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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 centres in Mount Gravatt 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; and Belong, our educational and consultancy program to support organisations and workers working with LGBTQIAP+ folks.


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

Our strategic plan

We have recently released the Brook RED Strategic Plan 2023 - 2028, following extensive consultation with our community, team and partners.

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