Information for young people

Group of teenage friends

If you’re worried about a friend or about yourself, it’s important to become familiar with the early warning signs of an eating disorder and to know where to go to get help. The following sections will help you to better familiarise yourself with what an eating disorder is, what to look for, and how to talk to someone that you are worried about.

If you’d like more information on eating disorders, you can also check out this resource from the National Eating Disorders Collaboration which has been designed specifically for young people: www.eatingdisordersinfo.org.au

Getting help

It’s also important to know where you can go to get help. Help for young people experiencing eating disorders and other mental health issues is available through a whole range of services and forums. Depending on where you live, you can access anonymous online forums, one on one counselling, group programs, face to face support groups, and telephone helplines. Eating Disorders Victoria (EDV) provides a range of these services, so check out our website if you’d like to know more: www.eatingdisorders.org.au

There are also different organisations in Australia who provide services specifically for young people to get support for their mental health – these include:

  • headspace: “Going through a tough time? headspace can help with whatever you’re going through.” www.headspace.org.au
  • Kids Helpline

If you’d like to know where to get help, check out the ReachOut NextStep online tool which been designed specifically for young people. NextStep is a free, completely anonymous tool that recommends relevant support options that can look anything like articles, apps, forums and online, face-to-face or phone counselling.