Useful links and resources
Lifeline offers a 24-hour telephone counselling service on 13 11 14. With 42 Lifeline Centres Australia-wide, you can be sure that at anytime of any day, 40-60 well-trained Lifeline volunteer telephone counsellors are always ready to listen to you. You can also be sure that you will receive friendly and kind advice and that your information is strictly confidential.
beyondblue Healthy Families
beyondblue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related substance misuse disorders in Australia.
Healthy Families is all about giving you the information, knowledge and confidence to support the young people in your life – whether you’re a parent, guardian, grandparent, a favourite uncle or an awesome auntie. We’re also here to help you take care of your own mental health and wellbeing, especially if you’re a new parent or about to become one.
beyondblue Just Speak Up
Just Speak Up features personal stories about experiencing depression and anxiety around the time of becoming a parent.
BeyondNow – Your suicide safety planning app
If you or someone close to you is experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings, safety planning can help you get through the tough moments.
It involves creating a structured plan – ideally with support from your health professional or someone you trust – that you work through when you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts, feelings, distress or crisis.
Mind the Bump App
Brought to you by Smiling Mind and beyondblue, Mind the Bump is a free Mindfulness Meditation App to help individuals and couples support their mental and emotional wellbeing in preparation for having a baby and becoming a new parent.
is Australia’s new one-stop website supporting the mental health and emotional wellbeing of pregnant women, new mums and their families.
PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia) is a national organisation offering, among other things, a perinatal depression Helpline. Their number is 1300 726 306.
Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE)
High quality, practical information – to help YOU work through all the emotional challenges of becoming and being a parent
The Period of Purple Crying website
The Period of PURPLE Crying® is the phrase used to describe the time in a baby's life when they cry more than any other time.
What Were We Thinking
The birth of a first baby is one of the biggest life transitions an adult will experience. This website contains information about common experiences in the early months of parenthood and some effective ways of thinking about and managing them. There is also a helpful app designed to support first-time parents.
Australian Breasfeeding Association
Australia's leading authority on breastfeeding. Provides support, education and advocacy for a breastfeeding inclusive society. For help on breasfeeding contact 1800 686 268.
Dedicated to saving the lives of babies and children during pregnancy, infancy and childhood and supporting bereaved families..
Ph: 1300 998 698.
BluePages Information on Depression
Information about depression for consumers, produced by the Centre of Mental Health Research at the Australian National University, CSIRO Mathematical & Information Sciences with the assistance of an advisory board.
The Mental Health Council of Australia
An independent, non-government sector peak body established under the National Mental Health Strategy to represent and promote the interests of the mental health sector and advise on mental health in Australia.
A national charity helping people affected by mental illness. The SANE Australia helpline is 1800 688 382 (free call).
Black Dog Institute
Expert information on depression and Bipolar Disorder (for the general public and health professionals). It includes information about causes, treatments, online self-assessment tools, a special section for consumers and carers on getting help, details of current Institute research studies, details of prefessional education and training programs and materials for clinicians.
Postpartum Support International
International resource for perinatal depression.
Pregnancy, Birth & Baby Health Direct
Supporting parents on the journey from pregnancy to preschool. Get the guidance and reassurance you need about developmental and behavioural concerns or talk to our counsellors for emotional support.
Raising Children Network
Raising Children Network is the complete parenting resource for all stages from pregnancy to newborns to teens. We offer research-based content on hundreds of topics for children and grown-ups.
ACT Helpline 02 6246 7180 a free and confidential service providing mental health information, support and referral advice.
Perinatal Mental Health Consultation Service 02 6205 1469
Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service 02 6249 7555
Canberra & Region Multiple Birth Association 02 6284 2751
Domestic Violence Crisis Service 02 6280 0900
Karinya House - for pregnant women and new mothers who have no appropriate accommodation or support 02 6259 8998
Mothersafe - provides information about medications during pregnancy and while breast-feeding 1800 647 848
Pregnancy Information and Counselling Service 02 6248 6222
Pregnancy Support Service 02 6247 5050
The Junction Youth Health Service 02 6247 5567
Women's Centre for Health Matters - for pregnancy and childbirth options 02 6286 2043
Baby massage/bonding - International Association of Infant Massage 02 6262 4346
Canberra Rape Crisis Centre - 02 6247 2525
Parentline Canberra - 02 6287 3833