Mental Health

Boab Health Services’ Mental Health program services communities across the Kimberley region. The primary health care service has a focus on working with clients experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues; using evidence-based focused psychological interventions.

Boab Health’s mental health service provides free, confidential, and safe counselling services for people living in the Kimberley who are experiencing mental health issues.

Services Our Mental Health Team Offer

Our professional and caring team can assist you by offering free, short-term psychological counselling and therapies, and a safe space to talk through your worries. Support may include; self-help resources, online services and support groups. Our program can also offer immediate referrals, as well as telephone and/or online counselling programs.

Our mental health team supports young people, adults, and their families to manage a range of common mental health concerns to help improve their overall feelings of wellbeing.

Service Locations 

We provide services in Balgo, Bidyadanga, Billiluna, Broome, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek, Kalumburu, Kununurra, Mulan, Warmun, Wyndham and some communities in the Fitzroy Valley.

Mental Health Services We Offer

Adult Mental Health Services

Our adult mental health services include the Community Support program and the Integrated Care Management program. 

Our Community Support program offers short-term, evidence-based psychological therapies for adults who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, grief and loss, post-traumatic stress and other stress-related concerns.

Our Integrated Care Management program offers short-term evidence-based psychological support, co-ordinated integrated care and focused support services for people living with a severe and persistent diagnosed mental illness. 

Child Mental Health Services – Broome

Our Broome-based Child Mental Health services provide individual counselling to children aged 0-12 years with their parents and/or carers. This service aims to help children and families address common mental health concerns such as:

  • Anxiety and depression 
  • Sleep problems 
  • Social and emotional issues
  • Attachment difficulties 
  • Emotional and behavioural dysregulation 
  • Grief, loss and trauma 

Our child counselling services utilises effective and appropriate evidence-based child-specific interventions such as play therapy, child-centred parenting support, cognitive behavioural therapy, and mindfulness strategies. This service provides a developmentally appropriate and natural way for children to communicate and express feelings and experiences in a safe and supportive environment.

For more information on Child Mental Health download our brochure.

Youth Support Services– East Kimberley

Youth Counselling – Kununurra 

Our Youth Counselling program provides individual counselling and family support for young people living in Kununurra. To be eligible for youth counselling the person must be 11 to 18 years old, at risk of developing a mental health condition and be enrolled at a Kununurra school. Our youth counselling service utilises effective and appropriate youth-specific modalities, a range of creative therapeutic engagement tools, as well as relevant group-based sessions to compliment the individual based services.

A Better Life (ABLe) Program – Wyndham

The ABLe program aims to improve the independence, participation and long-term lifetime wellbeing of people living in Wyndham who are affected by mental health issues, which includes issues with drug and alcohol misuse and/or gambling. This program includes building personal resilience and supporting participants to sustainably manage the impacts of their mental health issues. This program is open to people living in Wyndham, who are aged 16 to 65 years.

Community Development – Balgo

This program supports culturally safe, community-driven strengths and resilience initiatives to promote mental health and wellbeing for people living in the remote communities of Balgo, Billiluna and Mulan. Our mental health community development officer is based in the Balgo Aboriginal community every two (2) out of every three (3) weeks.  

Other programs 

Broome Cancer Support Group

The Broome Cancer Support Group is a safe and supportive group, welcoming people living with cancer, their family members and carers. Meetings occur monthly at Broome Circle, and focus on a holistic approach to health support, and include formal and informal chats, information and resources, education, and guest speakers. Our group is supported by Cancer Council WA.

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In partnership with local Kimberley libraries, we have a range of evidence-based self-help resources available from Broome, Derby and Kununurra public libraries. People engaged with our mental health services can access these resources through their allocated mental health professional.  

How to Access Our Services 

To access our mental health counselling services, you will require a referral from your Doctor/GP, or from a Kimberley Mental Health and Drug Services professional.

