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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

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

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

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

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 (Northern Sydney)

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.

 Website   13 11 14   Costs may be involved

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’s Kitchen

Locations: In Metropolitan Sydney - Northern Beaches, Ku-ring-gai; 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   0411 476 532   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

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 the national counselling, information and referral service for men who use violence and abuse to change their behaviour.
  • 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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 House

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

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

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 Primary Care

Locations: Newcastle

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.
  • For GP Access After Hours enquiries please call 1300 130 147. 


 Website   (02) 4925 2268   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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Qlife

QLife provides anonymous and free LGBTIQ+ peer support and referral for people in Australia wanting to talk about sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships. LGBTI peer support and referral is delivered by trained LGBTI community members for LGBTI individuals, friends and families, and health professionals.
  • Support available: 3pm-midnight helpline or Webchat.


 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

The Buttery

A long-term rehabilitation program for adults addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. Residential and outreach programs

 Website   02 6687 1111   Costs may be involved

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

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

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