Personal support

Here is a list of various counselling and support services ready to help you (or someone you know) deal with the effects of homophobic, biphobic or transphobic harassment or other issues relating to your sexuality or gender identity.

The list focuses on counselling and support services in Victoria, with some links to service providers in other states. For a more comprehensive list of counselling and support services outside of Victoria we suggest you contact the AIDS Council in your State or Territory. See below for their details.

Counselling Services (Victoria)

Lifeline
Provides access to crisis support, suicide prevention and mental health support services.

Call: 13 11 14
Visit: www.lifeline.org.au

Headspace
Help for young people between 12 and 25 who are going through a tough time.

Visit: www.headspace.org.au

Gay & Lesbian Switchboard
Anonymous free telephone counselling, information and referrals for GLBTIQ people In Victoria.

Call:(Melbourne) (03) 9663 2939
(Regional VIC) 1800 1845 27
Visit: www.switchboard.org.au


Support Services (Victoria)

Victims of Crime Victoria
Provides practical assistance, support and representation to victims of crime.

Call: 1800 819 817
Visit: www.justice.vic.gov.au/victimsofcrime

Anti-Violence Project of Victoria
Support, advocacy and representation for GLBTI victims of crime including assistance with reporting to Victoria Police, as well as online reporting services.

Call: Greg Adkins 0407 664442
Email: vicavp@antiviolence.info
Visit: www.antiviolence.info

Victorian AIDS Council/Gay Men’s Health Centre
Provides support groups and professional, affordable counselling for individuals and couples who are members of the GLBT community regardless of HIV status.

Visit: (VIC) www.vicaids.asn.au

TransGender Victoria
Provides direct support and a range of benevolent services to transgender people in Victoria.

Call: (03) 9517 6613
Visit: www.transgendervictoria.com
Email: enquiries@transgendervictoria.com

Zoe Belle Gender Centre
Provides information regarding support and resources for anyone interested in the health and well being of transgender, transsexual and other gender diverse people in Victoria, Australia.

Visit: www.gendercentre.com/resources

Rainbow Network Victoria
Provides guidance, information and support for anyone who works with same sex attracted or gender questioning young people in any setting.

Call: (03) 9285 5367
Visit: www.rainbownetwork.net.au

Parents & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Victoria
PFLAG Victoria is a group of parents, families and friends of lesbians and gay men who meet and offer support and friendship to families, and to members of the Victorian GLBTI community who may need support in coming out to family or friends.

Visit: (VIC) www.pflagvictoria.org.au

Outminds social group

Outminds is a social group for people who identify as LGBTIQ who are managing mental health. The group’s social events promote an accepting, safe and supportive environment. Weekly events in Prahran and Melbourne CBD areas are listed on the Outminds website.

Visit: (VIC) www.outminds.com.au


Counselling and Support Services (Other States)

Lifeline
Provides access to crisis support, suicide prevention and mental health support services.

Call: 13 11 14
Visit: www.lifeline.org.au

Headspace
Help for young people between 12 and 25 who are going through a tough time.

Visit: www.headspace.org.au

Gay and Lesbian Telephone Counselling
Anonymous free telephone counselling, information and referrals for GLBTIQ people.

Gay and Lesbian Switchboard (TAS)
1800 184527
www.switchboard.org.au
Gay and Lesbian Community Services (WA)
(08) 9420 7201
www.glcs.org.au
Gay and Lesbian Community Services SA (SA)
(08) 8193 0800
www.glcssa.org.au
The Gay and Lesbian Welfare Association (QLD)
(07) 3017 1717, 1800 184527
www.glwa.org.au
Gay & Lesbian Counselling Service of NSW
(02) 8594 9596, 1800 18GLCS (Regional)
www.glcsnsw.org.au
Twenty10 (NSW)
(02) 8594 9555, 1800 65 2010 (Regional)
www.twenty10.org.au

AIDS Councils
Provide support groups and professional, affordable counselling for individuals and couples who are members of the GLBT community regardless of HIV status.
ACON (NSW)
www.acon.org.au
Queensland Association for Healthy Communities (QLD)
www.qahc.org.au
West Australia Aids Council (WA)
www.waaids.com
ACSA (SA)
www.acsa.org.au
NT Aids and Hepatitis Council (NT)
www.ntahc.org.au
Tasmanian Council on AIDS, Hepatitis and Related Diseases (TAS)
www.tascahrd.org.au
AIDS Action Council of the ACT (ACT)
www.aidsaction.org.au

ACON's Anti Violence Project
In NSW, ACON’s Anti Violence Project can talk with you about what happened and offer support, put you in touch with services, provide you with information, help you report to police and/or support you to submit a complaint about police All services are free and confidential.

Call: 02 9206 2116
Visit: www.acon.org.au/anti-violence

Victims of Crime Services
Provide practical assistance, support and representation to victims of crime.

Victims Services (SYD)
(02) 8688 5511, (NSW) 1800 633 063
www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/vs
Victims of Crime (PER)
(08) 9425 2850, (WA) 1800 818 988
www.victimsofcrime.wa.gov.au
Victim Support Service Inc (ADL)
(08) 8231 5626, (SA) 1800 182 368
www.victimsa.org
Victim Support Services (HBT)
(03) 6233 5002, (TAS) 1300 663 773
www.justice.tas.gov.au/victims
Victims of Crime NT Inc. (NT)
1800 672 242
www.victimsofcrime.org.au
Victim Support ACT (ACT)
1800 822 272
www.victimsupport.act.gov.au
Victims of Crime (QLD)
1300 546 587
www.justice.qld.gov.au/justice-services/victims-of-crime

Parents & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
With different groups spotted around Australia, PFLAG are groups of parents, families and friends of lesbians and gay men who meet and offer support and friendship to families, and to members of the GLBTI community who may need support in coming out to family or friends.

Visit:
(WA) www.pflagwa.org.au
(NSW) www.pflagaustralia.org.au
(QLD) www.pflagbrisbane.org.au
(SA) www.pspflag.org.au