Support Websites for Young People

Check these topics out and see if any might be helpful for your own situation - or for a friend or someone in your family. 

Tips for Tough Times


When Someone You Care About Has Died
Free Support Phone Lines (New Zealand)
  • Whatsup - a counselling phone line for 5 - 18 yrs, available 1pm to 11pm, seven days a week, 7 days a week, with trained counsellors taking the calls.
  • Kidsline - info and telephone counselling for children age 9 to 13 years old


General Youth Support Sites
  • Sparx - is an online gaming environment that gives you skills to cope with feeling down, anxious, stressed or depressed
  • Reach Out - Australian youth site, award winning and full of helpful information about many youth issues. The contact is info is Australian.
  • The Word - questions answered about sex, life and relationships
  • Trippin' - created by Taranaki youth to help figure out what's going on when your life feels a bit 'out of it'
  • Attitude - a NZ website 'for your head' tackling youth issues in your everyday life
  • Project K adventure programme and mentoring
  • Youth Law NZ legal info and support for young people


Depression, Stress and Mental Health
  • Young Minds - UK website committed to supporting the mental health of all children and young people
  • Teen Mental Health - for families and young people, Canada

Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction

If Your Parent Has a Mental Illness or Addiction

  • Is There Anybody Out There? This is a comic book for young people who have a parent with a mental illness, and it explains mental illness in an easy to understand way.  (A Community Focus Association Inc publication, Sunshine Coast, Australia)
  • Better Ways to Better Days  - for young people with a parent with a mental illness or addiction problem (ddrugs or alcohol). (Rockingham and Kwinana guide, Australia) Note, the contact details cnanot be used in New Zealand.


Illness and Disability Topics


  • Canteen NZ - support to young cancer patients, their families and friends
  • Now What? Australian - for young people with cancer
  • Riprap - for young people when a parent has cancer


For Brothers and Sisters of those with an illness or disability




Gender Issues
  • Rainbow Touchstones six online stories about mental health from young members of New Zealand's LGBT communities.
  • Rainbow Youth for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth in NZ


Self Harm

Youth Health Topics


  • Violence Happens
  • Sex’N’Respect (NZ)
    This talks about how to heal after experiencing abuse, how to help a friend, how to step up and be an active bystander if you see something dodgy, consent, what to do if you are being sexually harmful and much more! They also have a great where to get help page with plenty of links to other great websites and resources for young people in need of assistance with a variety of issues.


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