Getting help

If you or someone you know struggles with mental health issues or feels overwhelmed, please remember you are not alone.

If you or someone you know struggles with mental health issues or feels overwhelmed, please remember you are not alone.

There are many people and services that can give you help and support.

Emergency assistance

If your situation is life-threatening, call Triple 000 immediately for help or visit your nearest Emergency Department.

General Practitioners (GPs)

If you are suffering with mental health issues, your GP is your first point of contact. They will work with you to develop a Mental Health Treatment Plan that suits your needs.

To find a GP, please visit Find a Health Service.

Psychologists

Psychologists help treat your mental health issues through psychological exercises. You can access a psychologist at full cost, through a referral from your GP or Primary Health Network (PHN) services.

For more information, please visit:

Mental Health Crisis Service

Mental Health Triage

Mental Health Triage is a free telephone service which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to all residents of the ACT. Mental Health Triage offers a first point of contact for people concerned about their mental health and wellbeing or experiencing a mental health crisis. This service provides a streamlined process for mental health screening, telephone assessment and referral for ACT residents. People may also wish to contact this service about the welfare of a friend or family member, or you may be referred to this service by someone who is concerned about you, such as your general practitioner. Mental Health Triage workers will be able to determine how quickly you may require assistance and which type of health service may be the most appropriate for your needs.

Contact

Phone: 1800 629 354 (free call except from mobiles)
Phone: (02) 6205 1065

Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team (CATT)

The Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team (CATT) offer a free service to all residents of the ACT who are experiencing an acute exacerbation of a mental illness and/or severe psychological or emotional distress. CATT provides home based mental health crisis assessment, short term treatment and support, and referral pathways for ongoing hospital and community care. CATT can be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is a free service. Referrals are accepted through Mental Health Triage.

Contact

Phone: 1800 629 354 (free call except from mobiles)
Phone: (02) 6205 1065

Crisis Support 24/7

Lifeline Australia

Lifeline provides 24 hour phone support to people experiencing a personal crisis or thinking about suicide.

Contact

Phone: 13 11 14
Website: https://www.lifeline.org.au

Suicide Call Back Service

The Suicide Call Back Service provides crisis counseling to people at risk of suicide, carers for someone who is suicidal and those bereaved by suicide. People who are not linked in with current professional support can also access up to six sessions of ongoing counseling with the same counselor at scheduled times.

Contact

Phone: 1300 659 467
Website: www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au

Kids Helpline

Provides specialised help for young people aged 5 to 25 years, and is staffed by professional counsellors.

Contact

Phone: 1800 551 800
Website: kidshelpline.com.au

MensLine Australia

For men of any age who would like support, information or referral to assist them to deal with relationship problems in a practical and effective way.

Contact

Phone: 1300 78 99 78
Website: mensline.org.au

Sexual assault, family and domestic violence Line

For anyone in Australia who has experienced, or is at risk of sexual assault, family or domestic violence and their non-offending supporters.

Contact

Phone: 1800 424 017

Page last updated on: 4 Oct 2018