Raising sensitive issues and working to resolve problems that arise along the way can be challenging. It can also be hard as a parent to know the difference between normal behaviour, such as moodiness, irritability and withdrawal, and an emerging mental health problem. This section is designed to help you.
How headspace can help
headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds.
The service is designed to make it as easy as possible for a young person and their family to get the help they need for problems affecting their wellbeing.
There is a national network of over 80 centres across metropolitan, regional and rural areas of Australia.
Each headspace centre delivers support to young people in four areas - mental health, general health, drug and alcohol and work and study support.
The look and feel of headspace centres is designed to create an environment that young people feel comfortable to access. All services are free or low cost, confidential and youth friendly.
A range of workers are available at centres, including General Practitioners, psychiatrists, mental health workers (psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, nurses) and other workers (youth workers, alcohol and other drug workers, vocational workers) who have specific experitise working with young people.
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eheadspace is a national online and telephone support service staffed by a range of experienced youth and mental health professionals.
eheadspace supports young people who aren't able to access a headspace centre or would prefer to get help for their problems via online chat, email or phone.
eheadspace can also assist families and friends in supporting a young person they are worried about.
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