Australian Official bodies and Associations

Beyond Blue – The national depression initiative INFOLINE: 1300-224-636 Hawthorn, Victoria
beyondblue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organization devoted to increasing awareness and understanding of depression in the community. We do not have doctors, counsellors or health professionals available to respond to your specific difficulties. Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to respond to urgent or personal requests for help or advice.


Black Dog Institute Australia Phone: 02 9382 4530
Director: Prof Gordon Parker
Randwick, NSW
The Black Dog Institute is a non-profit educational, research, clinical and community-oriented facility offering specialist expertise in mood disorders. The Institute is attached to the Prince of Wales Hospital and affiliated with the University of New South Wales.


DepressioNet – resources to help you with depression  
DepressioNet operates around the clock improving the mental health and well being of people impacted by mild to moderate depression through; the Information Service, which provides people with the right tools to locate information on resources, healthcare professionals, causes of depression and treatment options.


Post & Antenatal Depression Association Inc Ph: 1300 726 306 North Fitzroy, Victoria
PANDA is a Victorian, not-for-profit, self-help organization that was formed in 1985 to provide confidential information, support and referral to anyone affected by post and antenatal mood disorders, including partners and extended family members. PANDA also produces and distributes accurate information about post and antenatal mood disorders to health professionals and the wider community.


Mental Health Foundation Australia                               Richmond, Victoria
Ph: 03 9427 0406

The Mental Health Foundation of Australia (Victoria) membership encompasses people living with mental illness, family members, carers and friends, professionals from many fields, mental health service providers and interested members of the general public.

Multicultural Mental Health Australia
Provides national leadership in building greater awareness of mental health and suicide prevention amongst Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Mental Health Council of Australia

Established in 1997, the Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) is the peak, national non-government organisation representing and promoting the interests of the Australian mental health sector, committed to achieving better mental health for all Australians.

MHCA Members include national organisations representing consumers, carers, special needs groups, clinical service providers, public and private mental health service providers, researchers  and state/territory community mental health peak bodies.

ACOSS – Australian Council of Social Services
The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) is the peak council of the community services and welfare sector. Established in 1956, ACOSS is the national voice for the needs of people affected by poverty and inequality.

Mental Health Associations are in each state of Australia

SANE Australia
HELP LINE         1800 187 263

SANE Australia is a national charity working for a better life for people affected by mental illness.
The SANE Mind and Body Initiative focuses on treatment and support for the whole person: promoting better physical health for people with a mental illness, and better mental health for people with physical health conditions.

Phone: 13 11 14

Lifeline was founded in 1963 by the late Reverend Dr Sir Alan Walker, after he received a call by a distressed man, who three days later took his own life. Determined not to let loneliness, isolation or anxiety be the cause of other deaths, Sir Alan launched a crisis line, which operated out of the Methodist Central Mission in Sydney. Lifeline’s services now operate from 60 locations nationally, with a presence in every State and Territory within Australia.

Stress Down 24/7 (24th July)
Stress Down Day encourages everyone to have fun and participate in stress reducing activities, but it’s important to remember that stress is a serious issue affecting many of us.

Mensline Australia
Phone: 1300 78 99 78

Our Vision is to empower Australian men to actively participate in building and sustaining healthy personal relationships that support healthy families, workplaces and communities.

Youth Help

Headspace – Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation                          Sunshine, Victoria
Phone: 03 9349 5804

If you or someone you know is going through a tough time, we can help with useful information, where to get help, what to expect when you get there, stories from others and events you can attend. There are30 youth friendly health services located across Australia for young people 12 – 25 and their families.

GROW                                     Holland Park, Qld
Ph: 07 3397 7629

GROW is a community of persons working towards mental health through mutual help and a 12 step program of recovery.   Small groups of people who have experienced depression, anxiety or other mental or emotional distress, come together on a weekly basis to help each other deal with the challenges of life. Some people come to GROW while struggling with the loss of a job, a loved one or a relationship.

Kids Helpline                              Milton, Qld
HELP LINE: 1800 551 800 – 24 hour telephone FREE call, and online counseling

Kids Help Line is Australia's only free, confidential and anonymous, telephone and online counseling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.

Youth Beyond Blue        

Youthbeyondblue's all about getting the message out there that it's okay to talk about depression, and to encourage young people and their family and friends to get help when it's needed.
One in five young Australians experience depression each year, and more than half of those aren't getting the professional help they need to get through it.

