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Angels for the forgotten (caring for kids in care)
Angels for the forgotten are dedicated to making a real and tangible impact in the lives of the thousands of children who live in out-of-home care or crisis accommodation each year, through provision of special care packages, resources, information, services and support.

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beyondblue
A national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related substance misuse disorders in Australia.
Black Dog Institute
Clinical Research and Education on Depression and Bipolar Disorder.
BlueBoard
Online moderated peer support for people with depression and anxiety disorders and carers over 18 years
Braver, Stronger, Wiser.
The Salvation Army has launched a major initiative to help deal with depression in rural Australia, as figures show depression now affects one million adults in Australia each year.

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Carer Assist
Carer Assist has Carer Advocates who provide individual support services and education and training for carers and families of someone with a mental illness. In the Greater Southern AHS offices are currently located in Queanbeyan, Wagga Wagga, Griffith, Goulburn, Moruya and Albury.
C.A.S.E. Hay
A group of community-minded individuals from the country New South Wales town of Hay are striving to create mental health awareness. Their aim is to reduce the number of suicide deaths in the local area. The ‘mate helping mate’ mentality – synonymous with small, rural communities – is at the forefront of the Community Action for Suicide Elimination (CASE) group.

Clinical Research Unit for anxiety and depression (St Vincent’s Hospital. Sydney)
Information and internet-based education and treatment. Virtual Clinic – www.virtualclinic.org.au
Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres
Centres can provide information about community, aged care, disability and other support services. The Centres can also help to arrange respite care when carers need a break, including in-home, emergency and other flexible respite options.
CORES – Community Response to Eliminating Suicide
CORES is a community based program which educates members of a local community on how to intervene when they encounter a person they believe may be suicidal. CORES is about “teaching people how to fish”, rather than just “giving them food”. Suicide and self-harm continue to be major issues in rural communities throughout Australia. CORES educates community members how to be proactive to prevent somebody taking their life, or harming themselves.

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Deniliquin Mental Health Awareness Group
A non-profit organisation consisting of consumers of mental health services, their carers, health care providers and other interested members of the public.
DepressionNET
The purpose of depressioNet.com.au is to empower ‘people like us’ to make informed choices and find solutions to the challenges of living with depression.
Drought Law Forum
If you are living in a drought affected area and have a legal issue, enter the Forum and post a question or view what others have to say. Lawyers and Rural Counsellors from around Australia are available to respond to you query.

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eheadspace
Confidential, free and secure space where young people 12 – 25 or thier family can chat, email or speak on the phone with qualified youth worker.

e-couch
Information and internet-based self help tools for depression, general anxiety and social depression.

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Gateway Community Health
Gateway Community Health Service provides quality health and wellbeing services to individuals and families within the Wodonga, Shires of Indigo, Towong and the Kiewa Valley of Alpine Shire.
GROW
GROW offers people organised friendly support through mutual help groups and a 12 Step Program of recovery.

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headspace Riverina
headspace centres have been established to better meet the needs of young people with emerging mental health and drug and alcohol issues – the single biggest health issue facing young Australians today.

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Intereach NewAccess Program – Riverina/Murrumbidgee region

NewAccess is an early intervention program developed by beyondblue to provide free, easily accessible and quality support for people with mild to moderate depression and anxiety. The program assists people who are not currently accessing mental health services.  More information

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Just Ask – Rural mental health information
A Lifeline service. ph. 1300 131 114
 

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Kids Helpline
Kids Help Line is a 24-hour telephone and online counselling for 5 to 25 year olds in Australia.
KidsMatter: Australian primary schools mental health initiative.
KidsMatter aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children, reduce mental health problems amongst children, and achieve greater support for children experiencing mental health difficulties, and their families. It includes KidsMatter Early Childhood, designed for implementation in preschools and long day care; and KidsMatter Primary Schools, designed for implementation in Australian primary schools.

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LIFELINE
Crisis support. Suicide prevention. Support number – 13 11 14. Plus crisis support chat line.

