Mental Health and Wellbeing
Healthy Minds - Thriving Workplaces
Mental health and wellbeing are important to how we function and participate in our lives at work and at home.
In the ACT Public Service our people are our greatest asset. The Healthy Minds - Thriving Workplaces Strategy 2019 - 2022 is the first step in improving the mental health and wellbeing culture and practice in the ACTPS.
Read the strategy Healthy Minds - Thriving Workplaces Strategy 2019 - 2022
Your mental health and wellbeing are fundamental to your ability to interact with others, earn a living, and enjoy life. Healthy Minds - Thriving Workplaces will help the ACTPS protect our people from harm and support those who experience mental health conditions, as well as promoting good mental wellbeing for all our staff.
Do you feel like you need to speak to someone?
If you are experiencing difficulties, or you are concerned about a colleague, friend or family member, the best thing to do is access information and/or support as soon as possible. The sooner you address an issue, the less likely it is that it will escalate into something more serious.
If you need to speak to someone urgently
- Mental Health Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team - 1800 629 354 (ACT residents)
- NSW Mental Health Line - 1800 011 511 (NSW residents)
- Suicide Callback Service - 1300 659 467 (the same counsellor will call you back 6 times; call, video chat, or online chat service)
- Lifeline - 13 11 14 (call or chat online)
- Lifeline - text 0477 13 11 14 (SMS trial service)
- Alcohol and Drug Services (Canberra Health Services) - 5124 9977
- Mensline - 1300 78 99 78 (phone and online chat)
- Domestic Violence Crisis Service - (02) 6280 0900
- Kids Helpline - 1800 551 800 (young people up to 25 years)
- Stand By Support After Suicide - 0421 725 180
- Canberra Rape Crisis Centre - (02) 6247 2525
- Open Arms - 1800 011 046 (free counselling for Veterans and their families)
If you'd like to speak to someone in person
If you are concerned that you may be experiencing mental ill health, your General Practitioner can provide advice and, if necessary, develop a mental health care plan for you.
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a free, professional and confidential service paid for by your employer and accessible to you and your immediate family members. ACT Government offer a choice of four EAP providers.
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Ethos House, Level 1, Suite 6, 28-36 Ainslie Place, Canberra
Belconnen Specialist Centre, Shop103B Level 1, Westfield Shopping Centre, Belconnen
Tuggeranong Family Medical Practice, Site 237, 140 Anketell Street Tuggeranong
Ochre Medical Centre, 2 Garran Place, Garran
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Tenancy 1, Level 5, 60 Marcus Clarke Street, Civic
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Lake View House
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More information about the EAP is available here.
Next Step is a free and confidential support service to help people tackle day to day pressures. The service is delivered by the Capital Health Network and provides a range of evidence-based services to people over 18 years of age who reside, work, or study in the ACT and are not accessing other mental health services
The service can be used as an alternative to EAP for those people looking for something different or who have used up their EAP sessions, and can also be recommended to friends and others in the ACT community who are not eligible to access EAP.
The service consists of low intensity interventions for people with mild to moderate concerns, and high intensity interventions for people with moderate to severe presentations.
The low intensity service is provided by mental health coaches (not psychologists) and a GP referral is not required. It aim is to assist people who may not otherwise access services due to cost or other barriers. A GP referral is required to access the high intensity interventions.
To access Next Step phone: (02) 6287 8066
If you'd like to find resources online
beyondblue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related substance misuse disorders in Australia. beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.
moodgym is an online cognitive behaviour therapy program for depression and anxiety, developed by ANU. It is like an interactive self-help book which helps you to learn and practice skills which can help to prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety.
A personalised self help program you can use on your computer, phone or tablet
e-couch provides information about emotional problems - what causes them, how to prevent them and how to treat them. It includes exercises to help you understand yourself and others better. Even better, it provides you with a set of strategies that might help you to improve your life.
SANE Australia is a national charity helping all Australians affected by mental illness to improve their lives and reduce the risk of suicide.
High Res is a website developed by the Department of Veterans' Affairs designed to help you build resilience and manage stress. The tools provide a range of effective techniques that you can use to deal with stress and improve overall resilience.
Black Dog Institute is a research institute that aims to reduce the incidence of mental illness and the stigma around it, to actively reduce suicide rates and empower everyone to live the most mentally healthy lives possible.