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

We all make mistakes... some are easier to fix than others, some don’t need fixing and sometimes no matter what we do we can’t fix a mistake. This is one of the times we can feel stuck with guilt and regret which are two of the more uncomfortable emotions to sit with. They can even make us feel like withdrawing from situations or people. Many of these mistakes we can learn from and make your thoughts work for you instead of against you. 

Join our eheadspace clinicians and the headspace youth National Reference Group as we talk about ways to manage these feelings, ways to forgive yourself and how to move on with greater skills for the next hurdle.  

Tuesday 24th May between 7-8pm AEST. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

There are times when we experience racism, and notice ourselves feeling frozen, lost for words, scared and even angry.  These are all normal responses to racism, and it can be hard to know how and when to react in a safe way to stand up for yourself or even people around you.  Racism can look different for everyone, and it can be hard to put into words sometimes why what happened was wrong and hurtful.  

Join our eheadspace clinicians, headspace refugee & migrant clinical practice team and headspace youth National Reference Group to share your experiences of discrimination or microaggressions, and chat about ways to respond to racism.  

headspace has a zero tolerance policy to any form of discrimination and abuse. 

Sunday 12th June between 7-8pm AEST. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

Congratulations on landing an interview! You might be feeling excited, nervous, anxious, confident, or maybe a little bit of everything! Having mixed feelings is really common but, with a little preparation, you can make a great first impression. Join this chat to hear some tips and tricks from the Work and Study specialists to help you ace the interview.

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

There are lots of different ways to take care of our mental health. One of the really effective ways is to get in touch with our creative side. Being creative doesn’t mean we have to be getting A’s in art class. As long as we are enjoying ourselves, that is all that matters! Our creative space is only limited by our imagination and means something different to everyone. Creativity could be drawing or painting, but we can also be creative in the kitchen, in the garden or even designing a website online!  

Join our eheadspace clinicians and the headspace youth National Reference Group to learn more about how getting creative can help take care of our mental health, learn about some creative ideas that you might like to try and check out what cool stuff works for your peers. 

Tuesday 21st June between 7-8pm AEST. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

Australia is made up of various diverse communities. In addition to being home to the world’s oldest continuous cultures, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, almost half of people on this continent have a parent born overseas! With many young people on this continent having connections to countries and cultures in addition to Australia, it is important to have conversations to navigate, honour and celebrate our different cultural identities.

Join our eheadspace clinicians, the headspace refugee and migrant clinical practice team and the headspace youth National Reference Group to chat about how to navigate and honour your culture.

headspace has a zero tolerance policy to any form of discrimination and abuse.

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

It’s hard to know how to cope and what to do after losing someone to suicide. In addition to the grief of the loss, people can also often experience mixed emotions including, shock, feelings of social isolation or abandonment, relief, anger and guilt. While we may all experience the loss differently it’s important for all of us to reach out for support and allow ourselves time to process and grieve what’s happened.  

Join our eheadspace clinicians and the headspace youth National Reference Group to talk about ways to cope and how to look after yourself during this really rough time.  

Sunday 3rd July between 7-8pm AEST. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

National NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia, to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The NAIDOC focus of ‘get up, stand up, show up’ not only represents the historical qualities of Indigenous communities, but also demonstrates that future focus Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their allies… to get up, stand up, show up, support and secure institutional, structural, collaborative, and cooperative reforms.

Join our eheadspace team along with our yarnspace team in this opportunity to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth.

Sunday 10th July between 7-8pm AEST. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

Student placements can be a great opportunity to gain valuable workplace skills to take that next step in your career. In this chat, we will discuss what a student placement is, where and how to find one, and how a placement opportunity can help your career.

Join us Wednesday 13th Jul between 7-8pm AEST. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

There are times during life when there is a lot happening, causing us to be stressed out, or to feel overwhelmed with difficult emotions. We have probably all heard the words ‘self-care’ as a way of dealing with these difficult times, but what does this even mean? What kind of things are considered self-care and how do we make these tools readily available when we need them?

Join our eheadspace clinicians and headspace youth National Reference group talk about self-care and how to create your own self-care box to use when times get tough or you just want to give yourself some extra love.

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

There are times in life where we might find ourselves facing challenges a little bigger than what we can handle on our own. Sometimes these challenges require the support of professional services. Recognising we need that support can be a big step, but for some, helping parents or carers understand can be and even bigger one. If you have found yourself trying to convince your parents you need to see a professional, you are not alone.   

Join our eheadspace clinicians and the headspace youth National Reference Group to learn ways to effectively communicate your needs to your parents, and get them on board with the idea of reaching out to services for support. 

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

ADHD is a neurological issue and people who have ADHD are much more than just this label. They can be creative, compassionate, sporty, curious, energetic, smart, funny and more. But ADHD can be challenging to live with. It can make everyday situations a struggle, and often people do not understand what ADHD is like, which can be really frustrating.

Join our eheadspace clinicians and headspace youth National Reference Group to share what ADHD is like for you. Get tips on how to communicate your thoughts, feelings, challenges and strengths, and explore how you might describe your ADHD, to help people around you understand your experience.

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

Perfectionism can seem like a positive trait, as we often think it means doing well, and striving to do our best. However, for those living with the drive for perfection, it poses many challenges. It can impact our relationships with others, our mental health, and ironically, often result in us not doing as well as we could have.   

