Mental health support and counselling

Need urgent help now? Call Triple Zero (000) or go to a hospital if you are in immediate danger.

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.

Search a map to find Indigenous-specific mental health services (across Australia) through the Social and Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Services in Aboriginal Australia website.

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Hear how other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are taking action against anxiety and depression on Proppa Deadly.

Community health services

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service (ATSICHS)

Call the ATSICHS Social Health team on 07 3240 8900 to access culturally appropriate counselling services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Brisbane affected by mental illness.

Townsville Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services (TAIHS)

The TAIHS Social and Mental Health Unit offers mental health counsellors and run regular men’s and women’s groups to help cope with:

  • mental illness
  • family business
  • prison and court matters.

Phone TAIHS on (07) 4759 4022 to book a counselling session or join a group.

Palm Island Mental Health Service

At the Palm Island Mental Health Service Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers support people with mental health issues in the local community.

Regional and remote support

The 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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