The future can be exciting and full of new opportunities. It can also bring changes big and small that may lead to feelings of uncertainty. We might be thinking about higher education, vocational training, or first jobs, and feel worried about aligning our plans with other’s expectations. Some people can feel excited about what the future holds and for others it may seem overwhelming. It’s normal to experience some discomfort as a result of change.
We have helpful resources and ways to get support for young people facing uncertainty about the future and information for family, health professionals and educators.
Concerns about the future
School and further education
School including further education is a time for learning and growing, and with that comes change. This can be exciting for some and may feel daunting for others. Learn more about navigating transitions and tackling stress that may be associated with studying.
- Coping with big changes - leaving secondary school
- Study tips and resources for young people
- How family can support their young person's transition from primary to secondary school
- How family can support young people with school stress
- How to stay healthy over the holidays
Work and career
A job is often a large part of our life, you may love your job or chosen career, or maybe you view it as just a way to pay the bills and fund your life outside of work. No matter what it is for you, it may come with some challenges, learn more here about managing those challenges and what support is available.
- Resources for young people about work and careers
- headspace Work and Study - free 1-on-1 support for young people
- Tips for family to support a young person in finding a job
Money and budgeting
Finances can be confusing and overwhelming, learn more about setting up a budget and what financial options and services are available here.
- Be the B.O.S.S. of your money - tips on:
Global issues and world events
There are some issues that affect us all, directly and indirectly, and there may be conflicting opinions on how to manage these global issues. This may cause some concern for the future. Learn more about what you can do to manage these feelings here and connect with others that may be feeling the same way.
- Understanding anxiety about climate change - information for young people or for family
- Group chat transcript on empowering young people to effect global change
- Climate change online community for young people
- Resources for young people about world events like bushfires and pandemics
When looking towards the future, setting goals can be a great way to increase motivation and create the change we want to see in our self or our space. Learn more here.
- Goal Setting interactive activity
- Motivation interactive activity
- Group chat transcript on goal setting and succeeding
Changing family dynamics
Every family is different, families can also change over time, this may be confusing and stressful, learn more about navigating changes in your family here.
- Life after parental separation - information for young people or for family
- Managing your family's work and study expectations - hearing from multicultural young people
- How family can start a conversation about mental health with their young person
How to get support
If you are having a tough time, it’s important that you reach out to a trusted friend, family member, teacher or Elder to share what you are going through. Or you can get in touch with your local headspace centre or use our online or phone-based service at eheadspace.
You can also get free online 1-on-1 support with finding a job or further education with headspace Work and Study.
For immediate help contact: triple zero (000) if it is an emergency
National 24/7 crisis services:
- Lifeline: 13 11 14 or lifeline.org.au
- Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467 or suicidecallbackservice.org.au
- Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636 or beyondblue.org.au
Additional youth support services include: