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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
Our Services Portal to find out details about the mental health services we commission.
Support for people in aged care facilities
Primary Health Tasmania has commissioned Richmond Fellowship Tasmania to deliver psychological treatment services for people with mental illness who are living in aged care facilities.
The aim is to give these residents access to similar services as those currently available in the community.
Find out more.
When we talk about psychosocial support, we’re talking about programs and activities designed to help people with a severe mental illness increase their functioning in day-to-day life.
This year, there have been some changes to fe d erally funded psychosocial su pport services for Australians with a severe mental illness.
Read more here .
eMental health refers to the use of the web and other communication technologies to provide mental health services and support. This includes things like online support groups, podcasts and apps.
Head to Health is a great place to start if you’re searching for information about digital mental health resources and services.
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.
our involvement in the trial, and other work in suicide prevention.
Mental health service planning and delivery
Consumers and carers are often unable to access the mental health supports they need when they need them. This has prompted Tasmania’s key mental health organisations to come together to coordinate the planning and delivery of an integrated and sustainable mental health system for all Tasmanian communities.
Primary Health Tasmania is taking part in this work to develop a new approach to mental health service planning and delivery, which will involve mapping the mental health services already available on the ground across all regions of Tasmania against national benchmarks.
You can read more about it here.
Primary Health Tasmania does not deliver health services or crisis support.
Your regular doctor 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 information about 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 1800 332 388
Lifeline Crisis Help 13 11 14
Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
Drug and Alcohol Counselling (after hours) 1800 811 994
Poison Information Centre 13 11 26