If you are in crisis or have a mental health emergency and require immediate assistance:

  • Phone the Ambulance Service - 000

  • Visit your local hospital emergency department, or

  • Contact your local GP


Helpful numbers:


Call 13 HEALTH - 13 43 25 84 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Parentline - 1300 13 1300 (8am to 10pm, 7 days a week)

Relationships Australia - 1300 364 277

National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line -1800 RESPECT


Crisis telephone counselling:

Lifeline - 13 11 14 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Kids Helpline - 1800 55 1800 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

MensLine - 1300 789 978 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)


Support websites:

1. Butterfly foundation Information for people concerned about eating disorders plus phone and email support

2. CanTeen online 'chat' or email (or phone) counselling and forums for people aged 12-24 living with the impact of cancer

3. Gambling help online: text and email (or phone) counselling for people concerned about their own or another person's gambling

4. Counselling online text-based (or phone) counselling 24/7 for people concerned about their own or another person's drug or alcohol use

5. 1800RESPECT: National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service. Information, phone and online 24/7 for people seeking help for themselves or someone else. Also for professionals wanting support for referrals or vicarious trauma 

6. BluePages provides information about depression and its treatment. It includes reviews of scientific evidence for medical, psychological and lifestyle interventions

7. ReachOut provides practical tools and support to help young people aged 14-25 get through everything from everyday issues to tough times. Includes information on mental health, peer support forums and apps

8. Bite Back promotes wellbeing and resillience in young people aged 12-18

9. Suicide Call Back Service provides free nationwide 24/7 professional telephone and online counselling.

10. QLife online chat (or phone) counselling for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people

11. Dads in distress is a dedicated support group of men (in Australia) whose immediate concern is to stem the present trend of male suicide due to the trauma of divorce or separation

12.Centre for Clinical Interventions has a wealth of information about various psychological problems, printable information and worksheets and online modules.

Books for parents:

Dr. Dan Siegel  and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.

  • No Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind

  • The Whole Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive

  • Brainstorm: The Power and the Purpose of the Teenage Brain


Karen Young

  • Hey Warrior

  • Hey Awesome


Jodi Gold MD.

  • Screen smart parenting: How to Find Balance and Benefit in Your Child's Use of Social Media, Apps, and Digital Devices


Dr Michael Carr Gregg

  • When to Really Worry  - Mental Health problems in teenagers and what to do about them

  • Beyond Cyberbullying

  • Surviving Year 12

  • Surviving Step-families

  • The Princess Bitchface Syndrome - Surviving adolescent girls

  • Surviving Adolescents


Steve Biddulph

  • Raising Girls

  • Raising Boys

  • Raising Babies

  • The New Manhood

  • The Secret of Happy Children


Kaz Cooke

  • Girl Stuff

  • Secret Girls Business


Susan Meredith

  • What's happening to me



Dulcie Winston

  • Just being you


Lynda Madaras

  • My Body My Self


Link to blog with a list of helpful books to help young boys understand puberty and physical development.