Suicide Prevention Australia is a non-profit, community organisation which is the peak body within the suicide prevention sector.
Perinatal Anxiety & Depression in Australia
Post and Antenatal (collectively known as perinatal) depression and anxiety affects more than 100,000 expecting and new parents each year in Australia. It crosses all geographic and socioeconomic boundaries. Up to 1 in 10 expecting mums and 1 in 20 expecting dads struggle with antenatal depression and more than 1 in 7 new mums and up to 1 in 10 new dads are diagnosed with postnatal depression each year. Even more are thought to suffer anxiety.
The impact on these individuals, partners, families, friends and workplaces is devastating. However, PANDA knows families recover with the right support and treatment.
What We Do
For close to 30 years, PANDA has been supporting families struggling with perinatal anxiety and depression and assisting them in their recovery. A national not-for-profit organisation, PANDA is passionate about raising awareness of perinatal anxiety and depression, reducing stigma and encouraging early intervention to minimise the impact of these illnesses.
Peer support through the lived experience of those who have been through and recovered from perinatal anxiety and depression are integral to PANDA’s work.
Every year PANDA provides vital practical and emotional support to more than 120,000 Australians through our diverse range of services, including the PANDA National Helpline – Australia’s only specialist national helpline for families struggling with perinatal mental health concerns. PANDA manages around 11,000 calls each year.
• PANDA National Helpline - counselling, support, information and referrals to local support services. Staffed by professional counsellors and trained volunteers with lived experience of perinatal anxiety or depression
• Resource and referral information – for local support services throughout Australia, including: support groups and health professionals with expertise in perinatal anxiety and depression
• Health professional and community education activities
• Assistance setting up support groups and supported playgroups
• www.howisdadgoing.org.au – Australia’s only dedicated site for dads living with perinatal anxiety or depression
Lifeline provides access to crisis support, suicide prevention and mental health support services.
Somewhere in Australia there is a new call to Lifeline every minute. People call Lifeline’s 24 hour crisis support service 13 11 14 about many things including:
Lifeline also provides national services and campaigns that promote emotional wellbeing, encourage help seeking, and address suicide prevention and awareness.
Black Dog Institute One in five Australians are affected by mental illness each year.Mental illness can be overwhelming, crippling and isolating. The Black Dog Institute is a not-for-profit organisation and world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illness such as depression, bipolar disorder and suicide.
We are the only mental health facility in Australia that combines clinical services, high quality translational research and education programs. We work to empower communities and help the stigma surrounding mental illness.The Black Dog Institute has 4 important goals:
Black Dog Institute’s vision is for a mentally healthier world.
A world where the onset of depression and suicide can be prevented and treated. With your help we can make this vision a reality. http://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au
Mental Health is the single biggest health issue facing young Australians. But by catching problems early, headspace can help prevent them from becoming more serious and long lasting.
headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation. Established in 2006, headspace is a world-first initiative that fills the gap in the mental health system by treating young people who have mild to moderate mental health issues.
To date, headspace has provided services to more than 120,000 young people. We reach them through a number of channels including:
headspace centres – with 69 centres across the country, any young person who needs support, advice or just someone to talk to about a mental health problem, drug or alcohol issue, general physical or sexual health problem or requires vocational and education support, can walk in and be treated with respect and compassion, within a confidential and safe environment.
eheadspace – our online and telephone mental health support service helps young people who don’t feel ready to attend a centre or who prefer to talk about their problems via online chat, email or phone.
headspace School Support - this national program assists school staff and students across the country deal with the complex issues they may confront in the aftermath of a suicide.
For more information or to find your nearest centre, please visit headspace.org.au
Mind Australia is a leading provider of community mental health services. We support our clients to live independent, productive and purposeful lives. Underpinning our work is a belief that it is possible for everyone to have a full and meaningful life, including people with severe and persistent mental health issues.
Mind Australia is an incorporated company limited by guarantee not for profit organisation that receives the majority of its funding from State and Federal Government.
We acknowledge the importance of their funding and collaboration in working with us to support people’s mental health recovery within the communities we work. Mind is also supported by a diverse range of trusts, foundations, community organisations and individuals. We are particularly grateful to our many regular donors that contribute to our iMind program which funds several initiatives.
What does Mind Australia do?
There are four main aspects to our work.
1.We provide services to people seeking support for their mental health
Mind works with people aged 16 years and over whose ability to manage their daily activities and to live in the community is impacted by mental health issues. We work with people who seek our support to set goals, and develop the knowledge and skills to achieve them.
Mind provides a comprehensive range of services including: residential rehabilitation, outreach service, transition to independent living, stable and safe accommodation, respite for carers, mentor programs, individual service packages, fostering healthy living and creative expression.
People who use our services come from many cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, and are of all ages.
We also aim to strengthen and empower families and carers of people with a mental illness, and we have specific services for families and carers.
2.We educate people about mental health and recovery
As part of our commitment to ensuring that people who have mental health issues are supported appropriately in their recovery. We provide training for peer workers and other mental health professionals, and people in various occupations and industries. We also provide information for consumers, families and carers.
In this aspect of our work, we have identified, and seek to nurture, national and international partnerships and networks, ranging from organisations that represent the interest of people with mental health issues through to universities.
3.We undertake research
Research and evaluation are vital aspects of the work undertaken by Mind. We believe that an active program of research and evaluation activities is important to improving the quality and effectiveness of our services. Mind has an active research and evaluation program and actively seeks input into its research through the Research Reference Group. This group has representation from consumers, families and carers, and experts on mental health. We are building research partnerships with other researchers and agencies.
4.Our systemic advocacy and community development work
Mind works independently and in collaboration with other organisations to challenge stigma and discrimination experienced by people with mental health issues which impedes their ability to live a rich and meaningful life. We promote social inclusion and support for recovery as a fundamental human right. We do this through activities at a social and community level together with submissions to the government and other institutions.
For more information please visit our website
mindaustralia.org.au or call 1300 286 463