group chats led by professionals or clinicians

Whether you are a young person or an adult supporting a young person, our professional-led online chats, hosted by trained mental health clinicians and vocational specialists, cover a range of topics to help answer any questions you may have. 

A professional-led group chat session is your opportunity to speak online to our mental health professionals, vocational specialists, guest experts and hear from others about a specific topic. 

Anyone can view a live professional chat or transcript. To contribute to the chat, you will need to create or log into your headspace account. This requires an email address and password, and you can set up a username and profile picture if you wish. If you’d prefer to remain anonymous in the chat, you can select this option once you’ve logged in.  

Feel free to share images and videos if you think they will be helpful and relevant for the chat.

If you miss a chat or are looking for a particular topic, all our professional-led group chat transcripts are uploaded onto our website, you can access them below. Chats you’ve participated in will automatically be saved into your account so you can refer to them easily. 

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Upcoming chats for young people

The world of technology has changed immensely over the past few decades. Our parents could only dream of chatting, playing games and having fun with people all over the world. However, connecting online can be challenging and potentially unsafe. We know cyberbullying and image based abuse are very real threats leaving many young people feeling overwhelmed and unable to enjoy the many positives of online interaction. How do we protect ourselves in online spaces? What red flags should we look out for? What can we do if we find ourselves in trouble online?    

Join the eheadspace team, hschools and headspace Youth National Reference Group in exploring ways to positively connect and have fun online, while keeping yourself and your identity safe.   

Sunday 5th February between 7-8pm AEDT. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

Finding a sense of meaning and purpose can be hard when we are feeling unmotivated, or our mental health is getting in the way of things we normally enjoy. Young people repeatedly get asked, what they want to do now, in the future, for a job... and so on. These questions can be so hard to answer! Many young people have little, if any, idea of what they want to do beyond the next week, and that is ok.

Join the eheadspace team and our headspace youth National Reference Group to start exploring ways to find your sense of meaning and purpose. Learn how your values, interests and personal qualities can give you meaning and purpose today and in the future.

Tuesday 7th February between 7-8pm AEDT. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

Being a parent is one of the toughest jobs in the world. Life changes a lot, and the change seems to happen so quickly. Connecting with others when you have children can seem like an impossible task. As a young parent, it may be extra challenging if your peers are not yet sharing your experiences of parenthood. The good news is that there are ways to blend and balance parenting and social connection.  

Join the eheadspace clinicians and headspace Youth National Reference Group to chat about navigating the challenges of parenthood and a social life. 

Sunay 12th February between 2-3pm AEDT. Click here to register for our session  (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).  

As an international student you may feel alone, overwhelmed or burnt out while working and/or studying in a foreign country. You may be thinking, "How will I find a job? How do I finance my studies? How will I make friends?". You might even feel overworked or unsupported in your current workplace.

Join the headspace Work and Study team as we share some tips, useful links, and answer any questions you may have around how to access support as an International Student!

Wednesday 15th February between 7-8pm AEDT. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

 

Those living with a disability thrive with opportunities to engage in healthy personal relationships, including exploring their sexuality and sexual intimacy. Historically, society has held misconceptions around people with a disability and sexuality, and has not recognised their rights. The United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child explicit recognises the rights of people with a disability"

Join the eheadspace team and the headspace youth National Reference Group to talk more about sexuality, the challenges and its importance in people’s life, regardless of ability.

Sunday 26th Feb between 7-8pm AEDT. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

Sexual education is super important, even though it is sometimes a little awkward to talk about. Feeling informed about sex helps us to keep ourselves safe in many ways, whether it be with consent, contraception or just pleasure. As you probably know, sexual education in schools is often taught in a way that doesn’t represent diverse communities. It is important that we are all informed about this significant part of our lives.  

Join the eheadspace team and youth National Reference Group, as we are here to answer the questions of people from all gender and sexual orientations, chat about sexual health in a more diverse way and get comfortable with talking all things sex. 

Sunday 7th March between 7-8pm AEDT. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

Becoming a parent is hugely life changing and can sometimes trigger the onset of mental health issues or exacerbate existing mental health challenges. Experiencing changes to mental health during this time is not uncommon yet trying to take care of your own mental health, while raising a child can be tough. Making time to prioritise your own mental health is super important. 

Join the eheadspace clinicians and the headspace Youth National Reference Group to explore ways of balancing the demands of parenting with prioritising your own mental health needs.   

Sunday 12th March between 2-3pm AEDT. Click here to register for our session  (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).  

Do you feel like your job isn't giving you the satisfaction it used to? Maybe you've worked the same job for years and feel ready for a change. You might even be enrolled in a course that isn't leading you where you thought it would. You're not alone, and there are options!

Join this chat with the headspace Work & Study team where we will share some resources and strategies to help you plan your next steps!

Wednesday 15th March between 7-8pm AEDT. Click here to register for our session  (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).  

