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Where else to get help

If you are looking for further information, or for other options for counselling and psychological services, there are many choices. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start, so we have compiled this list below to direct you to the community resources and counselling services that are available.

The services below are external to the university, and have no formal connection to Murdoch University Health.

  • General counselling and therapy

    Centrecare
    Centrecare offers extensive outreach and specialised counselling services, both in the metropolitan and regional areas of Western Australia.

    Communicare
    Offers a range of inexpensive counselling and community support.

    Kinway Relationship Counselling, Education & Training
    Offers a range of inexpensive counselling and community support.

    Relationships Australia (Western Australia) Inc
    Offers inexpensive counselling and workshops for individuals/couples - offices in various suburbs.

    Thinktherapy
    Clinical psychology assessment and therapy services for a range of mental health issues.

    Psychologists in Private Practice
    There are many psychologists and clinical psychologists who work in private practice. You may make an appointment without a referral from your GP. However, seeing a GP first can be beneficial in assessing what your needs are and determining whether you are eligible for a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP). A MHCP enables you to claim part of the cost of the session back on Medicare. See your GP for further information.

  • Youth specific counselling and therapy (up to 25 years of age)

    Headspace
    National Youth Mental Health Foundation, helping young people through tough times. Free service with locations throughout the Metro and rural areas.

    Lynks Counselling
    Lynks Counselling is for 15-25 year olds who are at risk of homelessness or are homeless.

    Quarry Health for under 25s
    Provide education, counselling and clinical health services for under 25’s.

    YCounselling
    The service provides counselling and support to young people aged 12-25 years and families for a range of issues.

    Youth Focus (12–18yrs) and Focus Plus(18-25yrs)
    Youth Focus is an independent West Australian not-for-profit working to stop youth suicide.

    YouthLink and Youth Reach South
    Mental health service for marginalised and at-risk young people, 13 – 25yrs, free counselling, case management.

  • Mental Health information for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds

    SANE – Mental Health information sheets in different languages.

    Beyond Blue Resources
    Various mental health publications in multiple languages – select “Multicultural people” in this search page for a complete list.

    Mental Health for CALD Factsheet
    Tenancy WA is the specialist service which supports Tenant Advocates across WA in local community services and undertakes law reform and community legal education work.

  • Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Accommodation

    Entrypoint
    Emergency and support services for those at risk of homelessness.

    TennancyWA
    Tenancy WA is the specialist service which supports Tenant Advocates across WA in local community services and undertakes law reform and community legal education work.

  • Domestic violence and sexual assault

    Crisis Care
    24 hour-a-day telephone information and counselling service for people in crisis needing urgent help.

    Domestic Violence Advocacy and Support (DVAS)
    DVAS Central is a free service which helps women who have experienced, or are at risk of domestic violence access support.

    Incest Survivors Association (ISA)
    Aims to provide trauma focused, professional counselling and support services, provide information, life and parenting skills and support the strengths of our clients.

    Legal Aid, Domestic Violence Legal Unit
    The Legal Aid WA Domestic Violence Legal Unit assists women who are experiencing domestic violence.

    Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline
    24 hour phone counselling service for men who are concerned about becoming violent or abusive.

    Multicultural Women’s Advocacy Service
    The Multicultural Women’s Advocacy Service promotes the safety of women, with or without children, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who have experienced or are at risk of domestic violence.

    Referral Guide for Domestic Violence Services Western Australia
    This link provides a comprehensive list of accommodation and support services for those affected by domestic violence.

    Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)
    The Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) is a 24 hours emergency sexual assault (rape crisis) service for Perth, Western Australia.

    Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline 24hr
    24 hour service provides support and counselling for women experiencing family and domestic violence.

  • Mental Health Crisis

    Mental Health Emergency Response Line
    A 24 hour service to assist people involved in a mental health emergency in the community.

    RuralLink
    A specialist after-hours mental health telephone service for the rural communities of Western Australia.

    Samaritan Befrienders
    24 hour service offering non-judgemental, emotional support to the lonely, despairing, suicidal, or those at risk of becoming so.

    Suicide Call Back Service – free counselling
    The Suicide Call Back Service provides free nationwide professional telephone and online counselling for anyone affected by suicide.

  • Relationship counselling

    Centrecare
    Centrecare offers extensive outreach and specialised counselling services, both in the metropolitan and regional areas of Western Australia.

    Ferns House Counselling Service - St. John of God Health Care
    Provides counselling and education for people with mental health problems or for Family and friends of those with mental health problems.

    Kinway Relationship Counselling, Education & Training
    Offers a range of inexpensive counselling and community support.

    MensLine
    24 hours telephone and on-line counselling and support.

