Community based mental health services

Northern Territory Mental Health Line: 1800 682 288

Below is a list of non-government organisations which support individuals and carers with emerging or present mental health issues in the Northern Territory (NT).

OrganisationLocation and contact

Amity Community Services Inc

Amity Community Services is a non-government non-religious organisation that provides a range of services relating to behaviours of habit.

Amity provides confidential counselling, information and education in the areas of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use and gambling. The service is available to people who have issues about their own behaviour or are concerned about the behaviour of someone close to them.

The Drink Driver Education Centre is also available, but you will have to pay a fee.

For more information, go to the Amity Community Services Inc website.

155 Stuart Highway
Parap NT 0820

Parap office: 08 8944 6565
Amity Territory-wide: 1800 684 372
Gambling help (24 hours): 1800 858 858       

Anglicare NT

Anglicare NT provides:

  • housing accommodation support service
  • outreach support services to those in public housing with mental illness to assist them to sustain their tenancy.

For more information, go to the Anglicare NT website.

60 Winnellie Rd
Winnellie NT 0820

Phone: 08 8985 0000
Office hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Monday to Friday
Postal: PO Box 36506, Winnellie NT 0821

Anglicare Resolve Victims of Crime

Resolve is a division of Anglicare NT serving Darwin, Katherine and Nhulunbuy areas.  Mediation programs have a sliding fee scale.

Counselling and parenting programs have a flat rate fee. Services include:

  • family dispute resolution
  • family skills training
  • Parenting Orders Program (POP).

For more information, go to the Anglicare NT website.

1/5 Goyder Road
Parap NT 0820

Phone: 08 8946 4800
Fax: 08 8946 4801

Carers Northern Territory

Carers NT is the key organisation representing the NT's estimated 30,000 family carers, who provide: 'unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness or who are frail'.

For more information, go to the Carers NT website.

59 Bayview Boulevard
Bayview NT 0820

Phone: 08 8944 4888

Catholic Care NT Counselling

Catholic Care NT supports healthy and resilient relationships by providing support, education, information and counselling.

You can talk about your problems, get help with parenting, get advice for domestic violence issues in your family, advice on someone's difficult behaviour. There is also a marriage preparation program.

Services are available in Darwin, Palmerston, Wadeye, Milikapiti and Nguiu, with outreach programs to remote areas.

For more information, go to the Catholic Care NT website.

17 Hidden Valley Road
Berrimah NT 0828

Phone: 08 8944 2000
Fax: 08 8944 2099
Mail: PO Box 132, Berrimah NT 0828

Catholic Care NT Counselling - Pregnancy Help

Pregnancy Help supports women and families around pregnancy as parents prepare for their baby. It can be home based.
Professional, non-judgemental counselling is available for women considering their options. This is a free service.

For more information, go to the Catholic Care NT website.

17 Hidden Valley Road
Berrimah NT 0828

Phone: 08 8944 2000
Fax: 08 8944 2099
Mail: PO Box 132, Berrimah NT 0828

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress - Aboriginal Corporation

In the 40 years since it was established, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress has become the largest Aboriginal medical service in the NT.

For more information, go to the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress website.

14 Leichhardt Terrace
Alice Springs NT 0870

Phone: 08 8959 4750
Fax: 08 8959 4765
Mail: PO Box 1604
Alice Springs NT 0871

Danila Dilba Health Service - Emotional and Social Wellbeing Centre

Counselling service for Indigenous people in the Darwin region. Prevention, youth programs and camps.

For more information, go to the Danila Dilba Health Service website.

3/1 Malak Place
Malak NT 0812

Phone: 08 8920 9500

Employee Assistance Service Inc (EASA)

EASA provides confidential counselling by qualified psychologists, social workers and counsellors on a range of issues including work related issues, relationships, stress, grief, trauma, depression, anxiety and alcohol and other drug issues.

EASA also provides a 24 hour, seven day a week trauma service.

For more information, go to the EASA website.

Level 2, Highway Arcade,
47 Stuart Highway
Stuart Park NT 0820

Phone: 08 8941 1752
Toll free (NT only): 1800 193 123
Fax: 08 89410746
Mail: GPO Box 1031
Darwin NT 0801


GROW is a community of people working towards better mental health through mutual help and a 12 step program of recovery.

