Youth life issues

There can be many challenges to the way you think, act and feel when you’re finding your feet as a young person. If there’s something getting you down, whether it be exams, bullying or your body, there’s something you can do about it.

The challenges you face can have lasting impacts on your mental health, so it’s important to talk to someone about it and reach out for support. Find information on who you can talk to and tips on how to talk about mental health.

To learn more about common life issues, you can find links to helpful information from ReachOut, Kids Helpline and more below.

Physical health

Identity and gender

Check out ReachOut for information on cultural identity, gender, sexuality and spirituality.

Low self-esteem and body image

The Butterfly Foundation has information and support available for eating disorders, and low self-esteem and body image issues.

Physical health problems

Find information and learn strategies for managing the changes to life with a chronic illness at Reach Out.

School and work

Bullying and cyber-bullying

Find out what to do if you’re being bullied or have witnessed bullying at Reach Out.

Study stress

Reach Out have some great practical tips to help beat exam stress.


Learn about discrimination or unfair treatment due to gender, race/cultural background and age and how to deal with it at Kids Helpline.

Self-talk and self-awareness

Find tips on how to challenge your negative thinking and self-talk and become more positive at ReachOut.


Family break-up

Check out Kids Helpline’s advice to help you through when your parents separate or divorce.

Pregnancy and early parenthood

The Brave Foundation has information and support for expecting and parenting teens.

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