Seek help early for mental health

Anglicare NT partners with some of Australia’s leading organisations in the field of mental health and suicide prevention to provide evidence-based programs that meet community needs.

Our mental health services range from prevention, early intervention, intensive case work and clinical support, functional recovery and carer support activities. Services are user friendly, guided by strong clinical evidence and adapted to local needs.

In Darwin, Anglicare NT coordinates the Housing Accommodation Support Initiative (HASI) which provides intensive support and mentoring to adults living with mental illness in public housing. The focus is on building connections, strengthening life skills and growing confidence to tackle life’s challenges.

Anglicare NT’s mental health services have a strong focus on early intervention. This means accessing information, assessment and treatment at the earliest possible point. With the right interventions, services can help to reduce the length and severity of a mental health issue and minimise the likelihood of it becoming more complex.

Anglicare NT is the lead agency for two headspace centres in the Territory. headspace Darwin has been available to young people and their families and carers for over 12 years. headspace Katherine celebrated its first anniversary on 25 September this year.

headspace provides free and confidential services for young people aged 12 to 25. Wrap around services cover mental health, physical and sexual health, alcohol and other drugs and vocational assistance. Regular mobile outreach clinics also support young people in the communities of Wugularr and Binjari outside of Katherine.

Across the Top End for over 20 years, Anglicare NT has collaborated with Living Works Australia to deliver suicide intervention and awareness training to the public, organisations and communities. These locally adapted evidence-based programs increase people’s confidence to talk about this problem and respond to people at risk. Anglicare NT offers a two-day suicide intervention skills workshop (ASIST) and a half-day suicide alertness session (safeTALK). Suicide is everybody’s business and we can all learn to recognise the signs of suicide and to develop practical intervention skills.