For friends & family

Raising sensitive issues and working to resolve problems that arise along the way can be challenging. It can also be hard as a parent to know the difference between normal behaviour, such as moodiness, irritability and withdrawal, and an emerging mental health problem. This section is designed to help you.

Do you have a few minutes to spare? If you are a family member or friend supporting a young person who is seeking support at a headspace centre, we would love to hear from you!

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how to support a family member

When someone in your family has a mental health problem

understanding adolescence

Parenting the adolescent you now see before you will be different to how you parented them as a young child. Understanding this stage of life can offer insight on how to adapt, parent effectively and connect with your changing young person.

how to start the conversation about mental health

A lot of things go unsaid between young people and their parents, especially when it comes to mental health. Our Fathers Campaign aims to open up conversations between parents and young people.

7 ways to support a young person’s healthy headspace

Just like physical fitness, mental fitness requires regular effort. This can be challenging to maintain. There are many things that family and friends can do to help a young person look after their mental health.
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When and how to set boundaries?

When your relationship with your young person is struggling and you’re also worried about their behaviour and/or mental health, what’s the best way to handle things?

Many adults supporting young people struggle when the situation is complex and the usual approaches don’t seem to be working. Often other adults are telling you it’s time for ‘tough love’ but you’re not sure.
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Relationship breakup – helping your young person

Relationship breakups can be really distressing for young people, and are a leading cause of distress and increased risk of self-harm or suicidal thoughts. Finding ways to offer your support could make a big difference to your young person.
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Helping a young person who has experienced bullyin

Many parents and other adults supporting young people are looking for help to support their young person when they have experienced bullying or abuse.

The impact of bullying or abuse can be significant and long lasting and many adults supporting young people are aware of this and concerned, but are not sure what to do to help.
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Building a relationship with your young person

Many parents and other adults are looking for ways to keep the relationship with their young person positive or rebuild the relationship when things have become difficult.