook, Mudgee, Nowra, Parramatta, Port Macquarie, Rozelle, Shell Cove, Shoal Bay, St Georges Basin, Tathra, Tenterfield, Wagga Wagga, Warilla, Wollongong

Walk, Talk and Support. Connection and support through regular walking groups in various locations. The Man Walk provides an opportunity for men to get together to walk, talk and support each other in a regular and healthy way in an environment that is positive, supportive and inclusive, where there is no pressure and no barriers to entry. It is ok for men to ask for help if they need it. Look for a Man Walk group near you on the location directory.

Additional Man Walk groups



 Website   Free

The ManKind Project

Mankind Project Australia supports men to explore and improve their connection to healthy, mature masculinity. The iCircle groups are online groups for men to share learning experiences, skills and support to encourage emotional growth and help them become the responsible, strong and compassionate individuals.

There are online iCircle groups nationwide - find a group here.


 Website   1300 948 947   Free

The Men’s Table

Locations: ACT - Belconnen, Gungahlen, Canberra South, Mongolo Valley; Metropolitan Sydney - Inner Sydney, Manly, Dee Why, Crows Nest, Forestville, Macquarie Park, Ryde, Flemington, Burwood, Canada Bay, Pyrmont, Alexandria, Coogee, St George, Georges River, Parramatta, Baulkham Hills, Castle Hill, Carlingford, Epping, Schofields, Penrith, Caringbah; Central Coast; Hunter New England - Newcastle; Illawarra Shoalhaven - Wollongong, Kangaroo Valley, Berry, Southern Highlands, Nowra, Bay & Basin; Murrumbidgee - Tumbarumba; Southern NSW - Orange;

A peer support community group for men where a group of local guys get together each month for dinner and conversation about how they are and what’s going on for them. Over time they build trusted friendships, committing to support one another for their own and others' wellbeing. A safe place to share and be heard in a confidential and non-judgmental environment. Find a Men's Table near you on the online directory.

 Website   1800 636 782   Free

The Winsome (Lismore)

Locations: Lismore

Support with transitional housing and meals for men.
  • Meals are provided with breakfast at the Uniting Church, lunches at the Lismore Soup Kitchen and sandwiches to take away from the Winsome Cafe.
  • The Lismore Soup Kitchen manages low-cost accommodation for marginalised men at the Winsome.


 Website   (02) 6622 4055   Costs may be involved

Tough Guy Books Club

Locations: ACT - Canberra; Metropolitan Sydney - Chatswood, Kensington, Leichhardt, Manly, Newtown, Penrith, Sutherland, Sydney City; Central Coast - Gosford; Hunter-New England - Newcastle, Mayfield; Illawarra Shoalhaven - Wollongong; Mid North Coast - Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie; Northern NSW - Armidale, Tamworth, Tweed Coast, Lismore, Ballina; Western NSW - Dubbo

Tough Guy Book Club is an Australia-wide, chapter based, monthly bookclub for blokes to meet up, read great books and talk over some beers. It provides a safe and inclusive space for men to connect, learn, and share their perspectives, while promoting literacy, empathy, and self-reflection. Find locations using the online directory.

 Website   Free

Tradies In Sight

Locations: Dubbo, Parkes

Tradies In Sight is a mental health and wellbeing organisation dedicated to supporting tradies in regional NSW. They work with the trade community by hosting events to highlight the support available to those in need.

 Website   0423 432 341   Free

Uniting Burnside Men and Family Relationships

Locations: Metropolitan Sydney - Cabramatta, Campbelltown, Wisemans Ferry; Mid North Coast - Coffs Harbour

Information and referral, casework, parenting groupwork, culturally appropriate program development, dads and kids playgroups, for fathers in families and separated fathers.
  • Cabramatta Men and Family Relationships - also has a Fathers Support Service to help men living in South West Sydney to maintain and improve relationships with their children. More
  • Uniting Men in Families - Coffs Harbour. Support program for fathers to help achieve positive family relationships and parenting skills. More
  • Uniting Doorways for Men with Families: Macarthur (Campbelltown). A free and confidential service for men (18+) with children who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless. Call (02) 4629 5159 More
  • Wisemans Ferry Community Men’s Shed - supported by Uniting Ability Links, it is a positive, alcohol-free activity space. More


 Website   1800 864 846   Free

Vipers Run Club

A community of men that connect to create community and mental health support through running based activity. Mateship as defined in Vipers Run Club is about developing relationships where you give more than you take.

 Website   Free

WNOWW

Locations: Canberra - Barwon; Metropolitan Sydney - Maroubra, Balmoral, Barangaroo, Bondi Beach, Coogee Beach, Cronulla South Beach, Freshwater Beach, Inner West; Northern NSW - Byron Bay; Western NSW - Orange; Central Coast - Terrigal, Toowoon Bay;

WNOW is creating a community where men are proud to be men; comfortable to take their ‘armour’ off and be their authentic selves, feeling supported and safe in a community of like-minded men. Men are able to explore in a fun way what it means to be a better man, tackling challenges together and focusing on improving their mental, physical, and emotional health to be the best role model they can be for themselves and all those around them. Men are able to address what it means to be a man and challenge toxic masculinity norms. WNOW creates environments where men feel safe to connect authentically, share openly and learn from their peers to enable them to be happier when they are by themselves and with their loved ones.

Find Sunrise Clubs here.


 Website   Free

13YARN

13YARN is the first national service of its kind for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people in crisis. We offer a confidential one-on-one over the phone yarning opportunity and support with a trained Lifeline Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporter for mob who are feeling overwhelmed or having difficulty coping.

 Website   13YARN on 13 92 76   Free

1800 RESPECT National Sexual Assault Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service

1800 RESPECT National Sexual Assault Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service. Online resources are available for relationships, abuse and violence, and an online service directory for locating services on a state-by-state basis. Call 1800 737 732 to talk, or visit their website for an online chat, with a trained counsellor.

 Website   1800 737 732   Free

24-Hour Stimulant Treatment Line

The 24-hour Line is part of St Vincent Hospital's Stimulant Treatment Program that offers free counselling and support for people who use stimulants, such as methamphetamine (ice), cocaine and ecstasy. A 24-hour confidential service offering information, education and counselling around stimulant use. Call 8382 1088 (Sydney) or 1800 101 188 (outside Sydney) for support around your own or someone else’s stimulant use.

 Website   1800 101 188   Free

2Connect Youth & Community

Locations: Brighton-Le-Sands, Sutherland, Kogarah

READY provides practical and emotional support (case management and counselling) for alcohol and other drugs use and their harms to young people and families. READY also provides a large range of harm reduction initiatives to reduce the harms of alcohol and other drugs, and promotes health and wellbeing through these activities. Youth health workers provide support through counselling, case management, outreach services and education about harm minimisation.

Centres:

  • Brighton Le Sands Centre - Lvl 3, Corner of Moate Avenue & Princess Street, Brighton Le Sands
  • Sutherland Centre - 2A/16 Boyle Street, Sutherland
  • Kogarah Centre - 202/22 Belgrave St, Kogarah


 Website   (02) 9556 1769   Free

Aboriginal Medical Services Cooperative Ltd Redfern

Locations: Redfern

The Aboriginal Medical Service Redfern offers a range of specialist services to the Aboriginal community in Redfern, including mental health, drug and alcohol and community-based services. There are online, phone or face to face, individual, group support for men feeling distressed. Public health programs include men’s health and fitness programs, community events, youth support programs and health promotion.

 Website   (02)93195823   Free

ACON

Locations: Metropolitan Sydney - Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, Potts Point, Newtown, Redfern, Mt Druitt, Penrith, Richmond, Katoomba; Central Coast - Gosford, Wyong; Hunter New England - Cessnock, Singleton, Maitland, University of Newcastle, Islington, Newcastle West, Hamilton; Western NSW - Lithgow, Bathurst, Orange, Wellington, Dubbo, Forbes, Canowindra, Cowra, Condobolin, Coonamble, Lightning Ridge, Walgett, Brewarrina, Bourke ; Southern NSW - Young, Goulburn, Queanbeyan, Batemans Bay, Moruya, Jindabyne, Cooma, Bega; Murrumbidgee - Brungle, Wagga Wagga, Albury-Wodonga; Illawarra Shoalhaven - Wollongong, Nowra, Dapto; Mid North Coast - Forster, Taree, Port Macquarie, Kempsey, Bellingen, Coffs Harbour; Northern NSW - Grafton, Maclean, Lismore, Casino, Ballina, Byron Bay, Tweed Heads, Mullumbimby, Tenterfield, Glen Innes, Armidale, Tamworth, Moree; Far West NSW - Broken Hill, Wilcannia

ACON provides services in community health, inclusion and HIV responses for people of diverse sexualities and genders, across Metropolitan Sydney and Regional NSW. Service for men, including free alcohol and other drugs counselling and mental health counselling. To locate ACON services in NSW, use their location map which pinpoints local sexual health clinics (orange pin), LGBTIQ+ community groups (rainbow pin), Aboriginal community health services (Aboriginal flag pin) and the services offered at ACON offices.

 Website   Free

Ahead for Business from Everymind

Ahead for Business has online resources supporting the mental health of small business owners and their staff. Online resources include:
  • a Small Business Stress Test
  • Agribusiness Wellbeing Plan
  • Business Wellbeing Online Training
  • podcasts, videos and resources for industries and local communities.


 Website   Free

Al-Anon Family Groups

The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship or relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope, in order to solve their common problem.  The Al-Anon program of recovery is adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous and is based on the Twelve Steps. Only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of alcoholism in a relative or friend. For all NSW locations and meeting times, refer to their meeting list.  

 Website   1300 252 666   Free

Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS)

24 hour telephone line service provides information about alcohol and other drugs and related concerns, advice and referral services. 24-hour support helpline 1800 250 015
  • You can call ADIS 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 1800 250 015 or for Sydney Metropolitan 02 8382 1000.
  • ADIS Web Chat is available from Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5pm (including public holidays).
  • ADIS also has a range of telephone lines offering specialised drug and alcohol information and support to particular groups.


 Website   1800 250 015   Free

Alcoholic Anonymous

Support groups for people in recovery from alcohol addition.
  • National helpline 1300 22 22 22
  • There are online support groups that can be attended virtually.
  • To search for local AA groups nearby, use the online search tool.


 Website   1300 22 22 22   Free

Anglicare Counselling

Anglicare Counselling provides support and counselling to individuals, adolescents, families and couples for:
  • mental health issues, including anxiety, depression,
  • relationship issues, improved communication,
  • stress and support for domestic violence and abuse.
The locations page provides a list of locations across NSW via a filter.

