Mental health support
The following community-based organisations have expertise in providing support for youth and their families who are showing early signs associated with suicide, anxiety, depression or self-harm.
Helping Minds (formerly Arafmi)
Phone: 9427 7100 Free call: 1800 811 747
Address: The Carer Centre, 182 Lord St, Perth 6000
Helping Minds provides counselling and support to carers of people with mental health issues. Also runs school education programs called “Changing Minds”.
Bite Back (Black Dog)
Bite Back is an initiative run by Black Dog, an Australian mental health service for young people. Bite Back is an online forum that provides inspiration and assistance in fighting against depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. Stories from young people “biting back,” meditation and advice on finding positive things, ideas on ways to improve life and mental health literature are just some of the things you can access on the website.
BluePages acts as a hub for mental health information, run by the Australian National University through the National Institute for Mental Health Research. As well as scientific information, there is a list of potential symptoms, ways to treat depression and help resources available for free on the website.
BRAVE is an online, pyschological program for the treatment of childhood and adolescent anxiety. The program was developed by a team of researchers at the University of Queensland. As a result, the program is based on actual research evidence and parents can rest assured their child is receiving a high quality treatment program.
BRAVE is based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), the most effective method for overcoming anxiety in children and teenagers. Around 80% of children are free of anxiety after completing the therapist assisted, BRAVE-Online Program.
Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service - Midland
Phone: 9374 1400
Address: 6 Centennial Place, Midland WA 6056
Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service provides support to people of Aboriginal descent who are experiencing serious mental health problems. Additional services available are: doctor, dental, welfare, podiatry and chiropractic and counselling.
Headspace - Midland
Phone: 9274 8860 / 1800 650 890
Address: 14 Sayer St, Midland 6056
Headspace is a place you can receive confidential, free advice from youth mental health professionals if you are between 12 and 25. Headspace is the national youth mental health foundation and has 55 centres nationwide. Although Headspace is not a crisis support service, they can assist you with youth related issues, including providing referral to other services if necessary.
Phone: 13 11 14
Lifeline WA delivers services that create opportunities for people to receive care that affirms life, instils hope and enables well-being. These include counselling, self-care resources, personal support, information about community services and training. Separated Dads@Lifeline provides support to fathers and their children after separation or bereavement. Separated Mums@Lifeline provides support to mothers and their children after separation or bereavement.
Mental Health Emergency Response Line (MHERL)
Phone: 1300 555 788 / 1800 676 822 Country
For anyone involved in a mental health emergency in the community - including individuals, families/carers, member of the general public or health professionals. Rapid response to mental health emergencies is provided across the metropolitan area, from Two Rocks in the north to Peel and Waroona in the south. When clinicians at MHERL receive a call, they can provide assessment and support and, if required, referral to other services.
Mental Health Law Centre
Phone: 9328 8266 / 1800 620 285
Address: 96-98 Parry St, Perth 6000
The Mental Health Law Centre is an independent community based organisation funded to provide a free specialist legal service throughout Western Australia to people with a mental illness.
The objectives of the Centre are to:
- Provide legal advice and legal services to Consumers, including representation before tribunals and courts.
- Providing information and referral services to Consumers.
- Providing legal education for Consumers about their legal rights
- Promoting an understanding of the legal and mental health systems in the community at large.
- Providing community education, training and resources on mental health systems in the community at large.
- Providing community education, training and resources on mental health and the law to groups, professional, workers and individuals.
- Evaluating and monitoring existing laws, legal and mental health service standards, policies and procedures and work towards reform in the areas of relevance to consumers.
Mental Health Online
Mental Health Online (formerly Anxiety Online) is an online clinic that looks at four main areas of mental health: information, clinical assessment, publicly available treatment programs and participation and research. There are signs to look for and how to deal with different things listed and several places you can get help from.
OCD? Not Me!
OCD? Not Me! is an online support program provided by Curtin University for 12-18 year olds suffering from OCD and their carers. The program is based on a gold standard face-to-face treatment for the disorder and is broken down in eight stages over eight weeks. It provides information, tips, activities and support, and information and support for carers and parents of children suffering from OCD.
Phone: 6274 3700
Rise has been working with communities for more than 35 years. We provide choices for more than 3000 people from all walks of life. These include young people at risk, those experiencing mental health issues, people with disability, our carers and the elderly.
Samaritans Crisis Line – Youthline
Phone: 1800 198 313 Youthline (free in WA from landlines) / 13 52 47 Crisis Line
Samaritans Crisis Line - Youthline offers emotional support at any hour of the day or night to youth passing through a personal crisis and those who are in danger of suicide. 24-hour telephone and email support. Caring, compassionate, non-judgemental, non-religious, anonymous and 100% confidential.
Shenton Child & Adolescent Centre
Phone: 9381 7055
Address: 227 Stubbs Tce, Shenton Park 6008
Works with those up to the age of 18 and their families who are experiencing severe mental health issues.
St Vincent De Paul Society WA
Phone: 1300 794 054
Address: 76 Abernethy Rd, Belmont 6104
St Vincent De Paul Society WA provides:
- Emergency Relief Welfare – Home visitation & advocacy
- Accommodation & care for people with a mental health diagnosis
- Vinnies clothing and furniture
- Support & care for street-present youth
- Educational & recreational programs for disadvantaged children
- Migrant & refugee support
The Rainbow Project – Uniting Care West
Phone: 1300 663 298
The Rainbow Project offers a supportive environment, in which friends with mental health issues can express themselves and feel comfortable.
ReachOut is an online resource that provides links to other support services as well as looking at the different “tough times” a young person may be experiencing and how to work through them. There is also a counter that shows how many people are using the site at any one time, and there are multiple ways you can get involved by participating in research, getting support for yourself or a friend, or by volunteering.
Phone: 9350 8800
Richmond Wellbeing is a key provider of community mental health services in WA. Offers residential and mobile outreach services. A key provider of specialist evidence based training in recovery orientated approaches and practice.
Phone: 9227 4300 / 1300 362 569 Triage / 1800 803 356 Country
YouthLink is a state-wide mental health program managed through the North Metropolitan Area Mental Health Service. YouthLink provides specialist mental health counselling, consultation, training and community development.
Phone: 6266 4333
Youth Focus is a Western Australian community-based organisation with expertise in providing practical and effective support for young people 12-18 years of age and their families, who are showing early signs associated with suicide, depression and self-harm. Youth Focus does not provide a crisis service. Focus Plus programme for ages 19 – 24 years (must have a Mental Health Care Plan from a GP to qualify).
- Case management
- Youth counselling
- Family therapy
- Peer Support Program.