Small groups of people, who have experienced depression, anxiety or other mental or emotional distress, meet together each week to help each other deal with the challenges of life.

For more information, go to the GROW website.

59 Bayview Blvd
Bayview NT 0820

Phone: 08 8981 1210

headspace Central Australia - Australia's national youth mental health foundation

The headspace mission is to deliver improvements in the mental health, social wellbeing and economic participation of young Australians aged 12 to 25. Headspace Central Australia staff can help you with things like:

  • mental health issues
  • general physical health
  • sexual health
  • family and relationships
  • drug and alcohol issues
  • education and training
  • sexuality issues
  • accommodation.

For more information, go to the headspace Central Australia website.

Shop 5, 5 Hartley Street
Alice Springs NT 0870

Phone: 08 8958 4544
Fax: 08 8952 0412
Go to the headspace Alice Springs Facebook page.

headspace Top End

Headspace Darwin offers a range of free services and support to young people including:

  • youth friendly counselling
  • drug and alcohol counselling
  • psychological support services
  • information and resources for mental health and wellbeing
  • youth community engagement workers.

For more information, go to the headspace Top End website.

Ground level, stage 4 CASCOM Centre,
13-17 Scaturchio Street,
Casuarina NT 0811

Freecall: 1800 659 388
Phone: 08 8931 5999
Go to the headspace Darwin Facebook page.


Lifeline is a 24 hour telephone crisis line for people to call when they are feeling distressed. Lifeline's services operate from 60 locations nationally.

For more information, go to the Lifeline website.

Phone: 13 11 14

Melaleuca Refugee Centre: counselling and advocacy services for survivors of torture and trauma

Melaleuca Refugee Centre provides services to people from refugee backgrounds who have experienced torture and trauma before arriving in Australia.

Melaleuca helps with recovery from trauma through individual support, recognising the importance of rebuilding meaningful lives and developing new networks and strengthening communities. Melaleuca provides social and emotional support to new arrivals as well as counselling, advocacy and other therapeutic services to people who might have arrived in Australia many years ago. The program helps around 250 people a year.

Counsellor/advocates provide a safe, confidential and non-judgmental environment where you can talk about your experiences, both pre and post-migration, and can explore your feelings, thoughts and memories.

Reactions to trauma can include disturbed sleep, nightmares, panic attacks, feeling anxious, feelings of guilt and shame, feelings of hopelessness and too much worry. You may be suffering from headaches, the pain of loss of loved ones and homeland and feelings of dissatisfaction or emotional exhaustion.

For more information, go to the Melaleuca Refugee Centre Facebook page.

24 McLachlan Street
Darwin NT 0800

Phone: 08 8985 3311
Fax: 8985 3322
Mail: GPO Box 1930
Darwin NT 0801

Mental Health Association of Central Australia

MHACA's aim is to improve the quality of life of people with mental illness and those that care for them. It has grown from a small group of participants and carers advocating for improved mental health services to a significant service provider engaged in a range of activities.

For more information, go to the Mental Health Association of Central Australia website.

14 Lindsay Avenue
Alice Springs NT 0870

Phone: 08 8950 4600
Fax: 8950 5577

Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia Northern Territory (MIFANT)

MIFANT is a non-government organisation providing services for people living with a mental illness and their carers and families.

If you have a mental illness and need support to get the most out of daily life, MIFANT can help you manage your recovery. MIFANT understand that a diagnosis of mental illness affects families and loved ones as well as the individual and provides support, education, advocacy and respite for carers and families and friends. All programs are delivered with the input and participation of people who themselves live with or are affected by mental illness.

For more information, go to the MIFANT website.

2/273 Bagot Road
Coconut Grove NT 0810

Phone: 08 8948 1051
Toll free: 1800 985 944
Fax: 08 8948 2473
Mail: PO Box 40556
Casuarina NT 0811

Mission Australia

Mission Australia's psychosocial services in the Northern Territory provide support to people with mental illness as they transition to the NDIS, as well as to those who are not eligible for NDIS or for whom NDIS is not the most appropriate support.

Working within a recovery framework, the service supports people to achieve their recovery goals by providing non-clinical services so that people are able to maintain their housing, manage their finances and daily living activities, engage in work or training, and maintain their physical and social wellbeing. For more information, go to the Mission Australia website.

