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The Mental Health Association of Central Australia (MHACA) is a non-profit community-based organisation located in Alice Springs and the Barkly Region.



MHACA was founded in 1992 and incorporated under the Associations Act of the Northern Territory.
Its main objective is to improve the quality of life of people with mental illness and those that care for them. It has grown from a small group of participants and carers advocating for improved mental health services to a significant service provider engaged in a range of activities:

  • Individual psychosocial support that is recovery-oriented.
  • A drop-in centre, regular activities and peer support program.
  • Short-term care around relapse to minimise hospitalisation.
  • Education and training in suicide prevention and intervention.
  • Training in mental health first aid & suicide intervention.
  • Independent housing support that is affordable and secure.
  • Mental health promotion to raise community awareness.
  • Opportunities for participant collaboration & participation.
  • Advocacy and participation at local, state and national levels.
  • Contact Us

    "Partnering for Wellness"

    April 2013

    Upcoming Training

    April 15-16
    MHFA (Mental Health First Aid)
    Location: Alice Springs

    April 22-24
    Suicide Story
    Location: Yuendumu, NT

    April 29-30
    Youth MHFA
    Mental Health 1st Aid
    Location: Alice Springs

    May 1-2
    MHFA Mental Health 1st Aid
    (For Financial Counsellors)
    Location: Alice Springs

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