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Finding North

Finding North is a mental health education website inspiring people to find their North and help others to find theirs.

Finding North aims to provide the following service to the Australian public:

  • Information and referral options
  • A place for people to share their stories and experiences to help others
  • Amplification and championing lived experience leadership
  • Connecting people with lived experience opportunities, training events and resources

The Finding North website contains information under four core areas:

  1. Your journey: information about recovery, personal stories and resources, peer work, advocacy, Finding North Network and other helpful guides.
  2. Get help: information about where to get help, including a Finding North 1800 number, a state-by-state search of key mental health navigators (such as PHN navigators), and information about different service options (such as online and self-help, GP’s, professional support, psychosocial support, NDIS, hospital and other key supports).
  3. Mental Health and Wellbeing: information ranging from health and wellbeing, diagnosis, treatment options, substance use and addiction etc.
  4. About Finding North: highlighting its origin and the MIFA membership behind the initiative. One key feature of the website is sharing helpful and inspiring information from people, their families and professionals to help people better navigate the mental health sector. These stories and practical tips and advice will be in the form of videos, pictures, poems, stories, articles and blogs.

Vision and mission

Finding North aims to introduce you to information and supports that have worked for others who experience mental illness and that may be helpful for you or the person you care about.

How Finding North can help

The Finding North website aims to help people:

  • learn about the conditions that may be affecting them
  • connect with others on similar paths
  • be inspired through challenging times so that they can see the potential of what’s possible, not just cope
  • seek reliable support so they can recover, find their North and live a meaningful life

Information lines / help lines

  • 1800 985 944
  • Finding North - Information & Referral Service (Partner organisations)
  • Available Weekdays 9am-5pm

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Last reviewed: February 2023

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Kids, Teens and Young Adults - Finding North

On this page Jump to Overview Overview Where to get help How we can help FAQs Real Stories Helpful Resources Overview Good mental health helps you to feel happy and enjoy life

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Heart Health - Finding North

On this page Jump to Overview Overview Heart Health and Mental Health Behaviour and Heart Health Where to get help Next Steps Overview Heart health is closely linked to mental health

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Anxiety - Finding North

People experiencing anxiety disorder usually experience anxiety for much longer than others, and the disorder gets stronger and affects their lives.

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Obsessive-compulsive (OCD) - Finding North

On this page Jump to Overview Overview Symptoms Causes Diagnosis Treatments Help & Support Next Steps Overview Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that usually develops in late childhood or the teenage years

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Borderline personality disorder - Finding North

What is borderline personality disorder, what are the signs and symptoms, and what treatments are available for it?

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Bipolar - Finding North

On this page Jump to Overview Overview Symptoms Causes Diagnosis Treatments Help & Support Next Steps Overview Bipolar disorder, also know as bipolar, is a mental health condition that causes our moods to fluctuate for days, weeks and sometimes months

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Mental Health Conditions - Finding North

Addictions and substance abuse Addictions and substance abuse occur when someone is experiencing difficulties with alcohol, other drugs, or activities such as gambling, sex, internet use, eating, or social media

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Electroconvulsive Therapy - Finding North

Electroconvulsive therapy is a medical treatment for severe depression, bipolar disorder and psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia, and may be recommended when other treatments are ineffective.

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Connecting with others - Finding North

Overview Do you know that the secret to living longer is social connectedness! Research tells us that being socially connected is vital to good mental and physical health

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Legislation and Your Rights - Finding North

On this page Jump to Welcome Welcome ACT NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC WA National Do you know your rights? Whether you are undergoing an assessment, have been admitted to hospital, receiving long term mental health care or are caring for someone experiencing mental ill health it is important to know that you have rights

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