 Website   1300 651728   Free

Anglicare North Coast Financial Counselling

Locations: Grafton, Richmond, Tweed Heads

FREE Financial Counselling from a Financial Counsellor accredited with the Financial Counselling Association of NSW (FCAN). Anyone who is experiencing financial difficulties can access the service. The service is available by appointment only. Call the Grafton office on 02 6643 4844 to make an appointment. Other services offered by Anglicare North Coast include housing and accommodation support, disaster recovery and food pantry.

 Website   02 6643 4844   Free

ARE THEY TRIPLE OK?

Are They Triple OK? provides specific resources from R U OK? for people working in the emergency services. It aims to increase levels of peer and social support for police and emergency services workers nationwide. Are They Triple OK? provides tips and resources to promote life changing conversations with police and emergency services workers at home and in the workplace to encourage early intervention and help-seeking.

 Website   Free

Baptistcare Penrith

Locations: Penrith

Clinically trained teams provide individual counselling, couples counselling, relationship support programs and groups. Special programs in trauma, domestic and family violence, Men’s Behaviour Change program, and anger management.
  • Facing Up is a program for men to move beyond their familiar destructive patterns of violence in their families, to create safe and respectful relationships.


 Website   1300 130 225   Free

batyr

Preventative mental health programs for young people. Through sharing lived experience stories and peer-to-peer education batyr provides programs to keep young people from reaching the point of crisis, and changing lives. Programs:
  • batyr@school - a suite of programs suitable for different stages, tailored to each cohort. All our programs can be delivered face-to-face or online.
  • batyr@uni - structured peer-to-peer programs, student leadership training, staff training and on-campus events.


 Website   0402 576 114   Free

Behind the Seen

Behind the Seen train emergency services personnel to work together to build resilience, increase support and reduce the stigma of mental health challenges. Support and services for emergency workers, training and workshops. Behind the Seen conduct workshops for first responders and family members at their workplaces, local community centres and national conferences.

 Website   Free

Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue is one of Australia's most well known mental health support organisations. Beyond Blue offers online peer support community, free online confidential counselling with a counsellor on 1300 22 4636, as well as a wide range of online resources. The New Access Mental Health Coaching Program is for anyone feeling overwhelmed or stressed by everyday issues. A guided 6-session program, it’s designed to give you the skills to manage everyday life stresses such as work, study, relationships, health or loneliness. The program is confidential and free of charge.

 Website   1300 22 4636   Free

BeyondNow – app from Beyond Blue

Create your own safety plan to help you:
  • know your warning signs, so you can act early
  • make your environment safe by removing harmful items
  • distract yourself with activities to do or people to be with
  • remember things that make you feel strong.
It can be helpful to share your safety plan with a trusted friend, family member, Elder or mental health professional. The red telephone icon in the app connects you straight to your emergency contacts.

 Website   Free

Blue Knot Foundation

Support for people with complex trauma; for survivors and families, service providers. The information and resources in the Survivors part of the website have been designed with survivors in mind. There is other information on the rest of the site for supporters, families and service providers. If you would like to speak with a counsellor, please call the Blue Knot Helpline and Redress Support Service - 1300 657 380.  

 Website   1300 657 380   Free

Burton Centre

Locations: Darlinghurst

The Burton Centre provides 30 to 60 minutes face-to-face with a counsellor for young people (16 to 21) with addictions to methamphetamine (ICE, Crystyal, Meth, Speed, Base), cocaine or MDMA.
  • Appointments: Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm. Phone 8382 1078 to make a booking.


 Website   02 8382 1078   Free

Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy (CAHMA)

Locations: Canberra - Belconnen

CAHMA provides services and programs to support the health and human rights of people who use drugs and drug treatment services, including:
  • Community Development Program
  • Harm Minimisation Program
  • Peer Treatment Support
  • The Connection – peer support and groups for Indigenous people
  • Naloxone program
  • CanTEST health and drug testing
  • Outreach BBQs
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peer Service
  • Drop in Centre and CAHMA clinic.


 Website   (02) 6253 3643   Free

Canberra Health Services – Alcohol and Drug Services

Locations: Canberra

Programs:
  • Alcohol and Drug Consultation and Liaison Service - team of dedicated doctors and nurses who provide services to people presenting to Canberra Hospital Emergency Department or admitted to Canberra Hospital with alcohol and other drug issues.
  • Counselling & Treatment Service (CTS) and Youth Drug & Alcohol Program (YDAP) provides counselling and support and a range of therapeutic groups for people experiencing alcohol and/or drug related issues. This service is free and available to individuals, family members and carers.
  • Needle and Syringe Program
  • Opioid Treatment Program
  • Police and Court Drug Diversion Service programs divert people arrested and/or charged with drug or alcohol related offences out of the judicial system into the health system. Offers pre-court, pre-sentence and sentencing diversion options for people arrested for alcohol and other drug related offences in the ACT.


 Website   (02) 5124 0000   Free

Central Coast Local Health District – Drug and Alcohol Services

Locations: Wyong, Gosford

  • Wyong Hospital and Gosford Hospital
Drug and Alcohol services aim to reduce the harm associated with problematic alcohol and other drug use on individuals, their families and the communities of the Central Coast. Services are located at Gosford and Wyong hospitals with community-based counselling teams at community health centres across the Central Coast. Inpatient services are located at Wyong Hospital in Maruma-li, the Withdrawal Management Unit. Referrals are accepted state-wide. Programs include:
  • Maruma-li Inpatient withdrawal management
  • Counselling services
  • Opioid treatment
  • Aboriginal consultancy services
  • Central Coast Cannabis Clinic
  • Youth drug and alcohol service


 Website   02 4394 4880   Free

Clean Slate Clinic

Telehealth home detox delivery to detox from alcohol, cannibis and methamphetamine. Clean Slate Clinic aim is to improve the health and wellness of individuals struggling with alcohol dependence. The service includes assessment, medicated withdrawal and a 12-month program of follow-up, including regular nursing check-ins and weekly access to a Smart Recovery Group.
  • Western NSW PHN region - services for withdrawal (detox) and recovery are accessible to all residents region, irrespective of postcode or socio-economic status.
  • Northern Sydney - There are 20 funded placements for patients in Northern Sydney region needing alcohol withdrawal and recovery who cannot afford to pay for this service.
  • Services available for stimulant and cannabis withdrawal and recovery.
Free educational webinars for GPs and other health care practitioners who are interested in supporting clients through substance withdrawal and recovery.

 Website   (02) 3813 8104   Costs may be involved

Community Restorative Centre Prison Transition

Locations: Across Western Sydney

Many people with a history of involvement in the criminal justice system find it difficult to access mainstream counselling services, so the service works on an outreach basis. The service can visit clients in correctional centres on a pre-release basis, in their own homes, at another service, or in the community. Clients can be referred prior to their release from custody, however, they have the flexibility to support any client who has been in prison previously and wants to access AOD support. Priority is given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

 Website   (02) 9288 8700   Free

Counselling Online (Turning Point)

Confidential, 24-hour service providing online and text based drug and alcohol counselling and referral. Community support forums provide a safe, confidential and non-judgmental community where you can find information, share experiences and learn new strategies.
  • Call 1800 422 599 or 02 9361 8000


 Website   1800 422 599   Free

Crossroads Community Care

Locations: 51 Kiora Road, Miranda

Programs assist people struggling with single or multiple abuse issues. These include Intergenerational abuse, Parent and elder abuse, Domestic violence, Sexual assault and Child abuse. Program provides information, support and therapy concerning abuser experiences as well as issues such as fear, emotional pain, self-esteem, self-care, communication, boundaries, new relationships, self-harm, eating disorders, substance abuse, conflict problems, personal identity, sexuality, among others. Support is available through counselling, groups and/or workshops.  Parenting counselling and play therapy for parents and their children is also available at Crossroads for children who have witnessed or experienced violence and abuse.

 Website   Free

Deadly Connections Community and Justice Services

Locations: Marrickville

Community and justice services for Aboriginal community. Deadly Connections is a not-for-profit organisation that provides information, referral, advocacy, and support to First Nations communities in Sydney’s inner city and inner west, particularly those affected by the child protection and justice systems. Provides community services as well as consultancy services.

 Website   1800 487662   Free

Dianella Cottage – Relapse Prevention Program

This is a non-residential day treatment service for individuals aged up to 24 years with Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) substance dependency related issues. Dianella Cottage applies a harm minimisation framework at all stages of addressing substance use. Services are offered via face-to-face or telehealth. It is specifically aimed at reducing the risk of relapse for individuals exiting rehabilitation treatment or recently released from a correctional service. It offers support for all levels of care, from low to high needs.

 Website   Free

Directions Health Services

Locations: Canberra - Woden; Southern NSW - Bega, Goulburn, Moruya, Cooma; Murrumbidgee - Griffith, Wagga Wagga

Directions Health Services provides free, integrated services and programs for individuals, family members and friends impacted by alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, mental health and other complex health issues in the ACT as well as the Murrumbidgee, Goulburn, Eurobodalla, Monaro and Bega Valley regions in NSW.
  • Althea Wellness Centre (21 Bowes St, Woden) is a specialist primary health clinic for individuals and their families impacted by current or past alcohol and other drug use, mental health and other complex health and wellbeing issues.
  • Arcadia House is a Therapeutic Community in North Canberra Hospital, Bruce
  • ‘Chat to PAT’ is a purpose-built mobile clinic that provides wrap around support to marginalised Canberrans.
  • The Pathways NSW programs are based in regional NSW and offer a range of community- based services as well as treatment and support services to individuals, families and friends impacted by alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues. Phone and locations for different Pathways programs here.
  • Sapphire Health & Wellbeing Service (SHaWS) is based in Bega, NSW and provides non-judgemental and respectful alcohol and other drug treatment, alongside integrated primary health, mental health and Aboriginal health services.


 Website   02 6132 4800   Free

Dooralong Transformation Centre – Salvation Army

Locations: Dooralong

Recovery services supports all people adversely affected by alcohol, other drugs and gambling by providing a range of services and support to addicts, families and significant others whose lives have been affected by addiction. This can include group discussions, one-on-one sessions, alcohol and drug education, chapel services, work activity therapy and vocational training.

 Website   02 4355 8000   Free

Embrace Multicultural Mental Health

Locations: Canberra

Provides a national platform for Australian mental health services and multicultural communities to access resources, services and information in a culturally accessible format. Online resources and information hubs include:

 Website   02 62853100   Free

Endeavour Clubhouse

Locations: Port Macquarie

A voluntary community-based program where participants are members not patients or clients. Clubhouse assists people with a lived experience of mental illness to:

  • increase their social inclusiveness and participation in society
  • increase quality of life, build self-esteem, self-confidence and wellbeing with the aim to reduce rates of hospitalisation.

