How do you spot the signs that someone is in trouble? How do you intervene effectively? What resources are available? It’s not always easy to know how to help someone who is experiencing depression. It can be hard to know what to say or do. The following websites offer you a number of ways to help a friend or family member.

Also, you may contact the director of BarCare, Jenny Houen, for more information or to arrange a consultation. Members in rural and regional areas can contact BarCare for assistance in locating an appropriate specialist closer to home.

Consultations are held in the strictest confidence.

Are your cases traumatising you?

The nature of barristers’ work necessitates deep involvement in cases that may disclose violence, injury, destitution, betrayal, dishonesty, greed, danger and damage. Not only do barristers have to listen to clients describe what, for many of them, has been a devastating life experience, but also, barristers must ask those same clients to re-live it over and again during the trial process by recounting the details to doctors, experts and in court.

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Barristers' Benevolent Association

The Barristers’ Benevolent Association of New South Wales was established to help members who are suffering from hardship either in the short term or long term. It is an important part of the collegiate life of the bar and how barristers look after each other.

Barristers' Benevolent Association


Beyondblue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related substance misuse disorders in Australia.

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Black Dog Institute

The Black Dog Institute is a not-for-profit, educational, research, clinical and community-oriented facility offering specialist expertise in depression and Bipolar Disorder.

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Minds Count Foundation

​The Minds Count Foundation (formerly the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation) is an independent, charitable organisation. Its objective is to decrease work-related psychological ill-health in the legal community and to promote workplace psychological health and safety.

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Head to Health

Head to Health is a website managed by the Australian Government’s Department of Health. It provides links to mental health organisations, evidence-based apps, and online programs, forums, phone chat and email services. Head to Health brings together apps, online programs, online forums, and phone services, as well as a range of digital information resources.



MyCompass is a personalised self help tool for your mental health. It is a program created by the Black Dog Institute and in 5 minutes, can help link you to a health toolkit and interactive activities to help you to take care of your mental health.


Mood Gym

Moodgym is an interactive program designed to help you identify whether you are having problems with emotions like anxiety and depression and learn skills that can help you cope with these emotions. moodgym is based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy which have been shown to be successful in preventing and treating depression and anxiety.


National Institute of Mental Health

This site is managed by the National Institute of Mental Health in the United States. It provides authoritative and up-to-date information on anxiety and depression.


This Way Up

This Way Up offers a range of self-paced online programs that teach clinically-proven strategies to help you improve the way you feel.


Mental Illness Fellowship Australia

Mental Illness Fellowship Australia aims to amplify the voices of those living with complex and severe mental illness. They work with their member organisations to understand the needs and issues for people affected by severe mental illness.


Alcohol and Drug Foundation

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) is Australia’s leading organisation committed to inspiring positive change and delivering evidence-based approaches to minimise alcohol and drug harm.


Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of people who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. AA works through members telling their stories of what we used to be like, what happened and what we are like now. The AA program, known as The Twelve Steps, provides a framework for self-examination and a road to recovery, free of alcohol.


Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous meetings are a gathering of recovering addicts, who meet regularly for the purpose of recovery from the disease of addiction. Narcotics Anonymous is a 12 Step fellowship similar to Alcoholics Anonymous. This is a simple program for recovering addicts to support each other to stay clean.


Gambling Help Online

Gambling Help Online is a service which complements and increases the range of services available in responding to problem gambling issues. It provides Australians with a new opportunity to access counselling and information services when they are unable or reluctant to access face-to-face services