About the Help-Seeking Project

The Help-Seeking Project

This website was developed following the completion of a collaborative project, ‘Identifying innovative ways of raising mental health awareness and providing positive messages about help-seeking in urban, rural and remote Indigenous communities' (The Help-Seeking Project), carried out by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. It involved a comprehensive review of 46 Indigenous-specific services in remote, rural and urban settings across Australia. Then, based on the lessons learnt from the review, this website was developed as a resource for people seeking to understand what it means to provide appropriate social and emotional wellbeing and/or mental health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Project Objectives

Specifically, the objectives of the project were to:

  • Identify promising-practice examples of mental health awareness-raising initiatives that are working well
  • Identify the common elements of these initiatives
  • Increase policy makers' understanding of the elements of innovative best-practice models that work
  • Promote and publicise these models and resources, with a view to supporting their local sustainability as well as broadening their application

Lessons from the Help-Seeking Project

Help-seeking should only be promoted when:

  • There is a service available to provide help. This website provides the contact details of a broad range of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander specific Social and Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health programs across Australia, easily located on the service map
  • The service available is culturally appropriate. This site provides promising practice principles and examples to assist those seeking to learn more about how to provide appropriate services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities