group chats led by professionals or clinicians

Whether you are a young person or an adult supporting a young person, our professional-led online chats, hosted by trained mental health clinicians and vocational specialists, cover a range of topics to help answer any questions you may have. 

A professional-led group chat session is your opportunity to speak online to our mental health professionals, vocational specialists, guest experts and hear from others about a specific topic. 

Anyone can view a live professional chat or transcript. To contribute to the chat, you will need to create or log into your headspace account. This requires an email address and password, and you can set up a username and profile picture if you wish. If you’d prefer to remain anonymous in the chat, you can select this option once you’ve logged in.  

Feel free to share images and videos if you think they will be helpful and relevant for the chat.

If you miss a chat or are looking for a particular topic, all our professional-led group chat transcripts are uploaded onto our website, you can access them below. Chats you’ve participated in will automatically be saved into your account so you can refer to them easily. 

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Upcoming chats for young people

Natural disasters including floods can be hard to cope with. Between preparation, getting through the actual event and the aftermath, people can respond in many different ways. How someone is affected can also change over time... some people might feel okay immediately after the disaster but may then become further distressed with time passing. It is also to be expected that some people will have reactions even if they do not live in the flood affected area and are not directly impacted… this may be because of the influence of media or what you hear from others.

Join headspace clinicians and headspace youth National Reference Group to chat about being ‘touched by a flooding disaster… the emotional damage’. Learn about how natural disasters can affect our mental health and strategies to help get you through what can be a really tough time.

Sunday 11th December between 7-8pm AEDT. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

There's so many different career paths you could follow, but how do you decide on your next job or course? Where do you start? We all face this challenge at some stage in our lives and it can be scary having so many options and unknowns.

Join the headspace Work and Study team for some tips and ideas to help you identify your options and make a plan.

Wednesday 18th January between 7-8pm AEDT. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

Self-harm behaviours and urges are often unspoken of... young people are often unsure how to talk about them, how to ask for help and feel very alone in is struggle. There are many different reasons that someone may experience urges to self-harm, however commonly it is a sign of emotional distress, and that support is needed. Thankfully, there are many positive strategies people can use when experiencing self-harm urges.

Join the eheadspace team and headspace youth National Reference Group to talk about where the urge to self-harm can originate and explore different way to manage these urges.

Sunday 29th January between 7-8pm AEDT. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

Finding a sense of meaning and purpose can be hard when we are feeling unmotivated, or our mental health is getting in the way of things we normally enjoy. Young people repeatedly get asked, what they want to do now, in the future, for a job... and so on. These questions can be so hard to answer! Many young people have little, if any, idea of what they want to do beyond the next week, and that is ok.

Join the eheadspace team and our headspace youth National Reference Group to start exploring ways to find your sense of meaning and purpose. Learn how your values, interests and personal qualities can give you meaning and purpose today and in the future.

Tuesday 7th February between 7-8pm AEDT. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

As an international student you may feel alone, overwhelmed or burnt out while working and/or studying in a foreign country. You may be thinking, "How will I find a job? How do I finance my studies? How will I make friends?". You might even feel overworked or unsupported in your current workplace.

Join the headspace Work and Study team as we share some tips, useful links, and answer any questions you may have around how to access support as an International Student!

Wednesday 15th February between 7-8pm AEDT. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

 

Those living with a disability thrive with opportunities to engage in healthy personal relationships, including exploring their sexuality and sexual intimacy. Historically, society has held misconceptions around people with a disability and sexuality, and has not recognised their rights. The United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child explicit recognises the rights of people with a disability"

Join the eheadspace team and the headspace youth National Reference Group to talk more about sexuality, the challenges and its importance in people’s life, regardless of ability.

Sunday 26th Feb between 7-8pm AEDT. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

Sexual education is super important, even though it is sometimes a little awkward to talk about. Feeling informed about sex helps us to keep ourselves safe in many ways, whether it be with consent, contraception or just pleasure. As you probably know, sexual education in schools is often taught in a way that doesn’t represent diverse communities. It is important that we are all informed about this significant part of our lives.  

Join the eheadspace team and youth National Reference Group, as we are here to answer the questions of people from all gender and sexual orientations, chat about sexual health in a more diverse way and get comfortable with talking all things sex. 

Sunday 7th March between 7-8pm AEDT. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

Do you feel like your job isn't giving you the satisfaction it used to? Maybe you've worked the same job for years and feel ready for a change. You might even be enrolled in a course that isn't leading you where you thought it would. You're not alone, and there are options!

Join this chat with the headspace Work & Study team where we will share some resources and strategies to help you plan your next steps!

