Northern Territory

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Directory last reviewed: 30 May 2017

Please contact your General Practitioner or Primary Care Health Provider in the first instance.

Emergency help

If you are feeling suicidal or need urgent help call one of the following:

  • Emergency: 000
  • Lifeline: 13 11 14
  • Kids HelpLine: 1800 55 1800
  • Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467

If you are using a mobile phone and 000 doesn't work, you can call 112 to access the Emergency Call Service. If you have a hearing or speech impairment and can access a TTY (teletypewriter), call 106 for the text-based Emergency Call Service.

Northern Territory Crisis Assessment Telephone Triage and Liaison (NT CATT)

  • Phone: 1800 682 288 (1800 NTCATT)

Mental health services

The Northern Territory Mental Health Services (NTMHS) is provides a range of assessment and treatment services for people with mental illness or other mental health related problems. Inpatient and community based services are provided in Darwin and Alice Springs. Rural and remote community mental health services are also located in Darwin Rural, Katherine, East Arnhem, Alice Springs Remote and the Barkly Regions.

For more information and for useful contacts in the Northern Territory, download the Consumers Guide to the Mental Health and Related Services Act (PDF file).

Lifeline Service Finder

  • Website: lifeline.serviceseeker.com.au/
  • The Lifeline Service Finder is a directory of free or low cost health and community services available in Australia. It includes accommodation, domestic violence, family and children's services, financial assistance and mental health services.

Living Is For Everyone

  • Website: www.livingisforeveryone.com.au
  • The Commonwealth government's Living Is For Everyone (LIFE) website is a world-class suicide and self-harm prevention resource. Dedicated to providing the best available evidence and resources to guide activities aimed at reducing the rate at which people take their lives in Australia, the LIFE website is designed for people across the community who are involved in suicide and self-harm prevention activities.

Psychologists & mental health practitioners

The Australian Clinical Psychology Association locator

  • Website: www.acpa.org.au/find-a-clinical-psychologist/index.php
  • The Australian Clinical Psychology Association offers an online search tool to help you find a local Clinical Psychologist who offers the services you want (e.g., cognitive behavioural therapy or interpersonal therapy for depression).

The Australian Psychological Society referral service

  • Free call: 1800 333 497 (outside Melbourne)
  • Email: referral@psychology.org.au
  • Website: www.psychology.org.au/FindaPsychologist/Default.aspx?#About
  • The Australian Psychological Society offers a referral service. They will provide the names of private psychologists in the ACT who offer the services you want (eg, cognitive behavioural therapy or interpersonal therapy for depression). Alternatively, use the online search on the website to find a practitioner in your area.

beyondblue Directory of Mental Health Practitioners

  • Phone: 1300 22 4636 (Info Line)
  • Website: www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/find-a-professional
  • For the cost of a local call, the beyondblue info line provides callers with access to information and referral to relevant services for depression and anxiety related matters. Visit the above website to find the relevant Mental Health Practitioner in your area.

Telephone counselling & helplines

beyondblue Info Line

  • Phone: 1300 22 4636 (24 hour service)
  • For the cost of a local call, the beyondblue info line provides callers with access to information and referral to relevant services for depression and anxiety related matters (not a counselling service).

CAN Mental Health Phone Connections

  • Phone: 1300 135 846
  • Website: canmentalhealth.org.au/about-us/hospital-to-home/
  • Phone Connections is a national peer support and information referral line available between 6pm to midnight each day of the week. Please visit the website for current phone hours.

Kids Helpline

  • Phone: 1800 55 1800 (24 hour service)
  • Website: www.kidshelp.com.au
  • Provides specialised help for young people aged 5 to 25 years, and is staffed by professional counsellors. Daily web-counselling available (see website for current times) and email counselling (not for crisis).

Lifeline

  • Phone: 13 11 14 (24 hour service)
  • Website: www.lifeline.org.au
  • Volunteers with professional support, trained in responding to callers concerned about suicide. Provides general counselling and referrals to services in caller's local community. Calls to Lifeline from a landline are usually the cost of a local call, and calls from mobile phones are free of charge.

MensLine

  • Phone: 1300 78 99 78 (24 hour service)
  • Website: www.mensline.org.au/
  • Provided by professional staff. The website also includes moderated forums with specific spaces for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Vietnamese and Arabic men, rural men, partners/children.

PANDA. Post and Antenatal Depression Association Inc

  • Phone: 1300 726 306
  • Email: info@panda.org.au
  • Website: www.panda.org.au
  • Provides support and information to women and families affected by post and antenatal depression.

SANE Mental Illness Helpline

  • Phone: 1800 18 SANE (1800 18 7263)
  • Website: www.sane.org/get-help
  • Provides information and referral for callers concerned about mental illness anywhere in Australia (not a counselling service).

Suicide Call Back Service

  • Phone: 1300 659 467 (24 hour service)
  • Website: www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au
  • 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. People who are not linked in with current professional support can also access up to six sessions of ongoing counselling with the same counsellor at times scheduled to suit you.

