Yarning SafeNStrong crisis helpline – a national first

Responding to calls from the Aboriginal Community, the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) has partnered with the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) to launch a central ‘1800’ statewide social and emotional wellbeing helpline for Aboriginal Victorians.

Yarning SafeNStrong is a confidential phone crisis line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and families who need to have a yarn with someone about their wellbeing.

COVID-19 has seen many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people without access to their family and other supports, including face to face access to workers from Aboriginal services, leaving many feeling vulnerable and isolated.

Yarning SafeNStrong is available now. The hotline (1800 95 95 63) will operate seven days a week from noon until 10pm. If anyone calls outside of these hours there will be a recorded message suggesting other 24/7 phone counselling services (Lifeline, Beyond Blue and Kids Helpline) and an opportunity for the person to leave a message and have their call returned the following day.

Find out more at here.

Read the media release below.

Media Release – VACCHO VHS Media Release final