We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waters in which we work and the knowledge-holders of the oldest continuous cultures in the world. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.
This year, Australia will hold a referendum to decide whether to change the Constitution to establish an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice (the Voice).
The Voice would be an independent and permanent advisory body.
It would give advice to the Australian Parliament and Government on matters that affect the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The national conversation on the Voice in Australia might negatively affect the mental health and wellbeing of some First Nations peoples.
People will have different opinions about the Voice, which could lead to difficult conversations with family, friends and colleagues.
Sadly too, some people will express racist or negative views about First Nations peoples on social media and other channels. These conversations may cause additional stress for some people.
It’s important to know there is support available during this time.
Here is a list of free mental health and wellbeing services and supports for First Nations peoples. A selection of these services and supports are also listed below.
Are you a First Nations community organisation?
Please use these resources designed to promote mental health and wellbeing services and supports available to First Nations peoples.
Services and supports
Phone: 13 92 76
24/7 crisis line run by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Free and confidential service available from any mobile or pay phone.
Find a health and medical service near you.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Medical Services operate in all states and territories in Australia, delivering a wide variety of culturally appropriate health care to the community.
The AlMhi Stay Strong App is a motivational care planning tool that assists health professionals to promote the wellbeing of First Nations clients by considering their social supports, strengths, worries and the goals or changes they would like to make.
Information and resources
National peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing, mental health, and suicide prevention.
National peak body representing 145 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) across the country on Aboriginal health and wellbeing issues.
The National Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wellbeing Research have developed evidence-based factsheets about the mental health and wellbeing of First Nations peoples in the lead up to the Voice referendum. There are five factsheets about how to support First Nations peoples during the referendum, tailored to different audiences including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, non-Indigenous people and health service providers.
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation that provides a platform to amplify the voices and lived experience of Stolen Generations survivors and their families.
Online resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander frontline health and wellbeing workers. Includes websites, apps, podcasts, videos, helplines, social media and online programs with a focus on social and emotional wellbeing.
Australia’s leading voice on Indigenous suicide. Promotes evidence-based suicide prevention practice that impowers individuals, families and communities and respects their culture.
For stories and practical tips to help support others and ask your mob, in your way, R U OK?
Reporting racism and staying safe online
Find information on reporting racism you have experienced or witnessed.
Find information on what to do if you have concerns about a health practitioner.
Find resources about staying safe online.
Learn more about the referendum
You can learn more about the referendum on the: