For health professionalsCanberra Head to Health is a free mental health service that offers a standardised assessment to connect your patients with the right services. Download our health professionals brochure
Helping Canberrans find the support they need
Head to Health bridges the gap in mental health care
Head to Health is a free mental health care service available to the ACT via federal government funding. 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 there.
Support for your patients
The Canberra Head to Health Centre is staffed by a local organisation, Think Mental Health’s (Think Psychology Solutions) multidisciplinary
team of psychologists, mental health assistants, nurses, occupational therapists, and social workers, along with psychiatry input. Our professionals provide a range of services including intake, referral, service navigation and treatment.
If you think one of your patients could benefit from local mental health care, they can contact us directly and we will meet with them face-to-face or over the phone. Their initial consult starts with information about what services we provide and how we might be able to help. They are given the opportunity to complete an initial assessment with one of our Mental Health Clinicians. This takes 30-60 minutes and helps us to gather information to understand their personal challenges, current health and wellbeing, and depending on their needs, we may provide one or more of the following mental health services.
Access to reliable and relevant health information
We support people in distress and provide reliable and relevant health information to all. People can walk in or phone up to speak to a mental health clinician.
We take the time to provide a thorough initial assessment to understand individual circumstances and assist people to find the right resources and referrals to best meet their needs.
After initial assessment, we help people source appropriate services to meet their needs. This may include referral to online or e-therapies, local services or referral into our treatment team.
Individuals may be referred into the Centre to receive treatment services. This can include individual sessions with one of our mental health professionals or access to our range of group programs.
Referral to our Group Programs
We offer a range of innovative group programs to help people better understand and learn ways to manage their challenges. Through the Group Programs they will meet other people with similar challenges, in a supported and safe environment. At the moment we have a range of programs available including:
Body in mind
Group program for those aged 12 years and over who are struggling with body dissatisfaction and/or disordered eating behaviours and are looking for
a change. Learn more about our Body in Mind Group
Healthy Coping Workshops
Four to six weekly sessions focused on building healthy coping skills. For those who are struggling and feeling a little disconnected, uninspired, stuck, or overwhelmed. Learn more about our Health Coping Workshops
Healthy Eating Group
For those aged 12 years and over who are struggling with disordered eating, body dissatisfaction or at risk of developing an eating disorder. Learn more about our Health Eating Group
Men’s Resilience Group
For adult men experiencing mental health challenges and who want to learn strategies to boost their resilience. Learn more about our Men’s Resilience Group
Weekly Social Group
Weekly sessions for anyone with lived experience of mental health issues who wants to connect with others in a warm, supportive environment. This Group is hosted by a Peer Worker with lived experience of mental illness. Learn more about our Weekly Social Group
Frequently Asked Questions
Commonly asked questions by people who enquire about, or attend, our service.
Community organisations and government services we are currently working with to support the Canberra community.
Healthy Eating Group
For those aged 12 years and over who are struggling with disordered eating, body dissatisfaction or at risk of developing an eating disorder.