Resource library

headspace has produced fact sheets and other resources designed for young people, family and friends of and professionals who work with young people. Click through the categories below to download our resources. 

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Resources for young people

  • Opiates

    Opiates are depressants - they slow down your central nervous system. They come in many forms, both illegal and prescribed. Opiates include drugs like heroin, codeine, methadone, morphine, pethidine and OxyContin. 

  • Anger Mythbuster

    Anger is a normal human emotion, like happiness or sadness. It’s one of many feelings that people can have about things happening in their lives. 

    Anger Mythbuster PDF (240 KB)
  • Bipolar Disorder

    Bipolar disorder is a type of mood disorder in which people have times of low mood (major depression) and times of ‘high’ or elevated mood (mania or hypomania).
    Bipolar PDF (272 KB)
  • Bullying

    Bullying is intentional and repeated negative behaviour directed towards another person by one or more people over time. It can be related to just about anything and can come in many forms

    Bullying web PDF (336 KB)
  • Alcohol

    Many people feel pressured to drink. If you choose to drink alcohol, it should be on your terms. There is no “safe way” to use alcohol; however, if you are choosing to drink, it is important that you drink as safely as possible.

    Alcohol web PDF (220 KB)
  • Amphetamines

    There is no “safe way” to use amphetamines, however, if you are choosing to use, it is important that you use as safely as possible.

    Amphetamines web PDF (319 KB)
  • Anxiety

    What is anxiety?

    Anxiety is like ‘worry’. It’s an unpleasant emotion that most people feel when something might be risky, frightening or worrying.

    Anxiety web PDF (230 KB)
  • Benzodiazepines

    What are they?

    Benzodiazepines (often called benzos) are a group of drugs known as minor tranquillisers. Benzos are generally prescribed by doctors to help people with anxiety or sleep problems to help them to relax.

    Benzodiazepines web PDF (188 KB)
  • Cannabis

    There is no “safe way” to use cannabis, however, if you are choosing to use, it is important that you use as safely as possible.

    Cannabis web PDF (252 KB)
  • Cocaine

    Cocaine ‘speeds up’ the brain, which helps you stay alert and awake, and sometimes provides an ‘energy burst’. It is also a pain reliever. It is illegal to possess or use cocaine in Australia. If you are caught with even a small amount you can be arrested and it could lead to a criminal record.

  • Dealing with relationship break-ups

    Relationships break-up for lots of reasons. Often it’s no-one’s ‘fault’ and nobody is to blame – instead, things just aren’t working out.

    Dealing with relationship break ups web PDF (208 KB)
  • Depression

    What is depression?

    Depression is one of the most common health issues for young people in Australia. Depression (“major depression”) is a mental illness characterised by feelings of sadness that lasts longer than usual, affect most parts of your life and stop you enjoying the things that you used to.

    Depression web PDF (273 KB)
  • Eating disorders

    Body image or eating concerns become a problem when they begin to affect your physical or mental health, or how you cope in your daily life. Eating disorders can cause significant physical health complications and so they can be life-threatening. It is very important that when the early signs of an eating disorder begin they are treated effectively.

    MythBuster Eating Disorders WEB PDF PDF (213 KB)
  • Ecstasy

    ‘Ecstasy’ is a drug called MDMA, which is like amphetamine. What you are sold as ecstasy might include a wide range of drugs, as there is no control over the ingredients, their quality or their safety. This increases the chance that you will overdose, be poisoned or have other bad reactions. Ecstasy is an illegal drug, so you can be charged for possessing, making or selling it.

  • Gender identity and mental health

    About gender identity

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

    Gender identity and mental health web PDF (260 KB)
  • Getting help from a general practitioner (GP)

    Your family GP is often a good place to start if you need some help and feel comfortable talking to them. Even if they know your family they are still required to keep information about you private. (There is more information about confidentiality over the page).

    Getting help from a general practitioner web PDF (514 KB)
  • Grief

    What is grief?

    Grief is a natural response you experience when you lose someone close to you. Grieving is a normal part of life and there is no right way to grieve – everyone is different. It can begin as soon as you become aware of a loss and can continue over the course of the first 12 months.

