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Mental health support and counselling

Mental health services

  • beyondblue has programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and general information on mental health, including how to recognise depression and where to get help. Phone 1300 22 4636.
  • Lifeline offers advice on mental health issues, suicide prevention and how to cope with grief, loss and family business.
  • Your local hospital or doctor may be able to help you with counselling and support.
  • Social and Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Services in Aboriginal Australia have an online map you can use to search for Indigenous-specific mental health services across Australia.
  • 1300 MH CALL (1300 642255) is a confidential mental health telephone triage service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide the first point of contact to public mental health services in Queensland (including Indigenous Mental Health Workers).

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Community health and legal services

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service (ATSICHS)

ATSICHS Social Health team provides culturally appropriate counselling services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Brisbane affected by mental illness.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (ATSILS)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (ATSILS) is a community-based organisation established to provide professional and culturally proficient legal services for Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Queensland.

Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC)

Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) improves health, creates jobs and ensures that Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples receive culturally appropriate health care.

Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Services

Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Services is committed to supporting Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples to live free from family violence and sexual assault in Queensland.

Regional and remote support

Australasian Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health runs Deadly Thinking, a  social and emotional well-being and suicide prevention program specifically designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Suicide prevention

If you need immediate help, contact:

  • Lifeline on 13 11 14
  • Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 (if you’re under 18 years of age)
  • Suicide call back service 1300 659 467 (if you are over 15 years of age).

Support is available through:

Support for families and carers

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