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Counselling

Our counselling service provides professional, affordable counselling for individuals and couples who are affected by or at risk of HIV, and for members of the LGBTI community.

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Therapeutic Groups

Mental Health

Same-Sex Attracted Men in Heterosexual Relationships

Stigma is a tricky beast and an all too familiar one for men experiencing anxiety and/or depression. It gets even more complicated when you add the stigma associated with being same-sex attracted while in a heterosexual lifestyle. DALE aims to reduce this complex stigma and improve the overall health and wellbeing of these men.

LGBTI Health

Thorne Harbour Country

Thorne Harbour Country provides support, counselling, rapid HIV testing, resources and information around LGBTI wellbeing, HIV, Hepatitis C and sexual health across the Loddon Mallee. Operating out of the Community Hub, Thorne Harbour Country provides a safe place for the LGBTI community to connect and access information resources and referral services.

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Well, Well, Well (JOY 94.9)

For over 600 episodes, Well, Well, Well has been broadcasting on JOY 94.9 - Australia's out and proud community radio station.

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27 Feb 2019

Looking after your mental health

Taking care of your mental health is important. We all know that, but often we don’t seek support. This could be because we don’t know where to go or how to access support. Plus, we want to use a service that’s LGBTIQ friendly.

17 Apr 2019

Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System

Thorne Harbour Health and Rainbow Health Victoria are encouraging Victoria’s LGBTI communities to take action and have their voice heard during the Royal Commission into Mental Health.

27 Jun 2019

Leading Health Organisations call on the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System to Consider LGBTI Mental Health

"All lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, and intersex (LGBTI) people deserve to live happy and healthy lives, and to enjoy the benefits of a mental health system that is respectful, safe, affirming and supportive."

24 Jul 2019

Winter 2019 Newsetter

The winter newsletter is out! Have a read to find out about our submissions to Victoria's Royal Mental Health Commission, the PARTi Project's time in Amsterdam, and Emen8's Guys Like Me. Guys Like You. Guys Like Us. Plus, check out updates from the teams at SAMESH and Equinox.

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17 Apr 2019

LGBTI communities strongly encouraged to participate in the Royal Commission into Mental Health

Thorne Harbour Health and Rainbow Health Victoria are calling on Victoria’s LGBTI communities to take action and have their voice heard during the Royal Commission into Mental Health. In addition to the community consultations already underway, earlier today the Victorian Government unveiled their online portal for community submissions to the Royal Commission into Mental Health.Thorne Harbour Health (formerly the Victorian AIDS Council) and Rainbow Health Victoria (formerly Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria) have developed consumer talking points to assist LGBTI individuals attending community consultations or making submissions via the government’s online portal. The new resource developed by the two organisations outlines recommendations for action as well as the background research to support each area for improving Victoria’s mental health system. Recommendations outlined in the document include building upon the existing model to increase accessibility to community-controlled services as well as workforce development for mainstream services to ensure there is “no wrong door” for LGBTI Victorians to access the support they need to improve their mental health and wellbeing.“With higher rates of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, self-harm, and suicide compared to the general population, LGBTI Victorians need a mental health system that is welcoming and responsive to their needs. It’s vital that our voices are heard,” said Thorne Harbour Health CEO Simon Ruth.“We’ll only get our needs met if the government hears from us. If our communities are silent on this issue, we’ll never see progress.”Rainbow Health Victoria’s Co-Director Dr Jen Power added, “It’s important that LGBTI communities are equipped with the research evidence to support what many of them already know — that LGBTI Australians are experiencing poor mental health outcomes, often associated with marginalisation, discrimination, stigma, violence, and abuse.”Community consultation sessions are being held at various locations now through May, and registration closes at 5pm on the day before each consultation session. A full list of community consultations can be found at: rcvmhs.vic.gov.au/whats-happening-now.Through the online portal (rcvmhs.vic.gov.au/submissions), people can submit formal submissions and brief comments. Brief comments will be accepted until 20 May 2019 and formal submissions will be accepted until 5 July 2019.The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System – Consumer Talking Points document can be downloaded here.---If you or someone you know requires support, contact Switchboard on 1800 184 527 (3pm-12am daily) or for Thorne Harbour Counselling Services, contact us on (03) 9865 6700 (9am-5pm daily).For urgent assistance, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or beyondblue on 1300 224 636.

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