Sometimes we are looking for resources that help us to help ourselves. People look for these for a variety of reasons.
- Wanting to look at ways to feel better and improve our health, but in a private space such as using online resources
- Being time poor, looking for and finding self-help can improve how you feel even when you can’t find time to attend face to face appointments.
- Looking to help others in our friendship circle or wider family – learning about mental health and mental illness means that we can better help those around us
- Complementing our talking based therapy with our counsellor, GP, psychologist or psychiatrist by also participating in an online module as treatment.
- Using an online module as treatment before a next appointment with a health care provider.
There are a lot of good general website for mental health and therapy-based resources. We have broken them down into categories below and have tried to stick to those that have a n evidence base for their therapy treatment and those that are also relevant to the Australian culture. Most are free, some do have a cost included and we would suggest that you assess whether each program fits what you need before you purchase.
- Moodgym – online self-help for depression and anxiety https://moodgym.com.au better suited to age 14 and over.
- The Brave Program with both child and parent modules
- This way up – has a section for self-help and one for therapy that is supervised/shared with your clinician https://thiswayup.org.au
- Mindspot https://mindspot.org.au this has an online screening assessment and then an 8-week treatment module, for treatment of anxiety and depression. This is helpful for teenagers and adults over 15 years of age
Mental health for schools
MindMatters Is a site run by Beyond Blue and is a mental health initiative for secondary schools that aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people. We call it a ‘framework’, in that it provides structure, guidance and support while enabling schools to build their own mental health strategy to suit their unique circumstances. MindMatters provides school staff with blended professional learning that includes online resources, face-to-face events, webinars and support.
Sue Larkey – Specialist Educator
Sue has a range of e books, resources, pintable’s and information for parents and schools. There is a list of books, sensory tools as well as online learning.
Support for Depression
- Has resources that cover a range of mental health diagnoses including anxiety and depression
- This is the link to the K10 which can be used for people aged from mid teens into adulthood to look at how symptoms of anxiety and depression may have effected you in the last 4 weeks. https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/anxiety-and-depression-checklist-k10
- This book is also produced for young people with depression http://resources.beyondblue.org.au/prism/file?token=BL/1060
‘headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ wellbeing. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.
Information and services for young people, their families and friends as well as health professionals can be accessed through this website, headspace centres, online counselling service eheadspace, the Digital Work and Study Service and postvention suicide support program headspace School Support.
headspace Clinical Reference Group oversee and approve clinical resources made available on this website.’
Mental health around pregnancy and early parenting
- Beyond Blue have produced a booklet that is a helpful read for expecting mums and their supporters.
- Beyond Blue Mental Health Checklist for Mums (EPDS) – this contains helpful information around seeking professional help and suggesting appropriate steps to take, as well as provides you with a checklist score.
- PANDA provide an excellent range of factsheets and resources.
- The Centre for Perinatal Excellence (COPE) provide a “Ready to Cope” program which provides free online support and emails during pregnancy.
Information and resources for Autism Spectrum Disorder
This is the Autism Awareness site http://www.autismawareness.com.au/resources/
and the organisation has placed their resources into groups for website, books, online forums, educational resources, online forums, clinical info and research. It is a good place to start when you are trying to find information without surfing the large universe of the internet yourself.
Is the peak body for people with their autism and their families, with a focus on Victorian services as Amaze in located in Victoria Australia.
Activities and Services
- InfoLine– free phone support for general assistance and advice.
- Government ‘Helping Children With Autism’ Funding– support and advice in accessing funding for children 0-6 years with a diagnosis of autism.
- Early Days Workshops– information and education sessions for individuals and families with a recent diagnosis of autism. Dedicated programs for Aboriginal families and non-custodial parents.
- Amaze Knowledge – training programs for professionals, businesses and community organisations.
- Campaigns and Events– Spectrospective: Stories of Autism for World Autism Awareness Day and the Victorian Autism Conference (VAC) – the premier biennial event for the Victorian ASD community.
- eSpectrum newsletter– free fortnightly online newsletter for the ASD community.
- Online resources– providing quality support and assistance 24×7 for individuals, families and professionals.
- Government Advice and Advocacy– working to influence systematic change in priority areas of access to assessment, education, employment and the NDIS.
- Fundraising– increasing funds so that we can provide more and better services to the ASD community.
- NDIS readiness– Disability support organisation project.
- Yellow Ladybugs ‘Supporting Autistic Girls at School’ Guide– a comprehensive guide to greater visibility, better understanding, and improving support for autistic girls in school.
- Autism and developmental disability: Management of distress/agitation – The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne have created this clinical practice guideline which contains important information for parents.
The Autism Centre of Excellence, Griffith University, created the below infographic based on their most recent research and in conjunction with Autism Hub – DoE Queensland.
Children on the spectrum like all other kids have access to a range of internet based learning and gaming apps. This website will help you choose what fits best for your child and their needs.
Who Is Behind The Autism Apps Website?
‘This website has been developed by the Autism Association of Western Australia in response to the many parents, teachers and individuals who have asked us how to effectively use technology to support a person with Autism.’
Psychosis in children and adolescents
Headspace – https://headspace.org.au/young-people/understanding-psychosis-for-young-people/
Trauma and young people
A guide for parents, carers and professionals
This guide has been developed to help parents, carers and professionals supporting children and young people affected by traumatic events or experiences