Tips on Finding Services

These are just a selection of some of the sites that are available. We suggest that you use these as a starting point to do a search online for services in your region. This is by no means an exhaustive list.

Your country/ state/region will often have specific services. If you know the issue or problem you could search specifically for information on that. For more general information you could try ‘Young Adult Health’, ‘Mental Health Services’ or ‘Help for Mental Health’, ‘Services for Mental Health’ and see what your browser brings up.

Tertiary Institution Services

Often the student unions for Universities, technical colleges and private colleges employ people who can assist on a variety of topics. Institutions may also have bodies to assist students on various matters. There are many titles and names that these groups can be called but some of the more common ones are; Student Services, Student Care, Education and Welfare, Student Centre, Student Counselling Services, Student Wellbeing Services, University Medical Centres. Check out the website for your tertiary institution and see what is available or ask around.

Mental Health First Aid
Offer courses on mental health first aid training.

Befrienders  (Malaysian based call service)

Offers a call line and links to other services. Not necessary to give you name. Whatever your situation is, we will treat your feelings and your story with respect. Everything you tell us is confidential within The Befrienders, we will not keep any records. We promise you this. You will always have the right to make your own decisions, including the right to end the phone call.

Alcohol / Drug Information and Services

Reach Out is Australia’s leading online youth mental health service, inspiring young people to take charge of their mental health and wellbeing, and find ways to boost their resilience and their ability to face tough situations.

It’s anonymous and open 24/7

Lifeline connects people with care by providing services in Suicide Prevention, Crisis Support and Mental Health Support.

SANE helpline
SANE Australia is a national charity working for a better life for people affected by mental illness. The site offers lots of factsheets and podcasts on mental health information.

Just Ask (Lifeline service for rural mental health) 

Relationships Australia
Offers counselling, courses, bookshops and library

Orygen Youth Health (OYH) is Australia’s largest youth-focused mental health organisation and offers a specialised youth mental health clinical service.

Headspace centres offer health advice, support and information for young people aged 12-25. Visit the website to see where their centres are.

Sexual Health
This site provides good information on Contraception, Hormones, Periods, Pregnancy, Unplanned Pregnancy, Abortion and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Sexual Health and Family Planning Australia
This site provides links to sexual health organisations in each Australian state.

Rape/Assault and Domestic Violence Information (Malaysian based service)

This is a feminist organisation that provides information on a variety of topics affecting women. It provides some information on Shelters in Malaysia.

Black Dog Institute
This site provides information for the public and health professionals on depression and bi-polar disorders. It includes self tests, online tools, research, events and where to seek help.

Domestic Violence
This is an Australian site but does have a good section on Domestic Violence (DV) information. Most of the contact numbers are Queensland based but some are Australia wide. You can also look up DV services in your state.

Provides information about depression/anxiety/ bi polar disorders. Also provides information on seeking professional help in Australia.

Provides Cognitive Behaviour Therapy online (anonymously) for depression and anxiety. It also provides phone numbers for immediate help.

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays – worldwide

PFLAG in Australia

Provides loads of information on sexual and gender identity issues and how friends and family can be supportive.

Surviving Abuse
An American site with lots of good information about the different types of abuse and what can be done

Young Adult Health

SHineSA – Sexual Health Information, Networking and Education SA
Information on Contraception, Pregnancy and STIs

Women’s Health Statewide