If you or a friend have an issue that needs someone to support and listen to. Nationally lifeline is available on the phone (with local contacts) and below is a selection of good mental health web sites.
Lifeline Australia 13 11 14 http://www.lifeline.org.au
Just Ask http://www.justask.org.au
SANE Australia http://www.sane.org/
Multicultural Mental Health Australia http://www.mmha.org.au
Depression: Beyond Blue http://www.beyondblue.org.au
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 http://www.kidshelp.com.au
Reach Out! http://www.reachout.asn.au
Head Room http://www.headroom.net.au
Child & Youth Health Youth Topics: Healthy Mind http://www.cyh.com/
Help & Assistance: Workplace and Social Security
Through its public advocacy work, the Justice & International Mission Unit (part of the Uniting Church in Victoria and Tasmania) is aware of church and community members raising individual issues with regard to industrial relations and social security laws. It is important for you (and friends and family) to know where assistance is available. Don’t assume that exploitative behaviour by an employer is legal, or that a Centrelink decision cannot be challenged.
Help with workplace matters
JobWatch – http://www.job-watch.org.au/ is a Victorian community legal centre specialising in employment law. The Job Watch phone numbers for people to get advice about their rights at work are:
Telephone: metro: (03) 9662 1933 / regional callers: 1800 33 1617.
Go to the website where job seekers and employees can find information sheets about their rights in employment.
Hobart Community Legal Centre – (03) 6223 2500
Why not consider joining a union?
Check out The Victorian Young Unionists’ Network (YUN).
Help with welfare matters (and Centrelink)
Social security recipients and potential recipients (and advocates) can be provided with assistance from Social Security Rights Victoria, a State-wide independent community legal centre, specialising in social security law, policy and practice. Check out the web page Social Security Rights Victoria, or go to their National Welfare Rights Network page. Contact details: Melbourne callers 03 9416 1111 / Geelong 03 5221 4744 / rural 1800 094 164. Postal Address: PO Box 30 Abbotsford Vic 3067. Facebook for Social Security Rights Victoria
Hobart Community Legal Service Inc. http://www.hobartlegal.org.au/
Street address: 166 Macquarie Street, Hobart 7000
Telephone: (03) 62232500
Launceston Community Legal Centre http://lclc.org.au/index.html
4A George St, Launceston, Tasmania, 7250
Telephone: (03) 6334 1577 / 1800 066 019 / TTY: (03) 6334 1949