It takes a lot for someone to admit they may have a problem with alcohol or drugs, but it’s the first step to overcoming it. Although it can be difficult to seek help, talking to a friend, teacher, family member, or school counsellor can provide you with emotional support and help you come up with options. There are also a lot of services available to young people who need support – see the list below.
Headspace provides information and counselling services with anything to do with alcohol, drugs, education, employment and general or mental health. It’s for 12–25 year olds and has centres all around Australia.
Kids Help Line telephone, web and email counselling is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to children and young people of Australia aged between 5–25 years of age.
www.kidshelpline.com.auPhone: 1800 55 1800
A 24-hour phone and online counselling service designed to help anyone through all problems.
www.lifeline.org.auPhone: 13 11 14
For free and confidential advice about alcohol and other drugs, call the National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline. It will automatically direct you to the Alcohol and Drug Information Service in your state or territory. These local alcohol and other drug telephone services offer support, information, counselling and referral to services.Phone: 1800 250 015
A list of state-based resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities can be found at:
This website provides a directory of places in all states and territories in Australia, where it is possible to seek information and services to assist with alcohol and other drug related issues.
Counselling online allows you to communicate with a professional counsellor about an alcohol or drug related concern using text interaction. This service is free for anyone seeking help with their own drug use or the drug use of a family member, relative, or friend. Counselling Online is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week across Australia.
'Cracks in the Ice" is an online toolkit providing trusted, evidence-based, and up-to-date information about crystal methamphetamine (ice) for the Australian community.
Drug Info provides information about alcohol and other drugs. They also provide a SMS service where you can text the name of a drug to the number below and receive a reply listing a number of the drug’s effects and links to find further information.
Family Drug Support provides information and support for families of drug and alcohol users, including a 24hour support line.
www.fds.org.auPhone: 1300 368 186
Australian Government website provides information about illicit drugs and campaign resources.
This website has information about drugs, where to seek help, how to help a friend, and many other youth related issues.
Sane has a helpline and website that provides information and support for mental health issues.
www.sane.orgPhone: 1800 18 7263
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