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.
Have a yarn
Have a yarn with:
- other mental health support services to talk about your feelings and get help.
- Indigenous family support and healing groups and others in your mob to try to help reduce the stress of raising children.
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 4000 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.
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:
- suicide prevention and counselling services
- suicide call back service
- the Brisbane Rape and Incest Survivors Support Centre—for women who have suicidal thoughts as a result of sexual violence or rape.
Support for families and carers
- Caring for somebody with a mental illness.
- Mental Health Carers—ARAFMI (Association of Relatives and Friends of the Mentally Ill) run support groups for anyone caring for a person with mental health issues.
- The Mental Illness Fellowship supports those with mental illness, their families and carers while educating the community about mental health.
- Children of Parents with a Mental Illness.
- What is mental health?
- Find mental health services and support in your area.
- Facts about Indigenous mental health and suicide.
- Rural and Remote Mental Health Deadly Thinking program helps to improve the mental health of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
- Programs and projects to improve social and emotional wellbeing, including mental health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples.
- Mental Health Court decides the state of mind of people charged with criminal offences
- Mental Health First Aid for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
- MindOUT—National LGBTI Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Project.
- The National Mental Health Strategy is a commitment by Australian governments to improve the lives of people with mental illness.
- The Healing Foundation has projects to support community healing and runs events to discuss mental health issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.