If you are experiencing mental distress:
- Reach out to friends and family
- See your GP or health care clinic and discuss support options or a mental health care plan
- Utilise 24 hour support services like Lifeline 13 11 14 www.lifeline.org.au and Beyond Blue www.beyondblue.org.au 1300 22 4636
- In an emergency contact 000
If you are worried about someone else experiencing mental distress:
- Reach out to the person in distress and start a conversation
- Encourage them to see a GP or health care clinic to discuss support options or a mental health care plan
- Encourage them to utilise 24 hour support services like Lifeline 13 11 14 www.lifeline.org.au and Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 www.beyondblue.org.au
- If they refuse support, keep checking in on them. If you believe they are having a mental health crisis you can call the NT Mental Health Line 1800 682 288 for advice from the Crisis Assessment and Support Team.
- In an emergency or if someone is in danger contact 000
Please note: MHACA is not a crisis service, however we can support people with a diagnosed mental illness on their journey of recovery. Find a referral form here. People can call MHACA between 8am-4pm weekdays and we can assist you to find the supports you need.
Counselling Services in Alice Springs
- Free phone counselling service for Territorians
- Alice Springs 0459 160 742 (male counsellor)
- Darwin 0427 102 809 (female counsellor)
- Counselling and mediation services
- Fee for service on a sliding scale, EAP provider
- Phone 8950 4100
- Free counselling service
- Phone 1800 899 855
- Free counselling and AOD counselling services
- Phone 8952 5899
A range of private providers also offer services in Alice Springs.
Find a listing of NT support services at NTCOSS Directory
Phone and online services available 24 hours a day.
Lifeline 13 11 14 www.lifeline.org.au Lifeline text service (evenings) 0477 13 11 14
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 www.beyondblue.org.au
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 www.kidshelpline.com.au
Mensline 1300 78 99 78 www.mensline.org.au
1800RESPECT 1800 737 732 www.1800respect.org.au
Help Seeking Resources
MHACA has developed a range of resources to encourage people to seek help early for mental health challenges or suicidal thoughts.
1 in 5 Australians are experiencing mental ill health each year and recent figures show that 1 in 8 Australians are currently experiencing high or very high levels of psychological distress. Many people don’t seek help until a crisis point is reached which impacts the ability for the person to recover quickly and puts pressure on emergency services.
The “Need Support For Your Mental Health?” resource encourages people to reach out for help if they are feeling down, and provides a number of support options for people to consider. It also provides advice for people concerned about others with mental health challenges, and ways to encourage the person to seek help.
Download the “Need Support For Your Mental Health?” flyer here
The Feeling Sad or Worried resource encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members to reach out if they are experiencing mental health difficulties, provides a listing of 24 hour phone supports and local organisations that can provide support.
Download the “Feeling Sad Or Worried?” flyer here