Sadness is a very normal human emotion. It is expected that we will feel sad many times throughout our lives. Deciding if the sadness you feel is to be expected, can depend on various things, such as life events, developmental stage, mental health, and more. Regardless of whether or not you think it is to be expected, if you are experiencing sadness and it is impacting your life, it might be good to speak to someone who can support you. Sharing these feelings is an important part of understanding and managing sadness.

Join our eheadspace team and headspace youth National Reference Group to talk about the important role of sadness, explore when these normal feelings are changing into something more concerning and learn some valuable strategies for coping with the discomfort of sadness.

Sunday 26th March between 7-8pm AEDT. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

Family violence is often thought of as physical violence... however other forms of abuse, such as emotional, psychological and financial are as harmful to safety and mental wellbeing. If you have experienced this kind of abuse, know that your experience is as valid and worthy of support as physical violence.

Join the eheadspace team and headspace youth National Reference Group to learn about the impact of all types of family violence on your mental well-being, as well as chat about supports available and strategies to cope during and after these abusive experiences.

Thursday 4th April between 7-8pm AEST. Click here to register for our session  (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).  

The way we work has changed so much in the last few years, and employer expectations have changed with it. We can now work remotely, in office or a mix of both, so what else has changed? Do you have to attend all of those online meetings? How do you call in sick, and should you call in sick? How do you navigate inductions, probation, who do you talk to about this stuff, and how do you talk to them?

Join this chat to hear from our Work and Study team for some tips and information to help you understand the world of work in 2023 and beyond!

Wednesday 5th of April between 7-8pm AEST. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

Anxiety can be a normal and appropriate feeling in certain situations. It can help to motivate us, protect us and guide us through life. However, for many, anxiety can feel completely overwhelming and block us from taking even simple steps forward. If anxiety is starting to feel too much and having a negative impact on your life, it might be time to reach out and talk about it.

Join the eheadspace team and headspace youth National Reference Group to understand more about future focused anxiety, discuss simple strategies to manage these unwanted feelings and start feeling more confident about what the future holds.

Sunday 23rd April between 7-8pm AEST. Click here to register for our session  (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).  

Self-esteem is about having confidence in ourselves and our abilities. That is a fairly simple sentence given building confidence can sometimes feel impossible, especially if you haven’t been feeling so good about yourself. Self-esteem is predominantly established throughout childhood and then solidified as internal feelings and thoughts we hold about ourselves. If you struggle to feel confident you are not alone, and it doesn’t have to stay this way. There are many things you can do to feel better about yourself. 

Join our eheadspace team and the headspace youth National Reference Group to learn more about self-esteem and some tools you can use to feel good about yourself.   

Tuesday 2nd May between 7-8pm AEST. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).     

 

Maybe you've heard of apprenticeships & traineeships, but you're not sure what they actually are, or how they are different. There are many industries offering traineeships or apprenticeships, and lots of pathways you could take. But where do you start, and who can you talk to about it?

Join this chat with the headspace Work & Study team, where we will talk all things apprenticeships and traineeships!

Wednesday 10th May between 7-8pm AEST. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

Health professionals play a huge role in improving our mental and physical wellbeing. However, it can sometimes feel overwhelming, confusing and disheartening trying to find the right health professional for our particular needs. Health professionals can have a wide range of skills, availabilities, personalities, accessibility and specialisations... but when you find the right professional support it can really make a difference.   

Join our eheadspace team and headspace youth national reference group to identify your personal needs, to help find the right support for your health and wellbeing and find professionals that support people from diverse communities. 

Sunday 21st May between 7-8pm AEST. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).     

We all have times when we need support, but talking to a health professional can seem daunting. Some people feel uncertain about what to say or might be worried about what the health professional is thinking. Some people even worry if what they talk about will be shared with others. Often there can be so much to say in such a short amount of time. If you are putting off seeing a health professional for any of these reasons, then take the first step in getting informed and feeling more prepared.  

Join the eheadspace clinicians and our headspace youth National Reference Group to learn more about what it’s like to talk to a health professional and build on ways you can comfortably have tricky conversations. 

Tuesday 30th May between 7-8pm AEST. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).  

You've got the job, congratulations! Do you know your rights and obligations? Do you know what supports and resources there are to make sure you understand the conditions of your employment and where to get information when you need it? The way we work has changed a lot and maybe you don't know your options within the workplace.

Join the headspace Work & Study team as we share some information and tips to help you recognise and understand your worth in the workplace.

Wednesday 7th June between 7-8pm AEST. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

The decision to terminate a pregnancy can be met with many confusing and conflicting feelings. The difficulty of this decision is often exacerbated by misinformation about laws and access to services. In order to feel accepting of or content with the decisions we make it is important to be accurately informed.   

Join the eheadspace clinicians and our headspace youth National Reference Group to access emotional support, accurate information and discuss your rights and responsibilities in accessing abortion care in your state or territory. 