Exceptions

For people living in remote towns or communities (not based in Broome or Kununurra), we accept referrals from nurses, health or community service providers. We will also accept self or family referrals. 

We do not require a GP referral for our ABLe program (Wyndham), Community Development program (Balgo) or the Broome Cancer Support Group.

More information for health professionals on how to refer to our services (including our eligibility criteria) is available here.

What to Expect After a Referral is Made?

Once we receive your referral, we will contact you directly to schedule an appointment for an initial assessment and to advise of an approximate wait time. At this time, we may also provide you with information regarding additional resources and other support options. 

After the assessment, we offer short-term individual counselling, access to self-help resources or will refer you to a more appropriate service. We can also offer a referral PORTS a telephone and online support program which can often provide support to people within a few days.

Our Mental Health professional will contact you directly when an appointment time becomes available.

Throughout your involvement with our service, we will keep your GP updated on your treatment, progress and any further recommendations we may make.

Wait Times 

We offer free, government-funded counselling for people living in the Kimberley. Our services are in high demand and wait times for appointments can vary depending on location and service required. 

What Can You Expect From a Counselling Session?

Our Mental Health team is staffed by professionals who are qualified and committed to working with mental health and psychological issues. Our mental health services can be delivered to individuals or as groups. Services we provide include:

  • Psychological counselling and support, utilising a range of evidence-based therapies aimed to meet your individual needs
  • Goal setting and problem-solving
  • Communication skills
  • Self-help strategies 
  • Referrals or links to other relevant services 
  • Individual risk and safety assessment, management and planning for self-harm and suicidal ideation related concerns

 Please Note We Do Not Provide the Following Services 

  • Crisis response (contact KMHDS)
  • Services for people experiencing acute mental illness (e.g. experiencing mania or psychosis) (contact KMHDS)
  • Case management as the primary service (contact KMHDS)
  • Outreach services (except in communities) (contact KMHDS)
  • Counselling where alcohol or drug-related dependency or addiction is the primary problem (contact KMHDS)
  • Court reports, other medico-legal reports (e.g. for workers compensation), or court-mandated counselling
  • Cognitive, autism, learning disability or neuro-psychology assessments 
  • Relationship or couples counselling or mediation (contact Anglicare) 
  • Long-term / ongoing therapy

While You Wait For Your Appointment

If your symptoms worsen, or if you have any urgent concerns, contact your regular health service. Otherwise, you may contact Boab Health Services and ask to speak to the Triage and Assessment Officer who will assist you to access the most appropriate support for you. 

For any emergency situations, always present to your local hospital or remote clinic or see the 24-hour telephone supports below.                                                           

In an emergency

Please call 000 in an emergency or visit your local hospital or health clinic.

24-hour support

There is always someone available to listen. If you or someone you know requires urgent assistance you can call:

Rural Link
Free call 1800 552 002
Available
4.30 pm – 8:30 am Monday to Friday
24 hours Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.
During business hours you will be connected to your local community mental health clinic.

Kids Helpline 1800 551 800

Service Enquiries

If you would like to know more about this service or to discuss potential referrals, please phone (08) 9192 7888 and ask to speak to our Mental Health Triage and Assessment Officer.

Client Feedback Survey

Are you an existing or past client? Do you have 2 minutes? We would love to hear from you to help us improve our services and programs. Please click here to complete our client feedback survey. You will require a password to access this survey, please call our Mental Health Administrator on (08) 9192 7888 for the password.

Other Helplines

Crisis Care: 1800 199 008

Standby Suicide Response Service: 0458 889 937

Bush Support Line (CRANA): 1800 805 391

Mensline Australia: 1300 789 978

Carers WA Counselling Line: 1800 007 332

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Helpline: 1800 200 526

Information Lines

Beyond Blue Information Line: 1300 224 636

Parent Drug Information Service: 1800 653 203

Relationships Australia: 1300 364 2277

ARAFMI Aboriginal Family and Carers Outreach: (08) 9193 6600

Other Useful  links

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