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Mental Health Service

Specialist Mental Health Support for LGBTIQA+ People. This service is for all queer people experiencing mental illness and psychological distress aged 16 and over.

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Mental Health Support for LGBTIQA+ People:

We understand how homophobia, biphobia, intersexism and transphobia can impact mental health. These are some of the barriers LGBTIQA+ community members can experience when finding support

Our staff are mostly LGBTIQA+ themselves and have lots of experience working with LGBTIQA+ clients. We offer a trauma-informed, sex-positive, gender and sexuality affirming service.

We provide peer support, group work, brief counselling, and psychological therapies. All clients seeking counselling are offered a Single Session of up to 90 minutes with a mental health clinician. For many people this is enough to meet their needs.

Clients may self-refer or be referred via their GP or other health provider.

If you want to change your relationship with alcohol and/or other drugs, check out our AOD Service.

Note: this service is also available to all people living with HIV, regardless of gender and/or sexuality.

This program is funded by the Adelaide Primary Health Network – an Australian Government Initiative. Our service is free of charge.

Eligibility and Referral
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Please note: we currently have a 4-6 month wait for mental health services, including peer support.

This service is for LGBTIQA+ people aged 16 and above.

If you have questions, give us a call on (08) 7078 4128

To submit a referral, fill out the form: https://thorneharbour.typeform.com/to/xauB6bVn

We are located at 1/122 Carrington Street and operate during business hours. We can offer after hours appointments by arrangement.

Mental Health Treatment Plans are required. If you don't have one or don't know what this is, get in touch and we can help.

Waiting for a Service
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We understand that it’s difficult to wait for a service. Unfortunately, there can sometimes be a wait to see someone in our LGBTIQA+ Specialist Mental Health Service. While you are waiting, we will try to check in with you once a month to see how you are feeling and check if your needs have changed. While you wait for our service, there are many other options for help. Whether your need is urgent or not, you can choose to visit a service in-person or chat over the phone or online.

If you need emergency assistance due to a mental health crisis:


Go to the Urgent Mental Health Care Centre, located at 215 Grenfell Street, Adelaide, 5000, open 24/7.

Go to your local hospital emergency department.

Phone and online:

Call Mental Health Triage on 13 14 65, Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Emergency on 000.

Contact Suicidal Call Back Service at 1300 659 467, available 24/7 or chat online at suicidecallbackservice.org.au

For non-urgent support:


Go to Sonder Walk-In After Hours Service, located at 2 Peachey Road, Edinburgh North, 5113, open Monday - Friday from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. You can also call them on 8209 0711 or learn more at sonder.net.au/programs/walk-in-after-hours-mental-health-service/

Stop by Safe Haven, located at 9 Johns Street, Salisbury, 5108, a drop-in mental health service, open Tuesday - Friday from 5:00pm – 9:00 pm.

Phone and online:

Contact QLife at 1800 184 527 or chat online at qlife.org.au from 2:30pm - 11:30 pm, 7 days a week. QLife provides anonymous and free LGBTIQ+ peer support and referral for people in Australia wanting to talk about sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings, or relationships.

Contact Lived Experience Telephone Support Service (LETSS) for phone counselling at 1800 013 755 between 5pm - 11:30pm or chat online at letss.org.au


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