There are many free online assessment and treatment resources as well as downloadable phone applications available for Australian adults to assist those battling with anxiety or depression improve the overall quality of their lives.

See the below recommended self-help programs and applications to kick-start the journey to optimise your mind, body and spirit.

The benefits of Online and Phone accessed Mental Health Services include:

  • Anonymous
  • Available 24/7
  • Free or inexpensive
  • Based on world-leading Clinical Research and Evidence
  • Can help to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression as effectively as face-to-face psychological treatments
  • Can be accessed online / via telephone / online crisis support services / Smartphone Apps / interactive mobile websites etc.
Smiling Mind
Smiling Mind is a unique web and App-based program developed by a team of psychologists with expertise in Mindfulness Meditation and web-based wellness programs. Smiling Mind is a free tool that will assist in improving the lives of Australians, and is available online or as a smartphone App.

In recent years, Mindfulness Meditation has surged in popularity for use in the treatment of stress, resilience, anxiety, depression and other physical and mental illnesses. Highly regarded institutions such as UCLA, Harvard, Oxford, Monash and Melbourne Universities have developed clinical studies into the positive impacts of Mindfulness Meditation.

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Quit Buddy
My QuitBuddy helps you get, and stay, smoke-free. It's with you through the hardest times with helpful tips and distractions to overcome cravings; tracking systems to chart your progress and all the facts you need to understand the impact smoking has on your health.

Better still, My QuitBuddy is easily customised. You can determine whether you’re ready to quit right now or whether you're intending to do so soon or have already quit. You can set your own goals, the reasons you're quitting, include photos and recordings of loved ones and even add buddies you can call upon in times of need.

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The MindSpot Clinic is a free online assessment and treatment service for Australian adults with anxiety or depression. The MindSpot Clinic provides online and telephone assessments, referrals, and treatments to help people recover from anxiety and depression. The Clinic will help you learn skills to recover from anxiety and depression and then stay well. An assessment takes about 20 minutes and then you can then choose to do an 8-10 week treatment course, or be referred elsewhere.

Most people report feeling better by the end of treatment. 95 percent of people who participate in the courses report they would refer a friend, and most made good clinical improvements.

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Mental Health Online
Mental Health Online is an initiative of the National eTherapy Centre based at Swinburne University of Technology. It provides online information, assessment, referral and treatment for mental health problems.
The website includes high-quality information about mental health problems and their treatment and links to mental health services. A comprehensive online assessment (e-PASS) can be completed, which assessments for 21 mental health problems and provides a report of symptoms and treatment recommendations.

Publicly available treatment programs can be taken for treatment for panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

These programs are available in two versions:
  • Self-help programs for adults with mild symptoms offered free of charge
  • Therapist-assisted programs for Australian adults with mild, moderate or severe symptoms, offered at a low cost.
Therapist assistance is in the form of weekly email communication. This form of treatment has been proven more effective than purely self-help programs.

Research shows that these programs are safe, convenient and effective. The treatment programs are also made available to health professionals. Additional treatment programs are available through participation in research trials, including those for obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, and insomnia.

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