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Mental health: where to get help

Bushfire mental health support

Free counselling for individuals, families and emergency personnel affected by the bushfire crisis is available under a new government mental health support program from 17 Jan 2020.

Do you or someone you know have mental health problems? Not sure where to go for help?

The pages listed below offer guidance on different types of mental health professionals and services, how to access them and the possible associated costs.

If you need urgent help, please call triple zero (000) and ask for an ambulance.

Are you having a tough time and need to talk to someone right now? Find information about helplines and services that are available throughout Australia.

You can also visit Head to Health, an online gateway funded by the Australian Government that can help you find free and low-cost, trusted phone and online mental health resources.

Australian mental health services

It can be difficult to understand how the complex mental health system in Australia operates. Learn how you can access the care you need.

Community mental health services

Community mental health services are for people with severe types of mental illnesses. Learn about your local community mental health services.

Low cost or free mental health services

Depending upon your personal circumstances, you may be eligible for a Medicare rebate on Government programs to assist with your treatment.

Mental health helplines

Information about key groups that can help with mental health problems, including healthdirect partners and leading Australian health organisations.

Mental health services by state and territory

State and territory governments offer hospital, emergency and community mental health services. Learn about services available in your region.

Paying for mental health services

Mental health costs vary depending on where you are and what service you are provided. Learn more about the services and what the costs might be.

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Mental Health Services | SA Health

Mental health services in South Australia. A directory of where to get mental health help: crisis, counselling, support, advocacy and complaint services.

Read more on SA Health website

Hospital mental health services - NT.GOV.AU

Top End and Central Australia mental health hospital services.

Read more on NT Health website

Welcome to Statewide Mental Health Services | Mental Health

Statewide Mental Health Services is a key clinical service stream of the Tasmanian Health Service

Read more on Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services website

Choosing teenage mental health services | Raising Children Network

If you’re choosing teenage mental health services for your child, it’s vital to look for services that suit your child’s and family’s needs. Here’s how.

Read more on raisingchildren.net.au website

Tips for choosing a digital mental health service – Information for consumers and carers | Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

Tips for choosing a digital mental health service – Information for consumers and carers Downloads Tips for choosing a digital mental health service – Information for consumers and carers Publication year 2020 Resource type Fact sheet or brochure Topics e-Health (digital health) Mental health

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Community based mental health services - NT.GOV.AU

Non-government mental health support organisations and services for individuals and carers in the Northern Territory.

Read more on NT Health website

Mental health in remote communities - NT.GOV.AU

Top End and Central Australia remote mental health services.

Read more on NT Health website

Better access to mental health care: fact sheet for patients

Information about Medicare rebates available to patients for selected mental health services provided by GPs, psychiatrists, psychologists and eligible social workers and occupational therapists.

Read more on Department of Health website

Multicultural people - Beyond Blue

Studies have highlighted the barriers people from diverse backgrounds encounter when accessing mental health services and finding help.

Read more on Beyond Blue website

24 hour mental health hotlines - NT.GOV.AU

Confidential mental health hotline services available 24 hours.

Read more on NT Health website

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