Over the last couple of years, a number of online mental health resources have emerged providing important first line support in preventing long term issues. With the emerging plethora of e-mental health services, how can you tell which best suits your needs; whether you are a person living with mental illness of caring for someone with mental illness? We have done research to list the top 4 mental health sites for you.
For Young People
eheadspace is a confidential, free and secure space where young people 12-25 or their family can chat, email or speak on the phone with a qualified youth mental health professional. Young people can access if they are worried about their mental health, are feeling isolated or alone. eheadspace has expertise in a broad range of issues like bullying, drug and alcohol issues, depression and anxiety, relationships, concerns about friends, fitting in, work, study and isolation.
For the General Community
WayAhead.org.au plays a vital role in the development of mental health initiatives to increase community awareness mental health issues, focusing on education, support and prevention. Wayahead assists with education seminars, a mental health directory and free anxiety support groups and self -help anxiety courses.
For People Seeking Diagnosis
The Black Dog Institute is world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder. The Blackdog provides access to The Black Dog Snapshot mobile phone app is designed to help keep track of your mental wellbeing.
Carers of People with Mental Illness
Sane partners with community based organisations and provides anonymous online support and connection for carers, families and friends, people affected by mental illness. The online forums include Topic Tuesday, Healthy Minds webcast series and guest experts to support carers and people with mental illness.
Northside is an independent not for profit with 30 years’ experience in supporting people with disability, mental illness, older people and carers. Our unique service approach means that we assist people to choose their support needs through a range of direct and brokered services that best suit the individual’s goals, budget and lifestyle requirements. Northside coordinates and partners with a range of specialist and high quality services which gives people greater choice and enhances their independence and wellbeing.