If You Need Support
Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800
Free, confidential and anonymous, 24 hour counselling service for young people 5-25 years. Kids Helpline also have on-line counselling services available.
Lifeline: 131 114
Free confidential phone service for people under stress, crisis or with any problem.
(Children of Parents with Mental Illness) Ask at your local hospital to meet with the COPMI worker for any issues relating to mental illness.
The National Carers Counselling Program
If you are looking after some one ill at home, then you can get free counselling through this service. They will link you with a private counsellor near where you live and you can see them up to six visits or more if needed. You will need family consent for this if you are under 14.
Call Commonwealth Carer Resource Centre Free Call: 1800 242 636
Commonwealth Carer Respite Service Free call: 1800 059 059
If you are looking after someone ill at home, this service can give you some one to help with the care, allowing you to have some time off. They can also get you help with your school work if you are in high school and struggling to cope. These services are all free.
Carers NSW, Young Carers Project
www.youngcarersnsw.asn.au Free call: 1800 242 636
Aunties and Uncles Phone: 9638 2480
The aunty and uncle program can take you out for the day, once a month. When people have got to know each other, kids can then sleep over for the weekend once a month, if they wish. There is one set of aunties and uncles for each child in the family – you don’t go with your brothers and sisters on these outings. Kids can keep their aunties and uncles for an extended time. This is a free service.