Mental Health resources


Chadsafe: A guide for communities – Using social media following the suicide of a young person and to help prevent suicide clusters (Orygen; Chadsafe).

#chatsafe: A young person’s guide for communicating safely online about suicide (Orygen; Chadsafe).

Children with Disability: Anxiety – a range of resources from Raising Children Network.

Children with Disability: Depression – a range of resources from Raising Children Network.

Anxiety in childrend and youth – free downloadable resources from Anxiety Canada

Therapist Aid – a range of worksheets, interactive tools and guides to support practitioners.

Practitioner guide: Supporting parents of pre-teen children with mild-moderate anxiety – Co-developed with the Parenting Research Centre, this guide is designed to help practitioners better support parents with children (aged 9-12 years) who are experiencing mild-moderate anxiety. The guide offers practical advice (Emerging Minds).

Parent Guide One: Gathering information about your child’s experience of anxiety – The information in this guide can be used to help parents and practitioners make decisions and move through the decision tree together (Emerging Minds).

Parent Guide Two: Supporting parents of pre-teen children with mild-moderate anxiety – This guide provides some information on strategies that parents can try with support from a practitioner (Emerging Minds).

BITE BACK – a space to learn, develop & improve strategies to amplify the good stuff in life. The program uses positive psychology activities that target primarily gratitude, mindfulness & social connections to improve resilience and wellbeing (E-Mental Health in Practice).

The BRAVE Program – a free online program for the prevention and treatment of anxiety in Australian children and young people aged 8-17, and their parents. The program was developed by a team of researchers from the University of Queensland, Griffith University and the University of Southern Queensland, and has been specially designed to teach young people the skills they need to reduce anxiety and to cope with stressful situations (E-Mental Health in Practice).

Cool Kids Online program – based on the Cool Kids face-to-face program which has been running at Macquarie University since 1993. The Cool Kids program is a structured, skills-based program that teaches children (aged 7 – 12) and their parents how to better manage anxiety (E-Mental Health in Practice).

Parent-child play: A mental health promotion strategy for all children – (0-12) by Sarah Seekamp, 2019. This resource provides practical information on the use of play to strengthen child-parent relationships and promote children’s mental health.

Sharing information with parents about children’s social and emotional wellbeing: A step-by-step approach – by Myfanwy Mcdonald, 2018, Emerging Minds.

Why is it difficult for parents to talk to practitioners about their children’s mental health? – by Myfanwy Mcdonald, 2018, Emerging Minds.

Scope (Victoria) has a collection of free resources available for you to download.

Kids Helpline – When your friend is thinking about suicide…(resource)

Focal Point, Volume 29, 2015 – Youth, young people and mental health.

Headspace – This section is for professionals who work with young people, and anyone else who is looking for details of existing research in youth mental health. Clinical Toolkit. Allied Health Professional – Free Course Modules.

Emerging Minds – Resources to support the mental health of children.

The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and Queensland Health, Mental Health Services –  Guidelines for Collaboration.

Orygen Youth Health – Free Downloads – Youth Mental Health Resources

Guidance on depression in children and young people – identification and management in primary community and secondary care, March 2015

KidsMatter e-Books

HeadSpace – Understanding Psychosis. Short 5 minutes video.

“Flying over the radar”: Changing practice to support children and families where a parent has a mental illness. Webinar, Audio and Slides.

Helplines and telephone counselling services for children, young people and parents across Australia    



Reimagining the future of mental health: Community responders toolkits – These toolkits have been put together to support people to consider and act upon how you may be able to get involved in supporting people and the community when it comes to mental health crisis (Tacsi).

Therapist Aid – a range of worksheets, interactive tools and guides to support practitioners.

Tips to help mental health – Info Guide (Centre of Intellectual Disability).

Paying attention to the mental health of parents of children with a disability – This short article explores opportunities to build workforce capacity to better support the mental health of parents of children with a disability (Elise Davis and Kim-Michelle Gilson) 2018.

Head to Health – The Head to Health website offers a range of online resources aimed to support people with mental health concerns and their supporters.

Communique: Recommendations from the National Roundtable on the Mental Health of People with Intellectual Disability 2018 – Australians with intellectual disability experience very high rates of mental illness, and multiple barriers to effective mental health care. This document is response of sector leaders to the mental health needs of people with intellectual disability and contains practical recommendations for improving the system.

Accessing the NDIS – Assisting people with psychosocial disability to access the NDIS: a guide for Commonwealth-funded community mental health service providers. This guide produced by Flinders University aims to support people with psychosocial disability to access the NDIS.

Accessible Mental Health Services for People with Intellectual Disability – The Guide: A national framework of understanding and action for frontline mental health service providers with respect to people with an intellectual disability. It provides an overview of intellectual disability mental health, why accessible services are important, the principles that should guide service delivery, practical strategies for inclusive and accessible services, and the implications for the service system (University of Sydney).

Keeping Body and Mind Together: Improving the physical health and life expectancy of people with serious mental illness – This report is about improving the physical health and life expectancy of people with serious mental illness. The report was prepared by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP).

Head to Health: Mental health resources, information and services by Dept of Health.

Intellectual disability mental health core competency framework: A manual for mental health professionals – The manual and toolkit provides practical information, assessment tools and links to resources to assist in the development of the core competencies described in the framework.

The Victorian Dual Disability Service – Victorian State Government.

Useful Links – mental health resources and links – Australian Psychological Society

Mental Health Resources for Carers

Mental Health First Aid – free guidelines on a range of mental health conditions

Working with parents with Mental Illness

Article: Fatherhood and mental illness 

Intellectual Disability Mental Health First Aid Manual 2nd Ed 2010

Australian Guidelines for Acute Stress Disorder & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Accessible Mental Health Services for People with an Intellectual Disability: A Guide for Providers.

Breaking the Cycle of Depression and Anxiety: A free Family Focus  DVD funded by the Australian Government.

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD): A new guide by the Federal Government.

Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice.

Mental Health Professionals Network – Webinar recordings catalogue.