Online communities and forums are a valuable space for social-connectedness and social-belonging, particularly for young people who are traditionally isolated by mental health difficulties. Connect your students with our recommended online communities and forums.
These will help with:
- social-connectedness and belonging
- reducing isolation
- sharing mental health strategies and positive help-seeking experiences.
beyondblue Online Forums
Discussion forums on dealing with depression, mood disorders and anxiety.
Online positive psychology website/community for young people.
Ages 12-18 years.
Eating Disorders Victoria Reovery Forum
Online community for young people recovering from an eating disorder, their friends and carers, and those concerned they may have an eating disorder. Chat room and forums.
Online community for young people living with a serious illness, chronic health condition or disability, and their families. Run by Starlight Children’s Foundation.
Ages 10-20 years and their parents.
Online support forum for men of all ages, run by MensLine Australia.
Ages 18+, men only.
Moderated youth forums, discussing mental health, wellbeing, and life issues that affect young people. Accessible 24/7.
Ages 14-25 years.
Australia-wide anonymous, LGBTI peer support and referral for people wanting to talk about a range of issues including sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships. Available 3pm- midnight every day and moderated by trained LGBTQIA+ community members.