Youth Resources

If you’re a young person or a parent/carer of a young person looking for more information around mental health, friendships, relationships, peer pressure, drugs and/or alcohol check out https://au.reachout.com/ or https://headspace.org.au/.

Below is some brief information our team has put together around youth mental health.

Mental Health vs Mental Illness
Mental Health refers to a state of wellbeing (like our social, emotional, and physical wellbeing). It affects how we think, feel and act, and determines our ability to cope with stress, build relationships, and bounce back from setbacks. Being mentally well doesn’t mean you don’t experience unpleasant emotions; it means you’re able to cope with the ups and downs of life in a healthy way.

Mental Illness refers to illnesses or disorders that can affect a person’s thinking, perceptions, mood or behaviour. It can make it difficult for someone to cope with school or work, relationships and other life demands.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Anxiousness
  • Feeling down
  • Detachment/Dissociation
  • Difficulty focussing or concentrating
  • Alcohol and or Drug use
  • Extreme mood changes
  • Paranoia
  • Obsessive thoughts and/or obsessive acts
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal thoughts or acts

How to Look After Your Mental Health

  • Get active. Exercise releases endorphins which boost your mood and increases your energy levels.
  • Eat well. Including fruits, vegetables, high fibre food, and omega 3 rich foods can increase your energy levels, improve concentration and improves your sleep.
  • Getting enough sleep. Good sleep habits have been shown to improve mood, concentration and performance at school or work. Teenagers need anywhere between 7-10 hours of sleep each night.
  • Staying connected. Positive social connections can help you manage your stress better, boost your energy, and improve your sense of belonging while also helping you feel relaxed and supported.
  • Open up. Talking about how you’re feeling can help you deal with tough times. Talking to a trusted person can be a way to cope with a problem and feel support and less alone.
  • Stress management. Stress is a normal response to situations, however when it’s intense and ongoing it can start to impact your physical and mental health. Practicing relaxation techniques (such as meditation) can help decrease the effects of stress on our body.