It’s important to take care of you before you can effectively take care and support others.

Sharing your problems (whether you’re a child or an adult) with someone really helps, so chat to a trusted person in your life that you feel safe talking to. Talk to a parent, caregiver, family member, friend or friend’s parent, teacher, coach, colleague, your doctor, a mental health professional or psychologist (all public schools should have access to a child psychologist) or for those in the workforce, you can access your free Employee Assistance Program provider. Online programs, chat and support groups and self-help books, sites and apps can also be great ways to keep your mental health in mind.

Or if you want someone else to talk to, you can contact the following help services at any time, for free.

Help lines and websites


13 11 14
Kids Help Line

1800 551 800
Youth Beyond Blue

1300 22 4636
Reach Out
SANE Australia

1800 187 263
DV Connect (Womensline)

1800 811 811
Mensline Australia

1300 78 99 78
In a life-threatening emergency

Mental Health Emergency Response Line

1300 555 788
Find a local mental health service in WA
MumSpace - Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Support
Kookaburra Kids Foundation

1300 566 525
Head to Health

1800 595 212

Online resources for strategies, tips and advice

Recommended reading

Happy children book
Raising your spirited child book
Baby and child book
Resilience project book
Magic coat book
In my heart book
The feelings series book
The alphabet of the human heart book
Garden and Friends book
Remembering Floppy book
A Year to Bloom Journal​ book
Bloom at Work. A Mental Health Guide for Leaders book
Taming Your Scaredy Cat. Learning to Live with Anxiety book
The Body Keeps Score book
Emotional First Aid book
Believe book
Peer Work in Australia book
Madness made me: A memoir by Mary O’Hagan book
Disrupting the Academy with Lived Experience-Led Knowledge book
She is not your rehab book