our story

not your average mental health charity


Basically, we're a bunch of twenty-somethings looking out for our mates on the beaches. Our initiative was born from a frustration at the lacking visibility and accessibility of mental health care in our area. And from the anger at losing too many friends to mental illness. One Eighty is youth mental health care and awareness done differently.

Artwork by Nick Bentley

Artwork by Nick Bentley


the details

One Eighty is a harm prevention charity, which was created in March 2017 in response to a number of youth suicides in the local community. The organisation is passionate about empowering communities to contribute to the prevention of youth suicide. Because the world needs young people.

One Eighty is a new way to engage with mental health care. One Eighty operates locally; funding, developing, and implementing youth-focused mental health programs that equip young adults with skills in mental health care. One Eighty also works to support youth culture, to celebrate creativity and differences, and to encourage community participation on the Northern Beaches.

One Eighty is primarily led by a team of dedicated and passionate young adults, who ensure the charity’s vision and actions remain evidence based, outcome specific, relevant and accessible to local young people.

It’s important to note that the organisation does not provide or offer clinical care, crisis intervention or other types of support delivered by medical professionals.

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One Eighty is listed (and has a public fund listed) on the register of Harm Prevention Charities with the Australian Dep. of Social Services.  One Eighty holds Deductible Gift Recipient Status - 1 (DGR-1).

Like legal jargon? Read our constitution here and see our all official One Eighty documentation here


One Eighty itself does not provide crisis intervention or counselling. If you need extra support, or have further questions about your own mental health, please do not hesitate to reach out to a trained professional at anytime (24/7) at Lifeline on 13 11 14. If you or someone you know know are in an emergency, or at immediate risk of harm to yourself or others, please contact emergency services on 000.