Endeavour is the only psychosocial vocational program on the Mid North Coast providing members with a non-institutional service in a safe caring environment.



 Website   02 6583 4148   Free

Exodus

Locations: Kogarah

Exodus provides a range of services, including:
  • Mental Health Support - mental health support services and experienced counsellors offer personalised therapy session, providing a warm and understanding environment. We specialise in individual, couples, family, addiction, grief, trauma and sexual assault counselling.

  • Drug & Alcohol Support Services - counsellors, experienced in addiction therapy, offer support. Additional services include facilitating access to rehabilitation centres and support services.



 Website   02 80577174   Free

Family Drug Support

A 24-hour telephone support line is for families affected by drugs and alcohol and also provides education and referral, and facilitates support groups across Australia. FDS operates a national 24/7 day a week telephone support service for families affected by alcohol and other drug issues.
  • National helpline 1300 368 186
  • Locate support groups in NSW and online meetings here


 Website   1300 368 186   Free

Family Relationship Centres

Family Relationship Centres specialise in providing joint Family Dispute Resolution mediation sessions on parenting arrangements.  Some centres, such as Wagga Wagga Family Relationships Centre, provide counselling, specialist family violence counselling, and men's behaviour change groups. Local Centacare locations can be searched on map via filters - https://www.familyrelationships.gov.au/find-local-help

 Website   1300 619 379   Free

Family Support Newcastle

Locations: Newcastle

Various programs for men including:
  • Men’s Project – to help men experiencing difficulties with being a father.
  • Intensive Family Preservation Project – for parents (including fathers) who have had Family and Community Services involved with their family to improve children’s safety.


 Website   02 4926 3577   Free

Far West Local Health District – Community Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Services

Locations: Broken Hill, Dareton

Service offers assessment, support, case management, referral and a range of treatments.
  • Special programs include:
    • The Magistrates Early Referral Into Treatment Program provides treatment and counselling for people with drug and alcohol related matters before the Local Court. Location – 265 Argent St, Broken Hill
    • Opioid Treatment Program at Broken Hill Hospital
Teams in:
  • Broken Hill Hospital ph - (08) 8080 1554
  • 55 Sturt Place, Dareton; ph – (03) 5021 7200
Regular outreach face-to-face and virtual care clinics in other communities.

 Website   Broken Hill (08) 8080 1554; Dareton (03) 5021 7200   Free

Fighting Fit: Defence force health and wellbeing

The 'Fighting fit' portal is a resource for all current and ex-serving ADF Members and their families. There are targeted resources for specific personnel and situations, including commanders, reservists, those preparing for deployment, veterans, and health professionals.
  • 1800 IMSICK (1800 467 425) is a national 24-hour call service providing world class nurse triage and health support for all ADF entitled personnel within Australia.

  • All-hours Support Line - 1800 628 036 - is a 24/7 triage line to help you access ADF or civilian mental health services, including psychology, medical, social work, and chaplain services.

  • Defence Member and Family Helpline - 1800 624 608


 Website   1800 IMSICK - 1800 467 425   Free

Foundation House

Locations: Rozelle

Alcohol, other drug and gambling addiction rehab programs for the Construction Industry and Health Services Industry. Foundation House offers residential rehabilitation, outpatient services and ongoing support after rehab. The 28-day residential program is often the first step in the recovery process. There is also a men-only relapse prevention group on Wednesdays.

 Website   (02) 9555 4034   Costs may be involved

Grandparents in Distress (A program of Parents Beyond Breakup)

'Grandparents in Distress’ is a national support group for grandparents experiencing separation from their grandchildren. Parents Beyond Breakup not only supports parents experiencing trauma through family breakdown and separation but also acknowledges the specific issue of grandparent-grandchild contact during custody battles commonly termed ‘parental alienation’ where one side of a child’s family is disadvantaged or removed by the other parent, a factor closely linked to stress, anxiety, depression, isolation and suicide in Australia. Every child deserves to have a relationship with both sides of their family.

 Website   1300 853 437   Free

Gunnebah Addiction Services

Locations: Nobbys Creek

Service provides individualised care and works from a wellness model for most substance and behavioural addictions (and co-existing issues) as well as other related conditions. Common addictions treated include alcohol, marijuana, ice, prescription drugs, cocaine, synthetic drugs, gambling.

 Website   Costs may be involved

headfyrst program – Salvation Army Youth Link

Locations: Bankstown, Liverpool, Campbelltown, Parramatta, Mount Druitt, Castle Hill

headfyrst is a support service for young people aged 12-25 years in Southwest Sydney and Western Sydney who need support tackling alcohol and other drug dependency as well as mental health counselling services. headfyrst offers a safe, confidential, young person-centred program that encourages open communication between young people and their clinician. Honest and open exchange occurs when young people are able to express their feelings and experiences in a non-judgmental environment.

 Website   Bankstown (02) 9393 9669; Liverpool (02) 8107 6100; Campbelltown (02) 4627 9089; Parramatta 1300 737 616; Mt Druitt 1800 683 784; Castle Hill 9393 9800   Free

Headgear APP from Black Dog Institute

HeadGear is a free, easy-to-use smartphone app that guides you through a 30 day mental fitness challenge designed to build resilience and wellbeing and prevent things like depression and anxiety.

 Website   Free

Headspace

Locations: ACT - Canberra, Braddon, Greenway; Metropolitan Sydney - Ashfield, Bankstown, Bondi Junction, Brookvale, Campbelltown, Camperdown, Castle Hill, Chatswood, Hawkesbury, Hurstville, Katoomba, Liverpool, Miranda, Mt Druitt, Parramatta, Penrith; Central Coast - Gosford, Wyong; Hunter New England - Cessnock, Newcastle, Maitland, Lake Haven; Illawarra Shoalhaven - Wollongong, Nowra; Mid North Coast - Taree, Port Macquarie, Kempsey, Coffs Harbour; Northern NSW - Grafton, Lismore, Armidale, Tamworth; Southern NSW - Batemans Bay, Bega, Goulburn, Queanbeyan, Yass; Murrumbidgee - Wagga Wagga, Griffith; Western NSW - Bathurst, Broken Hill, Cowra, Dubbo, Lithgow, Orange

Headspace has online and phone tools and services to help young people with mental health, alcohol and other drug services, and other support, including early psychosis program. There are specific centres that can offer work and study support as well.
  • Location directory - All centre locations across Australia can be found on the interactive map of Australia showing locations in NSW and the ACT. Scroll into the map to find a location near you or look at the list below the map.
  • If there is no centre near you, there is online chat and phone support on 03 9027 0100


 Website   03 9027 0100   Free

Headstart

Locations: Central and Eastern Sydney, South Western Sydney, Western Sydney

Directory of local service providers and health professionals in Central and Eastern Sydney, South Western Sydney, Western Sydney.

 Website   Free

HealthWise

Locations: Armidale, Glen Innes, Gunnedah, Guyra, Inverell, Moree, Narrabri, Quirindi, Tamworth, Tenterfield, Uralla, Walcha

Clinical services in Hunter New England - including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services, and person-centred, individual psychological support and strength-based strategies.
  • Tamworth Head Office - (02) 6766 1394


 Website   Armidale - 02 6771 1146; Moree - 02 6752 7196; Tamworth - 02 6766 1394   Free

Homelessness in NSW

Locations: Metropolitan Sydney - Haymarket, Liverpool, Bankstown, Fairfield, Sydney, Camden, Campbelltown, Northern Sydney, St George, Sutherland, Darlinghurst, Auburn, Parramatta, Holroyd, Lithgow, Katoomba; Central Coast - Gosford, Wyong; Illawarra Shoalhaven - Nowra, Wollongong; Southern NSW - Bega, Cooma, Eurobodalla, Moruya, Goulburn, Queanbeyan, Yass; Hunter New England - Maitland, Dungog, Cessnock, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Singleton, Muswellbrook; Mid North Coast - Casino, Port Stephens, Taree; Northern NSW - Armidale, Byron Bay, Lismore, Murwillumbah, Tamworth, Gunnedah, Inverell, Glen Innes, Moree, Narrabri; Murrumbidgee - Albury-Wodonga, Tumut, Griffith, Leeton, Wagga Wagga; Western NSW - Lithgow, Bathurst, Orange, Cobar, Broken Hill, Wilcannia, Forbes, Dubbo, Lightning Ridge, Parkes, Walgett, Coonamble, Cootamundra, Gilgandra, Wentworth; Far West NSW - Bourke, Brewarrina

Specialist homelessness services can help women, men, young people, families, Aboriginal people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. They help people who are sleeping rough, young people leaving care, people with mental health issues, people living in unsafe conditions, older people, and people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex or Queer (LGBTIQ). Specialist homelessness services are delivered by non-government organisations across NSW.

Housing Helplines:

  • Link2home - ‍1800 152 152 - is the NSW-wide homelessness information and referral telephone service. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.
  • Link2Home Veterans and Ex-Service -‍1800 326 989

Other online searches:

  • Infoxchange Service Seeker is an alternative search option, if you can’t find relevant services on this page.
  • Ask Izzy is a website and app for immediate assistance with information about where to get help for shelter, food, health and other critical services.


 Website   Link2home - ‍1800 152 152; Link2Home Veterans and Ex-Service -‍1800 326 989   Free

Hunter Centre – Relationships Australia

Locations: Broadmeadow

Taking Responsibility – Men’s Behaviour Change Program is for men looking to overcome a history of abusive behaviour towards their female partner – including violence, coercive control and verbal abuse – and who want to make positive changes in their lives and relationships. This voluntary program provides regular one-on-one meetings with a support worker, as well as an 18-session group-based men’s behaviour change program.

 Website   1300 364 277   Free

Hunter New England Local Health District Drug and Alcohol Clinical Services

Locations: Armidale, Belmont, Cessnock, Dungog, Glen Innes, Gloucester, Gunnedah, Inverell, Kurri Kurri, Maitland, Manning, Moree, Muswellbrook, Narrabri, Newcastle, Scone, Singleton, Tamworth, Taree, Tenterfield, Tomaree, Wee Waa, Wingham

Drug and Alcohol Clinical Services intake is open to all members of the community by phoning 1300 660 059, Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 4 pm. Not all services are offered at every hospital across the Hunter New England Local Health District. The Calvary Mater Alcohol and Drug Clinical Service (Waratah) provides outpatient consultation, assessment and treatment for withdrawal and support for family and friends on an individual appointment basis. Specific services at different locations include:
  • 12 bed inpatient withdrawal unit at Belmont Hospital
  • Opiate treatment program clinics in Newcastle, Cessnock, Taree and Tamworth
  • Drug and alcohol counselling services
  • Specialist cannabis and stimulant treatment clinics in Newcastle
  • Assertive management for people with complex needs
  • Specialist child, youth and family drug and alcohol services for young people, pregnant people and parents
  • Court and custodial diversion services in Newcastle and Tamworth
  • Consultation Liaison Service at John Hunter Hospital and inpatient clinical support across the District.


