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Support - Where to go and who to talk to...

Support - Where to go and who to talk to

When things are difficult to deal with on your own it’s important to get support. You may have people in your life that you already do or can get support from. Sometimes that’s enough and other times we need more than that. Sometimes just having someone like a friend or family member listen to how we’re feeling is all we need to feel better. Other times a professional’s knowledge can help us figure out how to deal with things that are trickier.

 

Remember that there are heaps of different places you can get support. Support can come in all different forms, and sometimes we have to try a few different kinds to find something that suits your individual needs or situation. FC Staff are there to help you find the best services for your needs too so if you're unsure email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you are at risk call one of the 24hr lines below or in an emergency call 000. If you're outside of Western Australia go to https://qlife.org.au/ or the FC Links Directory to find the LGBTIQ services & info near you.

 

Needing support right now? Try some of the following 24 hour phone services

 

The Samaritans Youthline

1800 198 313

 

Kids Helpline

1800 551 800

Also offers online counselling. Go to http://www.kidshelpline.com.au/ for more.

 

Lifeline

13 11 14

Crisis Care

Metro Ph: 08 9223 1111 (24hrs)

Country callers Ph: 1800 199 008 (24hrs)

 

Youth Beyond Blue

1300 224636

https://www.youthbeyondblue.com/

 

Here are some places that offer LGBTIQ and youth friendly support services

 

RAD Australia

https://www.radaustralia.org.au/

RAD Australia is a website that can be used to search for local LGBTIQ-friendly support services

 

Ph: 1800 184 527 (5:30-10:30pm 7days)

National/ IM chat: qlife.org.au 

 

Ph: 08 9482 0000 (no clients under 16 years old)

http://www.waaids.com/living-well-with-hiv/counseling.html

Specialises in diverse sexuality & gender counselling

 

Free youth health service for counselling and other health issues. 

headspace.org.au

Online support at https://www.eheadspace.org.au/

1800 650 890 

Osborne Park - 08 9208 9555

Fremantle - 08 9335 6333

Joondalup - 08 9301 8900

Midland - 08 9274 8860

Rockingham - 08 6595 8888

Armadale - 08 9393 0300

Albany - 08 9842 9871

Broome, Kimberley - 08 9193 6222

Bunbury - 08 9729 6800

Kalgoorlie - 08 9021 5599

 

YouthLink

Free and confidential counselling services

 

Ph: 08 6266 4333

Free youth counselling and other support services.

 

Sexual Health Quarters

http://shq.org.au/service/counselling/   

Ph: 08 9227 6177

Counselling and Sexual Health Testing

 

http://ymcawa.org.au/youth/support/y-counselling.html 

Ph: 08 9328 3522

Counselling and support to young people aged 12-25 years and families

 

Accommodation & youth support:

 

Anglicare Youth Services

Ph: 08 9325 7033

Including a range of Accommodation and Support Services like StreetConnect, Y-Shac and YES! Housing.

 

Foyer on Oxford

Ph1800 185 685

http://www.foyeroxford.org.au/

Provides young people with fully self-contained transitional housing for up to two years, combined with personalised social supports & opportunities to access employment, education & training.

 

Perth Inner City Youth Services (PICYS
Ph08 9388 2791

Offer medium to long term externally supported accommodation, outreach and youth consultancy.

 

Passages Resource Centre

passagesresourcecentre.com

Northbridge Ph08 9228 1478

PEEL Ph08 9388 2791

For info, breakfast club, kitchen, bathroom & laundry facilities, computer & Internet access, phone & mail collection, referrals, life skills programs, and info workshops.

 

Other support services

 

Alcohol & Drug Information Service (ADIS)
Ph: 08 9442 5000 / 1800 198 024 (Toll free 24hrs)

Statewide confidential service providing info, counselling, advice & referrals for anyone in relation to drug and alcohol use (their own or another’s).

 

Sexual Health Helpline
Ph: 089227 6178 
Country callers: 1800 198 205 (Monday and Tuesday 8:30am– 5:00pm, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 8:30am - 4:00pm)

http://shq.org.au/services/sexual-health-helpline/

Info and referrals about sexual health.

