Initiatives and programs

We're working on a range of policy initiatives, programs and campaigns to help improve your health and the health of all Australians.

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  • Be You provides educators in early learning services and schools with information, advice and support. This helps them teach children and young people skills for good social and emotional development, work together with families, recognise mental ill-health and refer them to appropriate support.

  • The Better Access initiative gives Medicare rebates to help people access mental health professionals and care, regardless of where they live. Find out how the initiative works, who is eligible and how you can access supports.

  • Beyond Blue provides information and immediate phone support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This includes the Way Back Support Service, which supports people who have attempted suicide.

  • Digital mental health services offer online and phone support to anyone who needs it, including those with mental ill-health and health professionals. These services are important for those who might not otherwise seek support, are in a crisis or live in rural areas. Find out how to access support.

  • Embrace Multicultural Mental Health provides a national focus on mental health and suicide prevention for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. It provides mental health services and access to culturally accessible resources, services and information.

  • The department is undertaking a review to advise and recommend possible enhancements to the Australian Men’s Shed Association’s (AMSA) governance arrangements and Australian Government funding to the men’s shed movement in Australia.

  • Griefline is a free national helpline offering confidential telephone counselling 7 days a week, 365 days a year. They provide early intervention and prevention of mental health difficulties, which may compound a person’s experience of grief, loss and trauma.

  • Head to Health provides information, advice and links to free and low-cost phone and online mental health services, as well as supports to help you or someone you know.

  • headspace provides mental health support services to young people aged 12 to 25 years, who are experiencing, or at risk, of mental ill-health.

  • 15 HeadtoHelp hubs have been established to support Victorians during the COVID-19 pandemic. All Victorians affected by COVID-19 can access the free HeadtoHelp services by attending in-person at a clinic near them or by calling 1800 595 212 to talk a mental health professional about their needs.

  • The Australian Government is investing in a multi-year Intergenerational Health and Mental Health Study (IHMHS). The IHMHS will provide the most complete picture ever collected of Australia's physical and mental health.

  • Kids Helpline provides a free, private and confidential telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged 5 to 25 years. The service is available 24 hours a day from anywhere in Australia.

  • Life in Mind connects suicide prevention services to each other and the community.

  • Lifeline provides information and immediate phone support to people who are struggling, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • The Australian Government is expanding eligibility for the Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through the Medicare Benefits Schedule (Better Access) initiative for aged care residents. Find out more.

  • Men’s sheds are community-based, non-commercial organisations that are open to all men. Men’s sheds improve the health and wellbeing of their members by giving them a safe place to make friends, share meaningful activities, talk, and access health information and resources.

  • The Australian Government will ensure that all men’s sheds in Australia have access to an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

  • Regional coordinators provide support to men’s sheds in each state and territory in Australia to support men’s access to health information and resources to improve their wellbeing.

  • The Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission aims to support a million Australians with mental health issues access new approaches to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and recovery. The Medical Research Future Fund is providing $125 million over 10 years from 2018–19 for this mission.

  • Mindframe guides the media on reporting sensitively about suicide, mental ill-health, alcohol and other drugs.

  • MindSpot is a free digital mental health clinic, guided by qualified therapists, which provides information about mental health, online assessments and online treatment for adults with anxiety, stress, depression and chronic pain.

  • The National Eating Disorders Collaboration is working to develop a nationally consistent, evidence-based approach to preventing and managing eating disorders in Australia.

  • People with severe mental illness might need extra support with their day-to-day living. Read about the psychosocial support programs we fund to help people manage their mental illness, strengthen relationships with family and friends, and take part in social activities and work.

  • The NSDP makes sure that all men’s sheds in Australia have access to a wide range of resources and support for their particular shed.

  • The National Suicide and Self-Harm Monitoring System collects information on suicide, intentional self-harm and suicidal behaviour in Australia. It helps us develop tailored services, programs and policies to better support people and prevent suicide and self-harm.

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