Support and help for teens in Australia – resources and contacts

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This article lists help for teens in Australia, but if you, or someone you know, are in crisis and urgently need help, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800. If you are in immediate danger, call 000 right now.

List of crisis help for teens in Australia

There is loads of support out there. It’s just building up the courage to make the call, or click. There’s no judgement and you are in control of any conversation you have about your problems and yourself. No one is able to get through life without a little help from time to time. Make the call, click the click, and you’ll start to feel better straightaway. This is your life, it’s time to get it back on track.

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Help for teens in Australia - a list of resources and numbers

Friendly help for teens in Australia

If you want to type, not talk Kids Helpline WebChat or Lifeline crisis support chat
Suicide (15 years+) Suicide Call Back Service or 1300 659 467
Relationship issues and help The Line or 1800 695 463
Domestic violence (this includes boyfriend/girlfriend situations, and you don’t have to be living together for it to be domestic violence) 1800 RESPECT or 1800 737 732
Alcohol and drugs Counselling Online
Mental health support eheadspace or 1800 650 890
Family relationships Family Relationship Advice Line or 1800 050 321
Support for boys MensLine Australia or 1300 789 978
LGBTI+ QLife or 1800 184 527
Depression and anxiety Youth BeyondBlue or 1300 224 636
Helping someone you know Reach Out
Help with life issues Headspace or Kids Helpline

Useful apps that can also help

Remember, an app can’t take the place of talking it out with a friend. It definitely can’t take the place of talking to a professional. Seek outside help when you need it. Until then, one of these apps in your pocket might help you get started.

Calm Halm - help for teens in Australia

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Self-harm Calm Halm
Manage stress and panic attacks Headspace, PauseAble and ReachOut Breathe
Finding the words to help a friend The Check-in and Chats For Life
Being more positive Mood Mission
Recovering from eating disorders Recovery Record
Build resilience Super Better
Improve your mood Happify
Calm your mind Smiling Mind
Improve your relationships LoveSmart
Boost wellbeing Onlyhuman
Manage depression and anxiety What’s Up?

Have a think about what you need, then reach out to one of the support groups on our list. You’ve got nothing to lose, and a whole better life to gain. 

All the very, very best to you!

Feature image  by Kristina Tripkovic; 2 by John Tuesday

Written by Bron Maxabella

Bron is the founder of Mumlyfe and is so happy to welcome you here. Bron has been writing in the Australian parenting space as Maxabella for more than seven years and is mum to three mostly happy kids and wife to one mostly happy husband. Mostly happy is a win, right?

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