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Discover your next step.

Our experience has proven that with the opportunity to explore and be inspired by the right resources and support for you, it’s possible to manage, recover and thrive from experiences of mental illness.

Welcome to Finding North, where we introduce you to information and supports that have worked for others and that may be helpful for you or the person you care about.

If you, or someone you are with is in immediate danger please call: 000.
State-based mental health crisis numbers

Suicide Call Back Service

Available 24/7

1800RESPECT (Domestic Violence Support Line)

Available 24/7

13YARN (First Nations Peoples Crisis Support Line)

Available 24/7

Finding North - Information & Referral Service (Partner organisations)

Available Weekdays 9am-5pm

Defence All Hours Support Line

Available 24/7

MensLine Australia

Available 24/7

Access Mental Health Line

Available 24/7

NSW Hospital and Health Services

Available 24/7

NT Mental Health Line

Available 24/7

Health Direct

Available 24/7

1300 MH Call

Available 24/7

Townsville Head to Health

10am -10pm Weekdays 12pm -10pm Weekends

SA Mental Health Triage

Available 24/7

Access Mental Health- Helpline Triage

9am - 10pm

Launceston Head to Health

9sm – 5pm Monday to Friday

NURSE-ON-CALL

Available 24/7

Victoria Psychiatric Triage

Available 24/7

Rurallink -Mental Health Emergency Response Line

Weeknights 4:30pm-8:30pm / 24hrs on Weekends and Public Holidays

Peel -Mental Health Emergency Response Line

Available 24/7

TTY - Mental Health Emergency Response Line

Available 24/7

Metro - Mental Health Emergency Response Line

Available 24/7

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Service Options

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General Practitioner (GP)

Find out about the role a GP plays in the recovery journey, how they can offer mental health support and refer other professionals who can help. Plus, tips on how to approach a GP.

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Professional Support: 1-on-1

Mental health professionals offer 1-on-1 support for different situations, including therapy, guidance, tools and other resources to help people on their recovery journeys.

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Hospital Admission & Acute Care

Find out more about the process for hospital admission and acute care, as well as the rights of the person admitting for care.

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NDIS for Mental Health

If someone's mental illness is affecting their ability to live a fulfilling life, they possibly have a 'psychosocial disability' and could be eligible for government-funded supports, which may include a recovery coach or support coordinator.

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Mental Health Community Support

Mental Health Community Support Services are registered organisations that work with individuals, families and carers affected by mental illness.

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“You’re not alone” means we’ve been there too, so you’re truly not alone.

This resource hub is designed by a collaboration of people with lived experience of mental illness and professionals who support people on their recovery journeys.

From our experiences, we know the biggest steps for someone to achieve their fullest potential are to:

  • learn about the conditions that may be affecting them
  • connect with others on similar paths
  • be inspired through challenging times so that they can see the potential of what’s possible, not just cope
  • seek reliable support so they can recover, find their North and live a meaningful life

Our hope is you’ll get the knowledge, inspiration and resources that give you confidence, courage and hope to take that next step and access support – whether for yourself or someone you care about.

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Finding North Network

You’ll find a vibrant and growing community of smart, enthusiastic people at Finding North Network. Our goal is to foster conversations and assist people in making helpful, informative, and fun connections.

As a safe and secure online environment, Finding North Network is for the exclusive use of those who understand mental illness firsthand. The Network is a forum for people to share their experiences, discuss ideas, and develop their voice in speaking to the issues surrounding mental health in Australia.

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Who’s behind Finding North?

Finding North is an initiative of and proudly supported by Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia (MIFA), a national policy and advocacy agency that represents mental health organisations that support more than 20,000 people across Australia. We’ve spent more than two years co-designing and co-producing this website with the input and endorsement of people with a lived experience. We didn’t feel it would be right to create resources for them without them.

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We need your help

We rely greatly on donations and sponsorships from individuals, businesses, foundations and other organisations that support the improvement of mental health services for all Australians. Every dollar donated or sponsored to Finding North helps us knock down the barriers that may be stopping Australians from getting the best support and improving their quality of life.

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Your generous donations help us to continue creating important resources for everyone, and support the ongoing costs to host and maintain this website and its associated social media pages. This helps us reach people who need support.

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By sponsoring Finding North, you’re demonstrating your support for the work we do to advocate for people with mental health conditions and to educate and motivate them so they seek help when they need it.

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