Mental health where to get help
If you or someone close to you is experiencing an emergency, or is at immediate risk of harm, call triple zero (000). To talk to someone now, call Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.
Many Australians struggle with their mental health and wellbeing at some point in their life, but support and treatment can help.
You can 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. Or learn more about mental health services and how to access them below.
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.
Talking to your doctor (GP) about mental health
A doctor (GP) is a good place to start for most mental health conditions. They can provide treatment or refer you to other 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 professionals
Mental health isn’t the area of psychologists and psychiatrists alone. Discover the different types of mental health workers available to you.
Mental Health Treatment Plan
A Mental Health Treatment Plan is a plan for people with a mental health disorder created by your doctor, outlining the goals for your treatment.
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.
Workplace mental health
These pages include information and resources on how your mental health can be affected at work, and strategies for staying well.
Rural or remote mental health
Life in rural and remote locations can be rewarding, but it can also be tough for people living there to access support for mental health problems.
COVID-19 and mental health
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our mental health and wellbeing. Here's how you can look after your yourself and mental health support services available to help.
Free counselling and mental health support
- You can also call Head to Health on 1800 595 212 to speak to a mental health professional in your local area who can help you get the mental health support you need.
- Beyond Blue’s Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service is providing free counselling during the COVID-19 pandemic. Call 1800 512 348 to speak with a trained mental health professional, 24 hours 7 days a week, or chat online at coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au.
- Learn more about COVID-19 and managing your mental health here.
- If you have been affected by a natural disaster, you can access mental health support. Learn more about what support is available via Services Australia.
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