ReachOut Australia

Helping parents help their teenagers

When a parent recognises that a teenager needs help, they’re more likely to get it. The majority of mental health difficulties start before the age of 24, and we know that parents are one of the first places that young people turn to for support and information.

ReachOut Parents provides factsheets, stories, practical tips and tools covering a range of topics, issues and experiences that are relevant to teenagers aged 12–18. There’s also an online community forum where parents can talk to other parents about their experiences and work through concerns in a safe, anonymous environment.

Level 1

Digital information and resources on parenting teenagers

Level 2

Online peer support, providing a safe and supportive environment for parents to discuss the issues that are on their mind

Level 3

Free professional phone-based coaching with a parenting expert (up to four sessions) to build confidence, skills and a toolkit for parenting teenagers.

The aim of ReachOut Parents is to help parents to:

  • develop and maintain secure and stable relationships with their teenagers by learning more about what they might be experiencing or issues they might be having to deal with
  • support their teenager and teach them how to seek help for and work through issues independently
  • learn about mental health issues that often have their onset during adolescence, including what to be aware of and how parents can get help for their teenager if and when they need it
  • improve the wellbeing and resilience of families.

The information on ReachOut Parents is based on the latest research evidence and was developed in conjunction with our internal research team and (where appropriate) sector experts. We also work with a diverse team of clinicians who advise us on best practices in mental health service delivery. Meet our Clinical Advisory Group.