    Grief web PDF (623 KB)
  • How headspace can help

    headspace is here to help

    headspace centres across Australia provide face-to-face information, support and services to young people, aged 12 to 25 years, and their families and friends.

    How headspace can help web PDF (183 KB)
  • If your friend is not okay

    Getting help for a friend can take a bit of time and effort but it is worth it. As part of being a good and supportive friend, there are times when we will need to check in with our friends, to ensure that they are okay. Good help will assist your friend to deal with their problems and help them get on with life.

    If your friend is not okay web PDF (196 KB)
  • Inhalants

    Inhalants will slow down your coordination, judgement and response times. Many everyday products have been used as inhalants, including glue, aerosol sprays, cleaning fluids, liquid paper, paints and petrol.

  • Psychosis

    What is psychosis?

    People with psychosis have problems in the way they interpret the real world. This means that psychosis may cause you to misinterpret or confuse what is going on around you. Psychosis usually affects your beliefs, thoughts, feelings and behaviour

    psychosisfactsheet PDF (185 KB)
  • Self harm

    What is self harm?

    Self harm refers to people deliberately hurting their bodies. Common types of self harm among young people include cutting (e.g. cutting the skin on arms, wrists or thighs), burning the skin, picking at wounds or scars, self-hitting, or deliberately overdosing on medication, drugs or other substances that cause harm.

    Self harm web PDF (300 KB)
  • Sex and sexual health

    Having sex is a big step. It’s important you feel in control and make decisions that are right for you. You may want to get advice from someone you trust such as a teacher, family friend, family member or carer.

    Sex and Sexual Health web PDF (228 KB)
  • Sexuality and mental health

    Sexuality occurs on a spectrum from heterosexual (attracted to the opposite sex) to homosexual (attracted to the same sex). You may identify with words such as gay, lesbian, bisexual, straight, pansexual, something else, or you may not be sure of your sexuality.

    Sexuality and mental health web PDF (182 KB)
  • Tips for a healthy headspace

    There are a number of ways you can look after your mental health and wellbeing every day...

    Tips for a healthy headspace web PDF (148 KB)
  • Tobacco

    What does it do?

    Tobacco is one of the oldest known drugs. It’s a green leafy plant that is grown in warm climates and once it is picked, it is dried, ground up and used in different ways. Most people smoke tobacco in cigarettes, but some people prefer cigars or pipes. It can also be chewed, and sniffed through the nose as ‘snuff’.

    Tobacco web PDF (226 KB)
  • Trauma

    A traumatic event is something which threatens your life or safety, or the lives of people around you. It might be a natural disaster such as a bushfire, flood or earthquake, or a serious accident, or a physical or sexual assault.

    Trauma web PDF (168 KB)
  • What is mental health?

    What is good mental health?

    Good mental health is about being able to work and study to your full potential, cope with day-to-day life stresses, be involved in your community, and live your life in a free and satisfying way.

    What is mental health web PDF (202 KB)
  • Eating disorders

    Eating disorders are among the most serious and misunderstood of all mental disorders. A number of myths and stereotypes exist about eating disorders that can be potentially damaging to young people affected by them and to their families.

    MythBuster: Eating disorders PDF (213 KB)
  • Self-harm

    What is self-harm?

    Self-harm occurs when people deliberately hurt their bodies. The most common type of self-harm among young people is cutting (1). Other types include burning the skin until it marks or bleeds, picking at wounds or scars, self-hitting and pulling hair out by the roots (2). At the more extreme end of the spectrum, self-harm can include breaking bones, hanging and deliberately overdosing on medication (3).

    MythBuster: Self-harm PDF (1.5 MB)
  • Suicidal ideation

    What is suicidal ideation and how common is it among young people?

    The term ‘suicidal ideation’ refers to thoughts that life isn’t worth living, ranging in intensity from fleeting thoughts through to concrete, well thought-out plans for killing oneself, or a complete preoccupation with self-destruction. These thoughts are not uncommon among young people.

    MythBuster: Suicide ideation PDF (232 KB)