Alcohol & Drugs
“During your teenage years your social life can undergo huge changes. At some time during this period you might find yourself in a situation where you need to make decisions about alcohol and other drugs… Make sure you have all the facts you need to decide what’s right for you” (Australian Drug Foundation). For more information and help click here.
“If you feel dissatisfied with your body or if you feel like you are developing unhealthy eating or exercise habits, it is important to get professional help. Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses; they are not a lifestyle choice or a diet gone ‘too far’. Eating disorders occur in both men and women, young and old, rich and poor, and from all cultural backgrounds. About one in 20 Australians has an eating disorder and the rate in the Australian population is increasing” (National Eating Disorders Collaboration). For more information and help click here.
“Bullying is not simply part of ‘growing up’. Bullying is intentional and repeated negative behaviour by an individual or group. It is a destructive issue that can have serious effects on a young person’s physical and mental health. Many people are affected by bullying. Having a better understanding of bullying and having some useful tips to prevent and resolve it can help in reducing its impact” (Headspace). For more information and help click here.
Lawstuff is an online resource dedicated to providing legal information to young people in Australia. It covers a range of topics including personal property, internet usage, school and university, employment, alcohol and drugs, just to name a few. For more information click here.
Stressed, Depressed or Anxious
“We all feel ‘down’ or sad from time to time – it’s part of being human. ‘Sadness’ is a reaction to something in particular, like a relationship break-up. ‘Depression’ means that feelings of sadness last longer than normal, affect most parts of your life, and stop you enjoying the things that you used to” (Headspace). For more information and help click here.
“Anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried. While stress and anxious feelings are a common response to a situation where a person feels under pressure, it usually passes once the stressful situation has passed, or ‘stressor’ is removed. Anxiety is when these anxious feelings don’t subside. Anxiety is when they are ongoing and exist without any particular reason or cause. It’s a serious condition that makes it hard for a person to cope with daily life” (BeyondBlue). For more information and help click here.
Sex & Relationships
Sex and relationships are rarely simple and things can get really confusing for every young person. While there’s no “instruction manual” it’s important to get as much advice as you can when navigating this “tricky” area of life. For more information and help click here.
Youth Source is an online directory of services, events and resources for young people and those who work, play and live alongside them. There is also an app version available from the App Store or Google Play. For the website click here.
Finally, if you are a young person or the guardian of a young person and do not know who to talk to about an issue that is bothering you please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Youth Services staff on 9978 4013 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can refer you to the relevant services from there.
Alternatively, if you need to speak to someone urgently call:
Kids Helpline Lifeline Australia
1800 55 1800 13 11 14