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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's Mental Health Resource Centre offers Indigenous Australians 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 Healing Centre on (07) 3240 8907 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 Indigenous health workers support people with mental health issues in the local community.

Other remote support

Mental health support and counselling services are also available in these remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities:

  • Burketown
  • Doomadgee
  • Gregory Downs
  • Karumba
  • Mornington Island
  • Normanton
  • Thursday Island.

For more information phone the Vincent Campus - Cambridge Street Facility on (07) 4775 8100.

Forensic mental health system

The Utopia forensic mental health system helps people who have a mental illness and have also been charged with a serious offence. You can access counselling and learn how the offence may be handled.

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

Helpful links

Information for youth

Check out the available support for young people with a mental illness.

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Last updated:
15 March 2016

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