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MINDSET: Depression – Where Do I Get Help?

MINDSET: Depression – Where Do I Get Help?

‘Depression – Where Do I Get Help?’ by Dr Helen Dodd published in Great Health Guide (Aug 2015). Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide. While depression and anxiety are different conditions, it is not uncommon for them to occur at the same time. If you know someone or are suffering from depression, you are not alone. Read the rest of Dr. Dodd’s article to find out who to contact.
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MINDSET: Depression – Where Do I Get Help?

written by Dr Helen Dodd

Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide.   It is estimated that 45% of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime.  In Australia as many as one million adults experience depression, and more than two million have anxiety.  

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While  depression and anxiety are different conditions, it is not uncommon for them to occur at the same time. These problems affect persons from all sectors of the community and all age groups.  Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest, affecting how you feel, think and behave.  Often it’s not something you can control or just get over. Depression can be a serious issue but help is available.   There are a number of Australian organisations dedicated to providing assistance to the community with depression.

This article is dedicated to listing Australian organisations which can provide assistance to those experiencing depression or anxiety.  It is not meant to be an exhaustive list. Information has been collected from the internet in May 2015. 


Headspace – 1800 650 890   

The National Youth Mental Health Foundation.  A free online and telephone service that supports young people aged between 12 and 25 and their families going through a tough time. 

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Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 65 94 67   

Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636   

This is a not for profit organisation working to increase the awareness of and understanding of anxiety and depression in Australia.  It provides support for all age groups.  

Lifeline – 13 11 14  Life Line provide 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services.  

Call 13 11 14 any time or chat on-line 7:00pm – 4:00am (AEST) 


Black Dog Institute  – (02) 938 22 991  

Black Dog is a world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder. This site provides information on symptoms, treatment and prevention of depression.

Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800

This is a free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.  

Mensline – 1300 789 978   

This is a telephone and online support, information and referral service, helping men to deal with relationship problems in a practical and effective way. 

Reach Out  

Reach Out transforms the way young people find help, by harnessing the power of the internet. This is an online site with information about different kinds of depression, assisting through tough times, bullying and much more. 

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