This page features support opportunities provided by third parties. To view Mito Foundation Support Initiatives, click here.
Counselling and Mental Health
A number of free or subsidised counselling services are available to mito patients, as well as friends, family and carers.
View a list of services below, or get in touch with your general practitioner to get a referral to a counselling service. Face-to-face counselling services may be free or subsidised under the Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative.
Please contact our Helpline for a list of counsellors that are familiar with mitochondrial disease.
GP: It is important that GPs are made aware of mental health symptoms, as mental health symptoms are symptoms of mito. GPs can inform specialists of symptoms and provide coordinated care for ongoing symptom management. GPs can create a mental health care plan and refer to a psychologist and counsellor for ongoing support.
NewAccess Coaching Service: Free six sessions cognitive behavioural therapy coaching service, in person or over the phone. A NewAccess coach is specially trained and experienced to help set practical goals. (only available in NSW, ACT and QLD)
Beyond Blue: For a referral to further counselling support ie financial, relationship, grief support ph: 1300 22 4636 (call approx. 15 mins)
Lifeline: For crisis support and suicide prevention ph: 13 11 14 (call approx. 45 mins)
Mission Australia: For lists of services in your local area
MindSpot Online Pain Course: This course is a free internet-delivered pain management program for adults aged 18 years and over. The course helps people with chronic pain manage the impact of pain on their day-to-day life and their emotional wellbeing. The course is not designed to ‘cure’ or ‘treat’ pain but to help people manage pain and maintain a good quality of life despite pain
Head to Health Website: The Department of Health has launched a new comprehensive website to help people find the right mental health resources and services that suit them best. It has over 400 online resources including courses, apps and forums that are convenient, private and effective. You can read and share stories in online forums, and get confidential support through phone, email, and chat services
Carer’s Australia provide a national carer counselling program to carers to help cope with responsibilities, and manage caring alongside a healthy lifestyle. Call 1800 242 636 to set up an appointment.
GriefLine listens, cares, and supports people experiencing loss and grief via a national telephone counselling service.
Call 1300 845 745 (landline only) between 12:00 – 3:00pm AEST, or contact GriefLine’s online counselling service.
Headspace is a youth mental health foundation that provides counselling services to people aged 12-25. They provide online mental health resources, e-counselling, and face to face counselling services.
Disability Support Services
Muscular Dystrophy Australia provides support services for people with a muscular dystrophy, including mitochondrial myopathy and other mitochondrial disorders. Visit the Muscular Dystrophy Australia website for further information.
Vision Australia provides resources to assist people who are blind or have low vision to live independently. They have a library where you can access audio books and other materials, as well as join community groups. Visit the Vision Australia website for more information.
Carrier Screening is a genetic test that can tell people if they have an increased chance of having children with an inherited genetic condition.