Midland Head to Health social worker Terry Larson.

Light in the darkness at Head to Health Midland

Mental health services will be available after hours in Midland and completely free.
May 16, 2024

BECAUSE emotional distress isn’t limited to daylight hours, Midland Head to Health offer mental health and emotional support into the evenings.

“As the days grow shorter as winter approaches, sometimes the evenings can seem long. And if you are grappling with an emotional issue or feeling more and more distressed as the day goes on, you might be dreading the long night ahead,” Head to Health service manager Ruth Lawrence said.

“That’s when it can be helpful to share your worries with one of our friendly caregivers in a safe and welcoming place,” she said.

Two Head to Health locations in Midland and Armadale are open into the evening, providing walk-in support for adults until 8pm every day of the week.

No appointment, referral or Medicare card is needed and the service is completely free.

“So, if you work or have caregiving responsibilities during the day, have a big problem on your mind, or just find it easier to talk in the evenings, these services are a new option that work to reduce the barriers to accessing the help you need, when you need it,” Ms Lawrence said.

Head to Health is for adults who are feeling distressed, down or overwhelmed, or are worried about their mental health, as well as families, friends and carers.

The centres provide caring and inclusive mental health and wellbeing support in a calm, safe and welcoming community environment.

“You’ll be seen by one of our experienced mental health nurses or allied health staff. If your care requires the input of a GP, psychologist or psychiatrist, we can facilitate this via referral,” Ms Lawrence said.

With easy, free parking at the doorstep after 6pm and proximity to public transport, both Midland and Armadale Head to Health are easy to access.

They also offer free computer use, washroom and locker facilities, and a community kitchen. As part of your care plan, you may be offered the opportunity to undertake free art therapy or employment support.

Head to Health centres in the Perth metro area are operated by St John of God Health Care, through funding provided by the federal government under the Primary Health Network Program.

There are four locations, with Midland and Armadale open seven days from 10am – 8pm, while Mirrabooka and Gosnells are open week days from 9am – 5pm.

Find out more here or phone 1800 595 212.

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