 Website   1300 660 059   Free

Hunter Primary Care

Locations: Newcastle, Warabrook

Offering services in the Hunter region across mental health services, services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, NDIS services, and after hours and primary care. Delivers mental health and wellbeing services to the community with health professionals. Drug and Alcohol Counselling Team of psychologists provides a range of services to address mild to moderate alcohol or other drug use, including:
  • The MindReach program that delivers telephone counselling support alongside written materials and actives to address drug and alcohol use, as well as psychological symptoms
  • Counselling and brief interventions with a psychologist delivered face-to-face, via video-call or over the phone
  • Aftercare support focusing in relapse prevention
  • Treatment of existing mental health symptoms.
  • For GP Access After Hours enquiries please call 1300 130 147. 


 Website   (02) 4925 2268   Free

Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District – Drug and Alcohol Service

Locations: Wollongong

A range of treatment and support services for people with problems from their alcohol, prescription or illicit drug use, and/or for their families and carers. Services and programs include counselling, group programs, needle and syringe program, Keep Them Safe, Magistrates Early Referral into Treatment, opiod treatment, smoking cessation, stimulant treatment program, substance use in pregnancy, withdrawal management, and youth team.

 Website   1300 652 226   Free

Inner City Legal Centre Safe Relationships Project

Locations: Kings Cross

The Safe Relationships Project provides court assistance and other support for people who are gay, lesbian or bisexual; people who are transgender; and people who are intersex and are experiencing or escaping an abusive relationship. It can assist clients in accessing legal representation and to apply for apprehended domestic violence orders (ADVO) or apprehended personal violence orders (APVO) to help put an end to the violence they are experiencing.
  • Call: (02) 9332 1966
  • Location: Kings Cross Library/Neighbourhood Centre — Darlinghurst Rd, Kings Cross


 Website   (02) 9332 1966   Free

Jewish Care

Locations: Woollahra, Randwick, Hunters Hill

A whole community approach to support for individuals and their families experiencing a mental health crisis, relationship challenges, NDIS, AfterCare support and a My Wellbeing App.

 Website   1300 133 660   Free

Karralika Programs

Locations: Canberra; Murrumbidgee - Wagga Wagga; Southern NSW - Moruya

Karralika supports adults, young people, and families in Canberra and surrounding regions in NSW, through a range of alcohol and drug programs. They provide specialist end-to-end drug and alcohol services to support the needs of individuals, families and communities.
  • Nexus Program is for men with drug and alcohol dependencies who live in a group house setting in the community whilst going through a treatment and recovery program.
  • There are special child and youth alcohol programs.


 Website   Canberra (02) 6185 1300; Wagga Wagga & Moruya 1800 152 772   Free

Kids Helpline

A counseling and support service for children and young people aged 5 to 25. They provide free and confidential phone and online counselling services, as well as information and referrals to support services.

 Website   1800 55 1800   Free

Lake Macquarie and Newcastle Suicide Prevention Network

Locations: Lake Macquarie, Newcastle

Lake Macquarie and Newcastle Suicide Prevention Network delivers health promotion activities, community events, social media promotion, educational seminars and an online resource hub for those in the local area. The online services hub is Connected to Care. Wellbeing events promote help-seeking behaviours and connection to support services and social interaction. The Evolve Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub in Elermore Vale is a space for people to receive support, connection and information to help improve their mental health and wellbeing.

 Website   Free

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia

Providing training and education for mental health professionals on LGBTIQ+ mental health. Mental health and suicide prevention awareness education for LGBTIQ+ people. Offering events such as webinars as well as a knowledge hub of information.

 Website   (02) 7209 6301   Free

Lifeline Australia

Lifeline - specialist suicide support line. Other support services and helplines; localised service finder on Google maps. Information & resources categorised into COVID, domestic & family violence, natural disasters, trauma, loneliness isolation, anxiety, stress, gambling, financial, self harm.
  • 24/7 crisis support line - 13 11 14


 Website   13 11 14   Free

Lifeline Macarthur and Western Sydney

Locations: Metropolitan Sydney - Bankstown, Campbelltown, Penrith, Blue Mountains; Southern NSW - Queanbeyan

Crisis support, suicide prevention, survivor support groups, suicide bereavement, after care program, financial counselling, training and workshops, information and resources for Macarthur region. Men's Long Lunch and other initiatives to raise awareness and continue the conversation about men's mental health. The team oversees crisis support, suicide prevention, Lifeline Shops and community engagement from Bankstown to the Blue Mountains, and from Queanbeyan to the Hawkesbury.
  • Crisis Support Line - 13 11 14


 Website   (02) 4645 7200   Free

LikeMind

Locations: Sydney - Penrith, Seven Hills; Murrumbidgee - Wagga Wagga; Western NSW - Orange

Support for adults with mental health concerns, as well as their families and carers - community based services in Penrith, Seven Hills, Orange, Wagga Wagga. Access support with a referral from your GP or other health professional for a mental health care plan and referral to LikeMind. Services include mental health care, drug and alcohol, primary health care, employment services, carer support, and additional services depending on location.

 Website   Penrith: 02 8880 8111 - Seven Hills: 02 8806 3800 - Orange: 02 6311 1700 - Wagga Wagga: 02 6936 2000   Free

LinkMate

Peer-to-peer social app - through connecting people with peers and community services for preventing mental health challenges. Organisations can improve staff and student wellbeing through a preventative digital solution and emotional resilience workshops, designed to help individuals feel less lonely and more comfortable reaching out for help.

 Website   Free

Lismore and District Financial Counselling Service

Locations: Lismore, Casino, Tweed Heads

Lismore & District Financial Counselling Service provides free resources, information and advice for anyone struggling with debt. Face-to-face or telephone appointments are available.

 Website   (02) 6622 2171   Free

Lives Lived Well – Alcohol and Other Drugs Programs

Locations: Dubbo, Katoomba, Lithgow, Lismore, Nowra, Coffs Harbour, Orange, Wollongong

A range of community and residential programs across NSW, helping people to deal with alcohol and drug challenges.
  • Roadmaps Mobile Drug and Alcohol Day Program - A 6-week intensive, non-residential rehabilitation program for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people that rotates around rural and remote communities in Western NSW. The program includes structured therapeutic groups, support and education/information sessions. Interventions will vary based on client need but will include evidence-based therapeutic interventions. Clients can either refer themselves or be referred by a third party. Service based in Dubbo, servicing Coonamble, Dubbo, Gilgandra, Nyngan, Warren, Wellington, Parkes.
  • Counselling - with free in-person or phone/online counselling for adults.
  • Live-In & Recover - residential rehabilitation services across NSW offer affordable live-in programs for people experiencing serious problems with drugs and alcohol.
  • Withdrawal Support - professional counsellors and a registered nurse help guide through the withdrawal process with supported day recovery.
  • Outreach - outreach services come to you.
  • Day and Group Programs - programs provide holistic support during the week.
  • Indigenous Programs - programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to help them overcome drug and alcohol problems and bring about a sense of wellbeing.
  • Youth/Young Adult - young adults can start to experience more serious problems with drinking and drug taking.


 Website   1300 727 957 or 0429 927 714   Costs may be involved

Local Kind Northern Beaches

Locations: Manly, Brookvale

Local Kind provides critical intervention and support services to the most vulnerable in the Northern Beaches community, with a range of services for people experiencing homelessness, domestic and family violence and refugee settlement challenges. The Community Hub Drop-in enables meaningful connections to assist people in crisis with their immediate needs and help connect them to support.



 Website   Free

Logic Lounge Psychology

Locations: Parramatta, Auburn, North Sydney, Pymble, Newtown, Hornsby, Gordon, Gladesville, Drummoyne

Victims Services Psychology – counselling with approved Victims Services counsellors and psychologists at locations around Sydney, offering both telehealth and face-to-face consultations on a short-term basis for up to 22 hours (which can be further extended in exceptional circumstances, or if the client is a victim of child sexual assault or child abuse). The counselling helps the client recover from the emotional trauma and the impacts that crime has had on them. This counselling support is free to the victim.

 Website   (02) 7256 7070   Free

Love Bites – Biala Sexual Assault Service

Locations: Gosford

Love Bites is a respectful relationships program created by The National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN). Love Bites Central Coast uses a partnership approach to coordinate the program on the Central Coast. Love Bites is a suite of respectful relationships and consent education programs designed for high school students aged 11-17. 
Biala Sexual Assault Services - counselling for sexual assault victims, including males, females, adolescents and children. Groups are held at the Holden Street address. Provides court support and preparation for non-offending family members and victims of sexual assault.

 Website   Biala - (02) 4320 3175; Love Bites Central Coast - 0412 943553   Free

Man Anchor

Man Anchor is a grassroots mental health and wellbeing movement, providing mental health education workshops for businesses, schools, and community groups around Australia. They aim to promote a better understanding of mental health issues and how to deal with them, by creating opportunities for discussion, education, and action on mental health issues that affect people every day. The projects include #letstalk workshops, an Ambassador program, and Mental Health First Aid courses. The programs are designed to engage, educate and encourage people to start conversations about wellbeing and mental health.

 Website   Free

Mercy Services – McAuley Outreach Service

Locations: West Wallsend

McAuley Outreach Service offers alcohol and other drugs counselling for parents with young children under the age of 12 years, to help address addiction, any related health issues, and helping to develop a stable lifestyle for the future.

 Website   02 4962 6680   Free

Mid North Coast Local Health District Alcohol and Other Drugs Services

Locations: Coffs Harbour, Kempsey, Port Macquarie

Services operate across the Mid North Coast Local Health District, delivering a broad range of clinical services, providing information, support and treatment for individuals (or their families) affected by alcohol and other problematic legal or illegal drug use issues. Programs offered include:
  • Drug and alcohol counselling
  • Opioid substitution programs for the management of opioid dependence
  • Magistrates’ Early Referral into Treatment Program for those with criminal charges and illicit drug issues
  • Outpatient withdrawal management for those assessed as suitably supported to withdraw in the community
  • Consultancy and education to other agencies and health professionals.