Tuesday 27th June May between 7-8pm AEST. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).  

A mentor is someone who gives advice and guidance to help someone reach their goals. Did you know headspace has career mentors too? Your very own personal coach who can help you get ready for the career you want. But what do they actually do, how do you find one and what is involved?

Join this chat to hear from the headspace Work and Study team and the headspace Career Mentoring team as we discuss your options and answer any questions you may have.

Wednesday 5th July between 7-8pm AEST. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

There's no right or wrong way to study, and the best study technique for your friends may not work for you. Sometimes starting can be the trickiest part! So where do you start and what can you do to get your study habits into shape?

Join the headspace Work & Study team as we chat about different tips and tricks to help maximise your study time and reduce stress so you can tackle exams and assignments with confidence.

Wednesday 9th August between 7-8pm AEST. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

It can be tricky to know how to access financial support when studying, or how to connect with an employment services provider and make the most of what they can offer when you are looking for work.

Join this chat with the headspace Work & Study team as we explore employment services providers, how to access Centrelink, and more!

Wednesday 6th September between 7-8pm AEST. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

Ever considered a job or a course but couldn't picture what it would be like in real life? Volunteering and work experience could be the answer! There are lots of resources online that tell you about jobs but nothing beats getting hands on experience.

Join the headspace Work & Study team to chat about the benefits of volunteering or work experience and how it could support your career decisions.

Wednesday 11th October between 7-8pm AEDT. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

Are robots stealing our jobs? The short answer is no, but there are definitely some industries that have changed the way they work due to automation.

Join the headspace Work & Study team to discuss what this could mean for you and how to identify growing industries.

Wednesday 8th November between 7-8pm AEDT. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

Upcoming chats for family and friends

The world of technology has changed significantly over recent decades. Previous generations could only dream of chatting, playing games and having fun with people all over the world. In many ways, it is an amazing resource and source of connection and support, however as parents, it can sometimes seem scary and overwhelming. How can we possibly keep our kids safe while they connect online?  

Join the eheadspace team, hschools and headspace Youth National Reference Group to gain a greater understanding of the online world, so you can engage in relevant and realistic conversations with your young person. By increasing your awareness and understanding, you will be better equipped to guide and support your young person to avoid the pitfalls, stay safe online and enjoy the many benefits the online world has to offer. 

Sunday 12th February between 7-8pm AEDT. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

Gender identity is a person’s internal sense of gender, and may not always match with a person’s biological sex. Exploring gender and how it’s expressed, is something we all do growing up in our everyday choices… clothing, make-up, hair, games we play, who we spend time with and so much more. Family and friends can play a significant role in supporting a young person’s growth and self-acceptance.

Join the eheadspace team and our headspace Family National Reference Group to learn more about supporting young people with their gender exploration.

Thursday 16th February between 7-8pm AEDT. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

We can all think back to when we were a young person. We may remember feeling all the emotions, worrying about our look, not knowing who we are or where we fit in. These struggles and experiences were and still are integral for our learning. What is important to remember is that the world today is very different that of 10, 20 or 30 years ago and this plays a significant part in the experience of being a young person.  

Join the eheadspace team and our headspace Family National Reference Group to learn more about “looking through the eyes of a young person”, what adolescent similarities we might have and what might be very different to when we were young. 

Thursday 16th March between 7-8pm AEDT. Click here to register for our session  (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).  

One of the hardest things about watching someone else struggle is when we want to help and they don’t want help. It can make us feel sad, frustrated, confused and sometimes angry. Maybe they don’t think anything will help them feel better or maybe they don’t believe that there is anything wrong. Maybe they’re scared to talk about what’s going on or don’t have the words to explain what’s going on. There are so many reasons why young people may be unwilling to engage with supports, whether that’s with you or someone professional. 

Join our eheadspace team and the headspace Family National Reference Group to learn about what to do when a young person is unwilling to engage. 

Thursday 13th April between 7-8pm AEST. Click here to register for our session  (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).  

When trying to support a young person, loved ones can often feel like they know the solutions to a young person’s problem.  As adults, we tend to default to ‘fixing mode’, particularly when we have a similar lived experience or have an exceptional understanding of our young person. There are many ways to support your young person but allowing them to learn and grow without providing solutions can be particularly helpful, offering them the opportunity to develop important knowledge and skills.  

Join our eheadspace team and headspace family National Reference Group to chat about ways you can assist your young person by stepping back while still providing guidance and support. 

Thursday 8th June between 7-8pm AEST. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).  

Navigating school and school exam times can be stressful and challenging for a young person, and this can have a ripple affect on parents and adults supporting young people. We want you to know that you are not alone and there are resources and supports for you to access.

Join the headspace Work & Study team as we chat about common signs of stress or burnout and share tips on how you can support your young person through this challenging time.

Wednesday 2nd August between 7-8pm AEST. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

Previous group chat transcripts

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