Tips for life – Feeling good and functioning well

Tips for life – Feeling good and functioning well

‘Adulting’ Support

Year13 A one=stop shop for post-school life including information about work, study, travel, and general info about life after school.

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Youth Central has lots of advice for your life journey, including managing your money, learning to drive, travelling overseas, looking after your mental health and much more.

The Year 13 Definitive Guide to a Gap Year. This article covers such things as what’s a gap year, what can they look like and should you consider taking one. They discuss the different options out there both in Australia and overseas.

Practical Help

The City of Melbourne have a fantastic resource Helping Out Guide which provides a comprehensive lisof free and low cost services available from organisations in the central city and surrounding suburbs.

Ask Izzy is an A-Z directory that helps people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless, to find the services they need, right now and nearby.  If you’re on the Telstra or Vodafone mobile networks, you can access Ask Izzy on your phone even if you don’t have credit or access to wifi.

Ask Izzy can help you find support in these areas:

  • Housing-Find a bed for the night, including crisis accommodation and short-term stays.
  • Food – Get groceries at a food bank or find a free meal service near you.
  • Health – Search a range of health services, from your local GP or dentist to mental and emotional counselling.
  • Centrelink – Find your local Centrelink.
  • Money help – Get emergency aid, debt help or financial counselling.
  • Support and counselling – Find someone to talk to about your issues.
  • Legal help – Get help responding to fines, dealing with police and legal information about your situation.
  • Drug and alcohol support – Search counselling and rehabilitation services near you.
  • Life skills and education – Want to start a course? Find the right one for you.
  • Help finding work – Search employment service and volunteering opportunities.
  • Location of facilities – Find the nearest public toilets, libraries and more.
  • Technology assistance – Charge your phone, find free wifi and more.

Know Your Council is a website with lots of information about all the Councils in Victoria and their services.  Most councils offer a number of services especially for youth and young adults including such things as counselling services, drug and alcohol services, skate parks, youth-oriented festivals and sports programs.

Health and Wellbeing

The Youth Central website has a great section on Health. Information on mental health, healthy eating, and getting fit.  It also looks at how you feel about yourself and drugs, alcohol and smoking.

Mental Health

Beyond Blue is an amazing resource to get the facts, information, tips and advice about anxiety, depression and other mental health illnesses.  They also have links to support for the person experiencing mental health of for the supporters of those experiencing mental health.


Is an organisation and website for supporting the supporter of people experiencing mental health illness.  There are some great resources including videos on how to ask someone if they are OK.

Orygen  Melbourne-based specialist organisation working in Youth Mental Health research, Policy, Education and Clinical Care.

Help for those from the LGBTI Community

The beautiful new Victorian Pride Centre in Fitzroy Street, St Kilda is home to a range of LGBTI+ focussed organisations, along with businesses who support the LBGTI+ community.  The aim is to be a hub of essential services (health, legal, financial and entertainment providers) for the queer community.

The Beyond Blue website has a whole section offering mental health advice, tips and support for people from the LBGTI+ community.

Mental Health resources for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex people on the healthdirect website – free Australian health advice you can count on.

The Rainbow Network has all sorts of great resources worth exploring. Also good information for professionals working with young people from the LBGTI+ community.  

Help for those living with Disability

The Disability Gateway  has information about services to help people with disability, their family, friends and carers to find the support they need. Covers income and finance, employment, aids and equipment, housing, transport, health and wellbeing, everyday living, education, leisure, and rights and legal information.

The Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) An advocacy service for children and young people with disabilities in Victoria that exists specifically to support you achieve their human rights.

YDAS provides free, individual advocacy services to people aged 12 to 25 in relation to education, employment, housing, goal-setting, the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and the Disability Support Pension.

Access Melbourne, Melbourne Mobility Map  A mobility map of central Melbourne providing information about wheelchair accessible routes, ramps, off-street parking, toilets, train stations & taxi ranks; multi-access public telephones; disability parking bays; steep gradients; public seating; and other relevant information.

