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Online resources for young people

Seventy-five per cent of all mental health issues emerge in the years between 12 and 25. It is important to offer information and early intervention to young people to ensure the impact is minimised and that their difficulties do not affect other parts of their lives.

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If you need to access online counselling, including by email, online chat or telephone, e-headspace provides support and counselling to young people aged 12-25 years:     www.eheadspace.org.au/

  • E-headspace - 1800 650 890 (9am-1am AEST)
  • Lifeline - 13 11 14 (cost of a local call; 24 hours)
  • Kids Help Line - 1800 55 1800 (free call from a land line; 24 hours) Provides services to people from 5 - 25 years.

Further information

We know that many young people often turn to the internet as a first source of information when exploring challenging personal issues. There are a number of services and web links available to help young people who are seeking information and support to understand what is happening for them or their friends.

You can find out more about mental health and other health issues faced by young people, such as substance use issues through the following links:

www.headspace.org.au    headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, provides help to young Australians who are having a tough time. Through centres across Australia, headspace aims to help young people with general health issues, mental health and counselling needs, education, and employment concerns and alcohol and drug services. headspace also provides and on-line counselling service through e-headspace.

www.inspire.org.au The Inspire Foundation combines technology with the direct involvement of young people to deliver innovative and practical online programs that prevent youth suicide and improve young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

http://au.reachout.com/   ReachOut.com is a web-based service which aims to inspire young people to help themselves through tough times.  The ReachOut.com site has fact sheets and personal stories about a wide range of health and lifestyle issues, as well as profiles of famous people, an e-newsletter and a database where you can look for help in your area.  ReachOut.com is an initiative of the Inspire Foundation.

www.youthbeyondblue.com Youth Beyond Blue (YBB) Youthbeyondblue is the part of beyondblue that has a specific focus on young people aged 12 to 25 years. Youthbeyondblue programs and projects centre on early intervention and prevention of high prevalence mental health problems for young people and also on raising community awareness. The website has links to videos and blogs that provide information and can help you decide what help might be right for you.

www.headroom.net.au The Headroom website has info on a range of health and wellbeing topics, as well as ways to look after yourself and where to get further support. Headroom sees mental health as “the way we think and feel about ourselves and our world … how we handle our everyday lives”. 

www.itsallright.org Includes referral services and the diaries of four teenagers whose lives are affected by mental illness and  fact sheets on drugs and mental illness, eating disorders, bipolar disorders and treatments for mental illness.

thebutterflyfoundation.org.au  The Butterfly Foundation is committed to the prevention, treatment and support of those affected by eating disorders and negative body image.

Other resources for young people in Victoria

www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au   youthcentral offers a range of information and advice on issues like jobs, study, travel, money and events in your local area - wherever you live in Victoria - whilst offering opportunities for you to participate. It has great fact sheets about services in your area, jobs and employment, legal issues, housing and accommodation, health issues, transport and money management.

www.ysas.org.au  YSAS (Youth Support and Advocacy Service) is a state-wide community service providing a continuum of services for young people aged between 12 and 21 years who are experiencing problems related to alcohol and other drugs. YSAS provides a range of youth specific outreach, treatment, withdrawal, rehabilitation and support programs in 13 locations across Melbourne and regional Victoria.

www.cmy.net.au/Home The Centre for multicultural youth is a community based organisation that provides services to and advocates for the needs of young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds in Victoria.

Resources for young people in South Australia

www.cyh.com/SubDefault.aspx?p=159. The children and youth health website has a wealth of information on a range of health topics for Teens 12 – 17 years.  It includes a great section on healthy minds.

www.centacare.org.au/OurServices/FamiliesYouthChildren.aspx.  Centacare runs some great youth services for young people. Their Navigate and Reconnect services provide support for young people and their families, where a young person has an emerging mental health concern.

www.centacare.org.au/OurServices/HealthWellbeing/Navigate.aspx.  Navigate is an early intervention service that provides support for families where there is a young person aged 16 - 24 years with an emerging mental health issue. The aim is to assist the family to successfully navigate available mental health services and to build on confidence and resilience in managing mental health issues within the family.

www.centacare.org.au/OurServices/HealthWellbeing/ReconnectMentalHealth.aspx. Centacare’s Reconnect Mental Health Service is an outreach early intervention service supporting young people (12 – 18 years old) and their families, where there is a risk of homelessness and emerging mental health concerns for the young person.

www.mysa.com.au  Multicultural Youth South Australia (MYSA) is a community based not for profit organisation that provides leadership, advocacy and direct support services for multicultural young people in South Australia.  This includes young people who are refugees or new arrivals.  MYSA may be of interest to you as they run a variety of projects and services to support young people’s wellbeing. 

For young people whose parent or other relative has a mental illness

Mind recognise many young people are involved in supporting a family member who has mental health challenges. There are a number of services available to children and young people who have a parent with a mental illness available on the following links:

www.youngcarers.net.au Young Carers Australia recognises that many children and young people up to twenty five years old  are providing lots of support at home for a family member or significant other who experiences a mental health issue, or who may experience other health issues or disability. This website provides information for young people, families and professionals, as well as a section on education.

 www.copmi.net.au  COPMI (Children of Parents with a Mental Illness) provides information for family members across Australia where a parent has a mental illness and for people who care for and work with them. The overall aim of the Australian COPMI initiative is to promote better mental health outcomes for children (0 - 18 years) of parents with a mental health problem or disorder.

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