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
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.
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
Active Launceston is a community driven partnership with the vision of improving the health and wellbeing of the Launceston community through physical activity.
Active Launceston’s mission is to mobilise the community to increase their participation in physical activity by; filling gaps in provision, provide pathways, reducing barriers and targeting those with the highest need.
Active Launceston provides free physical activity programs and events for the community.
Visit the Active Launceston website to find out more.
Launceston Men's Community
Weekly peer-led self-exploration and support for anyone identifying as male ages 18 or over. Offering connections, tools for better relationships and communication, and methods for working toward being the man you want to be. Safe and confidential listening and sharing.
You can join this group directly on meetup.com.au
Launceston Social Dance Group
Come along, get active, make new friends and learn something new with social square dancing lessons. No partner required, no dance experience needed, all ages and backgrounds welcome. Dance classes will be located in Launceston and Deloraine. Everyone is welcome to attend at any time.
You can join this group directly on meetup.com.au
Launie Social Gatherings
If you are looking hang out and meet some new people than this group is for you.
You can join this group directly on meetup.com.au
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.
Beaconsfield Neighbourhood House
Dorset Community House
Fingal Valley Neighbourhood House
George Town Neighbourhood House
Northern Suburbs Community Centre – Mowbray
Northern Suburbs Community Centre – Newnham
St Helens Neighbourhood House
Starting Point Neighbourhood House
Tresca Community Centre
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.
Visit the Reclink website at reclink.org to find sports and recreation activities, groups and team near you.