ACT local mental health services
If you feel you are in crisis, please contact:
Lifeline provides all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with free, anonymous, confidential 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services by phone.
- Call 13 11 14
Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team (CATT)
The ACT Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team (CATT) provides a 24-hour, seven day a week service used for assessment and treatment of mentally ill people in crisis situations.
Kids Helpline provides 24 hour counselling help via email, webchat and phone for anyone under 25 years old.
- Call 1800 551 800
Suicide Call Back Service provides 24/7 free phone, video and online counselling for anyone affected by suicide.
- Call 1300 659 467
Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
Provides assessment and treatment 7 days a week during business hours. Referrals are received from General Practitioners, School Counsellors or other concerned health professionals.
- To make a referral, please phone CAMHS on (02) 6205 1971 or Fax (02) 6205 2627.
- For after hours, please contact CATT on free call 1800 629 354.
MensLine provides 24/7 support for Australian men by telephone and online support.
- Call 1300 78 99 78
QLife is referral support service between 3pm-midnight via phone or online chat for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or intersex.
- Call 1800 184 527
Other mental health services
See the list of ACT mental health services here
- Adult mental health services
- Child and adolescent mental health services
- Rehabilitation & specialty mental health services
- Mental health services at Calvary Hospital
Download the ACT Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol & Drug Services – About us flyer.
BPD-specific support services in the ACT
BPD Awareness ACT is a new business in Canberra that has been established by Natalie Malcolmson to provide those in the Canberra Community with BPD, their loved ones, the clinicians who work with them and the wider community, with awareness of BPD in order to reduce the stigma of BPD. They also aim to provide information on support services, mentoring, peer support, and resources available regarding BPD and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). They also deliver the Family Connections Program and provide awareness raising seminars on BPD and DBT that can be tailored to meet your needs. Their aim is to share the latest global research, knowledge and evidence-based programs with the BPD Community in Canberra.
Phone: 0415 111 894
BPD Awareness ACT is currently accepting intake appointments for people who are interested in attending Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Skills Groups in 2019. Intake appointments are between 3-18 January 2019 between 10 and 6pm. The appointment will be about one hour and free of charge. To make a booking for an intake appointment, call, SMS or email Natalie.
The DBT skills program is most suitable for those who experience problems with self-harm, extreme emotional sensitivity, mood swings, anger, recurrent depression, anxiety, intense or chaotic relationships, impulsivity and stress. In this program, you will learn how to be mindful and tolerate distress, regulate your emotions and improve interpersonal effectiveness. You will learn specific techniques to manage behaviours, interact with others and learn how to tolerate painful emotions. BPD Awareness ACT aims to make DBT skills groups affordable for all who need to learn DBT skills to create a life worth living. Please call to discuss individual costs. Also available for those who are Plan-Managed and Self-Managed under the NDIS.
- Duration: 2.5 hours each session in 10 week program
- Dates: 4 February – 12 April, 29 April – 5 July, 22 July – 27 September, 14 October – 16 December 2019 (follows ACT school terms)
Time/Day/Location: To be confirmed.
- Eligibility: 18 years and older
Cost: Upon discussion.
For more upcoming events, check out our Events page.
DBT Canberra is comprised of a group of mental health professionals, psychologist and social workers, who have a keen interest in helping individuals have a life worth living. The clinicians here are all trained or in training to providing a comprehensive and adherent DBT program to individuals who struggle with emotion regulation, impulse control, and relationships. They have been providing this therapy for over 10 years and have seen many positive outcomes for clients who have struggled with suicide, self harming, and emotion dysregulation. The DBT program runs for a minimum of six months and includes weekly individual therapy (1 hour), skills training group (2.5 hours), phone coaching , and a therapist consultation group.
To discuss referrals and assessments phone 0487 511 644.
ACT Psychological and Counselling Services run continuous DBT informed skills program. The 10-week program can be accessed through the Mental Health Plan with your GP. It addresses different skills and exercises taken directly from the DBT modules. If you would like some more information about the DBT program, please feel free to have a look at the attached document for an example of how the 10 week program is structured. The six-month program can be funded by the individual, some private health insurance and NDIS.
Phone: (02) 6100 1657
Mobile: 0413 922 650
Families and friends of those suffering from BPD and personality disorders and Canberra BPD Support Group are members-only Facebook support group administered by Canberra local Fi Bokulic. You will need a facebook account and make a request to join these support groups. Fi is a consultant, mental health advocate, mentor and Family Connections Leader in the ACT who has over 30 years experience in the public and private sector. She is committed to a holistic approach to living, in particular creating a life that alights with your values, skills and experience. Fi a married mum of two teenagers, and a pack of two furry beasts.
Phone: 0448 556 698
Family Connections Program is a free, 12-week course that meets weekly for two hours to provide education, skills training, and support for people who are in a relationships with someone who has BPD. Focusing on issues that are specific to BPD, it is hosted in a community setting and led by trained group leaders whoa are either clinicians or family members of relatives with BPD. Dr Alan Fruzzetti and Dr Perry Hoffman developed the course based on their research as well as their significant professional expertise in counselling people with BPD and their loved ones. This program provides: (i) current information and research on BPD and on family functioning; (ii) individual coping skills based on DBT; (iii) family skills; and (iv) group support that builds on ongoing network for family members. Family Connections is coordinated by the National Education Alliance for BPD Australia (NEA.BPDAust). It reflects a decade of evidence-based, professionally led family groups that are community based and led by trained family members and clinicians.
General mental health services in the ACT
Sunflower Services Canberra is located in Ainslie. A place you can go to meet other people with lived experience of mental illness, take part in activities, learn about NDIS and find the help you need on your mental health journey. Visit the site to download the most updated calendar of events.
Belconnen Community Service provides art program for people living with mental illness. These activities provide rehabilitation pathways for consumers with enduring issues through one-to-one and small group sessions with an art therapist, and group classes with experienced art tutors. Programs are coordinated from Belconnen and take place across Canberra including Tuggeranong and Watson.
Belconnen Community Service Healthy Body, Health Mind class is a gentle, women only exercise class for people living with mental illness gives participants an opportunity to increase fitness, make new friends and increase confidence.
Wellways offers a directory of mental health services located near you. Services include peer education programs for work, NDIS support, short-term residential rehabilitation programs, community outreach programs, etc.
headspace Canberra supports young people aged between 12 and 23 who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health concerns and/or substance use issues, as well as their family and friends. headspace will soon deliver ‘onespace’ sessions (solutions-based therapy) for young people aged 12-25. Sessions are evidence-based, pragmatic and focus on young person’s current needs and concerns.
If you would like to suggest more relevant ACT local services. Please contact us.