Canberrans will be the first to access a new self-referral service for people suffering early signs of anxiety or depression.
NewAccess is a free early intervention program by Beyondblue which allows people with early signs of mental illness to refer themselves for help before their condition worsens.
Beyondblue CEO Kate Carnell says it is an Australian-first and is designed to ease the burden on current services by offering low-intensive support to people with mild depression or anxiety.
"It's so important to get the support that you need earlier, before the condition worsens," she said.
"We know recovery happens lots quicker the earlier you get to it."
Ms Carnell says the ground-breaking service offers complete privacy.
"It can be accessed on the phone, face-to-face meeting, or there's even online resources as well," she said.
"So there's a real capacity to do it without any of the possible embarrassment or stigma that might be associated with some other services."
She says it is important people are aware of the symptoms of depression and seek help before it is too late.
"Depression and anxiety doesn't just impact upon the person who's experiencing it, it affects the whole family, workplaces, friends," she said.
"To be able to get in earlier to help recovery occur quicker helps the whole community."
NewAccess will be launched in the ACT in October.
The service will also be trialled in two other sites which are yet to be chosen.