headspace Canberra is a part of the National Youth Mental Health Foundation. headspace Canberra supports young people aged 12 – 25 who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health concerns and/or substance use issues, and their family and friends. headspace seeks to enhance young people’s ability to seek help, and offer youth-centred support and services. At headspace Canberra you can receive support from a range of professionals including youth workers, psychologists, social workers, alcohol and other drug workers. These workers are skilled in listening to young people and can help you identify problems, goals and achieve creative solutions to issues.
Location: 170 Haydon Drive, Level B, Building 18, University of Canberra, Bruce
Phone: (02) 6201 5343
Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT (SHFPACT)
SHFPACT is a strong and vibrant health promotion charity and delivers sexual and reproductive health services to the Canberra community. SHFPACT offers a holistic, confidential and respectful service to Canberra and the region. A majority of SHFPACT Doctors and Nurses are female. All doctors and nurses have specialist sexual and reproductive health qualifications and approach all matters sensitively.
Location: Level One, 28 University Avenue, Canberra
Phone: 02 6247 3077
QLife is Australia’s first national counselling and referral service for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or intersex (LGBTI). QLife provides nation-wide, early intervention, peer supported telephone and web based services to people of all ages across the full breadth of people’s bodies, genders, relationships, sexualities, and lived experiences. If you need someone to chat to, call QLife.
Phone: 1800 184 527 3pm-midnight
Canberra Rape Crisis Centre (CRCC)
CRCC is a non-government, feminist organisation working to eliminate sexual violence against women, young people, children and men. If you have been assaulted or raped you can phone the CRCC on (02) 6247 2525. CRCC is available for any woman, man or child who has experienced any form of sexual abuse (adult rape, childhood sexual abuse, ritual abuse or sexual harassment) whether it is a recent assault or an assault that happened years ago. CRCC also provides support to individuals (e.g. friends, family) who are supporting survivors of sexual assault.
CRCC is staffed by specially trained workers. These services are free and confidential. Rape Crisis workers can accompany women, men and children to the Australian Federal Police Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Team (SACAT) if they wish to report the rape to the police. You can also contact the police directly on 131 444. You can use the Rape Crisis services without reporting the assault to the police.
The Service Assisting Male Survivors of Sexual Assault (SAMSSA) offers counselling and support to men over the age of 16 in the ACT and surrounding region, and their supporters, to recover from the effects and impacts of sexual assault or childhood sexual abuse.
If you identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) you can access the Nguru Program that provides culturally appropriate counselling for members of the ATSI community, who have experienced sexual assault, and their families.
Phone: 02 6247 2525 (7am-11pm)
CRCC’s location is kept confidential; please call for any and all assistance.
AIDS Action Council
The AIDS Action Council aims to build strong, connected and supportive communities that are free of new HIV transmissions, marginalisation, discrimination and stigma. The AIDS Action Council delivers a wide range of services for individuals, families and the community in Canberra and the surrounding region. Counselling is available during business hours Monday to Friday. Counselling is provided for all members of the community over the page of 16, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, lifestyle choice, cultural background, religious belief or economic circumstances. Counselling is free. AIDS Action Council also facilitates a HIV Support Program, Sex Worker Outreach Program and Needle & Syringe Program.