Canberra's walk-in mental health centre officially opened

Free walk-in mental health care is now available to people who live in the Australian Capital Territory.

The Hon Emma McBride MP
Assistant Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
Assistant Minister Rural and Regional Health

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Free walk-in mental health care is now available to people who live in the Australian Capital Territory.

With the launch of Canberra Head to Health, in its new permanent location in Civic today, more Territorians will have access to mental health support.

Head to Health services provide a safe and welcoming place for people to access mental health information, services, and support, delivered by multidisciplinary teams.

The Canberra Head to Health centre is staffed by a team of psychologists, occupational therapists, counsellors, social workers and peer workers.

People can walk-in to the Canberra Head to Health centre without a referral or appointment and all services are free of charge.

Fully funded by the Commonwealth Government, Canberra Head to Health was one of the initial eight centres set up to trial the concept. Since it opened at an interim site in Deakin in December 2021, over 900 clinical sessions have been delivered for over 150 clients.

Interpreting services will also be available through the Australian Government’s recent investment in Translating and Interpreting Services.

People wanting to know if this service is right for them can also call Head to Health on 1800 595 212 to talk to a mental health professional and be connected with the supports that best meet their needs.

Quotes attributable to Assistant Minister McBride:

“We are working with all levels of government to make mental health support more accessible for Australians wherever they live.

“Canberra’s Head to Health service has already demonstrated its value to the local community, providing a safe and welcoming place for adults needing mental health support.

“The Australian Government is funding this service so people can get the help they need, when they need it.”

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