The Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing

The Government is committed to an integrated approach to mental wellbeing, suicide and self-harm prevention that works with the community as a whole.

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Mental health and suicide prevention continue to be priorities for the ACT Government.

Supporting a mission to keep people well for longer, the Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing (the Office) has been created to:

  • provide strategic oversight of the delivery of mental health services across the ACT, including how they intersect with other government directorates
  • ensure our mental health services are person-centric and meet the needs of people
  • improve access to mental health services by managing the coordination, integration and targeting of services and facilities through a mental health and wellbeing framework
  • focus on coordinating services along the entire continuum of mental health  
  • help ensure that people experiencing poor mental health can access the most appropriate services and supports at the right place and at the right time.

The Office, led by Coordinator-General Dr Elizabeth Moore is building relationships across the ACT Government, other agencies and the ACT community to support a coordinated effort to address the social circumstances that influence our mental health.

Dr Moore brings great experience to the ACT and will provide important strategic leadership and direction for our mental health system, which will drive better mental health outcomes for Canberrans.

Dr Moore has been a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists for over 25 years and has worked in both public and private hospital and community settings. She has held clinical and administrative positions in mental health, and her career has spanned five states and territories in Australia.

Our work

The Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing is leading a process of co-design across government, non-government organisations, consumers and carers, and the community to develop a territory-wide vision for mental health in the ACT.

This new vision will reflect how Canberra wishes to foster the mental health and wellbeing of its people into the 21st century. It will be developed with a Stewardship Group and co-designed with stakeholders alongside the development of the initial work plan. This is the first priority of the Office.

Over time this will see a greater focus on the circumstances in which people live their lives and how these impact on mental wellbeing.

Once the work plan has been finalised and approved, it will be uploaded to share the key priorities for the Office.  As the workplan progresses, regular updates will be highlighted and shared for everyone to view.

A key piece of work for the Office, is the implementation of Black Dog Institute’s Lifespan Integrated Suicide Prevention Framework. 

LifeSpan will be implemented in the ACT over the next three years under the ‘Better care when you need it’ Suicide Prevention Budget Measure. It is a new, evidence-based approach to integrated suicide prevention in Australia. It combines nine strategies that have strong evidence for suicide prevention into one community-led approach incorporating health, education, frontline services, business and the community.

Get involved

If you would like to be involved in the work of the Office, please email your interest via email OfficeforMHW@act.gov.au or call 5124 9600.

Visit our YourSay page to let us know what’s important to you and how, together, we can better support the mental health and wellbeing of all Canberrans.

Your involvement and feedback will help us ensure that the priority areas that have been identified align with the wants and needs of the Canberra community.

Need help?

If your situation is life-threatening, call Triple 000 immediately for help or visit your nearest Emergency Department.

If you need immediate support and assistance, please call the Crisis and Assessment Team (CATT) on 1800 629 354 or 02 6205 1065. CATT offer mental health services that are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These services give you access to assessment and treatment services and offer advice and information on a range of mental health issues.

If you or someone you know struggles with mental health issues or feels overwhelmed, please remember you are not alone.

There are many people and services that can give you help and support:

24/7 Crisis Support

  • Beyondblue – call 1300 22 4636
  • Lifeline – call 13 11 14
  • Suicide Call Back Service – call 1300 659 467
  • MensLine Australia – call 1300 789 978
  • Kids Helpline - 1800 55 1800

ACT Support Services

  • ACT Mental Health Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team- call 1800 629 354
  • Adult Community Mental Health Teams
    • Belconnen Mental Health Team – 6205 1110
    • City Mental Health Team – 6205 1338
    • Tuggeranong Mental Health Team – 6205 2777
    • Woden Mental Health Team – 6205 1488
    • Gungahlin Mental Health Team – 6205 1110
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services – CAMHS
    • CAMHS Northside – 6205 1050
    • CAMHS Southside – 6205 1469
  • The Way Back Support Service – 1800 929 222

Other support and information services

  • SANE Australia Helpline – call 1800 18 SANE (7263)
  • Headspace – 1800 650 890
  • youthbeyondblue – 1300 224 636
  • Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia (PANDA) – 1300 726 30

More information is available at Mental Health Services.

Page last updated on: 25 Feb 2019