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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building a healthy relationship with your young person

Watching a child you care about grow into adulthood can be a rewarding experience. You get to see them develop their own opinions, cultivate new skills and engage with the world more deeply. But for some young people, these rapid changes can be challengin

understanding teenage relationships

The relationships we have with friends, romantic partners, family, teachers and workmates have a significant impact on our mental health and wellbeing. If relationships are positive then they can provide us with a feeling of being respected and cared for.

understanding bullying - for friends and family

Family and friends can play a critical role in supporting young people involved in or experiencing bullying. Positive relationships can help protect young people from the negative consequences associated with being bullied.

understanding gender identity - for family and friends

Gender identity is generally developed very early in life. It's about how you experience or perceive your gender, how you show this to others, and how you want others to treat you.

understanding sexuality and sexual identity - for family and friends

The term sexuality refers to a person's sexual attractions, experiences of the attraction and sexual preferences.
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Tips to get back into life during COVID-19

Spending more time at home may have put additional pressure on already strained family or household relationships, making it challenging for you to find space to look after your wellbeing.

maintaining a healthy headspace during the bushfire season – supporting your young person

Information for family and friends supporting young people indirectly or directly affected by the bushfire season

self-care for family and friends

While providing support to a young person experiencing mental health difficulties can be deeply rewarding, it can also be challenging and have an impact on you. If you are supporting a person who is experiencing mental health challenges, it is essential t