Public Transport Victoria The website’s Accessibility page provides information about concessions and passes as well as services and support to enable everyone to feel more confident in using public transport.

Services Australia This is the Australian Government website about services they have for people with disability. It includes a payments and services finder.

Broaden Your Horizons  The IMVC online guide to supports in education and employment for people with disability. Covers government programs such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Disability Employment Services (DES) and supports available in TAFE and university.

Disclosure – Choosing your Path  This is about sharing information about your disability in employment and when studying.

JobAccess is the national hub for workplace and employment information for people with disability, employers and service providers. As well as general information about disability employment the website provides access to:

  • a telephone advice line (1800 464 800)
  • the Employment Assistance Fund (EAF) for workplace modifications and support
  • an employer engagement service – the National Disability Recruitment Coordinator (NDRC)
  • complaints Resolution and Referral Service
  • National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline

Job Accommodation Network offer advice for people with disability and their employers to explore workplace adjustments that can make employment and workplaces accessible.

Deaf ConnectED  Information about work and study and the supports available, aimed at the deaf and hard of hearing but is very informative for all people with disability.

The Australian Network on Disability (AND) Information about employment and people with disability as well as their PACE mentoring and Stepping Into internship programs.

PACE Mentoring Positive Action towards Career Engagement (PACE) Mentoring connects jobseekers with disability to mentors from leading Australian businesses.

Help for those from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

Victorian Aboriginal Health Service provides a variety of services including Medical, Dental, Family Counselling, and Women and Men’s health units.  Clinics are based in Fitzroy, Epping and Preston. Contact them on 9419 3000.

Victorian Aboriginal Community Service Association provides community outreach support, homeless services, and crisis accommodation.  Contact them on 9416 42 66.

VACCA  (Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency)offer more than 50 programs that support culturally strong, safe and thriving Aboriginal communities. Contact them on 92878800

Margaret Tucker Hostel provides six-week crisis accommodation for young Aboriginal women aged 15 – 18 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.  Support includes skill development, help to access education, employment, or training.  Based in Fairfield contact on 9086 8652

First Peoples Health and Wellbeing based in Thomastown and Frankston offering a variety of community health services.  This includes, GP clinic, sexual health consultations, mental health referral, counselling, and chronic health condition care. 

Deadly Story is a resource to support Aboriginal children and young people to grow in their knowledge of their Aboriginal culture.  Resources for children, carers, and practitioners.

Help for those from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities (CALD) 

That is, people living in Australia who were born overseas, or parents from overseas.

CMY (Centre for Multicultural Youth) in Carlton provides services to young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds. This includes advice about employment, mentor programs, education and training, youth community leadership programs as well as opportunities for community connection..   Contact them on 9340 3700

Migrant Resources Centre North West Region has a full range of services including services specifically for youth. The Youth Hub has opportunity to practice English, learn about Australia, learn new skills, homework support and make new friends.   Phone: 1300 676 044.

Spectrum based in Melbourne’s north and west,  an organisation to enable people with migrant and refugee backgrounds to feel at home in Australia.   As part of the overall services, they offer several programs and activities especially for young people.Contact them on 1300 735 653.

Southern Migrant and Refugee Centre provide a variety of youth support services including homework club, school holiday activities, learn to drive, and youth case management support.  They also offer employment and skills training, careers advice and work experience opportunities. 

AMES  support with learning English, finding a job, choosing a course visit the AMES website or contact them on 132 637.

Brotherhood of St Laurence has a range of services especially for refugees and migrants.  

Support for people caring for someone else

Carers Victoria provides information and resources to support carers in our community. Contact them on 1800 514 845

Carer Gateway will support you to find local services to support you, including advice, financial support, respite and carer support.

Young Carers Network is a fabulous national resource to provide information and direct young carers to support. They also help young carers connect with each other and find support.

Raisingchildren.net the Australian parenting website, providesad-free parenting videos, articles and apps backed by Australian experts.

Relationships Australia Victoria offer a range of specialist family and relationship services to support children, young people and their families. Includes counselling services, family violence support, mental health supports and multicultural programs and services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.