Wednesday 15th March between 7-8pm AEDT. Click here to register for our session  (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).  

Sadness is a very normal human emotion. It is expected that we will feel sad many times throughout our lives. Deciding if the sadness you feel is to be expected, can depend on various things, such as life events, developmental stage, mental health, and more. Regardless of whether or not you think it is to be expected, if you are experiencing sadness and it is impacting your life, it might be good to speak to someone who can support you. Sharing these feelings is an important part of understanding and managing sadness.

Join our eheadspace team and headspace youth National Reference Group to talk about the important role of sadness, explore when these normal feelings are changing into something more concerning and learn some valuable strategies for coping with the discomfort of sadness.

Sunday 26th March between 7-8pm AEDT. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

Family violence is often thought of as physical violence... however other forms of abuse, such as emotional, psychological and financial are as harmful to safety and mental wellbeing. If you have experienced this kind of abuse, know that your experience is as valid and worthy of support as physical violence.

Join the eheadspace team and headspace youth National Reference Group to learn about the impact of all types of family violence on your mental well-being, as well as chat about supports available and strategies to cope during and after these abusive experiences.

Thursday 4th April between 7-8pm AEDT. Click here to register for our session  (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).  

The way we work has changed so much in the last few years, and employer expectations have changed with it. We can now work remotely, in office or a mix of both, so what else has changed? Do you have to attend all of those online meetings? How do you call in sick, and should you call in sick? How do you navigate inductions, probation, who do you talk to about this stuff, and how do you talk to them?

Join this chat to hear from our Work and Study team for some tips and information to help you understand the world of work in 2023 and beyond!

Wednesday 5th of April between 7-8pm AEDT. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

Anxiety can be a normal and appropriate feeling in certain situations. It can help to motivate us, protect us and guide us through life. However, for many, anxiety can feel completely overwhelming and block us from taking even simple steps forward. If anxiety is starting to feel too much and having a negative impact on your life, it might be time to reach out and talk about it.

Join the eheadspace team and headspace youth National Reference Group to understand more about future focused anxiety, discuss simple strategies to manage these unwanted feelings and start feeling more confident about what the future holds.

Sunday 23rd April between 7-8pm AEDT. Click here to register for our session  (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).  

Upcoming chats for family and friends

After discovering a young person has experienced abuse, it is difficult to know how to respond as emotions of grief, anger and helplessness may surface. For the young person impacted, support from family and friends can be important in making them feel heard and safe as they try to manage the impact of the trauma. However, knowing what to say and do isn’t always easy, particularly when you are still trying to process this disclosure yourself.

Join the eheadspace clinicians and our headspace Family and Friends National Reference Group to talk about coping with your own emotions and supporting a young person after they have experienced abuse.  

Thursday 15th December between 7-8pm AEDT. Click here to register for our session  (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).  

 

Suicidal thoughts may or may not mean someone wants to die. Often these thoughts mean someone is struggling and cannot see a way out of difficulties they face. It is important to acknowledge, validate and talk about these thoughts irrespective of what they stem from. Many loved ones are unsure of how to talk about these thoughts and feel concern about the messages these conversations may send.

Join the eheadspace clinicians and our headspace Family and Friends National Reference Group to learn about the meaning of suicidal thoughts, how to talk and support someone struggling with these thoughts and how to take care of yourself.

Thursday 19th January between 7-8pm AEDT. Click here to register for our session  (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).  

Gender identity is a person’s internal sense of gender, and may not always match with a person’s biological sex. Exploring gender and how it’s expressed, is something we all do growing up in our everyday choices… clothing, make-up, hair, games we play, who we spend time with and so much more. Family and friends can play a significant role in supporting a young person’s growth and self-acceptance. Join the eheadspace team and our headspace Family and Friends National Reference Group to learn more about supporting young people with their gender exploration.

 

Thursday 16th February between 7-8pm AEDT. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

We can all think back to when we were a young person. We may remember feeling all the emotions, worrying about our look, not knowing who we are or where we fit in. These struggles and experiences were and still are integral for our learning. What is important to remember is that the world today is very different that of 10, 20 or 30 years ago and this plays a significant part in the experience of being a young person.  

Join the eheadspace team and our headspace Family and Friends National Reference Group to learn more about “looking through the eyes of a young person”, what adolescent similarities we might have and what might be very different to when we were young. 

Thursday 16th March between 7-8pm AEDT. Click here to register for our session  (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).  

Previous group chat transcripts

Looking for a specific topic, that is not listed above? Explore our previous group chat transcripts covering a huge variety of topics, you can view these sessions at any time.

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