Mental health support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are a priority population for mental health support in Australia. Find out about available support services.

On 14 October 2023, Australians voted in a referendum about whether to change the Constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing a body called the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice. The referendum did not pass. 
 
The ongoing national conversation on the Voice in Australia might negatively affect the mental health and wellbeing of some First Nations peoples. It’s important to know there is support available.

See our downloadable list of support services, or use the links on this page to find a service that can help.

Services and supports

Health and medical services

There are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Medical Services in all states and territories in Australia. You can use the HealthInfoNet interactive map to find health and medical services in your state or territory.  

To find an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (ACCHO) near you, see the NACCHO website.  

Phone and live chat support services 

13YARN

13YARN provides free and confidential crisis support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. You can contact 13YARN from any mobile or pay phone anywhere in Australia 24/7 to talk to a crisis supporter.

Brother to Brother

The Brother to Brother crisis line provides phone support for Aboriginal men who need someone to talk to about relationship issues, family violence, parenting, drug and alcohol issues or who are struggling to cope for other reasons.

See more (non-Indigenous) mental health support services

Information and resources

For the community

For the health workforce 

For First Nations community organisations

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