Mental Health First Aid
Table © Mental Health First Aid Australia
Mental health first aid was developed in 2001 at the Australian National University with the aim of:
- improving knowledge of mental health
- reducing the stigma associated with mental illness
- giving people the confidence to help those with a mental illness.
Mental Health First Aid – online and face to face training courses delivered nationally.
'Mental Health First Aid' APP - The free to download 'Mental Health First Aid' App for Android and iPhone provides key information about MHFA. This handy resource in your pocket is for members of the public and those who have already completed an MHFA course.
Mental Health Emergency – 24 hour service
- Emergency Services 000 (if using a University telephone dial "0" before dialling 000)
- University Security
- 03 6226 7600 for all campuses (Hobart, Launceston, Burnie, Rozelle)
Anxiety, depression or suicide – 24 hour service
- Lifeline: 13 11 14
- Suicideline: 1300 651 251
- Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
- Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Anxiety Helpline: 1300 269 438 or 9886 9377
- Kids Helpline (5 to 25 year olds): 1800 551 800
- Headspace Online (2 to 17 year olds): (03) 6231 2927
Sexual assault - 24-hour service
- Sexual Assault Crisis Line: 1800 806 292 or 9349 1766
- Centre Against Sexual Assault: 9635 3610
- MensLine: 1300 789 978
Drugs, alcohol and gambling – 24 hour service
Grief and loss – 24 hour service
- Lifeline: 13 11 14
Grief and loss - Online services:
Government Assistance 'Better Access Program Initiative' - Anyone can access mental health care services through the Federal Government's Better Access Program Initiative.
Note: Services under this program are not funded by the University and will be the responsibility of the individual.
Under this initiative Medicare rebates are available to patients for selected mental health services provided by GPs, psychologists, psychiatrists and eligible social workers and occupational therapists.