Caution: Some people may find the content on this website confronting or distressing. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are also warned that this website may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons.
Please carefully consider your needs when reading the following information about Indigenous mental health and suicide prevention. If you are looking for help or crisis support, please contact:
13YARN (13 92 76), Lifeline (13 11 14) or Beyond Blue (1300 22 4536).
The AIHW acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and communities that are affected by suicide each year. If you or your community has been affected by suicide and need support, please contact the Indigenous Suicide Postvention Services on 1800 805 801.
The AIHW supports the use of the Mindframe guidelines on responsible, accurate and safe suicide and self-harm reporting. Please consider these guidelines when reporting on these topics.
Queensland Urban Indigenous Mental Health Survey (QUIMHS)
In May 2018, Queensland Health commissioned the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research (QCMHR) to conduct an Urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Substance Use Service Utilisation Survey in Queensland.
The Survey results are intended to highlight the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in treatment for a mental or substance use disorder, the type and quality of service being accessed, barriers to access, and implications for service reform. The Survey responds to Queensland Health’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Strategy 2016–2021 which commits to ‘conduct relevant research on mental health prevalence and service utilisation to inform strategies to address Indigenous mental health service needs into the future’. This aims to address the lack of data and research available to guide evidence-based mental health system planning for First Nations people.