1 Carey Street
Darwin NT 0800

Phone: 08 8935 0900

National Disability Insurance Scheme Northern Territory

Find out about their services on the National Disability Insurance Scheme website.

GPO Box 700
Canberra ACT 2601

Phone: 1800 800 110

If you are a TTY user, call 1800 555 677 then ask for 1800 800 110.

If you are a speak and listen (speech-to-speech relay) user, call 1800 555 727 then ask for 1800 800 110.

If you are an internet relay user, go to the National Relay Service website and call 1800 800 110.

Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition (NTMHC)

The Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition (NTMHC) is the peak body for community managed (NGO) mental health sector in the NT.
The NTMHC has a network of around 200 individuals, organisations and stakeholders including a membership of about 35 organisations across the NT.

For more information, go to the NTMHC website.

5/18 Bauhinia Street
Nightcliff NT 0810

Phone: 08 8927 2074
Mobile: 0408 588 904
Fax: 08 8948 4590

Relationships Australia NT Inc

Relationships Australia NT offers confidential counselling with qualified psychologists / social workers. Counselling can be with individuals, coupes or families on any issue affecting relationships. Services include family dispute resolution services (mediation) and relationship education - programs and courses for the public.

For more information, go to the Relationships Australia NT Inc website.

2nd Floor, Cavenagh Centre
Darwin NT 0800

Phone: 08 8923 4999
Toll free: 1300 364 277
Fax: 08 8981 6190
Mail: GPO Box 4193
Darwin NT 0800

Ruby Gaea Darwin Centre Against Rape

Counselling, information and support for women and children who are survivors of sexual violence. Education and training with community and school groups to raise awareness about and prevent sexual assault.

For more information, go to the Ruby Gaea website .

Phone: 08 8945 0155
Fax: 8945 27831
Mail: PO Box 42082
Casuarina NT 0811

Somerville Family Services

Provides a confidential professional counselling and support service for a wide range of clients in the Darwin, Palmerston and surrounding rural areas. Staff include psychologists, social workers, welfare workers, support workers and financial counsellors and money management workers.

For more information, go to the Somerville website.

147 Lee Point Road
Wagaman NT 0811

Phone: 08 8920 4100
Fax: 08 8920 4101
Mail: PO Box 42644
Casuarina NT 0811


Provides non-clinical mental health supports through a range of programs that cater to all age groups from 5 to 65 years. TeamHEALTH works closely with other specialist service providers such as Top End Medical Health Services, drug and alcohol services and other non-government organisations.

For more information, go to the TeamHEALTH website.

Darwin (head office):
Level 1, building 4
Darwin Corporate Park
631 Stuart Highway
Berrimah NT 0828
Darwin phone: 08 8943 9600 or 1300 780 081

Unit 3/12 Third Street
Katherine NT 0852
Katherine phone: 08 8971 3344
Katherine fax: 08 8971 0904
Mail: GPO Box 638
Katherine NT 0850

Top End Mental Health Consumer Organisation (TEMHCO)

TEMHCO supports people living with mental illness through friendship and understanding.

TEMHCO promotes mental health and wellbeing and encourages life-skills development and the reduction of stigma surrounding mental illness.

Centre-based and community-based activities are offered in partnership with other service providers. Education, information and advocacy are also provided.

For more information, go to the TEMHCO website.

Phone: 0429 082 781
Region serviced:
Darwin, Palmerston, and Litchfield

Open Arms - Veterans & Family Counselling

Provides professional, individual and couple counselling, group programs, health programs and referrals. Visits are made to larger country areas and contract counsellors are available in some regional centres.

For more information, go to the Open Arms website.

Phone: 1800 011 046

Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corp - Family Mental Health Support Service (FMHSS)

FMHSS aims to improve mental health outcomes for:

  • children and young people
  • their families.

FMHSS provide early intervention support to help vulnerable families with children and young people who are at risk of, or affected by, mental illness. These services support parents to reduce stress and enable young people to reach their potential.

For more information, go to the Waltja website.

3 Ghan Road
Alice Springs NT 0870

Phone: 08 8953 4488
Fax: 08 8953 4577
Mail: PO Box 8274
Alice Springs NT 0871

Last updated: 16 June 2020

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