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Mental health websites help young people understand and recognise mental health difficulties, and to start making the steps towards recovery. They are now an essential part of health promotion and early intervention. These are ReachOut.com Schools' recommended mental health websites and online programs.

These will help with:

  • recognition of signs and symptoms
  • improving attitudes to self-help and help-seeking
  • feeling less alone.
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Our recommendations

Butterfly Foundation

Online, email and phone support for Australians living with eating disorders and their family and friends.

Ages 14+
Phone support available Mon-Fri 8am-9pm AEST
Website: thebutterflyfoundation.org.au

Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI)

Stories and information for young people whose parents have a mental illness.

Ages 10-18 years.
Website: copmi.net.au/kids-young-people

Happify

Online positive psychology games website.

Ages 16+
Website: happify.com
Guide: schools.au.reachout.com/articles/happify

mindhealthconnect

Online portal for mental health information, with information from a wide range of online services.

All ages.
Website: mindhealthconnect.org.au

ReachOut.com

Australia’s leading youth mental health and wellbeing website, with fact sheets, stories, forums and apps to help young people understand and manage their mental health.

Ages 14-25 years.
Website: au.reachout.com
Guide: schools.au.reachout.com/articles/what-is-reachout

The Desk

Tertiary student health, wellbeing and support website. Information, self-help content, and community, run by University of Queensland with support from beyondblue.

Website: thedesk.org.au

The Lowdown NZ

Interactive New Zealand website for young people giving information and advice on depression and related issues.

Ages 16-24 years.
Website: thelowdown.co.nz
Guide: schools.au.reachout.com/articles/the-lowdown-nz

Youthbeyondblue

Information website. beyondblue’s youth program aims to empower young people, their friends and those who care for them to respond to depression and anxiety.

Ages 12-25 years.
Website: youthbeyondblue.com

Other websites

There are many websites and online campaigns, including some that are not specifically about mental health, that help young people with issues that may cause them psychological distress. Take time out regularly to acquaint yourself with new sites and campaigns that may be helpful to young people you work with, or worth sharing via your service’s social media or newsletters, such as:

My Year 7 Self - a campaign challenging behaviour that reinforces stigma about sexuality and gender.

Appreciate a Mate - a campaign that encourages young people to share positive affirmations with friends.

ReachOut Schools regularly engages practitioners and young people to review apps and online tools that can help young people. Stay connected with new websites, apps or campaigns by subscribing to the newsletter using the tool on the right hand side of this page, or by following ReachOut.com on Facebook or Twitter.

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