Information for young people
We’re so happy you found us
Have you been struggling lately and don’t know who to talk to? Or had a bad experience when you reached out and tried to connect with support services?
Whatever the case, we’re happy you found us. Human Nature provides an alternative kind of counselling and mentoring opportunity for young people. We help support you when dealing with life challenges such as school issues, social anxiety, family relationships, mental health, addictions and trauma. We are here to help you improve your wellbeing, reach your full potential and support you to better cope with life.
Human Nature is different from other counselling and mentoring services. We will meet you where you feel most comfortable and relaxed. That might be in a cafe, park, or at your home. We can walk and talk, go stand up paddle boarding, bushwalking, creek exploring or swim. How about creating art or making some music? We have lots of great options for how we can share this time together.
The aim is that each session is based on your wants and needs. We also run overnight camps and multi-day hikes with a team of therapists and outdoor leaders. You may even get to try some new things, like sailing, camping and canoeing. Our experienced team will be with you every step of the way to offer individualised therapeutic support.
It can be scary and overwhelming to meet new people and be vulnerable in a new setting. That’s why it’s great to read some testimonials from other young people who’ve been through our programs. That way, you can see just how life-changing they really are.
The other counsellors I’ve gone with, it’s like sitting in a room and just getting questioned. But just getting out, everything just flows. It’s not forced to come here and have to talk. We can do different activities too… life’s been getting easier, my emotions have been changing.Activ8 participant
At the prep camp on the second day we went bush-bashing to get to a beach… this was very unexpected, it instantly showed me that it was no ordinary camp, allowing us to take on responsibility, indulge in curiosity and adventure whilst being trusted in finding our own path. There was no right or wrong way! In hindsight… stepping out of the box of conventional therapy, reinventing what a client-therapist relationship looks like, it is very liberating yet challenging in its own way!Recre8 participant
How to get help if you’re struggling with your mental health
Depending on your situation and the support you need, you can contact the national phone and online services below. Always call 000 if you are in danger.
Lifeline – 13 11 14 – 24/7 crisis support services via phone, text and online chat.
Link2Home – 1800 152 152 – 24/7 information, assessments and referrals to homeless support and accommodation services across NSW.
Mental Health Line – 1800 011 511 – 24/7 telephone service for anyone experiencing a mental health situation.
Beyond Blue – 1300 22 463 – 24/7 support for all ages regarding anxiety, depression, suicide and related issues. Online support chat (3pm – 12am every day).
Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 46 – 24/7 telephone and online counselling for people aged 15+ who may be feeling suicidal or worried about someone else.
Domestic Violence Line – 1800 656 463 – 24/7 – telephone counselling, information and referrals for women experiencing or who have experienced domestic violence.
1800RESPECT – 1800 737 732 – 24/7 telephone and online information, support and counselling for anyone experiencing violence or abuse, including sexual assault and domestic or family violence.
Mensline – 1300 78 99 7 – 24/7 crisis support for men with family and relationship concerns, with a call-back service available.
Family Drug Support – 1300 368 186 – 24/7 telephone support for families affected by alcohol and other drugs.