Recommended online communities

Online communities are a valuable space for social-connectedness and social-belonging, particularly for young people who are traditionally isolated by mental health difficulties. Connect young people you work with to one of our recommended online communities.

These will help with:

  • Social-connectedness and belonging
  • Reducing isolation
  • Sharing mental health strategies and positive help-seeking experiences
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Our recommendations

BeyondBlue Forums

Discussion forums on dealing with depression, mood disorders and anxiety.

All ages.



Online positive psychology website / community for young people.

Ages 12-18 years.



Bodies Under Siege (BUS) Web board

International heavily recovery-orientated self-harm board. Before referral please read the Bodies Under Siege case study for guidelines.

Ages 18+.


Eating Disorders Victoria - Recovery Message Board

Online community for young people recovering from an eating disorder, their friends and carers, and those concerned they may have an eating disorder. Chat room and forums.

Ages 16+



Online community for young people living with a serious illness, chronic health condition or disability, and their families. Run by Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Ages 10-20 and their parents.


MensLine Forums

Online support forum for men of all ages, run by MensLine Australia.

Ages 18+, men only

Website: Forums

Moderated youth forums, discussing mental health, wellbeing, and life issues that affect young people. Accessible 24/7.

Ages 14-25.



The Desk

Tertiary student health, wellbeing and support website. Information, self-help content, and community, run by University of Queensland with support from BeyondBlue.

Tertiary students.


The Shed Online

The Shed Online is a place for men to socialise, network, make friends and share skills, as well as a place to get info on health and wellbeing.

Adult audience.


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  • Student01    (1077 days ago)

    Great resource very helpful