Web resources: Mental health and illness

ARAFEMI (Vic)
ARAFEMI is a non-profit community based organisation, with a mission to promote and improve the well being of people affected by mental illness. Details about professional development, resources, library services etc available on the site. Services include: statewide support to families and carers, education, home based and intensive outreach supports to people living with a serious mental illness, Prevention and Recovery Care (PARC) program and flexible respite options.

Australian Drug Foundation (ADF)
The ADF conducts research on drug issues, and implements drug education programs. Resources are available for workers, individuals & families.

Beyondblue : The national depression initiative
Beyondblue aims to increase community awareness of depression. The website provides an enormous amount of information on depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder, with resources, research reports, information on projects, symptom checklists and links.

BluePages
A comprehensive online source of information about depression, including symptoms of depression and how it is diagnosed, summaries of medical, psychological and alternative treatments that work for depression (and those that don't) and an extensive list of people, organisations, books, web-sites, and other resources that may be helpful to people who are depressed.

Carer Gateway
Carer Gateway is a national service funded by the Australian Government that provides a range of information to support carers, including information about the rights and responsibilities of carers of those with a mental illness.

Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI)
COPMI provides information and access to resources, support programs and tips for family members across Australia where a parent has a mental illness and for people who care for, and work with, them. The resources are accessible through the website.

COPMI also works with the media, researchers, educators, service organisations, consumers, carers and others.

Dual Diagnosis Support Kit
Dual diagnosis is when a person is affected by both mental illness and substance misuse. The NSW Department of Community Services (DoCS) has developed the Dual Diagnosis Support Kit to help workers and families where there is parental dual diagnosis. The books and resources in the kit are intended to help workers, carers and parents introduce the issues of parental dual diagnosis and explore concerns that children or family members may have. It provides positive strategies for coping with dual diagnosis, as well as contacts for help and support.

Family to Family booklets : Stories and wisdom from families when a parent has a mental illness
Produced by Ruah Community Services in Perth, WA, this series of five booklets are a result of other families reflecting on things they would have liked to know about or understand about having a parent with a mental illness. The booklets include: Our stories; Working things out as a family; Families and recovery; children and parenting; going to hospital.

Department of Health: Mental health information
This site hosts information on the Australian Government's mental health system, including policy, programs, publications and related data.

Healthdirect
Healthdirect is a national health information and advice service funded by the Australian Government and provides a range of services that can help Australians in managing their health, from practical advice and resources, to help finding support services.

Mental Health Coordinating Council
The MHCC provides resources, strategies and tools to assist community sector organisations to achieve and demonstrate quality and effectiveness in service delivery and organisational practice.

Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves. The course is a 12-hour course developed in 2000 by Betty Kitchener and Professor Tony Jorm with the aim to improve the mental health literacy of members of the Australian community, and is conducted throughout Australia.

Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (MHMA)
The MHiMA project is funded by the Australian Government, Department of Health, to provide a national focus for advice and support to providers and governments on mental health and suicide prevention for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. 

Moving Minds - Mental Illness
Moving Minds is a unique collection of first person Australian stories. Frank, fragile and funny the stories explore the many varied and winding paths to recovery travelled by people living with mental illness.

National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results (2007)
The 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing (SMHWB) was designed to provide lifetime prevalence estimates for mental disorders. Respondents were asked about experiences throughout their lifetime. In this survey, 12-month diagnoses were derived based on lifetime diagnosis and the presence of symptoms of that disorder in the 12 months prior to the survey interview.

Post-trauma Resources
The Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health has released a range of resources for health practitioners, educators, researchers and anyone interested in posttraumatic mental health. These include guidelines for treatment, fact sheets and a booklet for war veterans.

ReachOut.com
ReachOut.com provides fact sheets on a range of mental health problems and everyday life issues such as relationships, work, family, study and friendships, stories that share insight from others who've been there before, and forums to get tips and support.

SANE Australia
SANE supports education and research in mental health, with factsheets, information, resources, extensive links, guides for families and people with mental illnesses, stories, etc.

Victorian Transcultural Mental Health Education and Professional Development Program
The VTMH is a statewide unit which supports area mental health and psychiatric disability support services in working with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) consumers and carers throughout Victoria.

Victorian Transcultural Mental Health Service Development Program
The aim of the Service Development program is to support mental health services to provide culturally relevant services to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds by providing systemic consultancy.

Need some help?

CFCA offers a free research and information helpdesk for child, family and community welfare practitioners, service providers, researchers and policy makers through the CFCA News.

Subscribe