Helplines, resources and services

Below are a range of agencies who provide free telephone support, information resources and services to assist you to access further information, support and care at stages throughout your perinatal journey…

Emergency Assistance

If you or someone you care about is in crisis and you think that immediate help is needed, call triple zero (000) or go to your local hospital emergency department.

Lifeline                                                                                                                           13 11 14

Provides access to crisis support, suicide prevention and mental health support services.

Suicide callback service                                                                                            1300 659 467

Provides crisis counselling to people at risk of suicide, carers for someone who is suicidal and those bereaved by suicide 24/7.

Support for grief and loss:

SANDS                                                                                                                    1300 072 637

Provides information via their website confidential 24/7 support by a trained parent supporters who have a personal understanding of the grief and confusion that may be experienced following miscarriage, stillbirth or the death of a baby.  SANDS also holds group support meetings and more details about these are available on their website.

Emotional and mental health support:

Post and Antenatal Depression Association Inc (PANDA)                                             1300 726 306

Provides free telephone support counselling and information on antenatal and postnatal depression on their website.

beyondblue: the national depression and anxiety initiative                                            1300 224 636

Provides information about anxiety and depression via its website  or you can call their support service to talk with a health professional. You can also email or chat through their support service.

General parenting advice and support

Pregnancy birth and baby helpline                                                                               1800 882 436

Provides general advice and counselling about pregnancy, childbirth and parenting in the first year of life with a baby via their website or helpline.

Counselling and Relationships

MensLine Australia                                                                                                      1300 78 99 78

A professional telephone and online support, information and referral service for men to assist with relationship problems.

Relationships Australia                                                                                                 1300 364 277

Provide relationship support services through counselling, family dispute resolution for couples experiencing relationship problems.

Accessing treatment (services and online)

Australian Psychological Society (APS)                                                                           1800 333 497

The APS can assist you to find a psychologist who can provide psychological services and pregnancy support counselling for women, men and families. Your can identify psychologists with expertise via the APS online Find a Psychologist Service, or by calling the above freecall number. For a less detailed search, you can identify psychologists available under Medicare.

Mindhealthconnect 

Provides a website gateway access to online programs and trusted information on depression, stress and anxiety from Australia’s leading mental health organisations.