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service

  • Phone: 1800 011 046
  • Website: www.vvcs.gov.au/
  • The VVCS provides counselling and group programs to Australian veterans and peacekeepers and their families and is run by qualified psychologists or social workers. Visit the website for more information about mental health and online resources.

University counselling services (for students)

Charles Darwin University

Public service providers

There is no information about public service providers in Northern Territory.

Self-help, resources and consumer organisations

Beacon

  • Website: beacon.anu.edu.au
  • Provides consumers and professionals with information about e-health online applications for mental health and physical health disorders. Websites throughout the world are reviewed and ranked by a panel of health experts. Consumers can also submit rankings and comments. Beacon is developed and delivered by the ANU Centre for Mental Health Research.

e-couch Personal Self Help

  • Website: ecouch.anu.edu.au
  • An interactive, evidence-based, self help program that includes modules for depression, social anxiety and generalised anxiety, divorce and relationship breakdown, and bereavement and loss. It provides self help interventions drawn from cognitive, behavioural and interpersonal therapies as well as relaxation and physical activity. e-couch was developed by researchers at the Australian National University.

JobAccess

  • Phone: 1800 464 800
  • Website: www.jobaccess.gov.au
  • Provides advice on matters relating to the employment of people with a disability, including those with mental health conditions. The website includes information on practical workplace solutions to overcome barriers in the workplace as well as access to the Australian Government funding via the Workplace Modification Scheme.

Mind

  • Phone: 1300 554 660 (Carer Helpline)
  • Phone: 1300 286 463 (1300 AT MIND) (Service information and referral)
  • Website: www.mindaustralia.org.au/
  • Mind provides support to people who are living with a mental illness.

moodgym Training Program

  • Website: moodgym.com.au
  • An interactive, evidence-based program for depression which incorporates cognitive behavioural therapy. Research has found moodgym to be helpful in reducing symptoms of depression in users (See Online prevention). moodgym was developed by researchers at the Australian National University.

Suicide Prevention Australia

  • Website: suicidepreventionaust.org
  • SPA is a non-profit, non-government organisation working as a public health advocate in suicide prevention. The website provides information and resources for people who are feeling suicidal, helping someone at risk of suicide, people moving forward after a suicide attempt, and bereavement support for people who have lost a loved one to suicide. SPA has also produced a DVD to help men living in rural Australia.

Headspace

  • Website: www.headspace.org.au
  • Provides information and assistance for young people experiencing mental health and/or substance issues and their families. Headspace sites are available in Central Australia and in the Top End.

Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia (NT)

  • Phone: (08) 8948 1051 (Darwin), (08) 8953 1467 (Alice Springs)or (08) 8962 1931 (Tennant Creek)
  • Email: admin@mifant.org.au
  • Website: www.mifant.org.au
  • Provides services for people people living with a mental illness and their carers and families.

Top End Association for Mental Health (TEAM Health)

  • Phone: (08) 8943 9600 (Darwin) or 1300 780 081 (STD)
  • Email: teamhealth@teamhealth.asn.au
  • Website: www.teamhealth.asn.au
  • Provides services for people who have a mental illness, including information, referral, practical support and life-skills rehabilitation.

Top End Mental Health Consumers Organisation (TEMHCO)

  • Phone: (08) 8932 6686
  • Provides mutual support, systems advocacy and social events for people with mental illness.

Carer organisations & services

Commonwealth Respite & Carelink Centre

Carers Northern Territory

  • Free call: 1800 242 636 (National Carer Advisory & Counselling Service)
  • Website: www.carersnt.asn.au
  • Offers carer information, support, and counselling.

Community courses

Mental Health First Aid

  • Website: www.mhfa.com.au
  • Provides first aid courses focusing on mental health issues, including depression and suicide intervention training. Visit the website for first aid strategies for helping someone going through a mental health crisis.

Support groups

The Black Dog Institute maintains a list of organisations that run or coordinate mental health support groups in Northern Territory, available at: www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/getting-help/black-dog-clinical-services/other-support-groups

Alternatively, contact TEAM Health on 08 8981 4399 or 1300 780 081 and ask about support services available in the Northern Territory.

GROW Northern Territory

  • Phone: (08) 8981 1210 | Free call: 1800 558 268
  • Email: nt@grow.org.au
  • Website: www.grow.org.au
  • A self help organisation for people who suffer from depression and other mental illnesses. GROW is based on a 12 step self-help program. Members meet weekly.

Alcoholics Anonymous Australia

  • Website: www.aa.org.au
  • A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

Partners in Depression (PiD)

  • Website: www.partnersindepression.com.au
  • A six-session education and support group program for people who love, live with or care for someone experiencing depression. PiD is an initiative of the Hunter Institute of Mental Health and was developed in conjuction with beyondblue: the national depression initiative.