Find Help

Find Help

Do you, or does someone you know, need help from Raise?  We are here to help you in every way that we can.  If the situation is one of crisis, please call 000 immediately for an ambulance, or call the Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800 to speak to a counsellor any time, 24 hours, 7 days per week.

 

At Raise, we believe in building community partnerships with organisations who have common aligned goals revolving around improving the health and wellbeing of Australian youth. We believe the following websites are very helpful in this regard, and could give you the answers you are looking for.

 

Crisis and Helpline Numbers

Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
Lifeline 13 11 14
Domestic Violence 1800 737 732
NSW RNS Adolescent Emergency Service 9926 7111

 

Mental Health

www.reachout.com
www.beyondblue.org.au
www.youthbeyondblue.com
www.blackdoginstitute.org.au
www.biteback.org.au
www.headspace.org.au
www.kidshelp.com.au

 

Suicide

www.lifeline.org.au
www.suicidepreventionaust.org

 

Sexual Health

www.fpnsw.org.au
www.playsafe.health.nsw.gov.au
www.pregnancysupport.com.au
www.sextxt.org.au
www.avert.org/hivquiz.htm

 

Young Mums

www.pregnancycounselling.com.au
www.bravefoundation.org.au
www.parentline.org.au
www.youngmums.com.au

 

Education and Employment

www.skillsroad.com.au
www.tafestudy.info
www.myfuture.edu.au

 

Eating Disorders and Body Image

www.thebutterflyfoundation.org.au
www.adiosbarbie.com

 

Drugs and Alcohol

www.drinkwise.com.au
www.mdecc.org.au
www.whatareyoudoingtoyourself.com
www.mynite.com.au
www.noffs.org.au

 

Mentoring

www.aymn.org.au

 

 

Recommended Reading

Raise suggests the following books if you are interested in stepping into the world of teenagers in Australia, and learning about what it’s like for them in contemporary society. Also included are helpful books for mentors, parents and teenagers.

Navigating Teenage Depression
by Kerrie Eyers and Gordon Parker
A Guide for Parents and Professionals working with young people facing depression

Teenagers, Alcohol and Drugs
by Paul Dillon
What your kids really want and need to know about alcohol and drugs

In Ecstasy
by Kate McCaffrey
Great story for parents and teenagers to understand how easy it is to fall into drug use

Girl Stuff
by Kaz Cooke
Fantastic for teenage girls to have as a reference for all things teenage girly

Destroying Avalon
by Kate McCaffrey
Great fiction book for teenagers and parents to read about cyber bullying

He’ll Be OK
by Celia Lashlie
Good for parents of teenage boys, for Mum to let go and Dad to step up

Queen Bees and Wannabe’s
by Rosalind Wiseman
Good for parents of daughters who are experiencing cliques and friendship challenges

Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters
by Courtneye Martin
Good for those interested in body image and eating disorders

The Princess Bitchface Syndrome
by Michael Carr Gregg
Good for parents of teenage girls to understand adolescent development

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens
by Sean Covey
An adaptation of his Father’s famous original book that speaks directly to young people

Uncommon Sense for Parents with Teenagers
by Michael Riera
A great guide for parents of teenagers

Secret Men’s Business
by John Marsden
Good for teenage boys to hear about stuff “man to man”

Raising Boys
by Steve Biddulph
Good for parents of young boys

Raising Girls
by Gisel Preuschoff
Good for parents of young girls

Pregnancy Help

 

“if you want to have this baby we can support you with a mentor and workshops, if you don’t want this baby we can help you make an appointment at a clinic, and if you can’t decide we will sit with you until you can”

 

While Raise provides support for young mums through our Bump program, this does not mean that we only work with young women who decide to keep their babies when they fall pregnant.  We also provide a counselling and mentoring service for girls who are pregnant and who are working through the turbulent time of trying to decide what to do. It can be difficult to talk to your family or friends in this circumstance, so we can provide a warm, professional and objective person to talk to while you consider your options.

 

Raise can assist you to:

 

– explore ways to speak to your parents, family and friends
– make an appointment with a kind female doctor
– identify and explore your options with regard to the pregnancy
– organise a termination
– discuss the requirements for adoption
– answer questions about pregnancy and parenting

 

The following fact sheets will help as well:

 

Being sexually active – using birth control
Finding out you’re pregnant – telling your partner, family, friends
Making the decision – termination, adoption, parenting
Giving birth – the reality!
Lifestyle changes – home, school, work
Personal care – making time for yourself

 

If you, or someone you know, could be pregnant and would like to talk to someone confidentially, please call 0426 972 473 or send a private email to vicki.condon@raise.org.au and we can help you through this tough time.