With everything going on, you might find that you’re feeling
If you’re feeling any of the above, or you can’t pinpoint how you’re feeling but you’re not in a good head space and feeling down, now is the time to be brave, reach out and get help.
Please help yourself by letting your parents, carers, school counsellor, teachers, or a friend know how you’re feeling, you are not being a burden. They can offer you some support, check in on you, help you to cope with your emotions and feel better.
You are not alone
We’re all in this together.
Now more than ever your community and health professionals are rallying around to keep you safe. Whether you are physically sick or not, they’re there with services in place to help you right now.
If you don’t feel like you have anyone to reach out to, or you feel uncomfortable speaking to someone you know, here are still lots of resources available to you.
Your GP is a good option if you’d prefer to speak to someone outside your immediate family and friends too.
You don’t have to see someone face-to-face; you can message or phone. Mental health services are designed to be safe and secure, you can even remain anonymous.
You can get the help you need right now
Here are some of the mental health services available to you, they are free and confidential.
Kids Helpline open 27/7, offer phone and online counselling for youths aged 5-25, call them on 1800 55 1800.
Lifeline call 13 11 14 or access them online, these are the people to call if you feel like you are facing a crisis or at breaking point, you can call them 24/7 or chat online between 7pm and 12am (AEST).
Beyond Blue have heaps of resources and contacts
ReachOut offer online help.
In your state you can also access:
ACT Health – Mental health for information about how to access mental health services near you.
NSW Health – Programs and initiatives for children, adolescents and families for information about how to find access support services. You can call them on 1800 011 511 they’re open 24/7.
Way Ahead mental health information line is available from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday 1300 794 991.
Northern Territory Mental Health Line, get 24-hour information and support, call 1800 682 288.
Children’s Health Queensland find out how to get referred for support services.
Mental health access line 1300 MH CALL (1300 642255)
Women’s and Children’s Health Network offer a wide range of programs and have contact details for support services.
Mental Health Coalition contacts for lot of emergency contact numbers
Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) call their helpline on 1800 332 388.
The Link free and confidential health services for young people in a safe and friendly environment.
Victorian Government Department of Health – Accessing mental health services contact details and health services.
Orygen Youth Health for youths aged 15-25.
WA Department of Health – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) for contact details for clinics state-wide.
Youth Focus offers a range of mental health services.
There are plenty more websites that you can find online too.
If you call and the lines are busy, please call back or try another number.
Tips for looking after your mental health
If you feel like you’re coping OK at the moment, and you have someone safe and trusted to speak to, that’s great.
Remembering a few simple things could help you stay on top of your emotions:
- Eat well – avoid too much junk food, sugary drinks and caffeine
- Get enough sleep – don’t stay up too late and set your alarm for the morning on weekdays even if you don’t have to get into school
- Exercise regularly – there are plenty of online classes and workouts that you can do from home
- Learn some relaxation techniques
- Practice mindfulness or meditation
- Get outside as much as possible, day light and fresh air are important. If you can’t get outside, then open up your curtains and throw your windows wide open.
- Set a schedule and stick to your new routine
- Avoid alcohol and other drugs
- Limit your exposure to news and social media
- Talk it through
You can help other people
Understanding that you’re not the only one feeling this way could really help, or if you’re feeling positive and upbeat, then spread those vibes around.
You can call or message your friends and loved ones.
Check in with people on social media (just remember not to spend all day scrolling).
Find positive stories and images, activities and ideas with those around you.
Access mental health help professionals for advice if you’re concerned about somebody else.