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Lifeline

Talk: 13 11 14 (all day, everyday)

Type: www.lifeline.org.au/chat (7pm - midnight EDST, 7 days a week)

Text: 0477 13 11 14 (6pm – 10pm EDST, 7 days a week)

 

Suicide Call Back Service

Talk: 1300 659 467 (all day, everyday)

Type: www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au/phone-and-online-counselling

 

Kids Helpline

Talk: 1800 55 1800 (all day, everyday)

Type: kidshelpline.com.au/get-help/webchat-counselling (all day, everyday)

Email: counsellor@kidshelpline.com.au

 

Call 000 if you or someone else might be unsafe right now.

If you are safe, but need some extra help, there are many others support services available:

You could also reach out to:

If you are unsure about safety, please reach out now.

How do I tell them what I need?

Sometimes it’s hard to ask for help and it can be difficult to know what to say. Talk to an adult you trust like a parent, family member, or helpful adult at school or on your course. A helpline counsellor (from QLife or Lifeline) can be a good start.

Part of the job of a doctor, nurse, counsellor and many other adults is to help young people who are feeling down, stressed, suicidal or just worried about what's going on, but none of them can read your mind. You need to let them know what’s happening for you.

You could try saying something like "I want some help because of how I'm feeling", "I'm feeling really bad and I don't know what to do", "I've been feeling suicidal" or "I think I am depressed/ stressed/ anxious and I need some help". Some people like to take a family member or friend with them, or to write down what they are worried about.

Remember, anything you say to a doctor or counsellor is confidential. This means they can’t tell other people what you’ve said, unless they are really worried about your safety. Even if they have to disclose your thoughts about suicide or self harm to keep you safe, they don’t have to disclose your gender identity.

 

What if the people I ask don't help?

Try again. Try asking more clearly, or ask someone else for help. There are lots of people who can help, so don't give up. Support is out there.

Find more community support and information services on our Resources for Trans and Gender Diverse Young People page.

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Introducing Trans Pathways

Trans Pathways is the largest study ever conducted of the mental health and care pathways of trans and gender diverse young people in Australia (859 participants). It is also the first Australian study to incorporate the views of parents and guardians of trans young people (194 participants).

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Meet Drew - Our Trans Pathways Ambassador

Drew is 16 years old. He came out as trans two years ago. This is his experience.