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Youth resources

From wellbeing advice, safety information and tips to general support there are a number of resources available and services you can find and access.

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources

City of Gold Coast

The health and wellbeing of the Gold Coast community is our first priority. The City of Gold Coast is continuing to deliver essential services and support to our city in the response and recovery of the COVID-19 pandemic. For up-to-date City information and community support visit the COVID-19 updates and impacts page.

Foundation for Young Australians (FYA)

The Foundation for Young Australians has put together a "Go-to" guide for young people during COVID-19. If you are aged 12 to 29 years or support someone who is, this is the ultimate list of resources, referrals and services to help. You can find the Go-to Guide on their website.

ReachOut

ReachOut recognise it's been a stressful time all around the world as we deal with COVID-19 and the uncertainty it brings. To support young people through this time, they have put together some resources to help young people manage their wellbeing. You can view the Coping with Coronavirus toolkit on their website.

Headspace

Headspace have put together a "How to cope with stress related to Coronavirus" fact sheet and information page for young people aged 12 to 25 years. Their webpage includes information on maintaining a healthy headspace, common reactions and advice around when a young person should seek help. You can find the How to cope with stress related to Coronavirus fact sheet on their website.

Kids Helpline

Kids Helpline have put together "Your guide to everything novel coronavirus (COVID-19)" in consultation with young people Australia wide. Their guide to everything COVID-19 features information and guides to mental health, quarantine, family and home life. You can find Your guide to everything novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on their website.

Red Cross

Like adults, young people are navigating something they have never experienced before. Red Cross have created a guide to help people find the right way to talk to their young people about COVID-19. You can find Red Cross's Talking to children and young people about COVID-19 on their website.

City resources

Safety Information card

Our Safety Information card is a pocket-sized card that includes safety tips, emergency support numbers as well as a range of other safety contacts including:

  • disaster management support
  • mental health
  • social housing
  • emergency accommodation
  • domestic, family and sexual violence
  • youth
  • disability
  • Indigenous support.

Download and read our safety information card.

The Safety Information card is available in eight languages other than English. To view the safety information card in different languages visit our resources in other languages page.

Youth Plan

The Gold Coast Youth Plan 2020 provides a strategic framework for the delivery of City services to the growing number of young people living in the city.

The Plan highlights key City programs, activities and services, and outlines key initiatives.

Visit the Youth Plan page for more information.

Youth Road Safety fact sheet

The youth road safety fact sheet gives tips and tricks on navigating the world as a learner or provisional plate driver.

The brochure covers topics including getting your license, getting distracted, driving tired and buying your first car.

Download our Youth road safety on the Gold Coast fact sheet.

Streetsmart Handbook

City of Gold Coast is a proud supporter of the Streetsmart Handbook Program.

The Streetsmart Handbook is a practical life guide for 16 and 17-year-old school leavers that is designed to help prepare today’s youth for life after school. The handbook offers information specific to the school leaver across a range of topics to help young people entering the workforce.

The Streetsmart Handbook is distributed to Year 11 students through local high schools. Read the Streetsmart Handbook online on their website.

Support services

Gold Coast Youth Service - 07 5572 0400

Gold Coast Youth Service, services the needs of marginalised, disadvantaged and homeless young people and their families across the Gold Coast region. Visit the Gold Coast Youth Service website for more information.

Headspace Southport - 07 5509 9500

Headspace centres act as a one-stop shop for young people who need help with their mental health, physical health, alcohol and other drugs or work and study support. Headspace Southport's inclusive services are free for eligible young people aged 12-25 years through Medicare. Visit the Headspace Southport website for more information.

YHES House - 07 5528 5333

YHES House is a safe, youth-friendly community hub that provides a non-judgemental space where young people are welcomed, listened to and respected. YHES house can help with issues of homelessness, needing someone to talk to, issues with drugs and alcohol, relationship problems, health advice and more.

They also offer a drop in centre Monday to Thursday (9am - 4pm) for young people aged 8-21 years who may need a safe space to have a shower, do some laundry or use the internet. Visit the YHES website for more information.

DV Connect - 1800 811 811

DV Connect helps Queensland women, men, children and pets find pathways to safety, away from domestic, family and sexual violence. They provide emergency transport and accommodation, safety planning, crisis counselling, intervention and referrals. The hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Visit the DV Connect website for more information.

Kids Helpline - 1800 551 800

Kids helpline is Australia's only free, private and confidential 24 hours a day, seven days a week phone and online counselling service for young people aged five to 25 years. Visit the Kids Helpline website for more information or to access their webchat.

Gold Coast Student Hub - 07 5556 6100

The Gold Coast Student Hub is a study, support and networking space designed by students for students right in the heart of Southport. The Student Hub's mission is to provide all Gold Coast students with the best possible study and living experience on the Gold Coast. Visit the Gold Coast Student Hub website for more information.

Online resources

Head to Health

Head to Health can help you find digital mental health services from some of Australia’s most trusted mental health organisations.

Provided by the Australian Department of Health, Head to Health brings together apps, online programs, online forums and phone services as well as a range of digital information resources.

Whether you are trying to improve your own sense of wellbeing, looking for help with something that is bothering you, or helping someone you care about – Head to Health is a good start.

Visit the Head to Health website for more information.

Youth Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health. Beyond Blue's youth program "Youth Beyond Blue" aims to empower young people aged 12-25 years, their friends and those who care for them to respond to anxiety and depression.

Youth Beyond Blue offer a 24 hours a day, seven days a week hotline as well as an online chat from 3pm to midnight daily. The Youth Beyond Blue webpage includes information and resource for young people to explore and inform themselves around their mental health.

Visit the Youth Beyond Blue website for more information.

Community directory

Gold Coast Community Directory offers an online search tool for services and facilities on offer for young people across the city.

The directory contains more than 2000 listings, making it a valuable resource for young people to find information about community-based services and facilities.

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