Mental Health

Mental health and Accessing the NDIS – Visit Website

Step Up Step Down – provides accommodation and support

The Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service has partnered with Aftercare to establish Queensland’s first Youth Step Up Step Down Service (Youth SUSD).

A new mental health facility, specially designed for young people (16 and 21-years-old) has now opened in Cairns.

More info see Cairns and Hinterland Mental Healthcare Services


National Depression Initiative. Gives a range of information on depression and supports available to people suffering depression and their family.

CYMHS The Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) at Children’s Health Queensland specialises in helping infants, children and young people up to the age of 18 years who have complex mental health needs.

headspace Centres act as a one-stop-shop for young people who need help with mental health, physical health (including sexual health), alcohol and other drugs or work and study support.

They also have a national online and phone support service, staffed by experienced youth mental health professionals. It provides young people and carers with a safe, secure and anonymous place to talk to a professional – wherever they are.  Cairns facebook page

Be You is the national mental health in education initiative delivered by Beyond Blue, in collaboration with Early Childhood Australia and headspace.

Be You supports educators from early learning services and schools to develop a positive, inclusive and resilient learning community where every child, young person, educator and family can achieve their best possible mental health.

Partner in ParentingFREE program for parents of teens! Partners in Parenting PLUS (PiP+) is the new and updated version of the FREE award-winning, evidence-based parenting program designed to help you raise your teenager with confidence.

The teenage years are a time of rapid emotional & social development, and this can bring highs and lows.

Help protect your teenager’s mental health and wellbeing with Partners in Parenting. This interactive, user-friendly online program has 10 fun and interactive modules (only 15-25 mins each!) specifically made for parents of teenagers aged 12-17.

Black Dog Institute

Seeking help, wanting to help someone else, info on mental health and wellbeing, clinics and support groups, self-help tools and apps… Black Dog Institute has all the resources.