Head to Health is Canberra’s new mental health support serviceAre you anxious, worried, stressed or feeling overwhelmed?
If you live, work or play in the ACT, you no longer have to wait weeks or even months for mental health support. The Canberra Head to Health Centre is now open and provides free mental health care services to people 18 and over.
I need help
If I contact Head to Health, what happens?
We offer consultation and information to all individuals who make contact with our service. We also provide an initial assessment with a Mental Health Clinician to understand your individual needs and help connect you to the right services for your circumstances.
For health professionals
How can we help you to help your patients
A range of factors are impacting the mental health of our Canberra community including the COVID-19 pandemic, stresses at home or work, trauma, grief, or life challenges.
We don’t require a referral or a Mental Health Treatment Plan but we do need health professionals to help us get the message out. Help us to reach more of the community by exploring our services and letting your patients know we are here to help them.
The government initiative
Who is Canberra Head to Health?
Head to Health is a federal government funded initiative and in the ACT is staffed by a local organisation, Think Mental Health. We have a team of professionals here to help you including psychologists, mental health assistants, nurses, occupational therapists, and social workers, along with psychiatry input as required.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens when I request a call back on the website?
Canberra Head to Health reception will receive the request and aim to give you a call at the designated day/time you have requested. They will send through some further information via email. Please note this call will come from a private number.
Can I call on behalf of someone else?
Yes, but it may limit the support we can provide. For example, we are unable to schedule a person in for an initial assessment without their consent. Consent can be given verbally in the instance that they were unable to call themselves but are present when you call Canberra Head to Health.
Is Head to Health free?
Canberra Head to Health is supported by funding from the ACT Primary Health Network (PHN) via Capital Health Network (CHN), through the Australian Government’s PHN Program. All services provided by Canberra Head to Health are free.
Can I talk to someone over the phone or visit the clinic?
Either is fine. If choosing to complete an assessment over the phone, the intake team will give you a call at the scheduled time – alternatively we are able to complete the assessment at our clinic in Canberra City.