“Mentally, I wasn't present at school. One of my teachers noticed and asked if I wanted to see the school counsellor, which I did. They helped me get through, but after I graduated, I was on my own again. So I decided it was time to get help. I couldn’t do it all on my own.”
A lot of things happen in your life between the ages of 12 and 18; school, family, friendships, hobbies, relationships, among others. At the same time, you may be starting to develop your own beliefs and values, and trying to figure out your place in the world.
With so many things going on, it’s natural to have your share of ups and downs. So now is an important time to learn more about looking after yourself and staying healthy - both in mind and body. Keeping active, eating well, and getting enough sleep are all important, as well as looking after your mental health.
If you feel that you need to talk to someone about something you're going through, it's okay to reach out for help. Asking for support from a family member, friend, or anyone you trust is a positive first step. You may find this information on seeking support helpful.
We also have resources below to help you get started.
A closer look
Talking to friends, parents, and relatives can help you
You can get support at school
Technology use can make sleeping more difficult
What things concern young Australians?
You might find online and phone-based mental health resources helpful. Some suggestions are below. You can find more with our Search tool.