 Website   1300 662 263   Free

Mission Australia – Addiction services

Locations: Artarmon, Broken Hill, Dubbo, Kempsey, Southern Highlands

The service delivers a holistic approach by seeking to understand the social, environmental, physical, mental and vocational experiences and after-effects of addiction. The service works with people across all areas of personal development, with the goal of breaking the addiction and living a happy, healthy life without problematic alcohol and drug use.
  • The Continuing Coordinated Care Program is offered at locations across NSW - Artarmon, Broken Hill, Dubbo
  • The Triple Care Farm Withdrawal is a residential alcohol and other drugs program. Triple Care Farm is located on 110 acres in the NSW Southern Highlands. It is a residential program to support young people for up to 28 days, providing supervised withdrawal and a range of holistic supports and therapies. The treatment model is a 12-week holistic psychosocial rehabilitation program based on harm minimisation and health promotion. Phone - 02 48851265


 Website   Artarmon 02 94802560, Broken Hill/Dubbo 02 68848526, Broken Hill 08 80843700, TCFW 02 48851265   Costs may be involved

Mission Australia – Alcohol and Other Drugs Continuing Coordinated Care Far West NSW

Locations: Broken Hill

The service provides care coordination and wraparound services for people with a substance use disorder who are receiving community-based treatment, while also experiencing a high level of need. CCC supports clients with intensive support to maintain engagement with treatment services, including maintaining linkages to AOD and primary health services; functional living supports; and support to maintain community and family connections.

 Website   02 68848526   Free

Mission Australia – Alcohol and Other Drugs Continuing Coordinated Care Western NSW

Locations: Dubbo

The service provides care coordination and wraparound services for people with a substance use disorder who are receiving community-based treatment, while also experiencing a high level of need. It supports clients with intensive support to maintain engagement with treatment services, including maintaining linkages to Alcohol and Other Drugs team and primary health services; functional living supports; and support to maintain community and family connections.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Have recently been assessed by a Drug & Alcohol clinician as having a substance use disorder; and
  • are actively receiving or have recently received (in the previous month) an AOD treatment intervention; and
  • have a care plan in place that identifies significant additional needs that cannot be addressed by standard AOD treatment and that may jeopardies their engagement with treatment.


 Website   02 68848526   Free

Moneycare – Salvation Army

Locations: Canberra - Braddon; Metropolitan Sydney - Auburn, Bankstown, Blacktown, Fairfield, Hurstville, Katoomba, Liverpool, Macquarie Fields, Menai, Miranda, Mt Druitt, Narellan, Parramatta, Penrith, Rockdale, Surry Hills, ; Central Coast - Erina, Gosford, Wyong; Hunter New England - Bonnells Bay, Bolton Point, Newcastle; Murrumbidgee - Albury, Griffith; Northern NSW - Armidale, Gunnedah, Inverell, Moree, Narrabri, Tamworth, Taree; Southern NSW - Batemans Bay, Bega, Bowral, Cooma, Crookwell, Deniliquin, Goulburn, Hay, Yass; Western NSW - Broken Hill, Dubbo

Moneycare is a service offered by the Salvation Army. There are Moneycare locations across Australia which you can find on the locations tab. The Moneycare services team will deal with each individual's finances differently as everyone's situation is different. They can offer you step-by-step advice and you can get help with:

 Website   Free

MoWaNa Safe Space

Locations: Narrabeen

MoWaNa Safe Space is a peer-led community-based service to support people who are experiencing emotional or suicidal distress. MoWaNa stands for Mona Vale, Warriewood and Narrabeen. It is a ‘drop in’ style place that offers a non-clinical alternative to clinical services for people experiencing emotional or suicidal distress. Staff are Peer CARE Companions who have either had their own lived experience of suicide, have supported someone else in crisis, or who have been bereaved by suicide. This means they are better able to connect with others through the mutual understanding that comes with meaningful shared experience. It is part of Roses in the Ocean’s national community-led Safe Space project, leveraging their expertise, guidance, and operational support.

 Website   Free

Murrumbidgee Local Health District – Drug and Alcohol Services

Locations: Deniliquin, Griffith, Leeton, Narrandera, Temora, Tumut, Wagga Wagga

Drug and alcohol clinicians are based in each of the community mental health drug and alcohol services across Murrumbidgee. Albury Wodonga Health provide community mental health and drug and alcohol services to the Albury Wodonga Region including Culcairn, Henty, Holbrook, Burrumbuttock, Urana, Oaklands and Corowa. Specialist Drug and Alcohol programs and treatments:
  • Drug & Alcohol Counselling
  • Home Detox
  • Specialist Substance Use in Pregnancy Service (SUPPS-C)
  • Opioid Treatment Program
  • Methadone, Buprenorphine or suboxone treatment
  • Magistrates’ Early Referral into Treatment Program
  • Cannabis Clinic
  • Quit for New Life Program
  • Naloxone Program


 Website   02 59432003   Free

Murwillumbah and Tweed Financial Counselling Service

Locations: Murwillumbah

The Murwillumbah HUB is a purpose-built facility housing a suite of services delivered by Murwillumbah Community Centre, including:
  • Emergency relief
  • Financial counselling and budget counselling
  • Kids caring for country Indigenous culture group, Indigenous family support, Guyahyn Indigenous playgroup
  • Youth services
  • Yoga and recreational programs, broadband for seniors,
  • Welfare support, advocacy, information and referral.
The HUB also accommodates over 30 outreach services for organisations from Lismore to Tweed Heads.

 Website   02 6672 6237   Free

MyndFit

MyndFit helps people to become mentally fitter, stronger & healthier by training the mind to think differently. It is a proactive approach to reducing mental health issues like depression, anxiety and underlying stress, therefore increasing overall health & wellbeing. Online resources and podcasts are available.

 Website   0448 339 662   Costs may be involved

Narcotics Anonymous

Support groups for people in recovery from narcotic drug addictions. Call 1300 652 820.
  • Find someone to talk to or search for meetings. - 1300 652 820 or 0488 811 247.  This service works best from an unblocked mobile number as it will SMS you meetings information when requested.
  • Search by voice or send an SMS with postcode and state/territory to 0488 811 247 and the service will send you a list of meetings within the next 24-hour period starting with the closest available.


 Website   1300 652 820   Free

National Centre for Childhood Grief (NCCG)

Locations: Hornsby, Denistone

The NCCG provides specialist bereavement care services for children aged 3-17 years as well as adults. Services include: individual counselling, group programs, camps and more. In-person and online. Centre at Denistone East.

 Website   1300 654 556   Costs may be involved

National Emergency Support Service from Black Dog Institute

Locations: Randwick

Free mental health support for emergency service workers, volunteers, and their loved ones affected by all natural disasters. This includes Police, Fire Services, State Emergency Services, Ambulance, Marine Rescue, Surf Life Savers, Licensed Wildlife Rescuers and Carers, Helicopter Rescuers, and those retired. A collection of mental health resources, tools, and advice developed from the latest research and clinical expertise. Also available are a mental health online check tool, and access to 12 free counselling sessions as telehealth Australia-wide or face-to-face in Sydney.  

 Website   (02) 9382 4530   Free

Nepean Blue Mountains Drug and Alcohol Service

Locations: Penrith, St Marys, Springwood, Katoomba, Lithgow

Service offers free assessment, case management, referral and a range of treatments, within the health facilities and the community. Drug and alcohol healthcare specialists are on call 24 hours a day on 1300 661 050. Programs include:
  • Assertive Community Management (ACM) program - case management and support for people with severe substance problems alongside physical health and social issues (e.g. accommodation and housing, social isolation, employment)
  • Community Drug and Alcohol Service
  • Court referred drug and alcohol programs
  • Hepatitis testing and treatment
  • Inpatient Withdrawal Management Unit (detoxification)
  • Opioid treatment
  • Walk-in clinic
  • Youth Drug and Alcohol Service.


 Website   1300 661 050 or 02 4734 2129   Free

Nepean Linker Project

Locations: Penrith

An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' specific service delivered by Greater Western Aboriginal Health Services (GWAHS) providing equitable access to appropriate alcohol and other drug (AOD) and mental health services in the Penrith area.  Services are offered in a culturally safe manner with respect to men’s and women’s business via face-to-face or telehealth as appropriate, these include:
  • Direct care delivery
  • Care coordination and support to attend appointments
  • Linkage and referrals to drug and alcohol services.
Location: 27-29 Lawson Street Penrith

 Website   (02) 4729 7300   Free

North Coast Head to Health

Locations: Lismore

North Coast Head to Health provides services and mental health support or to improve your wellbeing. A member of the team will assess your current needs and this assessment will help to provide on-the-spot advice and support. If needed, you could be referred to a local mental health support or service. The services are provided in a variety of care options - face-to-face, via phone, or online.
  • Call 1800 595 212 or
  • Visit the Lismore Health Precinct open for walk-ins Monday to Friday 10am–8pm, Saturday 12pm–8pm, Sunday 10am–2pm.


 Website   1800 595 212    Free

Northern NSW Local Health District – Alcohol and Other Drugs Services

Locations: Ballina, Tweed Heads, Lismore, Grafton, Maclean, Byron Bay, Nimbin

Services include:
  • individual counselling support to reduce or stop alcohol and other drug use
  • hospital consultation and liaison for those at risk of alcohol or substance withdrawal who enter hospital and require input into their withdrawal management and discharge planning (available at Tweed, Ballina, Lismore, and Grafton hospitals)
  • Riverlands Inpatient Withdrawal Unit at Lismore Base Hospital - medicated withdrawal from alcohol and various substances
  • Opioid Treatment Program – opioid substitution therapies for people with opioid dependence
  • the Magistrates Early Referral Into Treatment case management program for people with local court charges and drug use
  • Community Engagement Team supporting people needing additional assistance to engage with services
  • Take Home Naloxone (free) - available at most locations.


 Website   Ballina (02) 6620 6187, Byron Shire (02) 6639 9128, Grafton (02) 6641 8709, Lismore and areas (02) 6620 7600, Maclean (02) 6640 0123, Nimbin (02) 6688 1434, Tweed Valley (07) 5506 7010   Free

Northern Sydney Local Health District – Mental Health Drug and Alcohol

Locations: North Ryde, Hornsby, Northern Beaches, St Leonards and Ryde

Drug and alcohol services provide treatment for consumers with drug and/or alcohol use issues through multiple services that also address medical and mental health related health problems. These service support people to cease and/or better manage their substance use issues. Services provided include primary prevention and education, non-admitted management, detoxification and rehabilitation and ongoing management in the community. The drug and alcohol referral line is available 1300 889 788 during standard business hours. Locations: Macquarie, Hornsby, Northern Beaches, Royal North Shore and Ryde hospitals. Community based counselling teams are located across the area in community health centres and on hospital sites. Inpatient services are located on Level 5 Douglas Building, Royal North Shore Hospital.

