Local Community Service Providers
Advocacy Tasmania is a free, independent, client-directed and issue-based service funded by the federal and State Government. They work with older people, people living with a disability or mental health issues and people who use alcohol and drugs.
Advocacy Tasmania also operate the Tasmanian Elder Abuse Hotline (1800 44 11 69). They promote and defend clients rights, needs and interest through “Your Say “advocacy.
What is Baptcare TasConnect? Do you or a loved one experience mental health concerns and find it difficult to get the right support? Baptcare TasConnect is a Tasmania-wide phone line – offering you a gateway to a range of mental health support services.
Their focus is to find you the right mental health support provider, and connect you with this service.
Baptcare TasConnect is not a crisis support line. If you or someone you love is at risk of immediate harm, please contact emergency services on 000. For support, you can contact the Mental Health Helpline on 1800 332 388 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.
Drug Education Network (DEN)
The Drug Education Network (DEN) neither condones nor condemns the use of drugs. Rather, they acknowledge that drug use exists irrespective of legal status or societal norms.
DEN provides community members with the resources, information and connections they need to keep themselves and their community safer in relation to their individual circumstances. Their goal is to meet people where they are and encourage open dialogue that empowers the individual to be the primary agent of their own physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.
DEN is funded to improve the wellbeing of Tasmanians’ through prevention, resource development, education and training to service providers and the wider community on alcohol and other drugs. Through their Vision and Values, DEN delivers high quality services and programs in a challenging and rapidly changing environment.
eheadspace provides free online and telephone support and counselling to young people 12 – 25 and their families and friends. If you’re based in Tasmania and going through a tough time, eheadspace can help.
Young people may contact eheadspace if they need advice, are worried about their mental health or are feeling isolated or alone. eheadspace can help with a broad range of issues like bullying, drug and alcohol issues, depression and anxiety, relationships, concerns about friends, fitting in and isolation. Speak with one of our qualified youth mental health professional today.
Engender Equality is a service that offers counselling for people who are, or have been, affected by family violence.
Family violence is the leading cause of mental health challenges for women between the ages of 18 and 44. These challenges can include trauma, suicidal thoughts, trouble sleeping, anxiety and a loss of self-esteem, self-worth, confidence and identity. Engender Equality offers counselling around these experiences within the context of family violence.
Tips for maintaining good mental health:
- Do things you enjoy
- Spend time with people you like
- Be nice to animals
Kentish Regional Clinic
Kentish Regional Clinic is based in Sheffield, Tasmania. They run three programs:
- Community Response to Eliminating Suicide (CORES)
- LGBTIQ+ Professional Development
- Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY).
CORES is a community based program which educates members of the local community on how to intervene when they encounter a person they believe may be suicidal. The training is designed to provide individuals and communities with the essential skills and resources required to identify and respond to a person at risk of suicide and build on a communities capacity to eliminate suicide.
LGBTIQ+ Professional Development is a community training program for community members, service providers and professionals. The training is designed to provide individuals and communities with the knowledge and skill set to offer an inclusive and welcoming service for LGBTIQ+ people, while having a deeper understanding and confidence in working with LGBTIQ+ people.
HIPPY is a 2 year home based early learning and parenting program that empowers parents and carers as their child’s first teacher. HIPPY helps children make a successful transition to school.
The Kids Helpline website provides information and resources for young people 5 – 25, parents, care givers and schools. The website provides information and links on how to access the Kids Helpline phone, email and online chat services.
You can chat with Kids Helpline about anything, anytime – what’s going on at home, stuff with friends, something at school or feeling angry, worried or sad. You don’t have to tell them your name if you don’t want to, or you can use a different name. The person you speak to will be safe, are friendly and really good at listening and helping. Because they care about you, they do listen carefully and take things seriously.
You can call the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
You can contact the Kids Helpline Webchat here 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
You can contact the Kids Helpline Email Counselling service here from 8.00am -10.00pm daily.