Join our eheadspace clinicians and the headspace youth National Reference Group to learn more about what perfectionism might look like, its links to mental ill-health, and ideas about what to do if you think you might be experiencing perfectionism.   

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

Break ups are so painful! When relationships end it is natural to question the situation and yourself. You might have feelings of sadness, anger, confusion, even self-blame. Often break ups are no one’s fault. Sometimes things just don’t work out, the timing is not right, or there may be clashes of values. Whatever the reason, figuring out a way to express emotions and look after yourself is super important. How do you manage overwhelming emotion? How do you be around each other? Do you want to be friends? Do they? This change can be so hard to navigate. 

Join our eheadspace clinicians and headspace youth National Reference Group to reflect on break up feelings, think about friendship ground rules and how to communicate your needs.   

Tuesday 20th September between 7-8pm AEST. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

Mental health issues can sometimes cause us to hear or see things that people around us aren’t experiencing. There are lots of different reasons why this might happen, but it can be a scary and isolating experience. If this is something you’ve been through, you’re not alone. There is support available to help things get better.

Join our eheadspace clinicians and the headspace youth National Reference Group to chat about these often difficult and confusing experiences. Chat with others who have had similar experiences, and learn how to respond if you see or hear things that others don’t.

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

Have you ever said that you’ve felt butterflies in your stomach? Or felt like you were going to vomit just before having to do something scary? Our brains and gastrointestinal system (think stomach, intestines, bowels) are very closely linked – this is why we often feel like we experience emotions in our gut! There is now research that shows that our mental health can have a big impact on our digestion, and that the health of our gut can have a big impact on our mental health as well.

Join our eheadspace clinicians and the headspace youth National Reference Group to learn more about the link between gut health and mental health, as well as practical tips you can use to keep your gut and mind healthy.

Sunday 30th October 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

Being the sibling of a young person with a disability or experiencing ill health can be both enriching and challenging.  For primary caregivers of a child with additional support needs, it can be difficult to balance taking care of them whilst also being attuned to the needs of their siblings. While siblings are often there to assist with the caring responsibilities, it is important to notice and converse about the impact this can also have on them, and ensure their individual needs are also being met. 

Join the eheadspace clinicians and headspace National Family & Friends Reference Group as we talk about supporting siblings, creating balance and improving relationships in your family. 

Thursday 2nd June between 7-8pm AEST. Click here to register for our session  (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want). 

Parenting is often said to be both the best and the hardest job in the world.  It can be tough to know how to balance allowing a young person their independence to make their own decisions, while also supporting them, advising them and finding ways to engage when they might be in distress. Building your parenting capacity may not just about helping to support your young person, but also remembering the importance of taking time to care for yourself.    

Join the eheadspace clinicians and headspace Family and Friends National Reference Group as we discuss the range of challenges faced in raising teenagers and young adults and explore ways to navigate this often-challenging time.   

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

Many of us will know someone in our lives that is living with a neurodiverse condition such as ADHD. People with ADHD lead fulfilling lives, however, in some circumstances, living in a neurotypical world can present challenges to schooling, work, and building relationships with others. Awareness and understanding around ADHD is growing, although it can still be difficult for loved ones to know how to best support a young person living with ADHD through these challenges.    

Join our eheadspace clinicians and headspace Family and Friends National Reference Group, to share your experiences, support one another and learn more about the challenges of caring for someone with ADHD. 

Thursday 28th July between 7-8pm AEST. Click here to register for our session  (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

As young people enter their teenage years and their independence grows, attending parties becomes an important social occasion many want to partake in. These events can help young people build their social skills, increase their confidence, and develop responsibility.  For family, this can be a challenging time to navigate, trying to find the balance between boundaries, trust and safety whilst also maintaining a connection with your young person. 

Join our eheadspace clinicians and our headspace Friends and Family National Reference Group to learn about how to keep young people and yourself safe as they navigate teen parties, drinking and other drugs. 

Thursday 25th August between 7-8pm AEST. Click here to register for our session (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).

Staying active and eating well can have a positive impact on the way young people feel about themselves and their physical and mental health. There can be many different ways to consider what this might look like for a young person and what might influence their ideas such as different media types, culture, friends and health advice. Family and friends can play a significant role in modelling healthy behaviours and influencing young people’s thoughts, feelings, language and habits around food and fitness.  

Join our eheadspace clinicians and headspace Friends and Family National Reference Group to chat about supporting young people and influencing food, fitness and feelings. 

Thursday 22nd September between 7-8pm AEST. Click here to register for our session  (and before the day to set a reminder for yourself if you want).  

We all respond to a death by suicide in the community in different ways. People can experience a variety of different emotions such as confusion, hurt, sadness and anger during this time.  If a suicide has occurred in your community, many families feel unsure about how to it support a young person as they navigate these emotions, particularly if you are also experiencing them yourself.  Talking in a curious and open way can help make sense of the variety of emotions and experiences, and give you an opportunity to provide information, support and build connection.  

Join our eheadspace clinicians and headspace Family and Friends National Reference Group to chat about how you can look after yourself and your young person if your community has been impacted by suicide. 

Thursday 20th October 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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