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 health professionals

  • Anger Evidence Summary

    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 Evidence Summary PDF (445 KB)
  • Gender identity

    Gender identity is an individual’s internal experience of their gender and is not necessarily defined by their biological sex as assigned at birth.

    Gender identity & mental health PDF (267 KB)
  • Sexuality

    The term sexuality refers to a person’s sexual attractions, experiences of the attraction and sexual preferences. Some sexualities include homosexual (attracted to the same sex), heterosexual (attracted to the opposite sex), and bisexual (attracted to more than one sex).

    Sexuality PDF (179 KB)
  • Grief

    Grief is a reaction experienced in response to the loss of a loved one, whether a family member, friend, or someone else which is close. The process of grieving is normal and expected. It can occur both in the period immediately after a loss, and in the months and years to follow.

    Grief PDF (266 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 (140 KB)
  • Supporting a young person after a natural disaster

    Information for workers – teachers, school/university welfare and counselling staff, youth workers, general counsellors, and chaplains.

    After a natural disaster PDF (259 KB)
  • Bipolar disorder

    Most people who develop bipolar disorder will have experienced some symptoms by the age of 25.

    Bipolar Disorder PDF (76 KB)
  • eheadspace

    eheadspace is a confidential, free* and secure space where a young person or their family can web chat, email or speak on the phone with a qualified youth mental health professional.

    eheadspace PDF (323 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)
  • Trauma

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

    Trauma facts PDF (313 KB)
  • Evidence summary

    Treating Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) in Adolescence

    Is there a role for early intervention in treating adolescent Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)?

    Treating Borderline Personality Disorder WEB PDF PDF (196 KB)
  • Evidence summary

    Diagnosing Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) in Adolescence

    We all have a unique set of personality traits that characterise us. These are the usual ways that we perceive, think, feel, behave and relate to others and they tend to be consistent across time and situations.

    Diagnosing Borderline Personality Disorder WEB PDF PDF (260 KB)
  • Evidence Summary

    How effective are brief motivational interventions at reducing young people’s problematic substance use?

    Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a collaborative, goal oriented style of communication with particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen personal motivation for and commitment to a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) is the delivery of MI as a brief intervention along with personalised feedback. Motivational Interventions consists of MET and MI.

    Motivational Interventions WEB PDF PDF (364 KB)
  • Evidence summary

    Adolescent Romantic Relationships – Why are they important? And should they be encouraged or avoided?

    Whether you are a parent or someone working with adolescents it can be difficult to appreciate the impact that a romantic relationship can have on their lives.

    romanticrelationships adolescent romantic relationships why are they important headspace evsum PDF (148 KB)
  • Evidence Summary

    Working with adolescents: Keeping romantic relationships in mind

    Why should you think about romantic relationships when working with adolescents?

    Working With Adolescents Keeping romantic relationships in mind PDF (187 KB)
  • Evidence summary

    Shared decision making (SDM)  for mental health – what is the evidence?

    Health professionals are increasingly being encouraged to adopt a collaborative approach to making health care decisions. Clinical practice guidelines advocate for clinicians to involve clients in decision-making processes and allow for client preferences (along with evidence) to guide decisions where possible. Shared decision making (SDM) is the most prominent example of this.

    sdm evidence summary PDF (445 KB)
  • Evidence summary

    Using SSRI Antidepressants and Other Newer Antidepressants to Treat Depression in Young People:  What are the issues and what is the evidence?

    Why is there so much debate on this issue?

    Concerns about using Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) in young people centre on two issues. First, SSRIs might be less effective than first thought for treating adolescent depression. Second, SSRIs might be associated with worrying side-effects.

    ssri v2 pdf PDF (192 KB)
  • Evidence summary

    Working with same sex attracted young people – Inclusive practice

    What is “same sex attracted”?

    The term “same sex attracted” (SSA) refers to people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, pansexual, those who are questioning their sexual orientation, and those who are unsure. We have chosen to use this term because it reflects the reality that sexual identity and orientation are not necessarily fixed or easily categorised, perhaps particularly for young people.

    HSP032 Evidence Summary Sexuality RGB FA5 PDF (342 KB)
  • Evidence summary

    Identification of young people at risk of developing psychosis

    Evidence summary identification of young people at risk of developing psychosis PDF (2.7 MB)
  • Evidence summary

    Treatment of young people at risk of developing psychosis


    Treatment of young people at risk of developing psychosis PDF (1.6 MB)