a bit about us
a brief history of Brook RED
Brook RED starts as a grass roots project at 25 Brook Street, Highgate Hill
We expand to a second site in Mt Gravatt
We host the first Dialogue Lived Experience Workforce Conference
We begin delivering programs for people experiencing suicidal distress
Brook RED merges with our long-time friend, the Bayside Initiatives Group and BIG RED, our fourth centre opens in Capalaba
Brook RED becomes an incorporated association
We open our third centre in Beenleigh
We begin delivering NDIS services
The Belong program working into the intersection of mental health and suicidal distress and LGBTIQAP+ communities commences
We prepare to pilot Lived Experience Counselling
Brook RED has been operating in South Brisbane since 2000. We are an entirely Lived Experience governed, managed, and operated organisation. This means that everyone who works at Brook RED identifies as having a living-experience of recovery and that we use the unique perspectives and knowledge gained from this experience as the foundation for all of our work. If you would like to know more about how we think about peer support you can read about it here.
We deliver services in the south Brisbane and northern Gold Coast areas, and have four centres in Highgate Hill, Mount Gravatt, Bayside (BIG), and Beenleigh. In addition to our centres, we also run a number of other programs including the RED House, a residential space where people can spend a few weeks working toward recovery goals; supports for people experiencing suicidal crisis; Belong, our LGBTIQA+ group; and our NDIS supports and services.
A lot has changed for us over the years, but one thing that has stayed the same is that we are a peer-managed and operated community mental health organisation.
We try to be as responsive and flexible as possible in our work so we offer one-on-one peer support as well as a range of group activities. From time to time we have the opportunity to host some amazing projects such as consumer consultations and peer work professional development events. We also offer training and consulting services to other organisations because we've learned a fair bit about peer work over the years and we are always keen to see the amazing benefits of peer work happening in other places.
If you would like more information about Brook RED give us a ring on (07) 3343 9282 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.