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 Limited is a leading community-managed specialist mental health service provider. We have been supporting people dealing with the day-to-day impacts of mental illness, as well as their families, friends and carers for 40 years.
Currently we have over 60 service sites throughout Australia that, this year, will support 12,000 Australians on their personal recovery journeys.
We provide practical and motivational support that helps people to develop the skills they need to move on, thrive and improve the quality of their lives. This includes helping people with the things that make them feel strong and healthy, such as being in control of their life, being resilient and participating in their community. We also work with people to address poverty, housing, education and employment. It is an approach to mental health and wellbeing that looks at the whole person in the context of their daily life.
From our years of experience, we know that every individual’s journey to a life of meaning and purpose is a very personal one, which is why we are committed to providing the kind of flexibility in our support services that offers genuine choice and control.
Many of our support workers have been through their own recovery journey and faced similar challenges. They have a big input into the services we develop. Our services are also shaped by what service users and their families say they want.
We invest a lot in research about mental health recovery and psychosocial disability. Combined with the expertise of service users and their families, this enables us to make sure what we offer works and meets people’s needs. We also share this knowledge, providing training for peer workers and other mental health professionals.
We advocate for basic human rights for everyone; constantly challenging the stigma and discrimination experienced by people with mental health issues.
For more information please visit our website
mindaustralia.org.au or call 1300 286 463