Young people can go through many changes during adolescence because the body is under construction. Sometimes it’s hard to know the difference between normal behaviour, such as moodiness, irritability and withdrawal and or whether perhaps a mental health problem is developing.
It can be a confusing and distressing time for parents, carers and family members who sometimes find it difficult to understand what is happening to the young person and to know what to do and where to get help.
This page connects you to specifically tailored information if you are a parent, family member, friend or carer of a young person aged between 12 – 25 years, who is going through a tough time or you are worried may be developing a mental health problem.
Many mental health problems develop during childhood and adolescence, so headspace has launched this video to help parents spot the signs and support their children.
If your child doesn’t seem like themselves, click on the link below to find out more.
- Ability-Links (PDF)
- Consumer Handbook (PDF)
- Family and Carer Booklet (PDF)
- Looking After Myself (PDF)
- Real Experiences of Other Parents and Carers (PDF)
- What Can I do to Help and Support my Young Person (PDF)
- Sane, Family Friends and Carers (link)
- Support for Families and Carers page (link)
ARAFMI NSW has produced two brochures for family and carers about the recent changes to the Mental Health Act in regards to “designated carer” replacing “primary carer” and the addition of “principal care provider”
- Primary-Carers-to-DC-and-PCPs-Brochure-2015-v2 (PDF)
- Primary-Carers-to-DC-and-PCPs-Rights-Brochure-2015 (PDF)
If you need online support, eheadspace is an online and telephone service that supports young people and their families going through a tough time. The service is confidential so conversations are private and secure unless the counsellor is worried about your or someone else’s safety.
If you are feeling suicidal it is very important to seek immediate help, preferably by a mental health practitioner.
Kids Helpline Ph: 1800 55 1800 www.kidshelpline.com.au
Lifeline Australia Ph: 13 11 14 www.lifeline.org.au
For urgent mental health issues call the Mental Health Line phPh1800 011 511 (24hrs 7 days a week)