New centre to boost mental health support


Wednesday, 19 January, 2022

New centre to boost mental health support

A new ‘Head to Health’ centre has been launched in Darwin as part of a major national rollout of mental health support services.

Minister for Health and Aged Care Greg Hunt said, “We know that the pandemic has had a significant impact on the mental health and wellbeing of many Australians.

“The government’s investment in Head to Health centres like this one in Darwin will boost mental health and wellbeing access and support. It will save lives and improve lives.”

Assistant Minister David Coleman said, “Head to Health centres are designed to provide a welcoming, low stigma, ‘no wrong door’ entry point for adults to access mental health information, services and supports.

“For local residents, better access to a multidisciplinary team operating over extended hours, without needing a prior appointment or paying a fee, makes it easier to ask for and get help,” Assistant Minister Coleman said.

The centre will provide access to “culturally appropriate, high-quality, person-centred care — where and when they need it. It is a place where people can come to rest, yarn and heal,” he said.

“The centre will provide a safe place for people experiencing high levels of distress or who are at heightened risk of suicide.”

The service has been commissioned by the Northern Territory Primary Health Network and will be operated by Neami National in partnership with Larrakia Nation.

As part of the 2019–20 Budget, the government committed $114.5 million to fund the trial of eight ‘Head to Health’ Adult Mental Health Centres, with one centre to be established in each state and territory, including $14 million for Darwin Head to Health.

Australians looking for support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic can access the Beyond Blue Coronavirus Wellbeing Support Service any time via telephone at 1800 512 348 or online at coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au.

Anyone experiencing distress can also seek immediate advice and support through Lifeline (13 11 14), Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800), or the government’s digital mental health gateway, Head to Health.

If you are concerned about suicide, living with someone who is considering suicide or are bereaved by suicide, the Suicide Call Back Service is available at 1300 659 467 or www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au.

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