Mental Health Support During the Voice Debate


The Voice has significant implications for mental health, particularly for First Nations peoples, during the lead-up to the Referendum and once the result is known.

As some participants in this national debate are already experiencing, feedback can at times be aggressive or abusive, especially online and in social media.

In recognition of the mental health implications of the Referendum process, Mental Health Australia is providing information and resources to support safe, respectful and polite conversations, and to care for and protect the mental health of First Nations Australians during this significant national discussion. See the section on the Voice and mental health.

Gayaa Dhuwi, 13 Yarn and the Healing Foundation have made a joint statement about wellbeing and dealing with racism during the Referendum process. Resources for First Nations peoples are available on their websites:

First Nations Support is also available at: Wellmob and Postvention Support/Thirrili

Mindframe offers useful resources around reporting on mental health.

Support Act offers a wellbeing counselling helpline for those working in music and the arts.

Click here to return to the home page of the CBAA's guidance on the Voice referendum.