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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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Recovery - Finding North

On this page Jump to Overview Overview Benefits Title here Next Steps Overview Recovery is a term that has many meanings in different settings and cultures

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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 (previously called ‘manic depression’) is a mental health disorder that causes our moods to fluctuate for days, weeks and sometimes months

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Family Members and Caregivers - Finding North

On this page Jump to Overview Overview Where to get help How can we help FAQs Real Stories Helpful Resources Overview When someone close to you is experiencing a mental illness it can feel confusing and overwhelming at times however it is important to know that you are not alone

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Addictions and substance abuse - Finding North

On this page Jump to Overview Overview Symptoms Causes How Many People Are Affected? Treatments Help & Support Next Steps Overview If someone is experiencing difficulties with alcohol and other drugs or activities such as gambling, sex, internet use, eating, or social media, it can have a negative impact on their physical and mental health, their relationships, their work life and other areas of their life

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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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Mental Health Community Support - Finding North

Mental Health Community Support Services are registered organisations that work with individuals, families and carers affected by mental illness.

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Eating disorders - Finding North

What's an eating disorder? What are the signs and symptoms? How is it diagnosed and are there any treatments for it?

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Helping someone else - Finding North

Overview We can all play a key role in influencing whether the person we care about asks for help and how soon they seek professional help and treatment

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Personality conditions - Finding North

What are personality disorders, what are the signs and symptoms, and what treatments are available for them?

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Helpful Guides - Finding North

Translating the complex so you seek help sooner We’ve created simple guides to help you and your family, friends and colleagues to understand mental health conditions, services and how to seek support

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