Mental Wellbeing

Good mental health is vital for life. Children and teenagers who are mentally healthy are better able to meet life’s challenges and have stronger relationships with the people around them. They are also better learners who are more likely to succeed at school. Good mental health in childhood and across the school years provides a solid basis for managing changes as they grow.

Family Support Services

Family Support Services

The Southside Initiative has compiled this directory of Family Support Services. Please share this page with your networks including schools, early childhood centres, community organisations and of course families who you believe will benefit the most.

Fearless Future Program

Fearless Future Program

Our girls-only program, Fearless Future, supports girls to discover who they are and see all they can be in a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment, which: Provides a sense of belonging. Allows them to find their voice and speak without fear of judgment.

Koori Girls

Koori Girls

This group is for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children aged 8-16 years old and aims to build links within the community focusing on mentoring healthy lifestyle choices, confidence building, positive role modeling.  

Messengers

Messengers

Messengers is an arts-based youth support program for vulnerable young people and their families operating across the A. C. T. Messengers offers weekly group programs in which participants develop a range of skills across artistic mediums including visual, performing and other creative arts.

MindMap

MindMap

MindMap ACT Youth Portal is a dedicated portal for children and young people (up to 25 years of age) to help navigate Canberra’s mental health system and to find the right service and support.

The Peer Support Program

The Peer Support Program

Peer Support Australia offers an evidence-based Peer Support Program, which can form part of your school's wellbeing strategy. There is substantial evidence that peer support programs contribute to students’ sense of connectedness and wellbeing.

Warm Connections Counselling

Warm Connections Counselling

Warm Connections Counselling provides individual therapeutic support to families with children and young people aged zero to 15 years. This service offers long-term support to parents, children or young people and aims to strengthen family relationships and improve wellbeing.

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