Mental health in remote communities

Northern Territory Mental Health Line: 1800 682 288

This page has information about mental health services for remote and Indigenous people in the Northern Territory (NT).

You may also need an aboriginal interpreter service or legal advice.

Find a remote health centre or community health care centre near you.

Suicide support

For more information on counselling support and suicide support services go to support services for mental health.

If you have lost someone to suicide you can get suicide bereavement support.

Mental health services

Below you can find remote mental health services for communities in the Top End, Central Australia and nationally.

Top End

ServiceWhat they doPhoneWeb
Top End Mental Health Service

Specialist clinical mental health services to clients in the Top End, including Darwin/Palmerston, Darwin remote, Katherine and East Arnhem regions.

(08) 8999 4988Go to Top End mental health services.
Danila Dilba Health ServiceFree comprehensive primary health care services to the Aboriginal community of the Yilli Rreung (greater Darwin) area.(08) 8943 9600 or
1300 780 081
www.daniladilbaexperience.org.au
Darwin Region Indigenous Suicide Prevention NetworkCommunity-owned and driven group that works to reduce the impact and incidence of Indigenous suicide in the Darwin area.0405 158 637Go to the Facebook page.
Galupa Marngarr Suicide Prevention GroupCommunity volunteers who work to reduce the loss of life through suicide in the Gunyangarra community of Ski Beach in Nhulunbuy. The group runs the Yuduyudu Healing Camp for at-risk young people with the focus of cultural connectivity.NAEmail: galupa.retja@gmail.com
Miwatj HealthClinics are located at Nhulunbuy, Galiwin'ku (also known as Ngalkanbuy or Elcho Island), Yirrkala and Gunyangara (also known as Marngarr or Ski Beach)Nhulunbuy:
(08) 8939 1999
Galiwin'ku:
(08) 8970 5700
Yirrkala:
(08) 8987 2650
Gunyangara:
(08) 8987 3800
www.miwatj.com.au
General enquiries email: execsec@miwatj.com.au
Sunrise Health Service Aboriginal CorporationSunrise Health Service Aboriginal Community services Mataranka, Jilminggan, Minyerri (Hodgson Downs), Ngukurr and Urapunga.(08) 8971 1120www.sunrise.org.au
Wurli-Wurlinjang Health ServiceProvides primary healthcare services to Indigenous people living in the Katherine region.(08) 8972 9100www.wurli.org.au

Central Australia

ServiceWhat they doPhoneWebsite
Central Australian Mental Health ServiceSpecialist clinical mental health services to clients in Central Australia, including Alice Springs, Alice Springs remote and Barkly regions.(08) 8951 7710Go to Central Australia mental health services.
Mission Australia NT Alice SpringsResidential/rehabilitation, personal helpers and mentors, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social and Emotional Wellbeing, Sobering Up(08) 8955 6500 
headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation, Alice SpringsProvides early intervention mental health services in person, online and over the phone for 12 to 25 year olds.1800 650 890headspace.org.au
Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjattjara Yankunytjatjara Women's Council Aboriginal CouncilHelps Anangu and Yarnangu people with complex and distressing problems. General social and emotional wellbeing, domestic abuse and youth wellbeing.(08) 8958 2345www.npywc.org.au
Nganampa Health Council, Alice SpringsTwo mental health nurses and Aboriginal health workers to support patients with mental health issues.(08) 8952 5300www.nganampahealth.com.au
Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal CorporationFamily mental health program in remote Central Australian Aboriginal communities, working across nine languages.The Waltja Reconnet Youth Support Program works with young people and families in Papunya, Mt Liebig, Titjikala and Santa Teresa.(08) 8953 4488www.waltja.org.au/
Warlpiri Youth Development Aborginal CorporationYouth development services, counselling, Mt Theo Outstation rehabilitation, and after-hours crisis response service.(08) 8956 4188wydac.org.au/home/
Suicide StoryA two to three day training course for Indigenous people to create suicide safer communities and families.(08) 8950 4600Go to the Mental Health Association of Central Australia website.

National services

ServiceWhat they doWeb
Australian Indigenous Health InfoNetProvide information on Indigenous health, services and projects around Australia http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/
The Healing FoundationSupports culturally strong, community developed, locally run programs in communities across Australia to improve the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 
Offers programs, training and education, evaluation and research and funding.
http://healingfoundation.org.au/
Indigenous.gov.auConnects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with Australian Government policies and programs. Shares stories from people, communities and organisations across Australia.http://www.indigenous.gov.au/

Last updated: 27 June 2017