This website contains content about suicide prevention. If life is in immediate danger, please call 000 immediately. If you’re feeling distressed but not in immediate danger, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 for free and confidential support.

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Often there is more going on in your friends life that may be impacting their wellbeing. This page explains some of the things that your friend might be experiencing.


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Relationship breakdown

Whether it is romantic or friends, the breakdown of a relationship can be a heartbreaking time to process for anyone. You can look at ways to be there for your friend during this difficult period.

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Bullying can show up in different forms, verbal, physical, and or social, and can have serious impacts on the victim’s life. This includes making threats, spreading rumours, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.


  • Check in on them
  • Acknowledge their pain and validate their feelings     
  • Help the friend understand the situation could be bullying and that is not ok
  • Discuss how they to want to sort it out (do they want to speak directly to the person together, or maybe even tell a teacher)
  • Ask them how you can best be there for them during this time
  • Take part in activities you both enjoy
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The majority of LGBTIQA+ Australians are happy and healthy. However, potential community bias, stigma and isolation can expose this group to a higher risk of mental ill health.

Personal connection and support have been shown to be a key factor in reducing this risk and improving wellbeing

These resources offer guidance to providing that connection and support.  

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More resources about LGBTQIA+



It gets better project

Celebrities, public figures and citizens contribute encouraging words, preaching perseverance through difficult periods and providing examples of how the future for LGBTQ youth is bright.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples the holistic concept of Social and Emotional Well-being recognises the importance of connection to land, culture, spirituality, ancestry, family, and community. How to best support a friend who identifies as first nation can be different for different mobs and individuals around Australia, so it is always best not to assume, and to check with the person themselves.

13Yarn is an Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders run crisis support line. Confidential, culturally safe space to yarn about your needs, worries or concerns. Call 13 92 76

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More resources about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experiences



Social, emotional and cultural wellbeing online resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People


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Strong Spirit Strong Mind – Connect to country and culture [AUDIO]

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Aunty TJ’s Gentle Reminders for Selfcare

Aunty TJ’s Gentle Reminders for Selfcare [VIDEO]

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If English isn’t your first language, or the first language of the person you worried about, check out information on how to get professional mental health help below. If your language isn’t in the list below – contact Translating and Interpreting Service (TSI) for a free-of-charge translator or interpreter on 131 450.

For information on mental health and to access translated resources, please visit

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More resources about multicultural experiences


Getting Professional Mental Health Help – What are the steps? (In Different Languages)


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Information and Resources on Health and Mental Health (In Different Languages)


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If your friend identifies as a person with a disability, consider information that meets their specific challenges. This might be issues around but not limited to – inclusion, accessibility, discrimination, family troubles or even with social services.

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More resources for those with a disability



Carer Gateway

An Australian Government program providing free services and support for carers. If you care for a family member or friend with disability, a medical condition, mental illness, or who is frail due to age, then Carer Gateway can help you.   

You can call on 1800 422 737 

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Children and Young People with Disability Australia

Learn more about the issues Australia’s young people with disabilities are facing or find contacts for support.   

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Parents and Carers

Research shows that young people are turning to each other for help, but may not have the ability to cope, or provide support safely.  The following resources help inform parents about how to support their children during this process.  

Talking to a Parent counsellor can help you navigate difficult parenting dilemmas. There is a different Parentline service in each State or Territory click here to find the contact line for your state.   

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More resources for parents and carers

Grief and Loss

Everyone experiences grief differently, and this takes everyone some time to work through.  While everyone finds their own way to grieve it’s important to have the support of friends to talk about your loss when you need to.

It can feel scary to be there for someone who’s grieving, many people say they do not know what to say or do. However, often it is the simple offer of love and support that is the most important. See the below resources for more information on how you can be there for your grieving friend.

More resources about Grief and Loss


Orygen – #safespace.

An interactive space that presents stories of hope and recovery by young people who have an experience of suicide

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StandBy Support

Support for People and Communities Bereaved or Impacted by Suicide. 

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Indigenous Suicide Postvention Services that supports individuals, families, and communities affected by suicide or other significant trauma. 

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Kidshelpline – When parents separate or divorce

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Carer Gateway

An Australian Government program providing free services and support for carers. If you care for a family member or friend with disability, a medical condition, mental illness, or who is frail due to age, then Carer Gateway can help you.  You can call on 1800 422 737.


Learn more about the issues Australia’s young people with disabilities are facing through these resources or find contacts for support.