For young people

If you are a young person aged between 12-25 and need information relating to general mental health, physical health, work & study and alcohol and other drugs, this section is designed for you.


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what is an eating disorder?

Eating habits can change because of psychological reasons. This can impact every aspect of a young person’s life. Learn about how and where to get help.

what is anxiety & the effects on mental health

Anxiety is more than feeling stressed or worried. It can be tough to cope, but with the right support, things can get better.

what is depression?

Depression and feeling depressed is more than just sadness; it’s a combination of how we think, feel and behave.

what is psychosis & the effects on mental health

Psychosis can affect young people’s thoughts, feelings, beliefs and behaviours. With treatment, people can and do recover.

what you need to know about self harm

Self harm is when people deliberately hurt their bodies and is an issue that affects many young people.
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Self harm and other ways of coping

We all have different ways of dealing with things. Sometimes we react to a problem the only way we know how, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's the best way to handle it. Developing good coping skills is about finding the strategy that works best for you. If you're struggling with self-harm, it's important that you get help and learn various ways of dealing with tough times.
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All About Depression

We all feel sad or “down” from time to time – it’s part of being human. For young people it’s normal to have occasional mood swings, feel irritable sometimes and to be sensitive to rejections and criticism. This can make it harder to tell whether you’re experiencing “normal” feelings or whether you are becoming depressed.

Depression is one of the most common health issues for young people in Australia. You may be experiencing depression if, for more than two weeks, you’ve felt sad, depressed or irritable most of the time, or you’ve lost interest or pleasure in your usual activities.

Most people are able to recover from depression with the right help. The sooner you get help, the sooner you can recover. Apart from seeking professional help there are a number of things you can do to maintain good mental health. Regular physical exercise, eating well, practising relaxation, expressing your feelings, and doing things that you enjoy are just some of the things that can help.
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All about feeling anxious

Anxiety is a normal response to something dangerous or stressful. Everyone feels some anxiety at different times in life. It’s the way our body tries to keep us out of dangerous situations, and motivates us to solve problems. It becomes a problem when it gets in the way of everyday life. Anxiety is so common, chances are that if you’re not struggling with it, someone you know or love probably is.

If you’re worried you have anxiety and would like to talk about ways to manage it, or you think that someone you care about is struggling it’s good to know how you can help them cope.