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I think my child needs professional help for a mental health problem. What should I do?

There are many options available.

Youth-friendly mental health services are available in many parts of Australia. For example, Headspace Centres are available in many locations. To see if there is one in the area, visit:

If there is no Headspace Centre nearby, call any local hospital or mental health information service to ask for local youth-friendly services. Many family doctors are trained to recognise and respond to adolescent mental health problems, or can recommend a more suitable doctor.

Some young people prefer to talk online or over the phone. Kids Helpline offers phone counselling for young people up to the age of 25.

  • Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800

Kids Helpline also offers e-therapy. Visit their website at:

Headspace also offer e-therapy at:

It’s important that young people feel they have some control over the type of treatment they receive, so do discuss with them what might be the most suitable.

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