Feeling stressed, depressed, anxious or addicted?
This page offers:

  • Tips to avoid depression
  • What to do when someone is depressed
  • Helpful links to websites for:
    • Adults,
    • Kids and
    • Parents

How to Minimise or Avoid Anxiety and Depression

Everyone should maintain a healthy lifestyle, a good diet and take action early when they experience a health issue.
Knowledge is Power   Prevention is Everything   Early Detection is Key

Know Your Numbers
No matter your age one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy is to know and track your key health numbers. Tracking your health numbers and keeping them in the healthy range will lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and many types of cancer.
The health numbers you should track are:Body Mass Index / WeightWaist lineBlood pressureHDL Cholesterol (healthy cholesterol)LDL Cholesterol (unhealthy cholesterol)Blood Glucose (sugar)

Be Healthy
To keep your health numbers in check, follow these simple tips for a healthy lifestyle:MoveDon’t Smoke!Drink Alcohol in ModerationWear SunscreenManage Your StressStay Mentally HealthyStay at a Healthy WeightSleep WellKnow Your Family Health HistoryTake Action EarlyEat a Healthy DietKeep Smiling

How to Deal with Someone with Depression or Anxiety

Helpful Things
• Let the person know if you’ve noticed a change in their behaviour.
• Spend time talking with the person about their experiences and let them know that you’re there to listen without being judgmental.
• Suggest the person see a doctor or health professional and/or help them to make an appointment.
• Offer to go with the person to the doctor or health professional.
• Help the person to find information about depression and anxiety from a website or library.
• Encourage the person to try to get enough sleep, exercise and eat healthy food.
• Discourage the person from using alcohol or other drugs to feel better.
• Encourage friends and family members to invite the person out and keep in touch, but don’t pressure the person to participate in activities.
• Encourage the person to face their fears with support from their doctor/psychologist.

Unhelpful Things
• Put pressure on the person by telling them to ‘snap out of it’ or ‘get their act together’
• Stay away or avoid them
• Tell them they just need to stay busy or get out more
• Pressure them to party more or wipe out how they’re feeling with drugs and alcohol

Australian Drug Information Network (ADIN)
Australia’s Leading Alcohol and Drug Search Directory – verified web links

DrugInfo
Facts and resources about alcohol and drugs

Cancer Council Australia
Information and prevention of cancer. Treatment and patient support.

Quit (Smoking) – 13 78 48
Increase your chance of quitting for good.

Gambler’s Help – 1800 858 858 – Youthline 1800 262 367
Helping people affected by problem gambling, as well as their families and friends. Fostering greater understanding and awareness of the concept of responsible gambling in the wider community.

Somazone
Somazone is a safe space for young people to ask questions, share stories and get help for youth mental health issues, depression, sexual health, teenage pregnancy, relationships, bullying, abuse, body image, drugs and alcohol use.
Young people can ask questions online, get free youth health advice, find youth services, and share personal stories anonymously.
Somazone is aimed at 14–18 year old Australians and is used by young people worldwide, from 12–25 years old. Somazone is made by young people for young people, and managed by the Australian Drug Foundation

Beyondblue
The national depression and anxiety initiative.

Man Therapy
Videos of Dr Brian Ironwood dealing with manly issues in a manly way. Managed by Beyondblue.

YouthBeyondblue
Depression and anxiety are among the most common mental health problems experienced by young people. If you think you, or someone you know, may have depression or anxiety you can get help now by calling Beyondblue Info line on 1300 22 4636.

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. Managed by Inspire Foundation.

Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800
Kids Helpline is a free, private and confidential telephone and online counselling service for Australian children and young people aged between 5 and 25 years. We care and we listen, any time and for any reason.

Parentline – 13 22 89 (cost of a local call) 8am to Midnight, 7 days a week
Parentline is a confidential telephone counselling service providing professional counselling and support for parents and those who care for children.
The aim of Parentline is to nurture and support positive, caring relationships between parents, children, teenagers and significant other people who are important to the well-being of families.

Mensline Australia – 1300 789 978
MensLine Australia is the national telephone and online support, information and referral service for men with family and relationship concerns, anger management or family violence. Managed by On the Line.

Lifeline Australia – 13 11 14
Crisis support and suicide prevention.

Dads in Distress – 1300 853 437
Confidential, compassionate, cost-free peer support that aims to provide help and hope for separated dads and their families.

Movember
The Movember Foundation is a global men’s health charity committed to changing the face of men’s health. With an official presence in 21 countries, the Movember Foundation is committed to driving significant improvements for the prioritised men’s health issues – prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.

More Links thanks to Movember

Australian Government Mental Health Links

Australian Government Children’s Health Links