The internet is full of information about various Mental Illnesses and appropriate treatments. This page will help you access reliable websites with a wealth of information about Mental Health topics.

e-Mental Health resources are useful tools for people have a mental illness, but are also recognised for their value in prevention of a mental illness. Australia is recognised as being a world leader in the provision of e-Mental Health programmes.

Understanding Mental Health Problems

Knowing about the different mental health problems can be useful in recognising when you need to get help, or assist someone else get help. These organisations can help you learn more about anxiety, depression, substance use disorders and other mental illnesses.

Beyond Blue - Beyond Blue has a number of resources including sites that explains what is Mental Health, depression, anxiety, suicide prevention, self-harm and self-injury, grief and loss, and drug, alcohol and mental health.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) - the downloaded pages include both guidelines on how to help someone who in crisis, as well as proving information about the various mental illnesses.

eapdirect is the online portal provided by the University's EAP provider, Davidson Trahaire Corpsych. In order to use this portal, you do need register, using a UQ specific log in.

The Australian Psychological Society has information on a wide range of psychology related topics, including anxiety, addictions, depression, learning disabilities, parenting, relationship problems and trauma.

Online treatment and prevention resources

While the University would like to encourage staff to seek out professional help if they believe that may be developing a mental health problem, it is also recognised that using an e-Mental Health resources may help you develop strategies that may prevent you becoming ill.

e-couch: A self-help interactive program with modules for depression, generalised anxiety and worry, social anxiety, relationship breakdown, and loss and grief. It provides self-help interventions drawn from cognitive, behavioural and interpersonal therapies as well as relaxation and physical activity.

mentalhealthonline: Information about anxiety disorders, free automated psychological assessment and self-help treatment programs, plus low-cost therapist-assisted programs over 12 weeks.

MindSpot: The MindSpot Clinic is a free telephone and online service for Australian adults troubled by symptoms of anxiety or depression. MindSpot provides free Online Screening Assessments to help you learn about your symptoms, free Treatment Courses to help you to recover, or they we can help you find local services that can help.

MoodGYM: A popular interactive program which incorporates cognitive-behaviour therapy for depression. MoodGYM has been extensively researched and its effectiveness has been demonstrated in randomised controlled trials.

mindhealthconnect: mindhealthconnect provides access to online mental health resources for all Australian's who are concerned with their own or someone else's mental health.

Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI): One of the services offered by the Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI) is a clinical service for adults suffering from anxiety, mood and eating disorders.

myCompass provides a personalised self-help program for an immediate need, or to help you prepare for the future. myCompass will teach you ways to boost your mental fitness.

BeyondNow is safety planning app put out by BeyondBlue. The app helps someone who is suicidal set up a safety plan that they can work through when the experience suicidal thoughts, feelings, distress or crisis.

Providing Support to someone who is in crisis or experiencing a mental health problem

We know that having the support of family and friends is key to accessing support and recovering from a mental illness. Don't be afraid to ask how the people around you travelling. Don't stay way from people who have a mental illness. They need your support more than ever. Knowing how to provide support and what to say, or not say can be hard. Beyond Blue has advice on how to support family and friends.

The MHFA website also provides you with steps on how to help someone who is experiencing a mental illness, and guidelines on how to provide support for someone in crisis including suicide, non-suicidal self-injury, eating disorders, panic attacks, trauma, and alcohol use.

Within the work place, we know that Australian workers want to be supported by their employer. There are a number of resources to help guide you through supporting staff in the workplace. Celebrating R U OK day at UQ is an excellent way of showing your colleagues that your care about mental health and your are not afraid to talk about mental health matters.

If you want to know more about mental illness and how you can support some with a mental illness, you may find the Mental Health First Aid training a good place to start.

For more information, or if you have any suggestions about other links that would be useful, please contact Felicity Couperthwaite.