Help-seeking resources

Enhancing help-seeking skills in young people

In June 2014 research from Mission Australia and the Black Dog Institute found that 1 in 5 young Australians are dealing with a serious mental illness, but they are the least willing to seek information or professional support.

The COPMI national initiative recognises the importance of encouraging young people to seek help – particularly those who have a parent with mental illness (and have vulnerabilities to developing mental health issues themselves). As a result, we have developed new information for parents, teenagers and professionals (including schools) regarding how to enhance help-seeking skills in our youth.

Input regarding this information was provided by young people with parents who experience mental illness, professional organisations and those who work directly with young people.

We encourage you to share these links as widely as possible. 


For parents:

For teenagers:

For secondary schools:

Evidence-based research on help-seeking

Professionals may also be interested in reading the GEMS (‘Gateway to Evidence that Matters’) evidence-based research summary that the COPMI national initiative produced on help-seeking amongst young people: