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Supporting others

We all have the power to make a difference. Supporting each other… It Starts With Us!

Youth Solutions has teamed up with Campbelltown Catholic Club to bring you the It Starts With Us campaign – a youth movement prioritising self-care and supporting each other.

Supporting people in your life who may be experiencing alcohol, drug and mental health issues, is no easy feat. But never underestimate the difference you can make by checking in, being there and helping connect someone to the support they need. Whether it’s your mates, colleagues, family or even people you come across during your work or study; you can change a life, just by being there for someone.

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Take a look at our It Starts With Us video resource to find out more about the campaign and some helpful self-care tips!

Take our quiz to win: Put your knowledge to the test

Take our It Starts With Us quiz and learn some practical tips for supporting others. The best part? You can go into the draw to win a $150 Ultimate Gift Card. (T&Cs apply)

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It Starts With Us: a guide to supporting others

Download the guide for all of the practical strategies to help you take care of yourself and effectively support others:

Download the It Starts With Us guide to supporting others

Our guide for effectively supporting others covers the following areas:

  • Start with a self-check in: Check in with yourself and get the support YOU need first
  • Start with self-care: Supporting others effectively starts with actively looking after yourself and your wellbeing
  • Start a conversation: Tips for checking in and asking someone how they are doing
  • Start a connection: Helping link people to the professional support they need
  • Start a revolution: How to do your part to help normalise help-seeking and reduce stigma
  • Know what to do in an emergency: In an emergency, when life is in danger, ALWAYS call Triple Zero (000) for ambulance, police or fire and rescue + we share some tips on how to handle an emergency situation

Download the guide!

“Listen to what your body needs. Healthy activities you can do include going out to get food, watching a happy movie, listening to music and dancing.”

– Brock, Youth Solutions Youth Advisory Group volunteer

Did you know? Research shows that support from peers can help people to feel more accepted and find new ways of coping and managing challenges. Support from peers also increases knowledge and social skills and is proven to improve people’s quality of life! Yet another great reason to support one another.

All the goodies...

After the shiny, printed copies of our It Starts With Us guide for supporting others? How about some yummy lollies and handy sticky notes?

Connect with our team to request all the campaign goodies: 02 4628 2319,

Catch us out and about

Youth Solutions will be out and about connecting with community, youth, health and medical students at local education institutions. Supporting the next generation of health and community sector workers is what our It Starts With Us stalls and Health Pro+ project is all about. These projects focus on building knowledge, skills and connection to help the next generation of professionals in supporting others with alcohol, drug, mental health or other wellbeing issues in their personal and professional lives.

If you are a student at one of these locations, swing by and say hello:

  • Wednesday 8 February 2023: TAFE Macquarie Fields, 12pm – 2pm
  • Tuesday 28 February 2023: Australian Catholic University Blacktown Campus, 11am – 2pm
  • Thursday 2 March 2023: TAFE Campbelltown, 11am – 1pm
  • Friday 3 March 2023: Western Sydney University, Campbelltown Campus, 12pm – 5pm

“Asking a friend if they’re okay? Ask them if they’d like to hang out together – this can improve moods of both parties and create a flow for conversation.”

– Amy-Rose, Youth Solutions Youth Advisory Group volunteer

Support services

There are a range of support services available that can help if someone is going through a hard time, experiencing alcohol, drug or mental health issues.

Need to chat through the information and options with someone? Our team can assist with providing information, brief advice and referral. Connect with us today: 02 4628 2319, or message us on InstagramTikTok or Facebook.

Check out the Support section of our website for a full list of services.

Suicide Call Back Service

1300 659 467

Suicide Call Back Service is a free nationwide service providing 24/7 phone and online counselling to people affected by suicide.

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Kids Helpline

1800 55 1800

Kids Helpline is Australia’s only free, confidential, 24/7 online and phone counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25. Qualified counsellors at Kids Helpline are available via WebChat, phone or email anytime and for any reason.

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13 11 14

Lifeline offers crisis support 24/7. Anyone in Australia can chat to Lifeline over the phone, any time of day or night. Lifeline Crisis Support Text Service: 0477 13 11 14

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headstart is a navigation tool for people experiencing mental health concerns, as well as their friends, family and carers. headstart brings together services that can help people in the local area get assistance with a whole range of different mental health conditions.

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Safe Haven

Safe Haven is a place you can go if you’re feeling distressed or having suicidal thoughts. It is a safe place where you can talk to a peer-support worker who may have experienced what you’re going through, or to a mental health professional. If you don’t feel like chatting, you can spend time in a quiet space and listen to music. It’s free and you don’t need an appointment.

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Alcohol and Drug Foundation Path 2 Help

An interactive assessment tool and directory that can help you to check in with your own (or a loved one’s) alcohol or other drug use. The tool provides information and support service referrals.

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Australian Government Head to Health Directory:

Find digital mental health resources from trusted service providers and be connected to support.

More info

Campaign partner: Campbelltown Catholic Club

The It Starts With Us campaign would not be possible without the support of our partner, Campbelltown Catholic Club. The Club has generously provided funding and support for the It Starts With Us campaign and Health Pro+ project.

Youth Solutions extends its sincere thanks to the team at Campbelltown Catholic Club for its ongoing support of Youth Solutions, which spans over more than 13 years. The support of organisations like Campbelltown Catholic Club is integral to our ability to support our young people and the community. Learn more about the partnership and our supporters.

Download the Competition Terms & Conditions for our It Starts With Us quiz on our Disclaimer page.

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Drug information

Want more information about alcohol or other drugs? Check out this handy section of our website for more info.

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