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Mental Health


Thorne Harbour Health's Counselling Service is free specialist service for our LGBTIQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Gender Diverse, Intersex, Queer) communities.

Mental Health

Therapeutic Groups

Our counselling service runs therapeutic groups to address the continuing challenges of the living with HIV and the needs of the LGBTIQ+ community.How the Groups WorkThe groups are:Facilitated by professional counsellors or psychotherapistsHeld weekly and run for six to ten weeks. Group members agree to attend all sessionsSometimes focused on particular themes, such as anxiety or living with HIV so you can get help with particular issuesA group approach:Can help you change unhelpful thoughts or behavioursWork with other group members to develop a stronger sense of selfProvides a safe and confidential spaceYou may feel anxious and uncomfortable about joining a group and talking about yourself. However, our facilitators are trained to monitor, give feedback, and help the group work through difficult issues. Group members often feel supported by the others in the group, and gain strength from knowing that there are others going through similar issues.Please select the group you are interested in below:

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.

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Thorne Harbour Country

Thorne Harbour Country provides support, counselling, rapid HIV testing, resources and information around LGBTIQ+ 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 LGBTIQ+ community to connect and access information resources and referral services.

South Australia

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.

News & Events

Well Well Well (JOY 94.9)

For over 18 years and 900 episodes, Well, Well, Well has been broadcasting on JOY 94.9 - Australia's out and proud community radio station. On air every Thursday night from 9PM, Well Well Well focuses on the health and wellbeing of our LGBTIQA+ and PLHIV communities.

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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 LGBTIQ 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 Newsletter

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.

2 Jun 2020

Isolating Together: maintain your mind & relationship in lockdown

"In any interaction, there is a possibility of connecting with your partner or turning away from your partner. One such moment is not important, but if you're always choosing to turn away, then trust erodes in a relationship - very gradually, very slowly.”― John Gottman

8 Dec 2020

5 Questions with Bronwyn Lawman

After having recently joined the Board of Thorne Harbour Health, we chatted to Bronwyn Lawman about her longstanding career in mental health, why she's keen to play an influential role at the organisation, and her love of Abba.

26 May 2021

Final Report from Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health

In early 2019, the Victoria Government announced that it would be undertaking a Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. Soon after, Thorne Harbour Health and Rainbow Health Victoria encouraged our LGBTI communities to take action and have their voices heard as part of the community consultations and submission process.

9 May 2022

A New Face Behind Therapeutic Services

We recently welcomed Alyssha Fooks to Thorne Harbour Health as the Manager of Therapeutic Services and Capacity Building. With a portfolio that includes family violence, counselling, alcohol and other drug use, and building the capacity of mainstream services – Alyssha took a moment to talk about her work and coming to Thorne Harbour.

14 Oct 2022

Seeking EOI for Mental Health Advisory Committee

Thorne Harbour Health (THH) is looking for LGBTIQ+ people with lived experience of a mental health condition to establish a mental health policy advisory committee.

16 Dec 2022

Multicultural Project Exploring the Lives of LGBTIQ+ People

In 2023, Thorne Harbour Health is launching a new community-led project EVERYDAY PEOPLE exploring the lives and wellbeing of LGBTIQ+ people from our culturally and linguistically communities.

21 Jul 2023

Be a Part of Our Community Advisory Committees

Application Deadline Extended. Thorne Harbour Health is seeking participants for a number of our Community Advisory Committees.

11 Dec 2023

5 Questions with South Australia's New Director

We are proud to introduce Rebecca Ellis, our new Director for South Australia. This is a newly created role that reflects our commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of our LGBTIQA+ communities in Adelaide.Rebecca emigrated to Adelaide from the North of England with her wife Kylie and four children just under 5 years ago. After marrying in England, Rebecca and Kylie closely watched the marriage equality vote in Australia, hoping it would pass so they could bring their family down under. They’ve fallen in love with Adelaide and wouldn’t want to be in any other state.

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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.

30 May 2022

The Cost of Adverse LGBTIQ+ Mental Health

The poor mental health outcomes of LGBTIQ+ Victorians comes at an economic and financial cost estimated to be as high as $3 billion in research released today.Commissioned by Thorne Harbour Health, the report findings from Deloitte show the rate of lifetime mental health for LGBTIQ+ Victorians is 73%, significantly higher than the 46% among the general population.LGBTIQ+ Victorians are estimated to make up to 10% of the state’s population and their mental health outcomes are driven by a complex set of factors including systemic discrimination and marginalisation within society and the health system more broadly.“When you look at the rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide, the message is clear - LGBTIQ mental health is in crisis,” said Thorne Harbour Health CEO Simon Ruth.

28 Jul 2023

South Australia Launches Groundbreaking LGBTIQA+ Mental Health Service

Thorne Harbour Health, one of Australia’s largest LGBTIQA+ community-controlled health organisations, is proud to announce the official launch of the LGBTIQA+ mental health service in Adelaide. Addressing the unique mental health challenges faced by LGBTIQA+ people, this specialist service is a first for South Australia and joins the ACT as the only government funded services nationwide to do so.“Mental health issues within our LGBTIQA+ communities are a serious concern — with higher rates of anxiety, depression and suicide than the general population,” said Thorne Harbour Health CEO Simon Ruth.

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