How we can helpHead to Health is Canberra’s new mental health support service. 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. Request a call back
Your first visit
What to expect from Head to Health
Whether you walk in to our Centre or talk to us on 1800 595 212, the first step is to provide information about what service we provide and how we might help you. You can complete an initial assessment with one of our Mental Health Clinicians. This takes 30-60 minutes and helps us to gather information to understand your needs and how we can best help support you.
How we can help you
A range of factors can impact your mental health including the COVID-19 pandemic, stresses at home or work, mental illness, trauma, grief, or life challenges. We take the time to understand your personal challenges, current health and wellbeing, and depending on your 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. You 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 your circumstances and assist you to find the right resources and referrals to best meet your needs.
After initial assessment, we help you source appropriate services to meet your needs. This may include referral to online or e-therapies, local services or referral into our treatment team.
You 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.
Canberra Head to Health
Refer you to our Group Programs
We offer a range of innovative group programs to help you to better understand and learn ways to manage your challenges. You will meet other people with similar challenges, in a supported and safe environment. At the moment we have a range of programs available including:
Healthy Coping Group
Six weekly sessions focused on building healthy coping skills. For those who are seeking to learn more adaptive, healthy ways to manage the stressors in their life. Learn more about our Health Coping 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
Peer Social Group
Weekly sessions for anyone with lived experience of mental health issues who wants to connect with others in a warm, supportive environment. The Group is hosted by a Peer Worker with lived experience of mental illness. Learn more about our Peer Social Group
Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Group
Three weekly sessions for anyone who wants an introduction to the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (or CBT) model. Learn more about our Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Group
Understanding and Healing from Trauma Group
Weekly sessions providing education, information and knowledge to
participants about trauma in a supportive environment. Learn more about our Understanding and Healing from Trauma Group
Strength in Diversity Group
Weekly sessions to help international students looking to thrive in their new environment and seeking to learn more adaptive, healthy ways to manage the stressors in their lives. Learn more about our Strength in Diversity Group
Mindfulness and Relaxation Group
For individuals looking for a comprehensive peer-led introduction to the fundamentals of mindfulness and relaxation in a supportive safe environment. Learn more about our Mindfulness and Relaxation Group
Frequently asked questions
Commonly asked questions by people who enquire about, or attend, our service.
For health professionals
What health care providers can do to assist Canberrans looking for mental health care support.
Healthy Coping Workshops
For those who are seeking to learn more adaptive, healthy ways to manage the stressors in their life.