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Health & Wellbeing

Mental Health Services And Support In The Illawarra

Useful phone numbers, resources, mental health professionals and services to support the mental health of Illawarra locals.

By Hannah Castelli

Our mental health is a vital part of our overall health and wellbeing. 

We go to the dentist for a check-up, the GP when we have a tummy ache or a sniffle and even the physio when our shoulder or knee is feeling a bit dodgy. 

So it only makes sense that we reach out for support when we feel our mental health is not at its best and thankfully in the Illawarra there are plenty of places and people we can turn to. 

Check out our list of useful resources, contacts and info if you or someone you know needs some extra support.

And remember, we all need a helping hand from time to time and that’s ok!  

Private Practice

Click here for a list of local psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists, art therapists and more.

Useful Articles

Here’s some articles where we’ve talked with locals about mental health, grief and some special spots to breathe……

The Barstool Brothers Tackling Mental Health

HUMANS OF THE ILLAWARRA // Linda Goldspink-Lord

Places To Meditate In Nature In The Illawarra

Government and Community Run Mental Health Services

Useful Contact Numbers and Websites

  • Mental Health Line 1800 011 511 :: Available 24/7
  • Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 :: Available 24/7
  • Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 :: Available 24/7
  • Lifeline 13 11 14 :: Available 24/7
  • MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78 :: Available 24/7
  • QLife 1800 184 527 :: Available 3pm-midnight 7 days a week.
    • Support for LGBTI community.
  • PANDA 1300 726 306 :: 1300 726 306 :: 9am-730pm Mon-Fri
    • Perinatal anxiety and depression support.
  • SANE Australia 1800 18 7263 :: 10am-10pm Mon-Fri
  • Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 :: 24/7
  • Open Arms 1800 011 046 :: Available 24/7
    • Support for veterans and their families.
  • eheadspace 1800 650 890 :: 9am-1pm 7 days a week
    • Support for young people aged 12-25 and their families.
  • Butterfly Foundation National Helpline 1800 33 4673 :: 8am-midnight 7 days a week.
    • Support for people with eating disorders, body image and related issues.
  • National Indigenous Postvention Service 1800 805 801 :: Open 24/7
    • Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by suicide or other trauma.
  • Carers Australia (02) 6122 9900
    • Counselling and emotional and psychological support services for carers and their families.
  • Blue Knot Helpline 1300 657 380 :: 8am- 5pm Mon- Sun
    • Support for adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse

Wherever you are in your mental health journey, just remember you are not alone.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help and know that there are so many knowledgeable, skilled and caring people available to help you. Reach out to friends, family and our Illawarra community if you are feeling low and vulnerable.

Your experiences are valid and you deserve support.

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