Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander People
The creators of this resource website acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land in the Meander Valley the Pallittorre people of the Palawa nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to all Elders and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia.
Just as the wider community experiences periods of anxiety or depression, members of the Aboriginal community are as likely to experience periods of feeling down, sad or anxious during their lives.
The signs of depression should not be viewed as “just the way they are” - if you or someone you know is experiencing the sensation of being broken, miserable or hopeless, then you may be suffering anxiety or depression and should seek help from one of the services listed on our “Local Contacts” page
Due to social and economic circumstances found in many indigenous communities, the added stresses of social connectedness or sense of belonging, disconnection from land and ancestry, discrimination based on race or culture, disadvantage, physical violence, abuse and substance & alcohol abuse can all be major factors in the levels of depression and anxiety experienced in the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander population.
If you are not doing so well, or are experiencing prolonged periods of sadness, misery, anger or are entertaining repeated suicidal thoughts then you need to contact support line or see your GP to discuss how you are feeling.
There are several organisations on our Contacts page that will be able to help
If your life or someone you know is in imminent danger - contact emergency services on 000
People trained to help you are available 24/7 at Lifeline on 13 11 14