Resources & Links

Breaking the Silence - If you or someone you know is experiencing violence and need help or support, please contact one of these services below..

Freecall: 1800 737 732
24 hour support & counselling line for anyone, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault.

Freecall: 1800 55 1800
Email/web/phone counselling for children and young people.

(02) 4227 1122
Local family & relationship counselling and parenting workshops.

Call 000 in an emergency.


For Parents:

Alcohol & Drug Information Service - Information, counselling and support for individuals, as well as their family and freinds available 24 hours a day.
Phone: 1800 422 599

ARAFMI NSW - A community based, non-government organisation that provides support, education and advocacy for the carers, family and friends of those experiencing mental illness across NSW.
Phone: 1800 655 198

Beyond Blue - Beyond Blue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety on all members of the community. The website has a lot of information and tip sheets on these issues as well as a web-based chat facility available for individualised support.
Phone: 1300 22 46 36 or

Black Dog Institute - This institute is an educational, research and clinical facility offering specialist expertise in mood disorders in Australia - including depression and bipolar.

Butterfly Foundation - Supporting Australians experiencing eating disorders and negative body image. Website provides education and information on support groups and web counselling. A telephone support line is also available.
Phone: 1800 334 673 or

Carers NSW - A state wide peak organisation supporting and advocating for family and friends who care for someone with a disability. mental illness, drug or alcohol dependency, chronic condition, terminal illness or who are frail.
Phone: 1800 242 636 or

Centerlink - Delivering social and health related payments and services to those in need within the community.

Domestic Violence Line - If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, you can ring the Domestic Violence Line for help. The line is a statewide free-call number and is available 24 hours, seven days a week.
Phone: 1800 656 463 or

Family Referral Service - A state wide telephone service which aims to link families with the most appropriate services in their community, aimed at keeping all children safe and well.
Phone: 1800 663 863 (Illawarra) or 1300 244 826 (Macarthur) or

G-Line (Gambling Assistance) - G-line (NSW) is a 24-hour, 7 days a week, statewide telephone helpline offering crisis counselling, information and referral for problem gamblers, their families, friends and others. Available 24 hours a day.
Phone: 1800 633 635

Keeping Kids in Mind - A supportive one-to-one service for parents experiencing ongoing conflict after separation.
Phone: 1800 55 46 46 or

LifeLine - Providing 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention by both online and by phone.
Phone: 13 11 14 or

Illawarra Multicultural Services (IMS) - A not-for-profit community-based organisation that provides information and help to migrants, refugees, humanitarian entrants and those who are of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds living in the local government areas of Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven and Wingecarribee.
Phone: (02) 4229 6855 or

Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District - Information about the Illawarra and Shoalhaven Local Health District, which provides quality public health care for residents of NSW living in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven.

Family and Community Services - Promoting safety and wellbeing of children and young people, and building stronger families and communities.

Medicare - Delivering social and health related payments and services to those in need within the community.

Mensline - MensLine Australia is a professional telephone and online support, information and referral service, helping men deal with relationship problems in a practical and effective way.
Phone: 1300 78 99 78 or

My Career - Providing job search and employment opportunities in Australia.

NSW Rape Crisis Centre
 - Providing 24/7 telephone and online crisis counselling services for anyone in Australia who ahs experienced or is at risk of sexual violence, family or domestic violence and their non-offending supporters.
Phone: 1800 424 017 or

Parent Line - Supporting and nurturing positive, caring relationships between parents, children, teenagers and significant others through confidential telephone counselling and web counselling for parents.
Phone: 1300 1300 52 or

Raising Children Network - An online Australian resource for all stages of parenting from pregnancy to teenagers.

Seek - Australia's No. 1 job website.

Sexual assault, domestic family violence service - A national service which provides telephone and online counselling for individuals' experiencing these issues, or those seeking support for someone who is.
Phone: 1800RESPECT or

Southern Youth and Family Service (SYFS) - Providing accomodation and support to homeless and vulnerable young people and their families.
Phone: (02) 4228 1946 or

Suicide Call Back Line - The Suicide Call Back Service providers crisis counselling to people at risk of suicide, carers for someone who is suicidal and those bereaved by suicide, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week across Australia.
Phone: 1300 659 467 or

Transport Information Line - Public transport assistance.
Phone: 131 500 or

Unifam - Community based organisation supporting separating families. Unifam provides individual counselling, mediation and relationship education for both children and parents going through separation.

For Couples:

Catholic Society for Marriage Education -

Gottman Relationship Institute -

Marriage Resource Centre -

Parish and Marriage Resource Centre -

For Children and Young People:

Headspace - National Youth Mental Health service for individuals aged 12-25 years. Website provides details of centre locations, resources and links. E-headspace and telephone support are also available.
Phone: 1800 650 890 or

Kids Helpline - Australia's only free, private and confidential telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people and children aged between 5 - 25 years old.
Phone: 1800 55 1800 or