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SANE Australia

SANE offers a range of free digital and telehealth support services for people over 18 years of age with complex mental health needs, and their family, friends and carers. They also provide mental health support to people with intellectual disability, autism or acquired brain injury.

Vision and mission

Making space for complex mental health.

How SANE can help

Choose from counselling, peer support, online groups, and events, 24/7 community forums, and online information and resources.

Information lines / help lines

  • Call 1800 187 263, Monday to Friday, 10am - 8pm (AEST/AEDT).


  • Talk to a Mental Health Professional: SANE’s team of trained staff and volunteers provide free support, information, and resources. Monday to Friday, 10am - 8pm (AEST/AEDT).
  • Ongoing guidance and support: Work with a dedicated support team to identify your goals and tailor a support plan that's right for you. Choose from a range of supports, incl. multi-session
  • Online Forums Community: SANE’s online community forums provide a safe, non-judgmental space to share your experiences, seek advice and surround yourself with support. Available 24/7.
  • Weekly Online Discussions Group: guided by SANE peer support workers and supported by counsellors. New topics each week. 
  • Monthly Live Educational Events: Topic Tuesday is a live Q&A discussion. Each month a different topic is facilitated by a subject matter expert, a community manager or moderator, and supported by a peer support worker. Last Tuesday of every month, at 5:30pm (AEST/AEDT)
  • Information and Resources: Access information you can trust on complex mental health issues. SANE factsheets and guides are easy to read and can help you understand what’s happening and what strategies can be helpful. Available 24/7.
  • Get Creative with SANE: The arts have the power to move, to heal and to help us understand ourselves and each other. SANE Create programs provide an outlet to engage with creative activities. Check out the latest program schedule.
  • Peer Guide training and mentoring: Receive guidance and support to develop the skills to use your personal mental health experiences as a peer support worker, building confidence and readiness for employment or further education. Multiple intakes throughout the year.

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Last reviewed: June 2023

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Counselling support

Get confidential support if you are affected by complex mental health issues. Contact our trauma-informed counsellors Monday to Friday 10am - 10pm (AEST).

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Reducing stigma

Taking action on stigma is simple

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Fears about having a mental illness can be expressed as shame, embarrassment and avoidance, all of which are symptoms of self-stigma.

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What support is available for carers?

The experience of mental illness not only affects the individual but also those who care about them. Families and friends can play a vital role in sup...

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Effective self-care during disaster and recovery

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Staying safe when you’re feeling suicidal

Who to contact when life is in danger. Also advice on long-term help for suicidal thoughts and actions and self-help strategies.

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How to help when someone is suicidal

How to check in with someone about thoughts of suicide and what you can do to support them.

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Stories | Better Off With You

Meet local people who thought about ending their lives, and discover how they found a way through. Even if your circumstance can’t change immediately, your life matters to your loved ones and your community.

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Mental health support for multicultural people

Mental health issues can affect anyone. Here are the common signs you or someone you care about needs extra support, and where to find it.

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Eating disorders (EDs)

Learn about common types of eating disorders, signs and symptoms to recognise and the the treatment and help available.

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