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Dolly Doctor: Every Mental Health Helpline Available To Australian Youth

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Trigger Warning: This article discusses mental health and may be triggering for some readers.

There have been great strides made to reduce the stigma around mental health, and while we are more open about those topics than ever for those struggling, it can still feel lonely.

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It can be hard to know who to open up to, or it can feel like there is no one to turn to, which is why we have free mental health resources available.

While it can feel intimidating to type in a call lines numbers or to message a health professional, it can offer you a world of safety once you do.

It’s a place to express your thoughts and feelings without judgement and with a trained person who will know what is best for you at that moment.

There is a myriad of resources available from calling, emailing, messaging, or joining a forum, so you can choose what you’re most comfortable with.

To help you navigate your mental health with the guidance of a professional, we have found the most youth-friendly resources available in Australia.

Helplines can be a really freeing and validating resource. (Credit: Getty)

Lifeline 13 11 14

The helpline is available for anyone experiencing a personal crisis, suicidal thoughts, or is close to someone going through mental health struggles. Anyone of any age, race, ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual orientation can use the services, which feature trained Crisis Supporters.

You can access their resources here. 

Beyond Blue 1300 224 636

It’s a service available to anyone who needs help, and alongside its helpline, Beyond Blue offers online chats, emails, and online forums.

You can access their resources here. 

GriefLine 1300 845 745

Navigating grief isn’t a linear process. Everyone experiences those feelings differently, so GriefLine offers a space to help inspire courage within grievers to find hope through their call line, forums, and other resources for extra support.

You can access their resources here. 

Not all these resources are youth only, so you can continue working with them once you’re of age. (Credit: Getty)

Headspace 1800 650 890

Headspace offers mental health support for young people and or friends and family trying to help someone struggling. On their website, there is accessible information and resources, as well as online and phone services. If you are looking for face-to-face help, you can freely and confidentially visit their centres to access their health professionals.

You can access their resources here. 

Kids Helpline 1800 551 800

The Kids Helpline has a range of curated resources for kids (5-12), teenagers (13-17), young adults (18-25), parents, and teachers. In addition, it offers phone services any time and for any reason. They also have an online chat resource, groups, and a lot of educational information.

You can access their resources here. 

It can take courage to call, which is okay. (Credit: Getty)

1800Respect 1800 737 732

1800 Respect is available 24 hours a day to help people impacted by or experiencing sexual assault, abuse, or domestic and family violence. Alongside a call line, it also has a service directory to help people search for local services. In addition, their Help and Support tab has a significant amount of information to help inform and empower those who need it. 

You can access their resources here. 

Butterfly Foundation 1 899 33 4673

The Butterfly Foundation specialises in supporting those suffering, recovering, or navigating an eating disorder. They have a helpline, an online chat, and an accessible email. It offers information about how EDs work, body image, and it extends its support options to face-to-face support groups, programs, and outpatient treatment programs.

You can access their resources here. 

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