Kids helpline is a free private helpline aimed at assisting Australians from 5 to 25 years old with their mental health and wellbeing. They provide assistance through phone, email or online counselling. They are a 24/7 service.
Phone: 1800 55 1800
Youth Beyond Blue provides a 24/7 phone counselling service and an online chat option for youth to discuss their mental health and concerns.
Phone: 1300 22 4636
Headspace supports young people 12 – 25, with mental health, physical health, drug and alcohol support, and educational and vocational support. They offer assistance through telehealth or through an online forum.
Support services, guidance and materials to make sure students are healthy and safe at your school.
This is a support service for being anyone having a personal crisis and for suicide prevention through a phone helpline, a text service, crisis support chat and help resources.
Call: 131 114
This service is a nationwide service that provides professional 24/7 telephone and online counselling to people who are affected by suicide.
Call: 1300 659 467
A non-for-profit web and app-based meditation program developed by psychologists and educators to help bring mindfulness into your life. The Phone app for Smiling Mind is Free, and they have a COVID 19 Support page.
Raising Children website provides a range of information to parents to assist with the raising of children. Please see the link below for health tips and guidance for parents during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Victorian Government has partnered with headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation to develop SAFEMinds: Schools And Families Enhancing Minds, a comprehensive learning and resource package that will enhance the capacity of school communities to effectively identify children and young people with early signs of mental health issues, offer school-based interventions and refer appropriately when needed.
Information available for schools and for families.
A service for men with emotional or relationship concerns providing phone and online counselling.
Call: 1300 78 99 78
An On-line cognitive behavior therapy program for anxious children and adolescents and their parents (13 week program).
A cognitive behavior therapy website teaches people to use ways of thinking which help prevent depression.
Butterfly Foundation for eating disorders offers a multitude of services and programs that provide support, treatment, prevention, early intervention, education and training.
Financial Support from NILs:
Every year, we help parents and carers on low incomes across Victoria (in particular those on Centrelink) to apply for a NILs loan of up to $2000 with no interest, no fees, no charges, ever, to cover the cost of essential school items such as uniforms, books, laptops, stationery, school camps, and musical instruments (as well as other essential such as washing machines, fridges, car repairs, medical and dental expenses).
Parents can find out more information about NILs by contacting:
For eligibility criteria, parents can access www.echo.org.au/nils
If you would like additional information or materials, please contact Cockatoo NILs via the above channels.