Qualified help for Aussie kids — every day and night!
Last year we responded to over 181,165 requests from kids.
In 2017, your support is needed for the growing number of kids in need. It could be your kids, the neighbour’s family or someone from your child’s school.
Help young people by supporting Kids Helpline
Kids Helpline is a service of yourtown — 100% of your donation will go to helping us connect with more kids.
We help kids like
At 14, Lisa was living in a violent family home. She was in real danger and didn't know what to do. Then she discovered Kids Helpline.
"For years I was too scared to tell anybody about what was happening at home…"
"My dad used to slap me, scream at me and call me names. Life was pointless. No one liked me at school. I always had bruises on my arms and legs. My teacher asked me about it once and I lied and told her that it was from falling over. I was scared to go home. I never wanted any of my friends over at my house because of all the stuff that happened. I couldn’t tell anyone about it until one day I came across Kids Helpline."
"I started emailing my counsellor and telling her about these things. My counsellor talked me through how to get help and we got through everything. Now we just talk about what is happening in my life now."
"My counsellor showed me how to get help."
We help kids like
From the age of 13 till she was nearly 20, Rebecca hurt herself in order to cope with her feelings. Kids Helpline helped her.
I wasn’t happy and I knew harming myself wasn’t a good coping mechanism…
"I was not a happy teenager. For all intents and purposes I was a typical high-achiever type-A personality kind of girl at school but outside of that I was really unhappy at home because of various family issues."
"My father tried to kill himself a few times and I had to save him. My mother was irrational and neurotic. Between the two of them they had many fights in which I was dragged into the middle being an only child. I wasn’t supposed to tell people which made me very unhappy and stressed and I turned to hurting myself in order to cope. I knew that harming myself was not a good coping mechanism but at the time I could not bring myself to care. I harmed myself on and off for years from when I was 13 until I was about 20. I’d go for months years even without harming myself but then something would happen and I’d just fall into a sneaky hate spiral and start all over again. But every time I relapsed I knew I was slowly improving because as the years went by I harmed myself less and less. One year ago I stopped totally."
"The counsellors at Kids Helpline were particularly helpful towards me. What I liked was that the counsellors were there just to listen to me talk and by doing so it helped me see things from a different perspective. Ultimately what helped me was gaining independence from my family after graduating high school and meeting someone who helped me realise that it is possible to be in a relationship and be happy."
"I won’t say that my life is perfect now no one’s life is perfect. There are always things to improve on. I still can’t talk to my parents about lots of things but with the help of my partner we are working through it."
"They helped me realise it's possible to be in a relationship and be happy."
We help kids like
At 16, Dave was struggling to cope and had turned to self harming and smoking pot. He hopes his story will help others...
"Abuse is hard to live with, now I think about it, I blocked it out."
"I thought that it was normal but I grew to realise that it wasn’t ok. At the age of 15 my family was falling apart and I tried sharing it with my two closest friends and instead of being there for me they decided to tell the rest of the school. I shut down, I didn’t go to school unless I was forced to. I started self harming and stealing alcohol from my mother’s cupboard and at the age of 16, I started smoking pot."
"Then I met a girl who was a little older and she made me realise that I didn’t need it to be happy. I didn’t need to see my past as a negative. I needed to heal and move on. I needed to show that I was stronger. She showed me she cared about what I had to say."
"And I think that is why Kids Helpline is so important. It shows that someone cares. If I had a chance earlier to talk to someone I would have, because all you need is for someone to listen. I wanna help kids and if just writing this helps, so be it."
"They helped me get my confidence back."
Kids struggle with big issues.
Kids reach out to us for support, hope and someone they can trust. These are the most common reasons kids contacted us last year:
Anxiety, depression and clinical disorders impact kids every day. Kids reach out feeling bullied, alone, stressed and scared. Divorce, rivalry and abuse in the home are big problems for kids, as is struggling with pressure, sexuality and relationships — they need someone they can trust.
Self-harm and youth suicide is critical issue for our young people, and we help in many ways — they need us and we need you.
Every person has the ability to change the world
There are many ways to show you care — you can make a difference
100% of your donation will go to helping us connect with more kids. Providing free 24/7 qualified counsellors is expensive. Give a little, give a lot — every dollar counts!
Your enduring generosity can make a real difference. Remember Kids Helpline in your will to build a future generation of happier, healthier and safer Aussie kids.
Get involved today! The generosity and support of schools, workplaces, and individuals help us to fund our vital services.
Now is a great time for us to work together to do amazing things. Let’s show the world your brand is ready to make a positive community impact, that you are ready to care for kids.