If you or someone you know is suicidal or self harming, it is an emergency and expert help is immediately required. Use the phone numbers above to seek that help. Alternatively you can go directly to an Emergency Dept at a public hospital, if you know your hospital has a mental health unit.
What is a mental health crisis?
A mental health crisis is a non-life threatening situation in which an individual is exhibiting extreme emotional disturbance or behavioural distress, is considering harm to self or others, is disoriented or out of touch with reality, has a compromised ability to function, or is otherwise agitated and unable to be calmed.
What is psychiatric triage?
Psychiatric triage provides phone consultation, advice, assessment and referral for people experiencing mental health issues. Services are also provided to health professionals and carers who are concerned for somebody with mental health issues.
The numbers below are for psychiatric triage:
Central East 1300 721 927 (Manningham, Monash-Waverley East, Monash-Waverley West, Whitehorse-Boxhill, Whitehorse-Nunawading West)
Inner South East 1300 363 746 (Port Phillip, Stonnington, Glen Eira, Caulfield)
Inner Urban East 1300 558 862 (Yarra, Boroondara)
Inner West 1300 874 243 (Moonee Valley, Melbourne)
Middle West 1300 874 243 (Melton, Brimbank)
Middle South 1300 369 012 (Bayside, Kingston)
North East 1300 859 789 (Nillumbik, Banyule)
North Western 1300 874 243 (Whittlesea, Darebin)
Outer East 1300 721 927 (Maroondah, Knox, Yarra Ranges)
Peninsula 1300 792 977 (Mornington Peninsula, French Island, Kingston-South, Frankston-West)
South West 1300 657 259 (Wyndham, Hobson's Bay, Maribyrnong)
What is a CAT Team?
The Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team (CATT) is a team of multidisciplinary mental health professionals who provide assessment and intensive community treatment to people who are in crisis or experiencing an acute phase of mental illness.