Rural Health Tasmania
Rural Health Tasmania was developed as a means to responding to unmet health and wellbeing needs of the community.
Since then Rural Health Tasmania have expanded their health and wellbeing services to Circular Head, Waratah/Wynyard, West Coast, King Island, Ulverstone, Devonport, Burnie and Kentish communities.
Rural Health Tasmania’s programs and services focus on a range of chronic conditions and health and wellbeing issues identified as social determinants of health within the community.
Mental Health Nurse Access Program (MHNAP) Promotion & Education
The Mental Health Nurse Access Program (MHNAP) is a free service supporting those in the community experiencing a severe mental illness by connecting them with a Mental Health Nurse who will assist with coordinating services and supports.
Suicide Call Back Service
The Suicide Call Back Service is a nationwide service providing 24/7 telephone and online counselling to people 15 years and over who are affected by suicide.
You do not require a medical referral to initiate contact. This means you can access free professional counselling anywhere, at a time that is convenient to you. This service is especially suited to people who are geographically or emotionally isolated.
While you should always call 000 if it’s an emergency, we can help anyone who is affected by suicide, which includes:
- Anyone who is feeling suicidal
- Anyone who is worried about someone
- Anyone who is caring for someone who is feeling suicidal
- Anyone who has lost someone to suicide
- Health professionals supporting people who are affected by suicide.
Working It Out (WIO)
WIO is Tasmania’s only dedicated LGBTIQ+ support, advocacy and education service.
WIO emerged out of the campaign to decriminalise male homosexuality in Tasmanian in the 1990’s. The widespread community backlash against the decriminalisation led to a spike in suicides amongst young, gay Tasmanians.
A number of concerned community members and allies formed a group to address this growing problem, eventually commissioning a report. This report, Working It Out: A needs-based analysis of sexual minority youth in North West Tasmania, called for the provision of specialist services to support Tasmania’s LGBTIQ+ people and the organisation was thus born.
WIO have a key role in mental health and suicide prevention for LGBTIQ+ people and their families. In the hetero-, cis-and body-normative world that we live in, it is little wonder that mental illness, especially anxiety and depression, are more prevalent in LGBTIQ+ people.
WIO support people – the individuals, their families, and service providers – to understand that diverse sexuality, gender and or intersex status is a normal part of the diversity of life, and to understand how to accept, include and celebrate this diversity within their lives or practise.
WIO’s 3 tips for maintaining mental health:
- Understand that you and your identity and feelings are valid.
- Seek support if you need help to affirm your identity.
- Find connection and a sense of belonging by connecting with community and people who love and accept you for who you are.
- Bonus tip – don’t read the comments!
Local Community Support Groups
Burnie Garden Club
The Burnie Garden Club aims to extend the culture of gardening into the wider community for the benefit of all citizens and to promote and encourage various aspects of community based horticulture.
Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 7.30pm.
Hatters to Go
The Hatters to Go is a group that aims to provide women with opportunities for pleasant social interaction to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. The group loves to share and spread the love, support, and care of the Red Hat Sisterhood.
Hatters to Go meets on Wednesdays fortnight from 11.30am to 1.30pm.
While many people think that Men’s Sheds are places where older men meet to make things – this is just the beginning of the Men’s Shed message. TMSA Member Sheds are becoming the heart and hub for men in communities right throughout Tasmania.
Many men struggle with the transition from a working life to retirement, often missing the camaraderie of their former workplace and feel a lack or purpose. There are many also that find themselves alone, often living in isolation and need to connect with their community but aren’t sure how. There are men that have moved to a new community that need to make some new mates. Becoming a member of TMSA Men’s Shed can offer you this and so much more.
You can learn a new skill or pass on your skill to others. Many members simply like to drop in for a cuppa and a game of crib. Some like to sit by the wood heater on a cold winter’s day and have a chat. It is now widely understood that men communicate in their own special way and the environment of a Men’s Shed is the perfect place to offload your worries in a place where you feel comfortable.