 Website   1800 011 511   Free

NSW Ageing and Disability Commission

Commission promotes the rights of older people and adults with disability to live free from abuse in their family, home and community.
  • NSW Ageing and Disability Abuse Helpline 1800 628 221 (Monday – Friday, 9am - 4pm)


 Website   1800 628 221   Free

NSW Health Sexual Assault Services

NSW Health Sexual Assault Services provide free and confidential medical and counselling support to anyone in NSW who has experienced sexual assault, and their non-offending supporters. Many services are co-located in regional hospitals.
  • Services to clients/patients: crisis and ongoing counselling; a specialised medical service and collection of evidence for legal purposes; support for non-offending family members; advocacy; and court preparation, court support and court reports
  • Services for professionals include training, consultation, networking, interagency forums
  • Services to community include education, awareness raising, prevention.
Locations and phone numbers for all Sexual Assault Services across Metropolitan Sydney and regional NSW can be found in the service directory.

 Website   Free

NSW Quit Line

The NSW Quitline 13 7848 (13 QUIT) is a confidential telephone information and counselling service, managed by Cancer Institute NSW, to help smokers and vapers quit and stay quit. Quitline also provides quitting tips and information to carers, family members and other health professionals.
  • Call 13 7848 (13 QUIT) to speak to a Quitline counsellor. You can also leave a message and request a counsellor to call you back.
  • NSW Quitline is available:
    • Monday to Friday: 8am to 8pm
    • Saturday: 9am to 5pm.
    • Sunday and Public Holidays: Closed.


 Website   13 7848   Free

Oasis Youth Services – The Salvation Army

Locations: Wyong, Hamilton

The Oasis Youth Services is an extension of The Salvation Army Australia and offers a range of programs suitable to support young people.
  • Assertive case work support - Oasis supports young people in the Central Coast, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Hunter regions.
  • Alcohol and Drug (AoD) case management/general support for young people aged 12 to 25. Counselling Support (Central Coast) - drug and alcohol counselling is designed to assist young people with mild to moderate substance use address barriers or issues relating to drug & alcohol usage through individual therapeutic interventions.
  • The Psychology service offers therapeutic support for young people experiencing mild to moderate substance use and underlying mental health issues. A qualified psychologist will provide individual therapeutic interventions.


 Website   Central Coast (02) 4353 9799; Hunter (02) 4969 8066   Free

Odyssey House NSW

Locations: Metropolitan Sydney - Waterloo, Blacktown, Eagle Vale, Liverpool, Kirribilli, Hornsby, Baulkham Hills; Southern NSW - Bowral

Odyssey House provides alcohol and other drug use rehabilitation services with programs at community service hubs to meet clients’ physical, emotional and intellectual needs, reconnect with family and strengthen their social connections. Community programs include alcohol and drug recovery, individual treatment, relapse prevention, post custodial support, after care, continuing, family support groups, parent support groups. Mingu Yabun provides a specialist program for First Nations people combining healing programs with western alcohol and other drug treatment models, as well as access to cultural healing methods for treating wellbeing, alcohol and other drug use and mental health.

 Website   1800 397 739   Free

Open Arms

Open Arms offers face-to-face, telephone and online counselling to personnel, veterans and families in the navy, army and air force. Services include counselling, peer programs, workshops, group programs as well as crisis accommodation.
  • 24/7 helpline - 1800 011 046


 Website   1800 011 046   Free

Open Support – Community Connections Program

Locations: Darlinghurst

Open Support's Community Connection Program offers a social bridge to individuals who are isolated and lonely through a trusted relationship and assistance in weaving connections with the community. Individuals are supported to establish and maintain meaningful social connections with community, leading to reduced social isolation and increased wellbeing. Over time, our team of specialist skilled staff and trained volunteers support each individual to regain a sense of trust, social confidence and autonomy through;
  • Individualised case planning and social navigation
  • Direct opportunities for connection through 1:1 social support
  • Assistance to build social capacity and confidence
  • Supportive and fun group events
  • Phone and video support


 Website   Free

Opiod Treatment Line

A telephone helpline that provides opioid pharmacotherapy information, referrals, advice and a forum for pharmacotherapy concerns. Opioid pharmacotherapy is specifically treatment for opioid dependence (eg heroin, morphine and codeine).
  • Free call number  1800 642 428 - Hours of operation Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.00pm.


 Website   1800 642 428   Free

OurHerd

OurHerd is a mental health storytelling app that empowers young people to use their collective voices to create actionable change. The platform provides a safe and supportive space to share stories about tough times, resilience and hope. It is a community that builds confidence by listening to and learning from each other.

 Website   Free

Pathways Penrith – Salvation Army

Locations: Penrith

Pathways Penrith is a day drug and alcohol treatment program based on the therapeutic community model. Its aim is to assist people to reduce, stabilise and exit opioid substitution treatment and provide access and support to people experiencing difficulties with other substance misuse. One-on-one support sessions, individual care plans, education and discussion groups, drop-in centre, extended care, referral services and advocacy.

 Website   0447 913 709 or 0437 305 850   Free

Peninsula Lighthouse

Locations: West Gosford

Peninsula Lighthouse provides support systems for those suffering the trauma of domestic and family violence. Programs include:
  • Ongoing casework with community clients
  • Referral to other services (accommodation, food, legal, trauma assistance, care, counselling and job-seeking)
  • Information sessions and mentoring.
Opportunities to retrain & connect with others.

 Website    0417 472 374   Free

Penrith Centre – Relationships Australia

Locations: Penrith

Men and Relationships program helps men who may have difficulty connecting with others or lack confidence in their relationships. Suggests practical ways to break cycles of behaviour that undermine relationships. This 8-week group workshop is available online or face-to-face.

 Website   1300 364 277   Free

Poisons Information Centre

The Poisons Information Line provides the latest poisons information to the public and toxicology advice to health professionals on the management of poisoned patients. Telephone advice is available 24/7 on 131126.

 Website   131126   Free

Police Post Trauma Service Group

Locations: Sydney - Campbelltown, Windsor; Mid North Coast - Wauchope; Murrumbidgee - Wagga Wagga; Northern NSW - Alstonville; Central Coast - Gosford

Service provides support and referrals to those who are suffering from PTSI (formerly PTSD), anxiety, depression and addictions. They provide counselling, support groups, education resources, and a helpline (open from 7.00 am to 10.00 pm).

 Website   0432 569 589   Free

Port Stephens Family and Neighbourhood Services

Locations: Port Stephens, Raymond Terrace, Newcastle

Men’s Family Safety provides supports to men and young men in the Port Stephen’s LGA who have previously used or are currently using violence including domestic or family violence.

Program assists in:

  • Making safer choices and managing feelings.
  • Adjusting to life changes in response to any AVO or ADVO conditions in place.
  • Any housing challenges or crisis, including homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless.
  • Becoming the person, father or partner they want to be and achieve what is important to them.
  • Managing mental health and stresses through discussion and exploring the services available.


 Website   02 49 800 800   Free

Port Stephens Family and Neighbourhood Services -Financial Counselling Hunter Valley Project Inc

Locations: Port Stephens, Raymond Terrace

Financial counsellors are available to:
  • Listen and support you through periods of financial stress
  • Explore options and assist to manage your finances
  • Empower you to make positive changes over the long term
  • Advocate and negotiate with creditors on your behalf
  • Provide information and referrals for a range of issues you may be experiencing
  • Provide information and support through the bankruptcy process
  • Assist you in developing money management skills.
Other programs include the Tax Help Program, Work and Development Orders Program, Hunter Region No Interest Loans Scheme, and Emergency Relief Fund.

 Website   02 4933 8999    Free

QLife

QLife is a free, national, anonymous service that offers support and referral to LGBTI people, their friends and families. Online resources for community members and health professionals, include QGuides, QLives and a LGBTIQ+ referral database.
  • Qlife support is available 3.00pm – 12.00am midnight daily.
  • QLife offers support via phone 1800 184 527 and webchat: qlife.org.au


 Website   1800 184 527   Free

Quest for Life – Moving Beyond Trauma

Locations: Bundanoon

Face-to-face and online workshops to help people with post-trauma stress symptoms reclaim their lives. Workshops for people living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) include:
  • An interactive, 5-day residential program
  • Weekend residential program
  • Online courses
  • Workplace programs
  • Community workshops


 Website   1300 941 488   Costs may be involved

Quitline

Contact Quitline for help to quit smoking or vaping. You can call the hotline on 13 QUIT (13 7848), to talk to a counsellor or request a callback. The Tobacco Quit Line can provide you with quitting information, coping with withdrawals and cravings and referral information. The Quitline offers an online chat service and has resources for health professionals.

 Website   13 7848   Free

R U OK

R U OK encourages people to stay connected and have conversations that can help others through difficult times in their lives. Provides resources for people to have those conversations.

 Website   Free

Rankin Court Treatment Centre

Locations: Darlinghurst

The centre offers a community-based program which give individuals the opportunity to improve social engagement. It is a specialised unit providing treatment and care for people experiencing opioid dependence. Rankin Court accepts self-referrals or a GP can make a referral on your behalf.
  • Location: O’Brien Centre, Corner of Burton and Victoria Streets, Darlinghurst


 Website   02 8382 1030   Free

ReachOut

ReachOut provides a safe, online place for young people to chat anonymously, get support, and feel better. ReachOut's resources for parents and schools provide valuable information and advice to help them better support the young people in their lives. ReachOut is 100% online, anonymous and confidential, and lets young people connect on their terms -from one-to-one peer support and moderated online communities, to tips, stories and resources.

 Website   Free

Relationships Australia NSW

Relationships Australia NSW offers services and counselling for individuals, couples and families. Additional programs include:
  • Adolescent family therapy
  • Family advocacy and support service - provides support to men going through the Family Court system in cases of domestic and family violence
  • Taking Responsibility - Men's Behaviour Change Program is an 18-week group program to help men to develop safe and respectful relationships.


 Website   1300 364 277   Free

Rendu House – St Vincent de Paul Society

Locations: Campbelltown

Rendu House provides a non-residential alcohol and other drug (AOD) program for people seeking treatment for AOD dependence or misuse. Three programs are delivered as part of a drug health day program or as part of community-based service delivery.

 Website   (02) 4621 5500   Free

Royal Flying Doctor Service – Mainstream Drug & Alcohol Services

Locations: Broken Hill, Dubbo, Lightning Ridge

Evidence-based alcohol and other drug treatment services for clients using a range of substances, as well as flexible and stepped care models tailored to the individual’s need and stage of change. Includes screening, counselling, brief intervention and education for families and carers. Provides integrated approaches to drug and alcohol treatment services based on the needs of clients locally, focusing on improving care coordination at the local level.

