All of us need help at different moments in our life. The following list includes services that can help you when you need.
If someone is injured or at immediate risk of hurting themselves or someone else, please call 000 immediately.
Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM)
QLife – Gender and Sexual Diversity
Phone: 1800 184 527
Online chat 3:00 pm – 12:00 am
Between 3 pm and midnight, around Australia, in your state every day.
QLife national telephone and web counselling service for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people, families and friends. Click Here
Chat Safe – Orygen Youth Mental Health
The world’s firs guidelines to support young people in communicating safely online about suicide have been released today by Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health. Click here to read the guidelines.
Alcohol and Drug Information Service
Phone: 1800 422 599
If you need information, advice or support about alcohol and other drugs. Click Here
Phone: 4344 7992
Gambling Solutions Central Coast offers free counselling, support and education to anyone affected in any way by problem gambling. Our counsellors are highly qualified in providing specialised treatment in the complexities of gambling addiction. Click Here
NSW Sexual Violence Helpline
Phone: 1800 424 017
24-hour counselling and online support for sexual assault and family and domestic violence. Click Here
School-Link is the link between the Central Coast Local Health District and the Educational settings of the Central Coast. Our primary focus is on early intervention by supporting school communities. School-Link supports educational settings to recognise and respond appropriately to young people with emerging mental health problems and/or in a mental health crisis. School-Link strives to build strong connections with schools and support their ongoing practice through the following actions:
- Providing mental health information and clinical guidance to promote understanding, strengthen collaborative practice, and improve access to appropriate supportive services.
- Liaise with school staff via the School-Link consultation line.
- Mental Health Literacy is addressed by providing information on a range of training/workshop activities for both teachers and students. Education is aimed at promoting mental health and well-being and decreasing stigma.
Please click here for Young Peoples Mental Health Referral Flowchart.
Lisa Foster 0434 324 604 or 43941700 Central Coast North
Janice Simpson 0434 193 139 or 43047878 Central Coast South
Office hours 8:00am-4.30 pm Monday to Friday.
YAAS! Young Authentic and Social!
YAAS! Fortnightly social is a safe space for LGBTQIA+ Young People and allies aged 12-17.
Click here to sign up
Phone: 4394 9100 headspace Lake Haven
- Headspace Lake Haven (Gravity Youth Centre, 70 Chelmsford Road East) Fortnightly Wednesdays 4-6PM
- Fun Haus Factory, Gosford (124 Donnison St), Fortnightly Thursdays 4-6PM
Emergency Accommodation Services
Phone: 4325 3540
Phone: 1800 152 152
24-hour State-wide homeless support and accommodation. Click Here
eMental Health Resources
eMental Health Resources are an online, mostly free CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) based therapy modules that can be completed at home on a mobile phone, tablet device or computer. eMental health resources are evidence based, with most reporting that 97% of users found the online modules useful and would recommend them to a friend or relative to use.
Black Dog Institute
A brief guide to mental health resources for young people. To learn more click here.
ReachOut have free apps to improve wellbeing and deal with stress.
Breathe: Helps to reduce the physical symptoms of stress and anxiety by slowing down breathing and heart rate. To learn more click here
Recharge: A six week personalised program to help improve general health and wellbeing. To learn more click here
The Brave Program
Online therapy for worried kids and their parents. To learn more click here.
Head To Health
Information to support yourself and others through the ups and downs. To learn more click here.
kidshelpline – Niggle App
Have a niggle that allows you to track your wellbeing and get personalised information, videos, podcasts, quizzed and tips to help your tame your niggles. To learn more click here.
Your local Doctor (sometimes called GP) is also a great place to start – they are trained to help you with any type of physical or mental health concern.
Participating in new activities can help you feel better. Here are some activities you might like to try.
- Physical activities like sport, yoga, dance, swimming.
- Cultural Activities such as music, theatre, films, painting & writing.
- Join or volunteer with an organisation, it might be religion, politics, the environment, animals, gaming or whatever may interest you!
You could also talk to your school counsellor or trusted teacher.
You can get support for whatever you may be going through – you just need to ask for help