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manup.org.au

Harden up. Suck it up. Man up. We’ve been telling our men this for years, but is it healthy? Suicide is now the leading cause of death for Australian men aged 15-44.  Alarming new research suggests that some men choose to take their own life, rather than appear weak by asking for help. Man Up is a three-part documentary series and social awareness campaign, hosted by Triple M radio personality Gus Worland, which aims to get to the bottom of the male suicide crisis, effect real social change and hopefully even save lives.

MensLine Australia
24 hour counselling for men. ph.1300 789 978
Mental Health Association NSW Inc.
We play a vital role in the development of mental health initiatives which result in increased community awareness and knowledge of mental health issues. With the support of our Board, staff, members, volunteers and students, we work towards a society free from prejudice and discrimination against people living with mental illness. We strive towards a community that embraces and maintains mental, social and emotional wellbeing for all people. We are a community-based organisation and registered charity. We are a member of the Mental Health Coordinating Council and the World Federation for Mental Health. MHA’s programs are funded by NSW Health and other agencies, plus private donations and bequests.
Mental Health Coordinating Council
MHCC provides leadership and representation to its membership, and seeks to improve, promote and develop quality mental health services to the community. Facilitating effective linkages between government, non – government and private sectors, MHCC participates extensively in public policy development.

MoodGym

Online CBT for the prevention and treatment of depression and anxiety

Multicultural Mental Health Australia

Mental health information for people from culturally diverse backgrounds
 
Mindframe
A resource on the portrayal of suicide and mental illness.
Murrumibdgee Local Health Network
The Murrumbidgee Local Health Network has been set-up in accordance with the National Health and Hospital Agreement. Local decision-making is at the forefront of how the new organisation will function, led by a professional Governing Council and LHN Chief Executive.

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NSW Farmers Mental Health Network
A group of agencies and individuals who share a common goal and have agreed to work together to improve the mental health and wellbeing of farming people and farming communities.

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REACHOUT.com
ReachOut.com is Australia’s leading online youth mental health service, where you can get the help you need, where and when you need it. Every year ReachOut.com helps hundreds of thousands of people under 25 tackle everything from finding motivation to getting through really tough times. You can access ReachOut.com no matter where you are, with tools and tips for making everyday life a little easier. It’s the perfect place to start if you don’t know where to look.
Riverina Murray Commonwealth Carer Respite Centre
A service for carers looking after family members or friends who are frail aged, or have a disability, a mental illness, or a chronic condition. Respite is a break from the responsibility of looking after someone, it may be a few hours, a day, a night or longer.
Rural Financial Counsellor – NSW contact list
The RFCS Program was established in 1986 in response to drought, depressed commodity prices and increasing interest rates, and has continued because of ongoing need. The program is funded by the Australian and state governments, who have committed funding to 30 June 2011.
Respite Education Network (REN)
The Respite Education Network is a respite-specific education and information sharing portal for carers and respite service providers. The website and event calendar have been developed and implemented as a result of the Riverina Murray Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre 2009 Table Talk Forums.

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SANE Australia
SANE promotes understanding of mental illness through an award-winning range of education products and services for those affected, their family and friends, health professionals and the general community.
Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW Inc
The Schizophrenia Fellowship is a nonprofit, community based organisation working in the field of mental illness. It is committed to improving the circumstances and welfare of people living with schizophrenia, their relatives and carers, and professionals working in the area.
Suicide Prevention – Australia
We offer continuously available emotional support without embarrassment of any sort. You are totally anonymous visiting this website, you can get detailed answers to many questions, and we are never too busy to answer!
Suicide call back service
Free nationwide professional telephone and online counselling for anyone affected by suicide.  ph.1300 659 467

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Topo Foundation for Education
A Community-based approach NGO, dedicated to Mental Health Education.

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Virtual Clinic
Free internet-based education and treatment programs for people with anxiety and depression. (Formerly called ClimateClinic.)

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Wagga Wagga & Region Suicide Prevention Network
Wagga Wagga & Region Suicide Prevention Network (WWRSPN) believes that people matter. The network seeks to inform and empower community members by creating awareness about suicide prevention. The network, made up of community members; representatives from community organisations; and local government agencies, meets monthly to determine and action network projects.

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youthbeyondblue.com
Youthbeyondblue’s all about getting the message out there that it’s okay to talk about depression, and to encourage young people and their family and friends to get help when it’s needed.