Our work with First Nations Peoples


Beyond Blue acknowledges the Land on which our head office is based has deep connections to peoples and cultures across the Eastern Kulin Nation. As such we acknowledge the Traditional Owners of this area, the Wurundjeri Peoples, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. As an organisation with national reach, we extend our respect to all Elders and First Nations Peoples across Australia.
Beyond Blue recognises that much needs to be done to address depression, anxiety, suicide and related drug and alcohol issues in First Nations Peoples communities.

Over time and across Australia, generations of First Nations Peoples have experienced trauma, grief and loss. Psychological distress is high among First Nations Peoples and this is worsened by ongoing social and health factors.

Beyond Blue works to address discriminatory behaviour and equip First Nations Peoples with the knowledge and skills to maintain their own social emotional wellbeing. This includes recognising signs in people close to them, in order to prevent the development of a mental health condition.

In consultation with First Nations Peoples communities, Beyond Blue has developed a range of research, information, education and support strategies to support the social and emotional wellbeing of First Nations Peoples.

Read Beyond Blue's position on social and emotional wellbeing for First Nations Peoples.

Our Reconciliation Action Plan

Our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) supports our journey to learn more about the world's oldest continuing culture and assist us in creating a culturally safe organisation.

'Strength through Connection' RAP artwork by Kalara Gilbert; a proud member of the Wiradjuri tribe, based in Canberra.

Sometimes the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety can be seen as 'just the way' you, a friend or family member are. This is not always the case. If you or someone you know are feeling broken and sad inside for more than two weeks, you may be experiencing depression. Depression can affect you, your family and your community.

Reducing the impact of depression and anxiety among First Nations communities is a priority for Beyond Blue. A range of research, information, education and support strategies have been developed and will continue to be developed in consultation with First Nations communities and organisations.

NPY Women's Council and Ngangkari program

"It’s really important to hold onto that language around how people feel and how they make sense of what they feel, and what they think."
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Strength and wellbeing

Strength and wellbeing can come from your family, friends and community. If you feel broken or very sad, there are many types of support and healing available.

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Kyle Vander Kuyp

"However you're feeling, don’t be afraid to reach out, ask for help and share what you're feeling."
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Risk factors affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

While there are issues such as housing, employment and education that affect everyone, there are also specific protective and risk factors that have a high impact on the social emotional wellbeing and rates of depression among First Nations Peoples.
  • Protective factors

  • Significant risk factors

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