 

Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC)
Ph: 08 9340 1820 (office) 
Crisis Line – 08 9340 1828 (24hrs. Country callers – 1800 199 888)

 

Mental Health

Mental health is a term that broadly describes our mental wellbeing. It’s about our state of mind, and also our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. It’s also about our relationship with the outside world, with other people, and with society. It’s also about how we think about and relate to ourselves, and participate in society.

 

“Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”

 

“Mental Health refers to a broad array of activities directly or indirectly related to the mental well-being component included in the WHO's definition of health: "A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease". It is related to the promotion of well-being, the prevention of mental disorders, and the treatment and rehabilitation of people affected by mental disorders.”

 

Source: World Health Organisation’s Draft working definition

 

Research has shown that young people who are same gender attracted or gender diverse are more likely to experience mental health issues. This is not because we are bad, but because we experience marginalisation and stigmatisation in society, which can make it harder for us to cope with everything in our lives. It’s important to remember a few things;

 

  • LGBTIQ or being confused about your sexuality or gender doesn’t mean you have a mental illness. Feeling attracted to the same gender is as natural as being attracted to the opposite genderFeeling confused about your gender or like your gender is not what others expect. You are not alone; there are plenty of others who feel similar feelings to what you’re feeling.

  • Everyone deserves to be treated with RESPECT by others. It is not okay for people to call you names, or tease you, or make you feel unsafe

  • It can take time to know who you are and being confused is a normal part of figuring it all out

  • It’s OK to be yourself – whoever that is

  • Trust your feelings and talk to someone you trust about them

  • Being different can be hard, but it can be more interesting and fun too!

  • Support is out there.


To find out more about Mental Health and services available check out these links

 

Reach Out at

Lifeline service seekerat

https://lifeline.serviceseeker.com.au/ 

13 11 14

 

Youth Beyond Blue (Ybblue)

Check out the Facts sheets about depression, bullying, suicide, and other mental health related stuff by clicking here.

 

Its Alllright

http://www.itsallright.org

1800 18 SANE (7263) (9:00am-5:00pm weekdays

Mental Health & What to look out for

If things get overwhelming it is important to know about what to look for in our mental wellbeing and know where you can go if things start to go a bit off track. Here are some of the things to look for:

 

Depression

Depression refers to changes to our mood and interest in doing our usual activities. People who experience depression usually say they notice some of the following:

  • Feeling sad, crying, feeling unhappy a lot of the time, and losing interest in doing the things that you used to find enjoyable. Finding it hard to get motivated to do things any more.

  • Feeling angry and annoyed, irritable and fed up most of the time.

  • Feeling worthless, guilty and to blame for the way things are in life.

  • Having trouble concentrating.

  • Sleep problems such as difficulty falling asleep or waking up, waking during the night and having trouble getting back to sleep, or sleeping too much.

  • Changes to usual appetite.

  • Thoughts of hurting yourself.

Most people have some time in their life when the feel down in their mood, such as sad, lost, hurt, or alone. But if these or any of the things listed above last for longer than 2 weeks it may mean that you are experiencing depression. You can get help to overcome depression from the above-mentioned LGBTIQ friendly services.

 

Anxiety

Anxiety is a natural emotion we all have when we are faced with danger or a threatening situation or event. Working out who you are and possibly dealing with discrimination and bullying can be pretty intense and scary stuff! This may trigger anxiety in some people.

People who experience anxiety describe having fears and worries about their safety and/or the safety of others. In some people these worries might be accompanied by different body sensations including shortness of breath, racing heartbeat, sweating, hot and cold flushes, dizziness, tingling sensations in arms and legs, “butterflies” in the stomach, dryness of mouth, light-headedness and surreal feelings.

Because of this people with anxiety may choose not to go out and participate in the things they used to; choosing to stay away from the situations where these worries or sensations happen.

If you are experiencing any of the above, contact one of the services above or talk with your Doctor, school counsellor, parent, or someone you trust.

 

Self-care

Self-care can be a really important part of maintaining your emotional and mental well-being by helping you keep healthy, recharge and manage your healthSelf-care means intentionally taking time for yourself to do things that are relaxing and that help you unwind. 

For more information about self-care you can check out http://au.reachout.com/what-is-self-care