Information and guidelines

Understanding suicide – for health professionals

Includes the latest information and statistics on suicide from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

Psychosocial Assessment Interview

The headspace Psychosocial Assessment Interview is designed to assist with engaging young people and building rapport while assessing the full range of mental health disorders common in young people.

Depression assessment and treatment

People with depressive disorders have persistently depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities, often accompanied by changes in thinking, behaviour and/or physical health.

Bipolar Disorder Assessment & Treatment

People with bipolar disorder (previously called manic-depressive illness or manic depression) experience a cycle of mood swings between depression and mania (elation).

Psychotic Disorder Assessment & Treatment

Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders are made up of disorders that include schizophrenia, other psychotic disorders, and schizotypal personality disorder. Schizophrenia spectrum diagnoses make up about two-thirds of all psychotic disorders

Eating Disorder Assessment & Treatment

ating disorders are characterized by excessive and persistently disturbed eating or eating-related behaviours that lead to changes in the person's consumption of food to a degree that is harmful to their health and well-being.

Understanding self-harm – for health professionals

People who engage in self-harm deliberately hurt their bodies. The term 'self-harm' (also referred to as 'deliberate self-injury' or parasuicide refers to a range of behaviours, not a mental disorder or illness

Substance Use Assessment & Treatment

A substance can be anything that is ingested in order to produce a high, alter one's senses, or otherwise affect mood, perception and consciousness.