Ian Thorpe explains ReachOut: Australia’s leading online mental health organisation for young people and their parents.
ReachOut's practical support, tools and tips help young people get through anything from everyday issues to tough times – and the information ReachOut offers parents makes it easier for them to help their teenagers, too.
The new ReachOut.com, launched mid-2017, aims to ensure a million more young people in Australia access mental health services, with instant access meaning no young person has to wait for support when they need it most.
220,000 young Australians are about to go through one of the most stressful times of their lives: Year 12 exams. Reach out to a Year 12 student this month to let them know there’s life after Year 12 exams by sharing a message of support.
On ReachOut.com/Parents you will find fact sheets, stories, practical tips and tools covering a range of topics, issues and experiences that are relevant to teenagers aged 12–18 years. We’ve also got an online community forum where you can talk to other parents about your experiences and work through your concerns in a safe, anonymous environment.
ReachOut Orb is a serious game built for both iPad and desktop. It is designed to engage Year 9 and 10 students in the tools and strategies that can improve their wellbeing. Students enter a virtual world where a negative force known as The Glitch has drained colour from the world, causing people and machines to behave oddly. Students interact with a range of characters in an attempt to return colour and positivity to the world.