An important part of overall health is mental health. Many people struggle with mental health issues, and therefore many different services are needed to accommodate the needs of all. Often metal illness is seen as shameful, attention seeking, imaginary or harmful. Similarly, there are often negative stereotypes related to mental illness. For this reason, and many others, all services are confidential.
Mental health struggles can relate to any emotions or thought patterns such as grief, anger, fear, anxiety. Coping with problematic thoughts is something no one should have to face alone. Both adults and children can struggle with mental health issues. Many services exist to provide such support to those experiencing mental health concerns as well as their family and friends.
FREECALL 1800 243 232
18 Watchorn Street, Hobart (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) 406 Main Road, Glenorchy (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) 135 Clarence Street, Howrah (Tuesdays) 59 Cadbury Road, Claremont 1 Fitzroy Street, Sorell
Provides individuals and families with relationship, financial, alcohol and other drug, and mental health counselling and support, as well as mediation.
Clare House Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
Contact via Mental Health Helpline (1300 332 388) (Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm)
A specialist mental health service for children and young people up to 18 and their families; provides support to children and young people who are displaying symptoms of psychiatric disorder or severe emotional and behavioural disturbance.
Dads in Distress
1300 853 437 (All hours)
Support group of men whose immediate concern is to stem the present trend of male suicide due to the trauma of divorce and separation.
Eureka Club House
6214 9979 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)
6 Florence Street, Moonah
Aged 18 and older; a centre for people who have or have had mental ill health; facilitates and supports employment, housing and education as well as opportunities for recreation activities and friendship.
6211 5000 (Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm)
Level 1, 2 Terry St, Glenorchy
A community mental health facility which provides assessment, diagnosis and treatment for adults suffering from mental disorders or mental health problems.
6222 8308 or 6166 8344 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)
Royal Hobart Hospital, 48 Liverpool Street, Hobart
The Royal Hobart Hospital provides a grief counselling service for families and individuals who have experienced a loss while associated with the hospital.
49 Liverpool Street, Hobart
Aged 12 to 25; support, information and advice to young people; helps with general and mental health, counselling, education, employment and alcohol and other drugs services; has a web based youth mental health support site.
1800 551 800
Aged 5 to 25; free 24-hour confidential and anonymous telephone counselling service.
13 1114 (All hours) or 6224 3450 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)
5 Battery Square, Battery Point
Trained and supervised volunteers offer care and support by telephone and face to face crisis support; provides a range of counselling and social inclusion services as well as community training in suicide prevention.
1300 789 978 (24 hours)
Telephone counselling dedicated to men’s issues as well as referrals and advice; provide information, online counselling, self-help worksheets and the community service database.
Mental Health Carers Tasmania
6228 7448 (Tues-Fri 9am-5pm, answering machine 24 hours)
1 St Johns Avenue, New Town
A group of people who have a close family member or friend with a mental illness, who work together as volunteers to support others in a similar situation; offers support to families, provides information, informal referrals and promotes community awareness and advocacy.
6228 3344 (Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm)
198 New Town Road, New Town
Aged 18 and above; rehabilitation and support in a 24-hour residential recovery-focused program for adults recovering from serious mental illness; also the ‘Out & About’ southern recreation program for people with a diagnosed mental illness; works closely with Mental Health Council to influence state policy development and strategic direction for mental health support.
StandBy Response Service
0400 183 490 (24 hours)
Works with Police, Ambulance, Emergency and other community services to provide crisis intervention, support, information and referrals to families, friends and associates who have been impacted by the loss of someone to suicide; offers telephone and face-to-face support and links to ongoing community services.
Support After Suicide
6282 1519 (Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm) or 0400 183 490 (24 hours)
Support and assistance for anyone who has been exposed to, or experienced the loss of someone to suicide.
Suicide Bereavement Support Group
0491 445 552 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Program runs every first and third Tuesday of the month between 5:30 pm-7:30 pm (contact before attending is recommended).
Open to anyone who has experienced the loss of someone to suicide; enables people to share, listen, give and receive mutual support; an open group and is facilitated by trained and experienced staff.
Taz Kids Club Camps
FREECALL 1800 243 232
Aged 7 to 17; for young people whose parent has a mental illness; clubs are run for eight weeks during the school terms; enables kids to meet new friends and have fun; camps are held over two nights, throughout the school year; developed to bring children who have similar experiences together and provide them with the opportunity to share thoughts, questions and gain support and information in a fun and safe environment.
Veterans & Veteran Families Counselling Service
6221 6777 or 1800 011 046 (Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm)
254-286 Liverpool Street, Hobart
Provides counselling and group programs to Australian veterans of all conflicts, peacekeepers and their families; a specialised, free and confidential Australia-wide service provided by qualified and experienced psychologists and social workers; provide a wide range of treatments and programs for war and service-related mental health conditions including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).