Find Help for Young People in Canberra
Fee call: 000 24 Hours 7days
Mental Health Assessment Unit
Phone (02) 6244 2222 (via the Canberra Hospital switch board)
24 hours a day 7days a week
Free Service Access via Emergency Department Triage
(for general health check and treatment to stabilise condition before access to assessment unit)
Emergency Service -Treat it seriously. Don’t wait to rate injury or self harm.
The CATT team provides assessment and treatment of mentally ill people in crisis situations in the ACT.
The Mental Health Assessment Unit,located within the Canberra HospitalEmergency Department, is a safe and comfortable facility for the provision of mental health assessment, crisis intervention and treatment services.
Suicide Prevention, Crisis Support & Confidential telephone counselling.
The Suicide Call Back Service provides crisis counselling to people at risk of suicide, carers for someone who is suicidal and those bereaved by suicide, 24 hours per day 7 days a week across Australia.
For more information visit:http://www.anglicare.com.au/services/youth-family/health/
Headspace ACT has a variety of workers and services that young people can see, including:
- Youth Mental Health Workers
- Alcohol and Drug Workers
- Private Practitioners
The Junction is a free health service that provides anyone aged 12 – 25 years & their children, access to youth friendly doctors, nurses, midwives, counsellors, youth workers and a range of other health and support workers.
The Directory of Mental Health Services in the ACT lists the services that may assist in recovery, resilience, support, maintaining wellbeing, improving quality of life and helping people to reach their potentials.
The CAMHS Community Teams provide assessment and treatment for children and young people under 18 years of age who are experiencing moderate to severe mental health difficulties.
CAMHS Intake Line (02) 6205 1971
Winnunga’s primary purpose is to provide culturally safe and holistic health services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of the ACT and surrounding areas.
Menslinks aim is to provide support, counselling, mentoring and education mental health services to young men aged between twelve and twenty five in ACT.
Mental Health Online is an internet-based treatment clinic for people with anxiety problems. It is a world-first initiative of the National eTherapy Centre (NeTC) at Swinburne University of Technology and funded by the Federal Department of Health and Ageing.
Counselling- not for emergencies.
Web counselling lets you connect one-on-one, real time, with a Kids Helpline counsellor, over the web.
Because a lot of young people use web counselling, there is often a wait time before a counsellor is available.
Bullying can happen anywhere: face-to-face, by text messages or on the web. It is not limited by age, gender, or education level. It is not a phase and it is not a joke. Bullying can cause lasting harm.
Australian Youth Mental Health 24/7
YOUTH BEYOND BLUE
His mum told him to go to hospital to get help – did he find the strength inside to seek help from others?
When Natalie turned 18, her mind left this world and took her on a long, difficult journey into a different realm…
Babette’s StoryExcerpt from her personal diary aged 16…can your sister ruin your holidays??? – Natalie’s sister writes about her holiday with her sister.
Information, Fact Sheets, Sexual Health, Coming Out, Blogs and Forums
Find your way back from Depression and Anxiety. Vlogs, Fact Sheets
Getting a diagnosis at 17 was liberating and empowering because it I knew something was wrong and it was real
Natalie’s Story thru Mum’s eyes
Natalie loved the doctor. She admired her bag, taking out her stuff and asking her strange questions. It became clear that somehow these questions were connected to her life on Mars…
Looking after someone with mental illness. Kate’s storyKate was in year 7 when her mother first got mentally unwell…
For more information: http://www.lifeline.org.au/
For further services and organisations that provide counselling, support, treatment and care for people experiencing mental illness look under ‘Find Mental Health Services in the ACT’ http://health.act.gov.au/health-services/mental-health-act/mental-health-services/
Suicide Prevention, Crisis Support.
Confidential telephone counselling.
Online counselling now available.
Someone to care and listen, any time and for any reason.
You can ask your GP to make a referral to see a counsellor under the National Better Mental Health Plan. This involves you and your GP discussing your medical history, lifestyle and social situation to better understand your situation.
Find any information about the Canberra Community including self help and support groups.
Provides free, for people on low or no income, legal advice, information and advocacy in the following areas: private and public tenancy, Centrelink benefits and legal aid appeals for people on low incomes.
Call: 13 14 50 for interpreting 24 hours a day, Seven days a week.
Call: (02) 6205 3333 for healthcare interpreters in Cantonese, Mandarin, Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Spanish and Vietnamese during business hours.
Companion House works with people who are newly arrived and longer term settlers. They work with adults, young people and children. Most of the people they work with are asylum seekers or from a refugee background. Companion House is a non-profit community based organisation.
1. Ask questions
Are there any signs of a mental health problem?
3. Have hope
There are treatments for mental health problems and most people recover,but the earlier you get help the better.
5. Recognise you need help
Mental health problems require proper treatment. You wouldn’t manage a broken leg on your own. Neither you nor your friends can manage a mental health problem on your own.
7. Stay calm Mental health problems can be scary, especially if a person is experiencing psychosis
9. Take the giant step
Ask for help
2. Take it seriously
Doing nothing is taking a big risk
4. Know that you’re not alone
Remember one quarter of all young people have experiences of a mental health problem, so other people feel exactly the same as you do. It’s OK.
6. Find courage
It’s OK to seek help. It’s not a sign of weakness see Bhiamie’s story.
8. Get practical
How are you going to get help? Research all your options, and the steps you’ll have to take. Recruit a friend or family member to help you.
10. Be persistent
If your first attempt at getting help doesn’t work, try something else and keep trying.