 Website   Broken Hill 0439 515 247; Dubbo 0438 422 794; Lightning Ridge 0473 655 577   Free

Safe Haven

Locations: Sydney - Campbelltown, Darlinghurst, Kogarah, Liverpool, Newtown, North Ryde, Penrith, Westmead; Central Coast - Gosford; Hunter New England - Newcastle; Illawarra Shoalhaven - Wollongong, Mid North Coast - Port Macquarie; Northern NSW - Tamworth; Western NSW - Dubbo; Far West NSW - Broken Hill; Murrumbidgee - Griffith, Wagga Wagga

A Safe Haven is a place you can go if you’re feeling distressed or having suicidal thoughts. It is a safe place where you can talk openly about how you are feeling and what you’re going through. A place where you can feel supported and not judged. You can talk to peer-support workers or be connected to a mental health professional. If you don’t feel like chatting, you can spend time in a quiet space and listen to music. It’s free and you don’t need an appointment.

 Website   Free

Safer Pathways

Safer Pathway is available to any person who has experienced domestic and family violence in NSW. Within Safer Pathway, relevant government and non-government agencies work together to identify people experiencing domestic and family violence, and to offer them support to increase their safety. There are resources and links to services to support men experiencing domestic violence. Northern NSW Safer Pathway services: Richmond/Tweed 1300 720 606, Clarence 1800 176 466

 Website   Free

Salvation Army – Alcohol and Other Drugs Programs

Locations: Coffs Harbour, Newcastle, Gosford, Maroubra, Surry Hills, Penrith, Miranda, Nowra,

The Salvation Army offer a range of programs including withdrawal management, residential rehabilitation, non-residential rehabilitation, community programs and harm reduction services. Different service types are available across NSW, including the Pathways program offered at a number of locations. The different alcohol and other drug services centres provide different services to meet client needs.

 Website   Free

Salvation Army – Canberra Recovery Services

Locations: Canberra - Fyshwick

A range of services and support to addicts, families and significant others whose lives have been affected by addiction. This can include group discussions, one-on-one sessions, alcohol and drug education, chapel services, work activity therapy and vocational training.

 Website   (02) 6295 1256 or (02) 6239 0163    Free

Samaritans – Recovery Point Program

Locations: Broadmeadow

The program that provides practical assistance and support to people who are leaving correctional facilities and/or alcohol & drug rehabilitation centres to re-engage with the community and to gain access to services and programs. Open 9am-3pm Monday to Friday. Services the Newcastle and Upper Central Coast areas of NSW.

 Website   1300 656 336   Free

Sane Australia

Sane provides online peer support and forums for people with complex mental health problems and their families. Choose from counselling, peer support, online groups and events, 24/7 community forums, and online information and resources. This is not a crisis service.  

 Website   1800 187 263   Free

Smart Recovery Australia

Offers face-to-face and online groups to people in the community who want and need help managing and overcoming their addictive behaviours and associated problems. Call (02) 9373 5100 for the location and meeting time near you.

 Website   (02) 9373 5100   Costs may be involved

Soldier On

Locations: Sydney - Concord, Manly; Hunter New England - Singleton; Canberra

Soldier On supports veterans and their families with health and wellbeing services, learning and education and social connection activities. The locations and contact details for centres in Sydney, regional NSW and Canberra can be found in the directory.

 Website   1300 620 380   Free

South Coast Private Hospital

Locations: Wollongong

Provides residential program for relapse prevention and lifestyle management strategies, and discuss the skills, techniques and strategies needed to understand and manage dependency disorders. The program also targets associated mood and anxiety disorders which commonly co-occur with substance misuse. A specialised treatment for addiction addresses the root causes of the disease and the inpatient program. There is also a day program available.

 Website   1800 250 000   Costs may be involved

South Eastern Sydney LHD Drug & Alcohol Services

Locations: Surry Hills, Randwick, Kogarah, Caringbah, Sutherland, St George

South Eastern Sydney Local Health District offers a range of treatment and support services for people with problems from their alcohol, prescription or illicit drug use, and/or for their families and carers. Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Services are located in clinics at:
  • Langton Centre in Surry Hills
  • St George Hospital in Kogarah
  • Caringbah Community Health Centre at Sutherland Hospital
Inpatient hospital Drug and Alcohol Services are provided at:
  • Sydney Hospital
  • Prince of Wales Hospital
  • St. George Hospital
  • Sutherland Hospital
 

 Website   02 9540 7756   Free

South Western Sydney Local Health District Drug Health Services

Locations: Bankstown, Cabramatta, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Liverpool

Drug Health Services operates across South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD), providing a range of treatments and interventions at hospitals and community health centres to support individuals, their families and carers who have problems associated with alcohol and other drug use. Services include Opiod Treatment Program, Court Diversion Program, Harm Reduction Program, counselling, specialist medical consultation, Withdrawal Treatment Program.

 Website   Bankstown - 9722 8293, Cabramatta - 8717 4036, Campbelltown - 4634 4177, Fairfield - 9616 8800, Liverpool - 8738 4635    Free

Southern Youth and Family Services

Locations: Illawarra Shoalhaven - Wollongong, Shellharbour, Nowra; Southern NSW - Goulburn

Main purpose is to support children, young people, adults and families who are disadvantaged, including those who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness and their families through supported accommodation, community social housing, counselling, and mediation. A dedicated Men's Health program through Community Health for Adolescents In Need (CHAIN) focuses on training young men to ask for help.

 Website   (02) 4221 7700   Free

St Vincents Hospital Domestic and Family Violence Service

Locations: Darlinghurst

Team of university-trained social workers provides free and confidential counselling (by appointment) to anyone who has been victimised or is at risk of victimisation from domestic or family violence. Help linking in with other services and community supports.
  • Location: Level 3, The O’Brien Centre, St. Vincent’s Hospital, 390 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010.
  • Service: by appointment 8am - 4pm, Monday - Friday


 Website   (02) 8382 1111   Free

St Vinnies – Homelessness and Housing Services

Locations: Metropolitan Sydney - Woolloomooloo; Illawarra Shoalhaven - Coniston; Hunter New England - Wickham; Mid North Coast - Coffs Harbour; Northern NSW - Ballina

Operates homelessness services throughout NSW to assist people at-risk of or experiencing homelessness. Support is provided to single males, single parents, and families. Services cover immediate crisis intervention and support, from crisis accommodation, assertive outreach to rough sleepers, transitional accommodation, as well as support to maintain a tenancy or living skill, or community connectedness.

 Website   13 18 12   Free

Standby – Support after Suicide

Locations: Metropolitan Sydney - Western Sydney, Northern Sydney, Nepean and Blue Mountains, Central and Eastern Sydney, South Western Sydney; North Coast NSW; Murrumbidgee; Hunter New England; Central Coast; Western NSW; Southern NSW

Provides a 24/7 call line and in-person support services for individuals and communities impacted by suicide. Their trained professionals offer emotional support, practical advice, and connect people to available resources to help them cope with the aftermath of suicide.

 Website   1300 727 247   Free

Stride

Locations: Canberra - Belconnen; Metropolitan Sydney - Bardwell Park, Blacktown, Hurstville, Five Dock, Maroubra, Parramatta, Seven Hills, Ashfield; Southern NSW - Nowra; Illawarra Shoalhaven - Wollongong; Western NSW - Orange; Murrumbidgee - Wagga Wagga

Stride provides mental health support services in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, ACT and Tasmania. Services include children’s and youth mental health services, individual and group support programs, coordination and support services for NDIS, one-stop hubs for adults with mental health concerns, and supported short to longer term accommodation for adults needing assistance with day-to-day living.

 Website   1300 00 1907   Free

Suicide Call Back Service

Suicide Call Back Service is a nationwide service providing 24/7 telephone and online counselling to people at risk of suicide, concerned about someone at risk, bereaved by suicide and people experiencing emotional or mental health issues.
  • 24/7 call back service - 1300 659 467
  • 24/7 online counselling support here


 Website   1300 659 467   Free

Sydney Detox and Rehab

Locations: Metropolitan Sydney - Edgecliff; Hunter New England - Newcastle; Illawarra Shoalhaven - Wollongong; Canberra

A privately run clinic offering a 7 to 28-day drug and alcohol addiction treatment program in a non-clinical environment. Combines one-on-one counselling and integrative therapies.

 Website   0428 610 322   Costs may be involved

Sydney Drug Education & Counselling Centre

Locations: Manly, St Leonards

Not-for-profit, charitable organisation which specialises in providing free counselling and support for young people aged 12 -25 with problematic alcohol and other drugs (AOD) use and their families. sdecc works within a family inclusive, trauma informed framework and highly qualified counsellors understand the complexities of AOD use, including any mental health issues.

 Website   (02) 9977 0711   Free

The Buttery

Locations: Byron Bay Hinterland

  • The Therapeutic Community (TC), a long-term residential program in Byron Bay, helps people with alcohol addiction, substance misuse and mental health conditions to find lasting recovery. Under the TC model, participants provide a mutually supportive environment for recovery.
  • Maintenance to Abstinence (MTA), a mid-term residential program specialising in opioid replacement is for people who wish to withdraw from an opiate substitute maintenance program to pursue an abstinence-based lifestyle. Co-located within the Therapeutic Community, MTA participants have the opportunity to adjust to an abstinence-based lifestyle over three months. Those wishing to extend their treatment can continue participating in the Therapeutic Community. Before admission, participants need to be on treatment and under medical supervision.
The Buttery Private, a four-week, user pays residential program near the Tweed Valley Hinterland uses best-practice, evidence-based psychological techniques to bring about lasting change.

 Website   (02) 6687 1111   Costs may be involved

The Cabin Sydney

Locations: Edgecliff

Private outpatient specialist addiction treatment centre, dealing with substance addictions, such as alcohol and drugs, as well as process addictions like gamblingsex and compulsive use of the internet. Clinical professionals use proven, effective and holistic addiction treatment and offer confidential assessments.

 Website   1800 251 994   Costs may be involved

The Gender Centre

Locations: Marrickville

The Gender Centre provides services and activities, to assist people with gender issues to make informed choices as well as services for partners, family members and friends. Accommodation services provide safe places for clients at risk of homelessness or facing abuse or violence.

 Website   02 9519 7599   Free

The Line

Relationship information and counselling services for young people. This website talks about relationships, gender, sex, bystander action, technology and communication, how to keep it healthy and respectful, and avoid crossing the line into behaviour that makes someone feel frightened, intimidated or diminished.

 Website   Free

The Ted Noffs Foundation

Locations: Canberra; Metropolitan Sydney - Liverpool, Randwick, Katoomba, Penrith

Youth Drug and Alcohol Counselling program provides drug and alcohol and mental health counselling services to young people (12-25 years old). The Street Universities build safer communities by providing opportunities for disadvantaged young people aged 12 – 25 with drug, crime and mental health issues. Evidence-based counselling is available to help youth reduce their drug use and involvement in crime and to improve their mental health and wellbeing. Youth Homelessness Services provides support for youth leaving out of home care and youth with complex needs.

