Emotional health

Look, Listen, Talk, Seek Help

Leaving school is an emotional time and is immediately followed by the intense experience of Schoolies. It's natural to feel a little overwhelmed, but if you notice changes in a friend or are worried about them, ask them if they are OK.

Depression and anxiety are among the most common mental health problems experienced by young people.

  • Look for the signs of depression and anxiety, such as feelings of worthlessness or trouble getting along with family and friends.
  • Listen to your friends' experiences. Let them know you are there for them and want to help.
  • Talk about what's going on. Showing that you are willing to listen can be really supportive for your friend.
  • If you need to - seek help together. Tell them there is help available through telephone or online counselling, or they could visit their GP.

For more information and online counselling visit:

Remember: If you are ever concerned about a friend’s safety or think they may harm themselves, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.  

You’re worried about your friend?

I had been friends with Kayla* for a while before we went to Schoolies so we decided to stay together with a couple of other friends. After we arrived, I noticed that Kayla wasn’t herself – she was quieter and more withdrawn than I had seen her at school. She didn’t want to join us when we went out and spent a lot of time in her room. When she did hang around us, she was very grumpy and negative. I was worried because I hadn’t seen her like this before. 

What should I do?

If you’ve noticed a change in Kayla, she could be going through a rough patch or it could be something more serious, like depression or anxiety. You can support Kayla by following the tips on this page.

* Real names have not been used.

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