There are many organisations dedicated to providing support for young people. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to anyone you know, you might feel better calling a helpline, joining a forum discussion or trying an online program.
1800 55 1800
Free, confidential counselling service available any time of the day or night by phone or webchat.
1300 22 4636
Call or chat online with a counsellor at any time. Our Support Service is available 24/7.
1800 650 890
Online and telephone support service that helps young people who don’t feel ready to attend a headspace centre or who prefer to talk about their problems via online chat, email or on the phone.
The Beyond Blue forums are a supportive place to connect with people who are going through similar experiences to you. You can read other people’s stories, ask for advice or share your own experience.
Reach Out Forums is a supportive, safe and anonymous space where people care about what’s happening for you, because they’ve been there too.
Use ReachOut.com to figure things out and make life better. The website offers information and other resources designed specifically for young people.
The website has information and services to support young people through any problems – big or small.
The website has information and services to support a young person going through a tough time.
Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI)
Having a parent with a mental illness can be tough. But COPMI have a lot of information and videos to help you get your head around it all.
If you need support, advice or just someone to talk to about a life problem, you can visit a headspace centre located around Australia and talk to mental health professional within a confidential and safe environment. Some centres also have specialist workers like Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and family therapists. Call your closest headspace centre to make an appointment.
Online programs and apps
BITE BACK is a free, self-guided online wellbeing and resilience program for young people aged 13–16 years old. It uses a combination of fun, interactive activities, quizzes, animations and information across nine positive psychology domains including gratitude, optimism, flow, meaning, hope, mindfulness, character strengths, healthy lifestyle, and positive relationships.
The BRAVE Program is an interactive, online program for the prevention and treatment of childhood and adolescent anxiety. The programs are free, and provide ways for children and teenagers to better cope with their worries.
This free, fun, interactive program helps you identify and overcome problem emotions and shows you how to develop good coping skills for the future.