Support for children and young people
National youth mental health service
Information and advice for young people, their parents and carers, and professionals working with young people.
With 40 centres across the country, any young person who needs support, advice or just someone to talk to about a life problem, can walk in and be treated with respect and compassion, within a confidential and safe environment.
1800 650 890
Online and telephone support service that helps young people who don’t feel ready to attend a centre or who prefer to talk about their problems via online chat, email or on the phone.
Online and phone support
beyondblue’s website for young people aged 12 to 25.
1300 22 4636
Email or chat to us online at www.beyondblue.org.au/getsupport
Learn more about anxiety, depression and suicide prevention, or talk through your concerns with our Support Service. Our trained mental health professionals will listen, provide information and advice, and point you in the right direction so you can seek further support.
1800 55 1800
A free, private and confidential telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between five and 25.
An ever-changing space where young people can discover ways to amplify the good stuff in life, share real and personal stories with others, check out videos, blogs and interviews of interesting people, check and track their mental fitness, and get their teeth stuck in to a bunch of activities. Bite Back is an initiative of Black Dog Institute.
1800 18 7263
Dealing with a mental health condition in a family can be hard. Read or listen to fact sheets, podcasts and the diaries of four teenagers, based on real stories, for clear facts and information. itsallright is an initiative of SANE Australia.
This free, fun, interactive program helps young people identify and overcome problem emotions and show how to develop good coping skills for the future.
Take control of whatever you’re going through. Use ReachOut.com to figure things out and make life better. The website offers fact sheets, forums and other resources designed specifically for young people. ReachOut.com is an initiative of the Inspire Foundation.
An interactive program designed to help young people explore how thinking, behaviour and feelings all interact with each other, how to help improve and learn new life skills.
A safe space for young people to ask questions, share stories and get help for mental health issues, sexual health, relationships, abuse, body image, and drug use. Somazone is an initiative of the Australian Drug Foundation.
Helps young people share what treatments have worked for their mental health issues and find out what others have found helpful. WhatWorks4u is an initiative of Orygen Youth Health Research Centre.
Services for young carers
Do you help care for someone who has an illness, disability, a mental health condition or alcohol and drug problems? Are you in need of support? Check out these sites for information and support.
1800 242 636
Information for young people on how to look after yourself and the person you are caring for. Young Carers is an initiative of Carers Australia.
Information for kids, teens and adults who have a parent with a mental health condition.
Multicultural Youth Centres
There are a number of multicultural youth centres and services across Australia. They may operate as a Multicultural Youth Service as in the ACT or as a state-wide organisation such as Centre for Multicultural Youth in Victoria and Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) in Sydney. Local services and centres can also operate through local councils, non-government organisations and health services.