Upcoming group chats

 Upcoming group chats for young people 

Reaching out to friends and offering support

When you see a friend having a tough time, it’s a good idea to reach out and offer support. It can be as simple as checking in, letting them know that you care and that you’re there to help them.

Finding the words to start a conversation isn’t always easy, especially when you don’t know what kind of help you can offer.

Take this opportunity to speak anonymously online to our mental health professionals and headspace Youth National Reference Group members to talk about questions, experiences and strategies to help you help your friends. Join us Tuesday 22 January between 7-8pm AEST. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

Send us an email if you'd like to add a question before the chat: groupchat@headspace.org.au

When mental health is understood differently in your community or culture

Mental health is understood differently among individuals, families, ethnicities, cultures and countries. Young people from different ethnic backgrounds, whether born in Australia or overseas, can feel as though they're caught between two sets of cultural values. 

Getting help if you're struggling can sometimes be difficult because of being unsure where to start, feeling embarrassed to ask for help or worrying about cultural stigma. 

Take this opportunity to speak anonymously online to our mental health professionals and headspace Youth National Reference Group members to talk about questions, experiences and strategies. Join us Sunday 10 February between 7-8pm AEST. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

Send us an email if you'd like to add a question before the chat: groupchat@headspace.org.au

Support for International Students

Managing work, study and life activities can be tough, particularly when you are new to the Australian culture and the various services and systems. If you are an international student, no matter what type of study you are doing, whether you are here for a few months or a few years, ensuring you are aware of services available to you is important to feel equipped and ready to take on the year!

We hope to provide you with resources, strategies and information to take care of yourself and to ensure you are informed of services available to you regarding health, accommodation, employment, study, social and legal support.

Take this opportunity to speak online with our eheadspace mental health clinicians and headspace Youth National Reference Group members. We welcome you to ask questions and to share your own experiences and advice to others!

Join us Tuesday 19 February between 7-8pm AEST. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

Send us an email if you'd like to add a question before the chat: groupchat@headspace.org.au

Sometimes my relationship makes me feel bad

Relationships go through ups and downs, that's really normal, and it can be hard to work out if a relationship is healthy. When you're weighing up whether your relationship is good for you it's important not to ignore the bad feelings and to make sure your decision to stay in a relationship is based on reality, not a dream or false hope. 

Take this opportunity to speak anonymously online to our mental health professionals and headspace Youth National Reference Group members to talk about questions, experiences and strategies. Join us Sunday 10 March between 7-8pm AEST. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

Send us an email if you'd like to add a question before the chat: groupchat@headspace.org.au

Managing friendships

The relationships we have with friends have a significant impact on our mental health and wellbeing. If relationships are positive then they can provide us with a feeling of being respected and cared for.

However sometimes, for many reasons, relationships can go wrong. When relationships break down or if you have a falling out, you might feel upset, have less motivation to do things or lose your appetite or sleep. It’s important to know what makes a healthy relationship and what to do and how to look after yourself when a relationship goes wrong.

Take this opportunity to speak anonymously online to our mental health professionals and headspace Youth National Reference Group members to talk about questions, experiences and strategies. Join us Tuesday 19 March between 7-8pm AEST. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want). 

Send us an email if you'd like to add a question before the chat: groupchat@headspace.org.au

Managing conflict

As we get older and start to form our own identity and opinions it's more likely that we will experience conflict with others - having effective strategies to help resolve conflict is vital. 

Take this opportunity to speak anonymously online to our mental health professionals and headspace Youth National Reference Group members to talk about questions, experiences and strategies. Join us Sunday 7 April between 7-8pm AEST. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want). 

Send us an email if you'd like to add a question before the chat: groupchat@headspace.org.au

 

Coping with study stress

Stressing out about study, assignments and exams is normal, but ignoring stress tends to make things worse. There are things you can do to help you cope.

Take this opportunity to speak anonymously online to our mental health professionals and headspace Youth National Reference Group members to talk about questions, experiences and strategies. Join us Tuesday 16 April between 7-8pm AEST. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want). 

Send us an email if you'd like to add a question before the chat: groupchat@headspace.org.au

Upcoming chats for friends and family

Mental health and alcohol and other drugs

Many young people have both mental health difficulties, and alcohol or other drug problems, but services don’t always deal with both issues.

It can hard as adults supporting a young person to know where to start when it’s complex and when both mental health problems and drug use are factors.

For this session we are partnering with Nexus, a specialist dual diagnosis consultancy service.

We post resources and links and respond to your comments and questions. Join our online session to speak anonymously to our eheadspace clinicians and to hear from others as well as our Family and Youth Reference Groups members. Join us Thursday 7 February between 7-8pm AEDST. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

Send us an email if you'd like to add a question before the chat: groupchat@headspace.org.au

Helping your young person when you’re experiencing your own mental health difficulties

Parents and other supportive adults are often struggling with their own issues at the same time as caring for adolescents. It can be hard when your own mental health and wellbeing is compromised and you also have concerns for a young person and are trying to support them.

We post resources and links and respond to your comments and questions. Join our online session to speak anonymously to our eheadspace clinicians and to hear from others as well as our Family and Youth Reference Groups members. Join us Thursday 14 March between 7-8pm AEDST. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

Send us an email if you'd like to add a question before the chat: groupchat@headspace.org.au

Partnering with the eSafety Commissioner

While there are also many benefits, adults supporting young people are often very concerned about the online world. These concerns include how to ensure a young person is safe online, how to ensure they keep up their other skills and hobbies, negotiating boundaries and limits, knowing how to get help if things are becoming risky in some way.

We post resources and links and respond to your comments and questions. Join our online session to speak anonymously to our eheadspace clinicians and to hear from others as well as our Family and Youth Reference Groups members. Join us Thursday 11 April between 7-8pm AEDST. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

Send us an email if you'd like to add a question before the chat: groupchat@headspace.org.au