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.
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.
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 After we arrived, I noticed that Kayla wasn’t herself – she was quieter and more withdrawn than I had seen her at school.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.