Young people can go through many different changes as they grow up.

Raising sensitive issues and working to resolve problems that arise along the way can be challenging. It can also be hard as a parent to know the difference between normal behaviour, such as moodiness, irritability and withdrawal, and an emerging mental health problem. This section is designed to help parents and carers to:

  • talk to a young person about their problems
  • learn more about how to support young people
  • find information about where you can find the right help
  • and importantly, find support for yourself.


  • Are you a parent or carer of a young person with mental health concerns and want to have your say?
  • Do you have 15 minutes to complete a survey?
  • Would you like a chance to win a $500 EFTPOS giftcard?

If you answered yes to these questions and would like more information or simply to participate in the survey, please go to Participation will give you an opportunity to have your say about youth mental health care in Australia. All responses are entirely confidential.

The survey is part of an independent evaluation of headspace being conducted by the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales and is being funded by the Australian Government. If you would like further information you can contact Fiona Hilferty, Project Manager, on 02 9385 7836 or