Friday, 25 May 2012

1800 011 511. 24-hour mental health help line launched

People with mental health problems will be able to access help any time of the day with the launch of new 24-hour help line in NSW. The line will operate seven days a week and provide a telephone triage assessment and referral service staffed by mental health clinicians. It will also offer local treatment options for general practitioners, police and ambulance officers.

Health Minister Kevin Humphries described the help line as a ground breaking service for people in distress, their families and carers. 'No matter where people live in NSW they will no longer have to search through complicated directories to get help,' he said.

People seeking assistance for mental health issues can call the line on 1800 011 511.

Mr Humphries said the Mental Health Line does not replace emergency services, and that people in life-threatening situations must still call 000 to receive immediate help.

Ministerial press release

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