 Website   1800 151 045   Free

The Toolbox Talks – The Family Co

Locations: Construction sites around Greater Sydney

The Toolbox Talks aims to motivate men to challenge social norms that support violence against women and children and provide them with skills on how to respond if they see, hear or suspect violence. The project also provides incidental and referral support to participants seeking further information about their own behaviour, the behaviour of someone they know or advice on how to support a friend or family member. Specific programs include:
  • Harnessing the Positive Influence of Men
  • Harnessing the Positive Influence of Community
  • Management sessions


 Website   02 9528 2933   Free

This Way Up

18 online evidence-based programs to help improve the way you feel. THIS WAY UP is run by clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, researchers, and web technicians based at the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression (CRUfAD) – a joint facility of St Vincent’s Hospital and the University of New South Wales. THIS WAY UP develop, test, and release scientifically-based online programs that help treat anxiety and related mental health conditions. All programs are based on the clinically-proven Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

 Website   (02) 8382 1437   Free

Transhub

A digital information and resource platform for all trans and gender diverse people in NSW, our loved ones, allies and health providers. The site shares resources to help you advocate for yourself and the people around you, and these have been written by, and in collaboration with, trans and gender diverse people in NSW.

 Website   Free

Tribal Warrior

Locations: Redfern

For young Aboriginal people aged between 12 - 25 years to support their health and wellbeing. An Aboriginal community initiative, which promotes connection to culture, heritage and identity. Provides cultural tours, maritime training, employment pathway opportunities, mentorship, health and wellbeing programs for the Aboriginal community.

 Website   (02) 9699 3491   Free

Turning Point

Turning Point provides a wide range of clinical care and support for people and families affected by addiction, including those seeking help for the first time, as well as empowering clinicians to respond effectively. 24/7 support services include:

 Website   Gambling - 1800 858 858; AOD - 1800 250 015   Free

Victim Support ACT

Locations: Canberra

Provides information, advocacy, support and counselling services to people who have been a victim of crime in the ACT. A crime does not need to be reported to police to access these services. A survivor service is also available.

 Website   1800 822272   Free

Victims Services NSW

Victims Services’ Victims Access Line (VAL) provides a single-entry point for victims of crime in NSW to assist them in accessing services including counselling and financial assistance.
  • Victims Access Line: 1800 633 063
  • Aboriginal Contact Line: 1800 019 123


 Website   1800 633 063   Free

Walk’n’Talk for Life

Locations: Metropolitan Sydney - Blue Mountains, Manly, Pemulwuy; Western NSW - Bathurst, Dubbo, Forbes, Lithgow, Oberon, Orange, Parkes; Hunter New England- Inverell; Northern NSW - Tamworth, Tenterfield; Southern NSW - Ulladulla; Murrumbidgee - Wagga Wagga

Walk ‘n’ Talk's goal is to combat depression by connecting communities. There are initiatives and collaborative relationships with other mental health organisations to create cooperative support systems. There are walking groups to facilitate conversations to unite people, offer hope and support.
  • Find a walking group near you here.


 Website   Free

Watershed – Lives Lived Well

Locations: Wollongong, Nowra

Watershed offers people a holistic and effective approach to actively motivate and foster the required mental, emotional and physical strength to overcome the effects of a dependency. They work with people to bring about a positive and permanent behavioural change.
  • Residential withdrawal management (detox) program
  • Residential rehab program
  • Non-residential day program
  • Carinya transitional living program.
Nana Muru service is a community-based withdrawal program as well as a free day rehabilitation program and relapse prevention groups based in Nowra and provides support to adults in the surrounding communities of Sanctuary Point, St George’s Basin and Jervis Bay.

 Website   1800 818 872   Free

Waves of Wellness

Locations: Sydney - Bondi Beach; Hunter New England - Nobbys Beach; Northern NSW - Kingscliff, Ballina; Central Coast - Avoca Beach; Illawarra Shoalhaven - North Wollongong Beach

A mental health surf therapy charity, committed to changing lives by delivering for-purpose, innovative support programs for people experiencing mental health challenges. Mental health and wellbeing programs include:
  • Surf therapy
  • Sand n surf
  • 8-week WOW surfing experience - facilitated by mental health clinicians who are also trained in learn-to-surf instruction
  • Workplace wellbeing programs.


 Website   0459 041 832   Free

Way Back Support

Locations: Metropolitan Sydney - Hurstville, Campbelltown, Liverpool, Darlinghurst, Camperdown, Concord, Canterbury, Sutherland, St George; Hunter New England - Newcastle; Murrumbidgee - Wagga Wagga, Deniliquin, Griffith, Young; Northern NSW - Tweed, Lismore, Grafton; Central Coast - Gosford, Wyong; Far West NSW - Broken Hill

A call back support service for people who have attempted suicide or experienced a suicidal crisis. Provides crisis support, counseling, and peer support, including post-hospitalisation discharge support. People who have attempted suicide or experienced a suicidal crisis often experience severe distress in the days and weeks immediately afterwards, and they are at high risk of attempting again. The Way Back Support Service Coordinator contacts the person within one business day of receiving their referral and tailors a program for up to three months after discharge from hospital. This program is built on personal connection and integration with community services. Beyond Blue has handed The Way Back Support Service to governments around Australia as of July 2023 but each of the locations continue to be managed by community-based service providers, including local health districts, hospitals and primary health networks.

 Website   Free

We Help Others

Locations: Metropolitan Sydney - Rozelle, Penrith; Hunter New England - Newcastle, Cessnock; Southern NSW - Goulburn

We Help Others (WHO) is a residential rehabilitation service that offers treatment and case coordination. The Residential Treatment of Opioid Dependence program aim is an individualized and streamlined therapeutic program. The Opioid Substitution to Abstinence Residential program assists in reducing methadone and other opioids while learning the skills to live drug free. Gunyah (Rozelle) is a residential Therapeutic Community to provide a safe and secure environment where men who suffer from alcohol and other drug dependence and its related problems can concentrate on their recovery. Referrals and advocacy for those requiring engagement with Government agencies are available, for example, housing services.
  • Penrith Hub - is a residential rehabilitation service that offers treatment and case coordination. This is for people in Western Sydney with alcohol and other drug dependencies and co-occurring severe and complex mental health conditions. Referrals and advocacy for those requiring engagement with Government agencies are available, for example, housing services. Phone: 0422 055 700
  • Mandala House Goulburn is a residential therapeutic community to help individuals find freedom from alcohol and other drug dependence and discover a better way of living. Its aim is to provide a safe and secure environment where anyone who is suffering from alcohol and other drug dependence and its related issues can concentrate on their recovery.


 Website   Rozelle 02 8572 7488; Penrith 0422 055 700; Cessnock 02 4991 7000; Newcastle 02 4911 9009; Goulburn 02 3813 7400   Free

WellMob

WellMob is a digital library of over 300 mental health and wellbeing resources developed by and for First Nations Australians including websites, apps, videos, fact sheets, podcasts, pdfs, and social media. WellMob takes a holistic strength-based approach around Indigenous wellbeing. The resources provide information, stories of lived experience, promote hope, and break down shame or stigma about mental health and wellbeing issues. WellMob is easy to navigate. The resources have been grouped under six broad topics: Mind, Body, Our Mob, Culture, Keeping Safe, and Healing. Each of these main topics link to several sub-topics. In three clicks it is possible to find culturally appropriate resources without having to search the web.

 Website   Free

Wesley Mission Youth and Family Services

Locations: Mt Druitt, Penrith, Riverstone, Quakers Hill, Newcastle West

Wesley Youth Services supports young people aged 12 to 24, and their families, providing one-on-one case work, referral and advocacy, targeting early interventions, educational/awareness and harm minimisation for alcohol and drug misuse. Wesley Youth Service centres in Western Sydney are located  at Penrith, Mt Druitt, Riverstone and Quakers Hill. The Wesley Youth Service in the Hunter is located in Newcastle West.
  • Wesley Youth Accommodation Service provides accommodation services to young people in the Coffs Harbour, Bellingen, Bowraville and Nambucca regions, including a crisis refuge for 14-17 year olds, transitional housing for 16-25 year olds and outreach services for 12-25 year olds. Call: (02) 6652 7124
 

 Website   Mt Druitt/Penrith (02) 4723 9277, Riverstone (02) 9627 3511, Quakers Hill (02) 9626 6620, Newcastle West (02) 4915 3600    Free

Western NSW PHN – Alcohol and Other Drugs

Locations: Dubbo, Cobar, Broken Hill, Walgett, Bourke, Parkes

Funds a range of Alcohol and Other Drugs services to increase the capacity of care for people with substance abuse problems, particularly methamphetamines. These services also aim to improve the effectiveness of the health system through initiatives to increase coordination between various sectors, delivering individualised care and support outcomes. Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) and Lives Lived Well provide Mainstream services in the Dubbo, Cobar and Broken Hill hubs. The Weigelli Centre provide Indigenous services in the Walgett, Bourke and Parkes hubs. Clean Slate Clinic is a telehealth program that supports Australians to safely undergo alcohol, stimulants or cannabis detox from home.

 Website   1300 699 167   Free

Western Sydney Local Health District Drug Health Network

Locations: Blacktown, Parramatta, Auburn, Mount Druitt

The Drug and Alcohol Network provides a range of services:
  • inpatients and outpatient detoxification treatment
  • opioid treatment services
  • abstinence maintenance services
  • hepatitis C screening and treatment
  • alcohol clinic
  • specialist psychology services
  • community counselling
  • Magistrates Early Referral into Treatment (MERIT) Program
  • Adult Drug Court
  • adolescent services
  • pharmacy liaison
  • drug use in pregnancy services
  • child and family health services and population health services.
Contact numbers:
  • centralised intake line on (02) 8860 2565
  • Blacktown Methadone Clinic (02) 8670 0200
  • Cumberland Centre for Addiction Medicine (02) 8860 2565
  • Fleet Street Opioid Treatment Unit, North Parramatta (02) 9840 3888
  • Mount Druitt Centre for Addiction Medicine (02) 8887 5800


 Website   (02) 8860 2565    Free

Youth Off the Streets: Dunlea Program

Locations: Alexandria, Western Sydney

The Dunlea Program delivers a day rehabilitation program and alcohol and other drugs service to reduce drug-related harm for individuals aged 13-19 years and their families. Their clinical services team provides one-on-one counselling, group work, treatment plans, case management, living skills development and recreational activities. The Dunlea Alcohol and Other Drugs Youth Service is available to young people in Western Sydney. Other services offered by Youth Off the Streets includes:
  • mental health
  • housing and homelessness
  • food van
  • training and employment
  • youth justice


 Website   (02) 9721 5714   Free