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Professional services to support mental health & wellbeing

Brainstorm Productions offer live theatre programs in schools to educate students about mental health, wellbeing and resilience. Brainstorm Productions is not a crisis support or counselling service and the information on our website should not be used as a substitute for professional care.

If you need professional support, please contact your doctor, local health centre or one of the services listed below. Family and friends can also access these services for advice and assistance on how to support a loved one.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please seek assistance by contacting your trusted healthcare professional or calling Lifeline on 13 11 14. You can also call the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467. Children and young people aged 5-25 years can contact Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

If you are concerned for your safety or the safety of others, seek immediate assistance by calling Triple Zero (000).

Support for children & young people

Kids Helpline is Australia’s only free (even from a mobile), confidential 24/7 online and phone counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25. Qualified counsellors at Kids Helpline are available via WebChat, phone or email anytime and for any reason. Call 1800 55 1800 or visit

More support services for children and young people:

  • Headspace provides young people aged 12 to 25 years with physical and mental health support in the form of online, telephone and face-to-face counselling, as well as information about a range of issues young people may be dealing with.
  • offers practical support and information for young people about a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues, as well as personal stories from other young people.
  • The eSafety Commissioner website provides information and resources to help children and young people have safer and more positive online experiences, including support for people who are experiencing cyberbullying or online abuse.

Support for adults

The following resources are available to support adults with their mental health and wellbeing, including crisis support and suicide prevention.

  • Lifeline: Call 13 11 14 for 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services.
  • Beyond Blue: Call 1300 22 4636 for 24/7 advice, referral and support from trained mental health professionals. 
  • Mensline: Call 1300 78 99 78 for 24/7 telephone and online support for men with emotional health and relationship concerns.
  • 13 YARN: Call 13 92 76 for 24/7 crisis support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • QLife: Call 1800 184 527 for anonymous phone and online LGBTIQ+ support and referral. 
  • 1800RESPECT: Free, 24/7 support for people impacted by domestic, family or sexual violence. Call 1800 737 732, text 0458 737 732, or visit for online chat, video call and more information and resources.
  • Head to Health: A Federal Government platform that provides a directory of Australia’s most trusted mental health organisations.  Head to Health brings together apps, online programs, online forums, and phone services, as well as a range of digital information resources. Call 1800 595 212 (Mon-Fri, 8:30-5:00pm) or visit the website to talk to a mental health professional and be connected with the support that best meets your needs.

Support for Parents & Families

The following resources are available to help parents cope with the challenges of parenting and support the physical and mental wellbeing of their children and families.

  • Raising Children Network is a well-regarded parenting website providing free information and resources backed by evidence. The resource is funded by the Australian Government, reviewed by experts and is non-commercial.
  • Emerging Minds draw on the latest research to produce free resources that help families nurture and protect children’s mental health.
  • Interrelate is a not-for-profit provider of relationship services who specialise in working with parents and children.
  • Relationships Australia is a community-based, not-for-profit organisation providing counselling and relationship services to individuals, families and communities.
  • You can talk to your local GP about any parenting concerns or worries you may have about your child’s health or wellbeing. They can refer you to more specialist support services if needed.
  • Your local community health centre may offer physical and mental health support for parents, children and families.
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) can help parents and families with difficulties that are seriously impacting on their mental health and emotional wellbeing.
  • Private allied health professionals, such as psychologists, clinical psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and mental health nurses can provide support to children, adolescents and families. Speak to your GP to discuss the options and request a referral.

Parenting support lines

Parent Line NSW: 1300 1300 52

Parentline QLD & NT: 1300 30 1300

Parentline VIC: 13 22 89

Parent helpline South Australia: 1300 364 100

Parentline ACT: (02) 6287 3833

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