Mental health

Almost half of all Australians experience some form of mental health problem at some time in their life.

Mental health conditions are complex, costly and often chronic. They can impact the lives of individuals, families and communities.

Being mentally healthy is not just the absence of illness – it’s also about being socially and emotionally well.

Our commissioned activity

While we do not provide clinical services ourselves, Primary Health Tasmania has commissioned primary mental health services for:

  • anyone with a mild or moderate mental illness
  • adults with a complex or severe mental illness
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • young people.

Search Our Services Portal to find out details about the mental health services we commission.

Around 7.3 million or 45% of Australians aged 16–85 will experience a common mental health-related condition such as depression, anxiety or a substance use disorder in their lifetime.

Primary Health Tasmania is currently commissioning a new psychosocial support service called the National Psychosocial Support Measure, which will be available from April this year.

If you think your clients may benefit from the service, or to help them understand the broader national changes to the delivery of Australian Government-funded psychosocial support services this year, download our fact sheet.

eMental health

eMental health refers to the use of the web and other communication technologies to provide mental health services and support, such as online support groups, podcasts and apps.

The eMHPrac – e-mental health in practice – project is an Australian Government initiative that aims to raise practitioner awareness and knowledge of digital mental health by providing training and support.

Head to Health also provides comprehensive information and collated resources for health professionals and consumers alike.

National Suicide Prevention Trial

Tasmania is one of 12 sites around the country taking part in the Australian Government-funded trial, which aims to test how a more coordinated approach can help local communities reduce the rate of suicide attempts and deaths by suicide.

Read about our involvement in the trial, and other work in suicide prevention.

Psychological treatment services for people in residential aged care facilities

This program is about supporting people who are living in residential aged care facilities (RACFs) and are diagnosed with, or at risk of developing, a mild to moderate mental illness.

It aims to improve their ability to access mental health services in the community and will involve collaborating with the facilities themselves to provide evidenced-based, timely psychological therapies.

Mental health professionals such as psychologists, social workers and mental health nurses will deliver psychological care to residents, who will generally require a referral beforehand.

It’s all part of Primary Health Tasmania’s work commissioning psychological support services designed for people living in residential aged care, intended to complement the personal care, accommodation, physical and social support they receive from their facility.

Stepped care

Alongside our mental health commissioning activity, Primary Health Tasmania is working with the Tasmanian Department of Health, the Tasmanian Health Service, the Mental Health Council of Tasmania and consumers and carers to develop a stepped care model for mental health in Tasmania.

People often move across a continuum of care – their illness may become more or less severe at different times, which means they’ll need a different level of support at different times. The provision of services within a stepped care model will enable people to move within the system, depending on their level of need, in a coordinated and seamless manner.

The stepped care model will underpin a new statewide mental health and suicide prevention plan, aiming to deliver joined-up mental health services that meet local needs. This is central to the Australian Government’s mental health reform.

Read more about our work in this area.

Helplines

Primary Health Tasmania does not offer health services, crisis, or emergency support.

Your regular general practitioner/doctors surgery should always be your first point of call if you need medical or mental health care

In an emergency, call Triple 0 (000) for Ambulance, Fire or Police.

For health advice on health services open at night, public holidays and weekends, visit the Tas After Hours website.

The following helplines are also available for urgent assistance:

  • Mental Health Services Helpline (DHHS) 1800 332 388
  • Lifeline Crisis Help 13 11 14
  • Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselling (DHHS – Afterhours) 1800 811 994
  • Poison Information Centre 13 11 26