Upcoming group chats

 Upcoming group chats for young people 

Alcohol and other drugs - looking after yourself

Many people feel pressured to drink alcohol or take drugs. If you choose to use, it should be on your terms. There is no ‘safe way’ to drink alcohol or take drugs, however if you are choosing to use, it is important that you use as safely as possible.

Using alcohol and other drugs can be fun, but sometimes it can get out of hand.

If your drug or alcohol use is starting to affect things that matter, like your mental health, wellbeing or your friendships, it can be a good idea to talk to someone about your options, such as different ways to reduce or stop your use. Alcohol and other drugs can have a major effect on your mental health and can cause you harm, as well as harm to the people around you.

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 13 November between 7-8pm AEST. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

Improving self esteem

As humans it’s normal to place value or worth on ourselves or aspects of ourselves. This is self-esteem, how we judge or think about ourselves. If we often see ourselves in a negative way it can cause problems, including low self-esteem.

It is important to know that low self-esteem is a common problem for many people in our society. Low self-esteem can occur as part of a current problem (such as depression), or as a result of other problems (such as chronic illness, relationship problems) or it can be a problem in itself. Either way, the good news is that you can take steps towards developing more healthy self-esteem.

 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 2 December between 7-8pm AEST. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

Summer holidays

​The holiday period can be a time for relaxing, exploring and reuniting with extended family and friends, it can also be stressful or anxiety provoking; leaving us feeling down and unsettled. You might feel stressed because you’re spending more time with family than usual, you might be missing your friends you usually see more often, there might be events you have to attend where you feel uncomfortable, you might be bored or you might find that old patterns of behaviour emerge.

There are many reasons why the holiday period might not be as happy or joyous as we would like, it’s important to know how to cope with this, what you can do and how to look after yourself during this time of year.

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 11 December between 7-8pm AEST. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

Making decisions and handling pressure

​Making important decisions can be overwhelming. Some decisions are easier to make than others, but decisions with bigger consequences can feel much harder to make. 

There are things you can do to help you feel more confident about makiing decisions, and handle the pressure better.

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 13 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).

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).

When mental health is understood differently in your 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 11 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).

Upcoming chats for friends and family

Surviving the holidays

School holidays can be a great time of rest and recuperation for families.

Sometimes, though, the long breaks can be difficult to manage. Juggling work and family responsibilities, knowing what boundaries to set and ensuring your young person is involved in positive activities are often of concern to parents.

Young people can find time away from school friends and structure both a relief and a challenge. Boredom can also be an issue that’s tricky to respond to. Navigating family events at festivals and religious or cultural events such as Christmas can also be a challenge at times.

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 Wednesday 6 December between 7-8pm AEDST. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).