Getting help – Australia

Emergency contact information

You are not alone. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please call:

In an emergency, visit your local hospital’s emergency department.


If you are feeling down, lost, unmotivated or if you don’t know how you feel it is a really good idea to find someone you trust and have the benefit of counselling. Ideally you find someone who has knowledge or insight into your circumstances as a retired athlete. Ex-athletes can be great counsellors without even knowing it. Acknowledging that this process is normal and hearing someone else’s experiences is extremely beneficial and powerful.

If you feel like you need counselling, visit your GP who can recommend you to a therapist. Medicare covers a substantial amount of the counselling costs for the first 10 visits.

Online Interactive


myCompass is an interactive self-help service that aims to promote resilience and wellbeing for all Australians. myCompass is a guide to good mental health – it points you in the right direction. You can track your moods, write about them and view information and tips. You can also choose to do one of the modules designed to help you manage mild to moderate stress, anxiety and depression. Go to the website to read more.