Mental health and wellbeing

Your mental health and wellbeing can be impacted during difficult times. Depression, feelings of hopelessness, financial worries, and devastating emergency events can all take their toll.

Don't be afraid to seek help for yourself, or for someone you are worried about.

Support is always available for your mental health and wellbeing, and it can be accessed for free whenever you need it. Many services offer confidential counselling 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, via telephone or online chat.

PIRSA collaborates with non-government organisations and wellbeing service providers to:

  • promote community resilience
  • provide relief and recovery services, especially in emergency situations.

Our recovery partners have included the Department of Health, Local Government Authorities, Red Cross, and Rural Aid. See the below resources and support services available across the state.

Counselling services

Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue gives advice and support for people with anxiety and depression. They also have tailored services for anyone affected by natural disasters.

Their services are provided via telephone, online chat, online forums and email.

Phone: 1300 224 636 – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Lifeline Australia is a national charity providing anyone experiencing emotional distress with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.

Their emergency services are available via phone, text or online chat, with online resources available.

MensLine Australia

MensLine Australia provides 24-hour phone support and online counselling for men in Australia, anytime, anywhere.

They offer free help and referrals, and online materials to deal with stress, anxiety, relationships and more.


The R U OK organisation provides resources for ways to check in on friends and family, and where to find support for your mental health.

They also offer the Mateship Manual – a guide to supporting anyone affected by emergency events.

Suicide Call Back Service

Suicide Call Back Service is a national service, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It provides phone, video and online professional counselling to people affected by suicide, including anyone who is:

  • feeling suicidal
  • caring for someone who is feeling suicidal
  • bereaved by suicide
  • supporting people who are affected by suicide, such as health professionals.

Regional Access Program

The Regional Access Program offers free professional phone and online counselling for people 15 years and older, who are living or working in regional South Australia.

Phone: 1300 032 186 – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


FarmHub connects Australian farmers to a range of helpful services and support, including mental health resources, farm business assistance, learning and development.


ifarmwell is a free online tool kit to help farmers cope with life’s challenges and get the most out of every day, regardless of their circumstances. It is designed based on what:

  • Australian farmers have said they want
  • research shows will help.

Head to Health

Head to Health is a Department of Health initiative, bringing together more than 500 digital resources to support your wellbeing and mental health.

You can find information from trusted sources around the country, on a wide variety of topics. The support is provided for anyone needing help, as well as parents, carers and mental health professionals.

Local GPs | SA Health

Speak to your local GP about any issues or concerns that you have, as soon as possible. GPs will help with all medical conditions, including mental health, and can make referrals to specialist services through SA Health.

SA Health also provide tailored resources for disasters and mental health support.

Support for children, youth, parents and carers

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

CAMHS is a  tertiary mental health service provided through the Women’s and Children’s Health Network across South Australia. It offers free, community-based care to those with severe or complex mental health needs.

This triage service is best accessed through referral from a doctor or medical professional who can assess you and your child's needs.


As a national service for tailored and holistic mental health support, headspace helps 12 to 25 year old young people around Australia.

It has a focus on early intervention, working with young people to provide support at a crucial time in their lives. The service also helps them get back on track and strengthen their ability to manage their mental health in the future.

There are over 140 community offices around the country, with South Australian locations in:

  • Adelaide
  • Berri
  • Murray Bridge
  • Port Augusta
  • Whyalla.

Kids Helpline

Kids Helpline offers confidential counselling for young people aged 5 to 25. It is Australia's only free youth support service (even from a mobile), open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Qualified counsellors are always available via web chat, phone, or email to talk to you for any reason.

Parent Helpline

For parents and carers of children up to 5 years, the Child and Family Health Service Parent Helpline offers 24 hour a day, 7 day a week phone support.

They provide a confidential, free service with information and help for health, behaviour, nutrition and parenting.

The Trauma and Grief Network (TGN)

TGN connects families, carers and members of the community to resources about the care of children and adolescents who are affected by trauma, loss and grief.

Their online resources cover varied topics, including specific information for:

PIRSA Recovery Hotline

If you are living with drought or affected by emergency events, our experienced staff are dedicated to helping with funding applications, discussing your situation, and finding the support you need.

9.00am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday

Freecall 1800 931 314
Page last reviewed: 20 Jun 2023


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