Orygen Youth Health
Phone: 03 9342 2800                                        Parkville, Victoria

At Orygen Youth Health we are working to ensure that young people are able to access high quality mental health and drug and alcohol services provided in friendly, accessible environments.

Headroom                            South Australia

Headroom is a South Australian mental health promotion project managed by the Division of Mental Health, Women's and Children's Hospital which is part of the Children Youth and Women's Health Service . The Headroom project is supported on a statewide level by Southern CAMHS, Flinders Medical Centre.

This website aims to inform young people, their caregivers and service providers about positive mental health. For Young people aged 12 -18 in the Lounge, Young people aged 6-12 years in the Cubby House, Parents and friends in the Family Room and Service providers and professionals in the Kitchen.

Sunrise Foundation                            Melbourne, Victoria
Phone: 03 8346 8220
The Sunrise Foundation is a nonprofit organisation created to develop and deliver purpose built preventative education programs addressing depression for young people aged between 12-24 years. Education provider.

Inspire Foundation
Phone: 02 8585 9300                                                    Rozelle, NSW

The Inspire Foundation was established in 1996 in direct response to Australia's then escalating rates of youth suicide. We combine technology with the direct involvement of young people to deliver innovative and practical online programs that prevent youth suicide and improve young people's mental health and wellbeing. Our mission is to help millions of young people lead happier lives.

The Jean Hailes Foundation for Women’s Health         Clayton, Victoria
Toll Free: 1800 151 441 

Information on health for women.

Australian Depression Institute                                                             Maleny, Queensland
Phone: 61 7 5494 2900

2 day Intensive Program, 9day Integration, 16-28 Retreat Immersion Program
The Australian Depression Institute has spent the last 5 years committed to achieving one goal: To help individuals beat depression and anxiety. Drug free and fully supported by many Doctors, psychologists and leading health professionals our simple yet revolutionary approach both changes and saves lives.

Fountainhead Organic Health Retreat                     Maleny, Queensland
  (linked with Australian Depression Institute)
   Phone: 61 (07) 5494 3495

Since we opened our doors, just over six years ago, we have served over 2000 Guests who needed help with fitness, a Pamper, a Juice Detox or had a serious health issue to deal with. We operate within a working Organic farm in Maleny (right next to the Glasshouse Mountains) Queensland, one of the most beautiful spots in Australia.


Back from the Brink Book – Australians tell their stories of Overcoming Depression
by Graeme Cowan  
Extensive National & International Resource Section

The Gawler Foundation                                          Yarra Junction, Yarra Valley, Victoria

Phone: 03 5967-1730

The Gawler Foundation is committed to an integrated approach to health, healing and wellbeing that includes the body, emotions, mind and spirit. We call this integrative medicine. We believe that every person is worthy of great respect. We believe that while in our hearts each person has the same pure essence, each person does need to be treated as a unique individual. While we respect all valid forms of external treatment, we believe that true healing comes from within. Our deepest aspiration is to support each individual to seek their own inner truth, to realise it and to live by it.

Our residential programs are conducted in the beautiful foothills of the Yarra Valley at our purpose built site – The Yarra Valley Living Centre – at Yarra Junction.

The Lewis Institute For Health & Wellbeing                                         Prahran, Victoria
Phone: 61 3 9529 6094

In line with our purpose to enhance health and wellbeing we provide whole person education, programmes and services to the public and to health care practitioners. We also have an active research programme devoted to determining the evidence-base for integrative therapies. We hold courses, lectures and seminars. The people who lead our courses are carefully selected for their expertise and educational skills. They are from the disciplines of Medicine, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Nutrition, Science and Yoga.

The Quest for Life Centre      
Phone: +61 (02) 4883 6599 Bundanoon, NSW
Program enquiries and bookings 1300-941-488

The Quest for Life Foundation was established in 1990 by Petrea King to further her work. Since her recovery from leukaemia in 1984, Petrea has devoted her life to counselling people, facilitating support groups, running residential programs and lecturing widely on health and healing.

Petrea and the work of Quest for Life is at Bundanoon in the beautiful Southern Highlands of NSW.
The Quest for Life Centre, is set in 9 tree filled acres, provides an oasis for time out and an ideal environment for reflection, healing and the learning of new and valuable life skills.

The Quest for Life Foundation provides a range of residential programs and services that encourage, empower and educate people living with cancer, neurological and other serious illnesses, or who are suffering from grief, stress or trauma and for those who care for them.


Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand          Go To “Resource & Information Service”
Phone: Phone: Auckland(09) 300 7010
                           Wellington 644-384-4002
                           Christchurch(03) 366 6936
The Mental Health Foundation works towards creating a society free from discrimination, where all people enjoy positive mental health and well-being. Our work seeks to influence individuals, whānau, organisations and communities to improve and sustain their mental health and reach their full potential.

Ours is a holistic approach that supports emotional and spiritual well-being and respects the importance of culture, equity, social justice and personal dignity.
The foundation is not a counselling or advice service, but we can point you in the right direction - just visit our Resource & Information Service.

Mental Health Commission                                 Go To “Information resources”
New Zealand will be a nation where New Zealanders sustain their mental health and wellbeing, and when any one of us experience mental illness and/or addiction we are able to lead our recovery by participating in our communities and accessing high quality, responsive services.
About one in five adult New Zealanders experience mental health or addiction problems.
That makes mental health everyone's business.


National Institute of Mental Health                                                         Besthesda, MD, USA
Go To “Health & Outreach / Mental Health Topics”
Phone: 1-866-615-6464 (toll-free)

The largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health.

American Institute of Stress                                                                        Yonkers, New York, USA
Phone: 914-963-1200

Dedicated to advancing our understanding of the role of stress in Health & Illness, the nature and importance of Mind-Body Relationships and How to utilise our vast innate potential for Self-Healing.


Canadian Mental Health Association                                                               Ottawa, Canada                     
Phone: 613-745-7750

The Canadian Mental Health Association is a nation-wide charitable organisation that promotes the mental health of all, and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness.

Mental Health Canada                                    Ontario, Canada
Phone: (416) 652-9474

A national comprehensive directory of Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Psychoanalysts, Counsellors, and Psychotherapists searchable by professional designation, gender and location. Mental health professionals offer medical treatment and/or specialize in individual, couples, marital, family or group therapy.


Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA)      South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Go To “Practitioners” to find an integrative medicine health professional in your area.
Ph: (03) 8699 0582

Your Health
Brighton (Victoria), Mermaid Beach (Qld), Manly (NSW), Sandy Bay (Tas)
Telephone: 61 (02) 9977 7888
YourHealth centres are medical practices providing high quality Integrative Medicine services to achieve the best possible health outcomes.


International College of Integrative Medicine                                              Bluffton, Ohio, USA
Go To “Find a Practitioner”  search by speciality or by zip code
Ph: 866-464-5226 ICIM Toll Free  OR   419-358-0273

American College for Advancement of Medicine (ACAM)                                              Laguna Hills, California, USA
Go To “Resources / Physician + Link (Find a Doctor)”
Phone: 949-309-3520
A not-for-profit association dedicated to educating physicians and other health care professionals on the latest findings and emerging procedures in complementary, alternative and integrative (CAIM) medicine. ACAM enables members of the public to connect with physicians who take an integrative approach to patient care and empowers people with information about integrative medicine treatment options. 

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians                                        Washington, DC, USA
Go To “Find an ND”
Phone:  866-538-2267   toll-free   OR 202-237-8150

Representing Naturopathic Doctors, Physicians Who Listen
Neither AANP “Find a ND” nor any of its data, listings or other constituent elements may be downloaded, republished, resold, duplicated or "scraped", in whole or in part, for any purpose. More  CAN I USE IT AS A RESOURCE LISTING??


Health Action Network Society                           Burnaby, BC, Canada
Ph: 604 435 0512
Go To “Wellness Directory” for an extensive list of health practitioners in various modalities.

HANS (Health Action Network Society) is a charitable natural health resource. HANS provides information on preventive medicine and natural therapeutics through our website, a reference library, Health Action magazine, the HANS e-News, and regular educational and networking events. Our members are like-minded people of all backgrounds, lay and professional, who share an interest in a natural approach to health care.


Australasian College Nutrition & Environmental Medicine (ACNEM)                                                 Sandringham, Victoria
Go To “Products & Services / Referrals” - Find a Health Professional in your state, Australia & NZ.
Ph: +61 (03) 9597 0363

A non-profit organisation, funded from membership fees, subscriptions, courses and other programs, book sales and donations.


British Society for Ecological Medicine (BSEM)                                         London, UK
Go To “Find a Practitioner”
Ph: +44 207 100 7090

The BSEM promotes the study and good practice of allergy, environmental and nutritional medicine for the benefit of the public, and supports doctors who use the insights of ecological medicine to help patients.
If you are a patient looking for a practitioner of ecological medicine, you can find one on the Practitioners List.


American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA)                                              Beachwood, Ohio
Go To “Public / Practitioner Finder”
Phone: (216) 292-6644