Community Links page (NB:  Not personal recommendations):

Life Line website and 24/7 phone line – 13 11 14. (Australia).

Kids Help Line website and 24/7 phone line – 1800 55 1800.  (Australia).

Mens Line website and 24/7 phone line – 1300 78 99 78. (Australia).

Beyond Blue website and support line – 1300 22 4636 (Australia).

Youth Focus – I’ve worked as a volunteer and mentor with Youth Focus for over 9 years and seen first hand the growth and transformation of young people through its programs and service. Based in Western Australia, Youth Focus is a non-profit organisation working with young people, aged 12 to 18 years, who are showing early signs associated with suicide, depression and self-harm. Youth Focus can also provide services to their families.  A piece from my book inspired by the young people at Youth Focus. View book page

Berry Street looks after thousands of Victorian children, young people and families with the most challenging and complex needs, including those for whom they are often the last resort. The Berry Street website also offers a range of community and educational resources. A story from Berry Street about the ’21’ postcard collection.

Reach Out – Website aimed at helping young people understand issues that relate to mental health and wellbeing and provides information to better understand other people’s experiences.  It also offers opportunities for young people between the age of 14-25 to get involved – so check OUT Reach OUT.

The Black Dog Institute is a not-for-profit, educational, research, clinical and community-oriented facility offering specialist expertise in depression and bipolar disorder.  They also run an annual writing competition.

Post Secret – Post Secret is an ongoing community art project based in the US where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard.  The website received a special award from the National Mental Health Association for raising awareness and fund for suicide prevention.

To write love on her arms – To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.

This useful link was sent in by a student in California doing a project on suicide prevention.  It’s full of links to other valuable suicide prevention resource websites too.  Thank you.

Another useful link for info on suicide prevention here.   And an article and plan for ‘Coping with suicidal thoughts’.

Talking to Your Kids About Drug and Alcohol Abuse: The Ultimate Do’s and Don’ts Guide

Intervention eBook: What to do if your child is drinking or using drugs

Co-Occurring Disorders

Substance Abuse in the Workplace: What to Do When an Employee Returns from Rehab

Tips on helping a loved one with an opioide addiction.  (Thanks Kim).

Addiction Resource – raises awareness of the effects that substance abuse has on people’s mental health.  (Thanks Jane).

Addiction Centre and sister site Rehab Spot. (Thanks Mary).

Why we should treat, and not blame addicts struggling to get ‘clean’.

Teenage troubles:  addressing the unique treatment needs of adolescents.

Why the gay and transgender population experiences higher rates of substance abuse. (Thanks Molly).

Addiction Resource.    (Thanks Shelbe).

Alcohol Treatment (American based, thanks Julia).

Mental Health Resources For Teenagers.  (Thanks Becca).

Rehab Centre (Thanks Megan).