Free Mental Health Centre in Ipswich

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A free Mental Health Centre has opened in Ipswich. | Photo: Javi Sanz (iStock)

Queensland’s third free walk-in Mental Health Centre has opened in Ipswich, west of Brisbane.

The Ipswich centre, which now has a permanent home on Level 1 of the Eats Building in the Nicholas Street Precinct in the Ipswich CBD, joins Kingaroy and Townsville as Queensland bases for the service.

Each Medicare Mental Health Centre has psychologists, psychiatrists, and GPs on call.

Federal Health Minister Emma McBride said people could access free mental health information, services, and support without needing to make an appointment.

“All services will offer immediate support and follow-up care to people presenting in crisis, as well as short to medium care for people with moderate to severe mental health needs,” Minister McBride said.

She said the Federal Government was working with the Queensland Government to open more centres across the state later this year.

“People who are not able to visit a centre in person can call 1800 595 212 to speak to a trained professional or receive a referral to a suitable mental health service,” Minister McBride said.