For friends & family

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.

Do you have a few minutes to spare? If you are a family member or friend supporting a young person who is seeking support at a headspace centre, we would love to hear from you!

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how to support a family member

When someone in your family has a mental health problem

keeping healthy over the holidays - for friends and family

For some young people, this time of year can be challenging. This is particularly so for people who are experiencing isolation, loneliness and mental health issues, as we are bombarded with messages of family celebrations, gifts and holidays.

tips for a healthy headspace - for friends and family

Good mental health allows young people to deal with the changes and challenges life throws at them and live their lives in a positive and meaningful way.

understanding adolescence - for families

Young people undergo many different changes as they go through adolescence and increasingly take on adult roles and responsibilities. These changes include physical changes, as well as changes to their thought processes and emotions.

how to start the conversation

A lot of things go unsaid between young people and their parents, especially when it comes to mental health. Our Fathers Campaign aims to open up conversations between parents and young people.
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Understanding gaming: a guide for family and friends

Games are an integral part of human behaviour. It is normal and healthy for young people to engage in play as a part of their daily lives, including playing games online.

An overview of mental health for family and friends

The journey from childhood to adulthood is full of physical, social, emotional and behavioural changes. With so much happening, it can be difficult to know the difference between normal behaviour such as occasional moodiness and irritability, and an emerg
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When and how to set boundaries?

When your relationship with your young person is struggling and you’re also worried about their behaviour and/or mental health, what’s the best way to handle things? Many adults supporting young people struggle when the situation is complex and the usual approaches don’t seem to be working.