Information and support

Black Dog Institute
www.blackdoginstitute.org.au
Info line: (02) 9382 4530

The Black Dog Institute offers specialist mood disorders assessment, treatment and information. It contributes to research in the area and offers education programs.

Beyondblue
www.beyondblue.org.au
Info line: 1300 22 4636

Beyondblue is dedicated to improving understanding and acceptance of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and postnatal depression. You can access free online or printed information on these disorders and their treatment. The site also has symptom checklists, advice on how to find a GP or psychologist in your area and a directory of mental health internet services.

SANE Australia
www.sane.org
Info line: 1800 18 SANE
(9am-5pm and messages can be left after hours)

SANE offers helpful information and support for people with bipolar disorder, their families and friends. It also focuses on improving the overall health of people with mental illness. SANE campaigns for better services and attitudes towards people with mental illness. Through its online helpline, SANE will try to answer any questions you have about mental illness.

Bipolar Caregivers
www.bipolarcaregivers.org

Provides guidance and information for caregivers (closer family, friends, carers, support people) about bipolar disorder diagnosis, treatment and management; how to support a person with bipolar disorder; ways caregivers can take care of themselves; and dealing with bipolar disorder and the personal impact on caregivers. Information is also available as a printable PDF.

Headspace
www.headspace.org.au
Info line: (02) 8624 1348

Headspace offers support, information and health services for young people (age 12-25) with mental health problems and their families at 30 centres throughout Australia.

Moodswings
www.moodswings.net.au

This is a comprehensive online psycho-education based program for people with bipolar disorder, which has been developed and evaluated by the University of Melbourne.

The REACH program
www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/public/gettinghelp/ blackdogsupportgroups.cfm

REACH is a 9-week psycho-educational wellbeing group for people with bipolar disorder or depression. The website provides information about topics covered, eligibility criteria, and details on upcoming groups.

Australian Psychological Society “Find a psychologist”
www.psychology.org.au/FindaPsychologist

This is an online search engine providing information and contact details for over 2,400 practising psychologists Australia-wide. It allows users to search for a psychologist based on area/location, client issue, services offered, therapeutic approaches and Medicare billing status.