And Sheds aren’t just for ‘old blokes.’ Each shed is different. Many offer woodwork, welding, metal work, car maintenance, computer skills, gardening and that’s just the beginning. Restoration of furniture also keeps Sheds busy with members of the community choosing to repair or repurpose furniture and household items rather than replace.
Tasmanian Member Sheds are always ready to lend a helping hand in their community, from creating benches for public spaces, handmade trophies and souvenirs featuring Tasmanian timbers to collecting and delivering firewood for disadvantaged members of their communities.
And that is just the beginning of the diversity of Shed life. Most importantly, there is no pressure to do anything, just get out of the house and find a group of men that you enjoy being with. There will be a Tasmanian Shed that suits your needs.
The the Tasmanian Men’s Sheds website at tasmanianmensshed.org.au to find a local shed near you.
Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania
Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania (NHT) is the peak body for 35 Neighbourhood Houses across Tasmania.
Each neighbourhood house provides a safe meeting place for socialisation and connecting with others through learning and experience.
Find a neighbourhood house nearest you below.
Burnie Community House & Hilltop Central
- 03 6433 3219
- 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Thursday, 9.00am to 3.00pm Friday
Devonport Community House
East Devonport Community House
Phoenix Community House
Rosebery Neighbourhood House
Ulverstone Neighbourhood House
Zeehan Neighbourhood Centre
North West Walking Club
The North West Walking Club conducted its first meeting on June the 6th, 1960, with the notion of forming a club to cater for bushwalkers and those who choose to simply walk for pleasure.
“Walking For Pleasure” remains the motto for the North West Walking Club which has a stable membership of 200 members, aged between eight to eighty plus, with varying levels of fitness.
The North West Walking Club meets twice a month at Apex House, 3 Gollan Street, Ulverstone from 7.30 PM and conducts a minimum of two walks each weekend, where new members are made most welcome and encouraged.
Being a non-profit organization, the club relies entirely upon membership fees to meet the running costs such as insurance, printing, (4 publications p.a.) walks programmes, room rental, track equipment and maintenance. Members train and participate in Search and Rescue routines and call outs as they arise, while other members volunteer their time and skills to other areas pertaining to preservation of many vital aspects of our environment.
Vist nwwc.org.au to find out more information.
Reclink Australia provides evidence-based sport and art programs to disadvantaged Australians to create socially inclusive, life-changing opportunities.
In partnership with more than 450 community organisations, Reclink Australia’s programs create pathways to improved health and wellbeing, education and employment outcomes for all participants.
Wynyard Camera Club
Serving the community for 66 years, the Wynyard Camera Club has become a well-established club catering for people interested in digital and print photography at all levels.
Wynyard Camera Club:
- Caters for all people, all ages interested in digital and print photography
- Provides the opportunity to meet with other photographers to talk and improve their craft
- Enter club competitions
- Compete in inter-club, state, national and international competitions
- Participate in photographic activities and outings
- Gain skills from guest speakers
- Be a part of a group of enthusiasts willing to share their knowledge and passion for photography.
Meeting times are between 7.30pm and 9.30pm on the first and third Tuesday of each month (except the third Tuesday in December and the first and third Tuesday in January).
To find out more about the Wynyard Camera Club, visit their Facebook page.
Wynyard Community Garden
People of all ages are welcome to become members of the Wynyard Community Garden or just to drop by and see what’s happening. The group meet monthly and hosts introductory workshops and kitchen garden sessions, with informal learning between members that takes place over a spade or cuppa.
To find out more about the Wynyard Community Garden, visit their Facebook page.
Wynyard Garden Club
The Wynyard Garden Club is a community organisation for people who enjoy gardens, gardening and fellowship with others who wish to learn more sharing knowledge and skills.
To find out more about the Wynyard Garden Club, visit their Facebook page.