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Useful Links

If you want more information about depression and anxiety disorders, or would like to seek professional help for either yourself or your child but aren't sure where to start, click on the relevant country below for more information.

Resources for parents/carers



Phone: 1300 22 4636 (cost of a local call)

beyondblue is an independent, not-for-profit organisation working to increase awareness and understanding of depression and anxiety in Australia and to reduce the associated stigma. Learn more about anxiety and depression, or talk it through with us on 1300 22 4636 or visit to email or chat to us online.

Lifeline Australia

Phone: 13 11 14 (cost of a local call)

Lifeline offers 24-hour confidential telephone counseling by trained volunteer counsellors.


Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

Phone: 613-745-7750

The Canadian Mental Health Association is a national voluntary organization that promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness. The National office can provide contact details of CMHA divisions in your province or territory.

Mood Disorders Society of Canada

Phone: 519-824-5565

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The Mood Disorders Society of Canada is a national, volunteer- driven organization that is committed to improving quality of life for people affected by depression, bipolar disorder and other related disorders. is a website that provides mental health information and links to local mental health help anywhere in Canada. A non-profit, publicly funded initiative of the Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health in Ontario.


Health Service Executive

Phone: 1850 24 1850 (8am to 8pm, Monday to Saturday)

The HSE provides thousands of different services in hospitals, health facilities and communities throughout Ireland. To find out more about what services are available in your area you can access information through their website or contact the HSE Infoline.


Phone: 1890 303 302 (cost of a local call, Mon – Wed 10am – 10pm, Thurs – Sun 10am – 1am)
Aware is a national voluntary organisation providing support for depression. The Aware helpline is a support and information service for anyone affected by depression.


Phone: 1850 609090
Samaritans is a confidential emotional support service for anyone in Ireland. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Aware Defeat Depression - Northern Ireland

Phone: 08451 20 29 61 (cost of a local call, 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday)
Aware Defeat Depression is a charity in Northern Ireland that works exclusively with and for people with depression. The Aware Defeat Depression Helpline is a support and information service for anyone affected by depression.

New Zealand

National Depression Initiative

Phone: 0800 111 757 (free call available 8am – midnight 7 days a week)
The National Depression Initiative is funded by the Ministry of Health and aims to reduce the impact of depression on the lives of New Zealanders. The Depression Helpline has trained counsellors who can discuss your situation and find the right support for you.

Lifeline New Zealand

Phone: 0800 543 354 (free call)
Lifeline offers 24-hour confidential telephone counseling by trained volunteer counsellors.

United Kingdom

Samaritans – National

Phone: 08457 90 90 90
Samaritans is a confidential emotional support service for anyone in the UK. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

SANE - National

Phone: 0845 767 8000 (cost of local call, 6pm to 11pm)
SANEline is a national out-of-hours telephone helpline offering emotional support and information for people affected by mental health problems.

Mind – Wales & England

Phone: 0845 766 0163 (9am – 5pm, Mon – Fri)
Mind is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales. They provide a confidential mental health information service, support and understanding. They can help you find where to get help in your own area.

United States of America

SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center

Phone: 1-800- 789-2647 (8:30am - 12am EST Mon – Fri)
The CMHS Mental Health Services Locator provides comprehensive information about mental health services and resources in each State and U.S. territory.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Phone: 1-800-273-8255 (24 hour, toll free)
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available to anyone in suicidal crisis. It provides emotional support and can find referrals to mental health services in your area.

Mental Health America

Phone: 1-800- 969-6642 (toll free)
Mental Health America is the country's leading nonprofit organisation dedicated to helping Americans live mentally healthier lives.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)

Phone: 1-800-950-6264 (9am – 6pm, Mon – Fri, EST)
NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organisation dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. Their helpline provides information, referrals, and support to all who have questions about or are affected by serious mental illness. is an international association of counselors, therapists, and psychologists who believe people are equipped to transform the obstacles to optimum health and happiness. Find a therapist from their directory of over 3,600 therapists in the USA and also internationally.

If your country is not listed here, you could try your family doctor or local health service. Besides the above resources, the following websites may provide information that is more relevant to concerns you may have about your child:

Resources for young people (and their carers)



Headspace provides mental health and wellbeing support, information and services to young people (aged 12-25) and their families across Australia.


Phone: 1300 22 4636
Youthbeyondblue is an arm of beyondblue and has a specific focus on young people aged 12 to 25 years. It provides fact sheets, information and personal stories about depression and anxiety for young people and those who care about them, including advice on how to get help.

Kids Helpline

Phone: 1800 55 1800
Kids Helpline offers a 24-hour free counselling service either online or over the phone for Australian children and young people aged between 5 and 25 years.


Kids help phone

Phone: 1-800-668-6868
Kids help phone is a free and confidential telephone service which provides valuable counselling, referrals and information for young people in Canada from ages 5 to 20.

Mind your Mind

Mind your mind is a website for youth and emerging adults (aged 12-25) to access information, resources and coping tools during tough times.



Phone: +353 1 472 7010
Headstrong is the website of the National Centre for Youth Mental. It endeavours to connect youth (aged 12-25) to their community and help them to have the resilience to face challenges to their mental health.

New Zealand


Headspace is a community resource. It is aimed at providing good information about mental health and illness for young people, their family and their schools, including advice on how to get help.

United Kingdom

Youth to Youth

Phone: 020 8896 3675
Youth2Youth (Y2Y) is a unique helpline service run by young people for young people. The helpline is for any young person under the age of 19 years who feel they need emotional support.

United States

Children's Mental Health

Children's mental health is a family-friendly resource that offers in-depth information on general and specific topics in mental health for youth aged 5-21 years and their parents and families.