Mental health & wellbeing services in New Zealand & Australia
The last two years have been tough on the healthcare industry, the mental health of which was already struggling prior to Covid-19, has only suffered more under the pandemic.
Mental health and wellbeing support services Australia
If you need support in Australia there are a myriad of options see below to decide which would be best for you.
Australian Government: Head to Health is a search platform to help you find digital mental health services from some of Australia’s most trusted mental health organisations.
Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria (ARCVic) Helpline offers a range of services for people experiencing anxiety, OCD, depression, and other mental illnesses. The Helpline operates from 10am to 8.30pm Monday to Friday.
Beyond Blue offers a support service for those suppering from anxiety and depression. Phone: 1300 22 46 36
Friendline offers a service for those who just need to talk. All conversations with FriendLine are casual and anonymous and you can speak about anything and everything.
Lifeline offers a 24-hour telephone counselling service. Phone: 13 11 14 or Text: 0477 13 11 14
Mindframe-Media offers information and resources about suicide in Australia
QLife offers anonymous, LGBTI peer support and referral for people wanting to talk about a range of issues including sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships. Phone: 1800 184 527
Relationships Australia is a leading provider of relationship support services for individuals, families and communities. Phone: 1300 364 277
SANE Australia SANE Australia is a national charity helping all Australians affected by mental illness lead a better life.
Stride Mental Health supports you in all stages of your mental health journey.
Mental health and wellbeing support services New Zealand
In New Zealand, the Mental Health Foundation offers practical tips and places you can get support. Groov is an app that uses daily goal setting as a way to monitor and improve your mental wellbeing by tracking your progress.
Small Steps is a resource site that you can use to maintain, manage, or improve your mental wellbeing. It focuses on managing stress and improving mental health through gratitude, better sleep, meditation, and breathing techniques.
If you need to talk
- Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor.
- The Depression Helpline – 0800 111 757 or free text 4202 (to talk to a trained counsellor about how you are feeling or to ask any questions).
- Alcohol Drug Helpline (0800 787 797)
As a doctor, it can be difficult to admit that you are struggling with stress or burnout, but it is important to prioritise your own mental health and wellbeing so that you can continue to provide the best possible care to your patients.
Mental health can have an impact on how we view situations, our emotions, and the actions we take. It can also affect how we handle stress, interact with others, and the choices we make. It is important that we make mental health a priority at every stage of our life. If you would prefer to speak with your peers, our partner company Medworld offers a safe community where doctors can connect and share with one another.