    Relationships Australia (Western Australia) Inc
    Offers inexpensive counselling and workshops for individuals/couples - offices in various suburbs

  • Academic study issues

    Centre for Teaching and Learning (CUTL)
    The Centre for University Teaching & Learning welcomes all students and provides assistance and advice to undergraduate and graduate students. They offer workshops, consultations, quick tips for studying successfully and ways to boost your academic skills.

    DSF Literacy and Clinical Services (The Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation of WA inc.)
    Educational and literacy assessments and support for children and adults with learning disabilities including dyslexia.

    Equity and Social Inclusion Office
    This department supports Murdoch students with a disability or medical condition to avoid discrimination on the basis of having a disability.

    Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre
    This department are a vibrant, scholarly community that fosters academic success for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are perhaps starting their university journey, currently studying a degree or continuing their studies at the higher level.

    Student Advisors
    Student Advisors (SAs) are located throughout the University, so this means you have your very own contact person who can assist with your questions and issues directly, and who can refer you to the appropriate person or service you need to help you get through those first bumps in the road of your learning journey.

  • Drug and alcohol services

    ADIS – Alcohol and Drug Information Service
    The Alcohol and Drug Information Service is a confidential, non-judgemental 24 hour/seven days a week helpline for anybody seeking assistance with alcohol or other drug use.

    Counselling Online
    Free Drug and Alcohol Counselling 24/7.

    Drug and alcohol withdrawal network
    DAWN (Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Network) is a free and confidential service for adults who want to reduce or cease alcohol or substance use in their home environment.

    List of Drug counselling support for different populations

    Next Step Drug and alcohol services
    Next Step provides assessment and treatment services for people experiencing problems associated with their alcohol and other drug use, and support for their families.

    PDIS - Parent drug Information service
    The Parent Drug Information Service is a confidential, non-judgemental, 24 hour/seven days a week helpline for families and carers seeking help for alcohol or other drug use.

  • Financial services

    Anglicare Financial Counselling
    Financial Counselling helps people work through any problems they are having with money.

    Consumer Credit Legal Service (WA) Inc. (CCLSWA)
    Provides free legal advice and representation to consumers in WA in the areas of credit, banking and finance.

    Financial Counselling Hotline
    Financial counsellors offer free, independent information, option and advocacy to help people develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to take control of their own financial situation.

    Salvation Army financial counselling
    The Salvation Army offers a range of support options to help with financial difficulties, depending on the nature of your problems.

  • Legal Advice

    Citizens Advice Bureau
    Not for profit, providing legal advice and mediation to the community.

    Community Legal Centres WA
    It is committed to the principles of human rights, social justice and equity, including the rights of Western Australians to equity in access to legal services. Offers services to people who are ineligible for legal aid and who are unable to afford the services of a private lawyer.

    Legal Aid
    Offers information, legal advice, minor assistance, some legal representation for those on a low income.

    SCALES Community Legal Centre
    SCALES is a community legal centre offering services to disadvantaged people in the Kwinana and Rockingham areas.

  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex support services

    Freedom Centre
    Freedom Centre (FC) is here for young people (under 26) to support each other and their communities to be informed, happy and healthy about their sexuality, sex and gender.

    Quarry Health for under 25s
    Quarry Health Centre supports young people across Perth to look after their sexual health.

    Sexual  Health Quarters
    Formerly Family Planning WA, this service aims to support the sexual and reproductive wellbeing for all Western Australians.

    WA AIDS Council counselling, education, support
    Professional and confidential counselling is available in a supportive environment. The counselling service is experienced in a range of issues including sexuality, gender issues, relationships, sexual health and living with HIV.

    Other LGBTIQ Resources

    Links to a variety of other resources for the LGBTIQ community

  • Sexual Health

    Sexual and Reproductive Health WA
    Formerly Family Planning WA, this service aims to support the sexual and reproductive wellbeing for all Western Australians.

  • Eating disorders

    Body Esteem Project - support group
    The Body Esteem Program is a service provided by WOMEN’S Healthworks (WHW) which offers support for women suffering from eating disorders.

    CCI - Centre for Clinical Interventions
    Offers treatment for adults suffering from complex anxiety, affective and eating disorders- referrals via GP or psychologist.

  • Other University supports

    The university have many other support services for students. You may find the following links helpful:

    Careers and Employment Centre
    The Careers and Employment Centre is a professional support service available to all Murdoch students, Alumni (graduates) and employers. We maintain a number of initiatives to maximise the student experience and facilitate career development for all years of academic study through to graduation and beyond. Our strong links with industry, employers and support agencies promote improved engagement for students and graduates when entering the work force.

    Centre for Teaching and Learning (CUTL)
    The Centre for University Teaching & Learning welcomes all students and provides assistance and advice to undergraduate and graduate students. We offer workshops, consultations, quick tips for studying successfully and ways to boost your academic skills.

    Equity and Social Inclusion Office
    This department supports Murdoch Student with a disability or medical condition to avoid discrimination on the basis of having a disability.

    Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre
    We are a vibrant, scholarly community that fosters academic success for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are perhaps starting their university journey, currently studying a degree or continuing their studies at the higher level.

    Murdoch University Health: Medical Service
    We provide confidential, high quality medical assessment, treatment and referrals as well as health promotion activities for, the Murdoch community. The Medical Service is available to all students actively enrolled at Murdoch University. Staff may also utilise the health service for routine medical care throughout the year.

    Murdoch Sports
    On Campus sports and exercise centre with a wide range of facilities and services provided.

    Student Advisors
    Student Advisors (SAs) are located throughout the University, so this means you have your very own contact person who can assist with your questions and issues directly, and who can refer you to the appropriate person or service you need to help you get through those first bumps in the road of your learning journey.

    Student Clubs and Societies
    Getting involved in clubs and societies during your time on campus is the best way to meet new (and fantastic) people, connect with your studies outside the classroom, and ensure you make Murdoch all it can be.

    Student financial support
    Struggling with finances as a student? Try contacting these supports
    http://our.murdoch.edu.au/Student-life/Finances/
    http://our.murdoch.edu.au/Student-life/My-First-Year/Careers-and-Money-Matters/

    The Student Centre
    The Student Centre offers a range of services, from advice about TISC preferences, admissions queries and course information, to parking permits or making payments at the cashier.

    The Student Guild
    We represent your student voice and work to ensure students are the first consideration in university decision-making. We also provide a range of education and welfare support services through the Student Assist Office including advice on academic appeals, Food Bank access, legal referrals, tax help, tenancy services, tutoring and support with Centrelink Issues. Also the Guild shop, volunteering, Gym, Tavern and more..!

  • Gambling

    Gambling Help WA – Centrecare
    A free Centrecare service for people affected by problem gambling, their partners and families.

    Problem Gambling – Relationships Australia
    Relationships Australia provides a range of counselling services and support to problem gamblers and their families.

    WA Gambling Helpline
    Gambling Help WA is a free 24 hour service for people with gambling problems, their partners and families.

  • Mental Health Community Support

    ARAFMI (WA) Inc
    Arafmi WA is a one-stop-shop for mental health carers in Western Australia.

    GROW
    A community-based organisation that has helped thousands of Australians recover from mental illness through a unique program of mutual support and personal development.

    SANE Australia
    SANE conducts innovative programs and campaigns to improve the lives of people living with mental illness, their family and friends. It also operates a busy Helpline and website, which have thousands of contacts each year from around Australia.

  • Electronic and online mental health supports

    Beacon 2.0
    Beacon is your portal to online applications for mental and physical disorders. A panel of health experts categorise, review and rate websites and mobile applications. These ratings are provided to you along with the site link and access information.

    Mind Health Connect
    Find trusted mental health and wellbeing information, online programs, helplines and news on mindhealthconnect.

  • Online counselling

    Counselling Online
    Free Drug and Alcohol Counselling 24/7.

    MensLine
    24 hours telephone and on-line counselling and support.

    Mindspot
    Free online assessment and treatment for anxiety and depression.

    Suicide Call Back Service
    The Suicide Call Back Service provides free nationwide professional telephone and online counselling for anyone affected by suicide.

  • Self-help websites

    Beyondblue
    Beyondblue is working to reduce the impact of anxiety, depression and suicide in the community by raising awareness and understanding, empowering people to seek help, and supporting recovery, management and resilience.

    Just ask us
    A website that provides tertiary students with information, self-assessments and advice on alcohol, drugs and mental health.

    Happify
    It’s an exciting time for those who want to overcome negative thoughts, worries, and everyday stress. Happify has turned a decade’s worth of research into a series of activities and games that train your brain and build skills for lasting happiness. That's our mission. Discover what our personalized tracks can do for you. They are effective and measurable.

    REACHOUT.com
    ReachOut.com is Australia’s leading online youth mental health service that is accessed by more than 4,500 people every day. We’re here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, providing practical information, tools and support to young people for everyday troubles to really tough times.

  • Smartphone and Tablet Applications

    Checkin App
    This is for anyone who wants to check in with a friend but is concerned about saying the wrong thing or making the situation worse.

    Headspace
    Headspace is meditation made simple. Learn online, when you want, wherever you are, in just 10 minutes a day.

    Music eScape Music mapping app to improve your mood

    PTSD Coach
    PTSD Coach Australia is a smartphone or mobile device application (App) that helps people understand and manage the symptoms of PTSD.

    SAM App Anxiety management on your mobile

    Smiling Mind
    Smiling Mind is modern meditation for young people. It is a unique web and App-based program, designed to help bring balance to young lives.

    SuperMe – Resilience game
    SuperMe is a web game for being more resilient - being better at thinking positively, better at dealing with failure.