Counselling and support for families and siblings
Counselling is available to help you and your family through difficult times.
Every family is different, and everyone responds differently to challenges in life. It’s a healthy positive action to seek help and talk about things with someone you trust. This can happen informally by talking with other parents and friends, or more formally by speaking with a health professional.
How can I get counselling?
You can get free counselling and support to help with depression and anxiety, parenting, financial pressure and relationship stress.
Talk to your Maternal Child Health Nurse or GP to find out what type of support would best suit you. This could include face-to-face counselling, telephone support, joining a group or accessing support online. Your GP can also tell you if you can access support through a Mental Health Care Plan where some of the cost is covered by Medicare.
Families with children with disability can get free counselling support through:
Family Relationship Support for Carers
Support for Siblings
Siblings often miss out as families juggle caring responsibilities.
Little Dreamers Australia
Little Dreamers Australia provides opportunities for siblings to participate in free and low cost camps, school holiday excursions, social groups and mentoring
Siblings Australia provides training for families on supporting siblings and offers siblings the opportunity
to connect and share their experiences
How else can I get help?
A number of helplines also provide free and confidential counselling support:
Call 132 289 (8am to midnight, 7 days a week)
Maternal and Child Health Line
Call 13 22 29 (24 hours)
24-hour telephone and online counselling.
National Debt Helpline
Free financial counselling.
National Sexual Assault Family Domestic Violence Counselling Service