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No matter what is going on with you right now, you deserve the same chance as everyone else to have a great future. If you’re feeling like that’s not possible, it’s time to get help to get you back on track.

Maybe what’s going on with you is new, or maybe it’s been bothering you for a while, and you are not sure what to do.

You may even feel ashamed or worried to talk about what’s going on, but talking is the best first step. Just letting someone know can be very helpful. It can be very hard, but it gets easier as soon as you open up.

mental health help for teenagers - 1/4 young Australians experience mental distress

So if you are feeling overwhelmed, miserable, anxious, stressed, or you are dealing with a traumatic event, don’t wait, make it your priority to feel happy again.

Did you know?

Schools can support your ability to learn when you ask for help

  • When you access support, you will be:
    • believed
    • listened to
    • given full attention
    • allowed to talk as much or as little as you want
    • given information about options
    • encouraged to take care of yourself
    • not be judged or blamed
  • It’s confidential – Respecting your privacy is very important and what you say will not be shared unless you give permission, there is a legal reason, or someone is at significant risk

Does this apply to me?

  • If you are not happy with the way you feel, trust your gut. Most people find that once they get help, things start to turn around for the better
  • Your problem can be about anything—not necessarily just school—lots of outside / external factors can impact you getting your schoolwork done and enjoying life
  • Counsellors and experts can give you tips and tricks to help you navigate school and life

Mental health help for teenagers: Find support in those you trust - speak to someone you feel comfortable with

What should I do first?

  • Lean on your “trusted few” friends, family, teachers, coach or guidance officer who might already know some of your story, or they may not know anything at all about it. These are the people who will always remind you how amazing you are and give you the confidence you need to move forward
  • School can tell you where else you can access further support; there are lots of places outside of school. Discover support channels that are available to you.

Why should I do this?

  • Because you deserve it
  • Don’t settle for less – everyone has a right to feel safe and supported
  • High-quality, free and confidential support services are available
  • Getting support can help you feel better, find solutions to problems and make lasting changes in your life

Mental health help for teenagers: Feel your best by getting support from others when you need it

Give it a shot, you got this.