Young People Like Us
The issues and challenges for young 'people like us' are often different from those for older people.
The following websites are specifically provided for younger Australians.
Alcohol and Drug Usage Beyond Blue has information and resources on the effects of Drug and Alcohol Abuse on young people, and how to go about getting help.
Child and Youth Health provides an information service, for children and youth up to 25
Headspace is Australia's National Youth Mental Health Foundation. There is a heap of really useful information, how to get help, stories from other young people and much more!
Kids Helpline provides 24 hour telephone support as well as a range of online help and support for both kids and teens & young adults. They provide free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.
Lifeline is always a good one to have handy as they offer 24 hour telephone crisis support and suicide prevention, as well as a range of other services that aren't as well known – such as self help toolkits and more.
Open Doors Reconnect Program (Qld) is a program for LGBT young people aged 12 to 18 who are at risk of homlessness, and their families.
Orygen Youth Health is Australia's largest youth-focused mental health organisation. This is more an 'about us' type website, however you can find out about the great programs they offer to both young people, and families.
Qnet (Queer Youth Canberra) lists support services for the GLBTI community and also their family and friends.
Reach Out provides a huge range of online information and services for young people aged 14 to 25 years, including online community forums. They also provide a range of activities for young people within the community. Reach Out also has information on how you can get the best help from services, as well as opportunities for you to connect with other young people like you.
Smiling Mind is a modern meditation for young people. It is a web and application program designed to help young people create balance in their lives.
whatworks4u.org is a website that allows young people to share what treatments have worked for their mental health problems and to learn from others.
Youth beyondblue is the arm of beyondblue that has a specific focus on young people aged 12 to 25 years.
Please let us know if you are aware of any other websites or services for young people so we can include them here.