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Resources

Are you looking for more support? We’ve put together a list of services available to the LGBTIQ+ community

LGBTIQ+ Counselling Services

Call us – Switchboard/Qlife

Switchboard and Qlife counsellors are dedicated trained volunteers who identify as LGBTQI.

Call or log on to the Switchboard/Qlife websites.
Our phone service open everyday between 3pm – Midnight .

Call 1800 184 527 or webchat online

Getting help outside of Switchboard / Qlife service hours

If you need immediate help outside of 3pm and midnight, QLife suggests the following 24/7 nation-wide services:

Lifeline

For all ages.
Call 13 11 14
Visit lifeline.org.au

Kids Help Line

For anyone 25 or under.
Call 1800 55 1800
Visit kidshelpline.com.au

Suicide Callback Service

If you’re experiencing thoughts of self-harm or suicide.
Call 1300 659 467 | Visit suicidecallbackservice.org.au/

Other LGBTQI+ Services that offer counselling

Drummond Street Services – Queer Space

Drummond Street Services is a not-for-profit family support agency that provides counselling and support to LGBTIQ+ people and their families. Through their queer space and youth service programs, DSS offers a range of helpful initiatives including individual, couple and whole-of-family counselling.

Call  (03) 9663 6733
Visit  ds.org.au/

VAC – Victorian Aids Council

The VAC 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.

Call (03) 9856 6700
Visit
vac.org.au

Mind Equality Cenre

Mind Australia now offers specialist psychological services for sexually and gender diverse people.

Services include occupational therapy; individual, couples, group and family relationship counselling; and sex therapy

Call 1300 286 463
Visit  mindaustralia.org.au/lgbti-clinic

Headspace

Headspace is a youth mental health service and has centers throughout regional Victoria. In August 2017 Headspace called on the government to legislate for marriage equality and put an end to marriage discrimination.

Headspace has Information and services for young people, their families and friends as well as health professionals can be accessed through their website.

Call 1300 054 284
Visit https://www.headspace.org.au

Resources for youth and families

Rainbow Network

 

Rainbow Network (Find a LGBTIQ+ youth group across Victoria)
Find out more here

 

Rainbow Families Victoria

Rainbow Families guide to the plebiscite
Download it here

Safe Schools

Debunking the Safe Schools myths:
Find out more here

Things to do to feel connected

Call or log on to the Switchboard / Qlife

Switchboard in partnership with Qlife is a national phone counselling service.
We are open between 3pm – Midnight everyday.
Call 1800 184 527 or webchat

Listen to Joy 94.9

Australia’s only 24/7 LGBTQI radio station. Find out more here

Follow Switchboard

Follow Switchboard on social media – facebook and instagram

Ways to Engage with the Postal Vote

Enrol to Vote

If you need to update your details on the electoral roll, or enrol to vote for the first time, you can do so here

Donate to Switchboard

Switchboard relies on the generous donations of the community to run our service. You can make a one off donation here

Join one of the campaign groups

There are many community organisations discussing the Postal Survey, see what’s going on in your local area or find out through social media.

Support Groups

Black Rainbow

Black Rainbow supports the strong & fabulous Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander lesbian, gay, bisexual, sistergirl & brotherboy & queer community.

Check out the website, or follow them here:  Facebook  //  Twitter 

Bisexual Alliance Victoria

Bisexual Alliance Victoria Inc. is a non-profit volunteer-run organisation dedicated to promoting the acceptance of bisexuals in LGBTI and mainstream society.
Find out more info here

Trans and Gender Diverse Anxiety Support Group

Transgender Victoria and the Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria (ARCVic) have partnered to create a support group that provides information and self-help opportunities for trans and gender diverse (TGD) people experiencing anxiety. You can find out for info here

Transgender Victoria Resource Page

Transgender Victoria have a great website full of information including a resources page.

You can find it here

Understanding LGBTI People

VIDEO - Qlife YouTube Channel

QLife’s You tube channel features 15 short films, each looking at the lived experiences of LGBTI people from a different perspective.
Take some time to check out some of the video’s here

VIDEO - In Our Shoes

In Our Shoes – A film by the Sydney Gender Centre of young trans people sharing stories about their lives.
You can check it out here

VIDEO - Simone and Roasilna's Story

An interview with two sistergirls – produced by Beyond Blue.
You can watch it here

What makes an ally

What makes an ally? is a transgender and gender diverse youth project led by Transgender Victoria and YGender. The project ran throughout 2014 and was funded by the Healthy Equal Youth grants through the Victorian State Government.

What Makes an Ally? ran statewide throughout regional and rural areas of Victoria and engaged over 150 young people to create a vibrant and positive campaign encouraging better allyship and to foster positive relationship building between transgender and gender diverse young people and their cisgender allies. Find out more here

Other Resources

You have rights!

If you experience discrimination you have the right to make a complaint to the Victorian Human rights Commission.
You can find out more info here

No to Homophobia

No to homophobia provides resources on how to address homophobia when it happens.
You can find out more info here

Acon - Staying Strong During The Marriage Equality Debate

Acon has put together a great resource for staying strong during the marriage equality debate. It’s a great resource to share with your friends, family and work colleagues. You can download it here