Open Doors Programs

Alcohol & Other Drug Support

Open Doors Youth Service provides one on one and group alcohol and drug support to young people who are between the ages of 12-24 years who live in South East Queensland. The program allows young LGBTIQAP+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy people, their families, community and other support people to refer young people to the program. The program also supports the families of LGBTIQAP+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy young people. The program has a dedicated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander worker who understands the needs of LGBTIQAP+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy young people within the community and also has a Youth Worker with years of experience in the Alcohol and Other Drug areas.

Reconnect

The Open Doors Reconnect Program is for LGBTQIAP+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy identifying young people aged 12 to 17 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness as well as at risk of disengaging with community.  We aim to support you to stabilise your living situation and provide early intervention to support you to find safe living arrangements.  This may include finding accommodation short/long term, supporting in providing mediation with parents, schools and other family members as well as advocacy and providing referrals and links to safe and supportive services. We do this through:

  • Case Management
  • Individual support with one of our Youth Workers
  • Counselling
  • Mediation
  • Goal setting
  • Advocacy
  • Supporting young people to access supports in the community
  • Referring young people to services that can provide additional supports
  • Help you to do housing, employment, education applications
  • Safe space to find hel
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B Mind

The Brisbane Mind Program offers free, short-term, therapeutic support to members of the LGBTQIAP+ who might be experiencing mental-ill health or challenges impacting their mental health.

 

The B Mind Program is suitable for LGBTQIAP+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy people, aged 12-25 who:

  • May experience barriers accessing Medicare-based mental health services (financial, physical, emotional),
  • Reside, work or study in the Brisbane North PHN region OR are an existing client/participant of a Brisbane North region LGBTIQ+ organisation,
  • Hold a healthcare or pension card.

Referrals can be made by:

  • Self-referrals can be made by calling the Queensland Council for LGBTI Health on 07 3017 1777 or completing an online referral form
  • A support person can complete a referral form on your behalf,
  • Your GP can complete a referral form on your behalf,
  • If you have a Case Worker at a Brisbane North region LGBTQIAP+ organisation can complete a referral form on your behalf.

National Suicide Prevention Trial

Suicide prevention trial in the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay Region led by local community organisations will provide free psychological and case management services for the young LGBTIQAP+ community supported by Brisbane North PHN as a lead site for the National Suicide Prevention Trial.

As part of the trial, psychologists and case managers will provide face-to-face, phone or online support to people facing a suicide crisis or who are experiencing the loss of a person to suicide.  Anonymous data from those who agree participate in services delivered under the trial will be used to help improve suicide prevention services in the region.  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQIAP+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy participants can also access trauma-informed psychological support under the trial, including cultural healing retreats.

Who can participate?

The program is for LGBTQIAP+ Sistergirls and Brotherboy people, aged 12 to 24 years, who:

  • Are facing a suicide crisis or are affected by suicide
  • Live, work or study in the Brisbane North PHN region OR are a participant in a Brisbane North region LGBTIQ+ organisation
  • Consent to participate in the trial receive psychological and case management services at no cost
  • Consent to providing anonymous data to the trial for use in improving suicide prevention activities.

This program is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the PHN Program

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Jellybeans

The Jellybeans program supports young people who identify as gender queer, gender questioning, gender non-conforming, gender diverse or transgender young people aged 12-24.  Open Doors Youth Service provides a social support group twice a month, a Youth Worker as well as many other supports such as binders, clothing, resources, support and much much more.  This is one of our most popular and successful programs and is so important.  There are very few safe social groups specifically for young people who are gender diverse and we really work hard to keep it a safe, inclusive and fun space.  Jellybeans is run completely on donations from community and grants to keep this going.  Depending on funding, Jellybeans coordinates social outings at times throughout the year which in turn provides fun outings to community events and helps with the confidence of our young people in a safe space.

Young & Proud

Our Young and Proud program is for LGBTIQAP+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy young people between the ages of 18-24. This program focuses on meaningful connection to community and peers, as well as building independence and confidence in adult spaces. The twice monthly YAP social group also provides an opportunity for young people to be themselves in a safer space. In addition, the YAP program provides time limited and targeted case management support around stable housing, important relationships, and supports affirmative health (including mental health) referrals. Our YAP program also feeds into our Youth Reference Group and provides young people with opportunities to engage in education, advocacy and connection in the broader community.