Mental health

Mental Health ACT provides assessment and treatment of mentally ill people

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For free expert advice and reassurance 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call healthdirect on 1800 022 222, or for the one-off treatment of minor illnesses and injuries seven days a week from 7am-11pm, see a specialist nurse at our Walk-in centre.

For ongoing comprehensive healthcare for everyone, including those with acute problems, children under two years and those with complex medical problems, see this listing of GP's by suburb. If you or your family need a doctor on a weeknight, weekend or public holiday, you can also call the National Home Doctor Service.

For serious illness or injury requiring urgent attention, call 000 or go to your local hospital Emergency Department.

Mental Health ACT

Mental Health ACT provides specialist treatment and support to those people experiencing a moderate to severe mental illness. The Mental Health ACT services directory is your guide to the services available for adolescents, women and men. Call Mental Health ACT on 13 2281.

  • Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team (CATT)

The CATT team provides assessment and treatment of mentally ill people in crisis situations 24 hour a day, seven day a week. Call the Triage Unit on 1 800 629 354 (24 hour service) or phone (02) 6205 1065.

Mental Health services A-Z

Deployment, coming home from a war or peacekeeping zone or returning to civilian life may have an effect on mental health and wellbeing.
These problems can be identified early, managed and treated. This Department of Veteran's Affairs website published by the Australian Government can help you or someone you know recognise signs of mental health problems and act to improve and maintain health and wellbeing.

The Australian Drug Foundation reaches more than a million Australians through their work with community sporting clubs, governments, workplaces, health care settings and schools.

The key focus of the Australian Network for Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention for Mental Health (Auseinet) is to assist a range of sectors to implement mental health promotion and illness prevention approaches in their respective settings.

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

This website offers Borderline Personality disorder information and support.

Carers Australia is the national peak body representing carers in Australia. Carers Australia works with the Carers Associations in each of the states and territories to deliver carer programs and services and advocate on behalf of all carers. Contact the Carer Advisory and Counselling Service on 1800 242 636.

The Eating Disorders Foundation of Victoria provides support, information, community education and advocacy for people with eating disorders and their families. Call their helpline on 1300 550 236 or email:

headspace ACT provides support, information and assistance for young people aged 12 to 25 years who are experiencing emotional or mental health issues and/or a substance use issue.

Internet Mental Health is a free encyclopedia of mental health information created by a Canadian psychiatrist, Dr. Phillip Long.

KidsMatter aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children, reduce mental health problems amongst children, and achieve greater support for children experiencing mental health difficulties, and their families. It includes KidsMatter Early Childhood, designed for implementation in preschools and long day care; and KidsMatter Primary Schools, designed for implementation in Australian primary schools.

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See this collection of mental health-related information published to the Australian Government's Department of Health and Ageing website.

The Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN) is a national organisation that fosters interdisciplinary collaboration in the primary mental health care sector via local networks.

Multicultural Mental Health Australia (MMHA) is a national program funded by the Australian Government to improve awareness of mental health and suicide prevention in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.

A free online self help program formulated by the Australian National University. This program teaches cognitive behaviour therapy skills to people vulnerable to depression, with more than 100,000 registered users worldwide.

The OzHelp Foundation is a workplace based early intervention suicide prevention and social capacity building program. It is built on a vision to enhance the resilience of workers, and strengthen the influence and support of leaders, within industry and community groups. Call us on 1300OZHELP (1300 694 357).

PANDSI (Post & Ante Natal Depression Support & Information Inc.) provides support, education and information for families in the Canberra and ACT region who are experiencing Antenatal Depression (AND), Postnatal Depression (PND) or Anxiety.

Psych Central is a valuable information source for all things mental health. is a web-based service that inspires young people to help themselves through tough times, and find ways to boost their own mental health and wellbeing. Our aim is to improve young peoples mental health and wellbeing by building skills and providing information, support and referrals in ways we know work for young people.

Reach Out Pro provides access and advice for health care professionals on a range of technologies and online resources that can be used to enhance the effectiveness of psychosocial support and mental health care provided to young people.

Reality Checks site offers useful information about youth mental health and where young people can go for help in the ACT.

SANE Australia is the National Mental Health Charity.

A good first step to finding information and help on a range of issues like depression and anxiety, or grief and loss, as well as to discover how other people have gotten through tough times.

The service provides support for people over the age of 18, although parents of youth at risk are encouraged to call for support. Call the Suicide Call Back Service Referral Line 1300 659 467. It is staffed between 10am and 8.30pm, seven days a week.

This information is provided for advice only, but does not constitute endorsement of these services.