Resources for parents

Useful websites

  • Better Health Channel - Health and Wellbeing
  • Lifeworks - When relationships matter
  • Bursting the Bubble - For young people experiencing problems at home
  • Domestic Violence & Incest Resource Centre - Link for young women about love, respect & abuse in relationships
  • Youth Central - Jobs, education, entertainment, health and relationships, housing, voting and your rights, managing money for young people
  • Sport Victoria - Government sports site listing sports and recreation info for Victoria
  • Youth Law - Provides accessible legal service to young people under the age of 25, focusing on areas of unmet legal need
  • Young and well - unites young people with researchers, practitioners, innovators and policy-makers from over 70 partner organisations across the non-profit, academic, government and corporate sectors
  • Rainbow Network - The network for workers with same sex attracted and gender questioning young people

Phone numbers

  • Parentline: 13 22 89 8 am – midnight 7 days a week
  • Lifeline: 13 11 14
  • Royal Children’s Hospital Mental Health Service: Duty: 1800 44 55 11
  • Orygen Youth Health: Triage: 1800 888 320
  • Latitude: Directions for young people 9315 0061

Other telephone counselling services

  • Parentline 13 22 89
  • Beyond Blue:  1300 224 636
  • Relationships Australia:  1300 364 277
  • Mensline Australia:  1300 789 978
  • Direct Line:  1800 888 236 (24hr phone alcohol & other drugs counselling)

Other counselling support services

Understanding and referring to headspace: eheadspace is an online counselling website designed to provide support to young people aged 12-25 years through interactions with trained clinicians. Available for free, it's anonymous and confidential, and offers a new way for young people to access mental health professionals online. ReachOut.com Youth Ambassador Sophie interviews Carmen about the logic behind eheadspace, and how professionals can use it effectively to support young people's mental health.

  • Reconnect West Youth and Family Mediation Program: 9742 6452

As you would know, conflict is a normal part of life. As children reach adolescent years, there are many issues that both young people and their parents have to deal with. Many families find that during these years conflict becomes an increasing part of their relationship.

  • Australian Psychological Society (APS): 1800 333 497
  • Mercy Western Grief Service: 9364 9838

Authors

Paul Dillon is a drug and alcohol educator who speaks at high schools around Australia. He is also the author of Teenagers, Alcohol and Drugs and founder of Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia (DARTA).

The Kids Are All Right parent forum is a place for people to discuss topics relating to parenting. It is not a place to obtain medical, legal or professional advice. You should not rely on advice posted in the forums and we ask that in such cases you first seek an opinion from a properly qualified professionals.

Andrew has recently been described as an ”interesting mixture of Billy Connolly, Tim Winton and Frasier Crane” and as someone who “puts the heart back into psychology”. As a clinical psychologist, Andrew Fuller works with many schools and communities in Australia and internationally, specialising in the wellbeing of young people and their families. He is a Fellow of the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Learning and Educational Development at the University of Melbourne.

Andrew has been a principal consultant to the national drug prevention strategy REDI, the ABC on children’s television shows, is an Ambassador for Mind Matters and is a member of the National Coalition Against Bullying.

For more information please contact Youth Services on 9932 4000 or via email adminys@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au.