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
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.
Bipolar DisorderBipolar 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).
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
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.
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is like ‘worry’. It’s an unpleasant emotion that most people feel when something might be risky, frightening or worrying.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Tips for a healthy headspace
There are a number of ways you can look after your mental health and wellbeing every day...
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.