The Mental Health Line is a single number, state-wide 24 hour mental health telephone access service. Anyone with a mental health issue can use the Mental Health Line to speak with a mental health professional and be directed to the right care for them. Carers, other health professionals and emergency workers can also use the Mental Health Line for advice about a person’s clinical symptoms, the urgency of the need for care and local treatment options.
Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) is a Hunter region provider for mental health services for identified young people (0-17 years) in the public sector. The service provides assessment and treatment of children and their families where a child is exhibiting, is suspected of having, or is at risk of developing emotional and psychological problems.
CAMHS provides a range of specialist mental health services in both community and inpatient settings across Hunter New England to infants, children, young people, their families and carers with a view to optimising mental health outcomes.
In addition, CAMHS provides a range of prevention, promotion and early intervention activities that aim to increase awareness of mental health issues for children and young people. CAMHS also aims to improve early detection and intervention in the development of mental illness and to actively promote mental health and wellbeing.
Wiyiliin Ta provides assessments of emotional wellbeing issues for children and adolescents from an Aboriginal background. Staff work in close partnership with Awabakal Medical Centre.