Intrusive

Intrusive - young person huddled in corner from yellow eyed monster

Words by Isabelle (she/they), 22 NSW The piece ‘Intrusive’ contains themes about mental health, anxiety and depression which may be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services. 1800RESPECT – 1800 737 732 Lifeline – 13 11 14   A foul thing has followed me…

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How to get unstuck

Words by Nandana, 16 NSW  I’m stuck in the middle of year 10. I’ve just chosen the subjects that will supposedly decide the rest of my life, and now I’m regretting some of them. I am starting to wish I could go back in time more and more every day – before year 10, or…

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The Precipice

This article contains themes of mental health and suicide which may be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services or visit our Creating a Safe Space page to see a full list of support services. Lifeline – 13 11 14 Words by Angelica, 26…

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Don’t knock small talk

Words by Maeson (they/them), 21 WA If you’re really struggling with your mental health, I will always recommend seeking professional psychological care. But if you’ve reached a point where generally speaking, you’re doing ok, maybe just a little lonely or stressed or tired with the everydayness of life, then here’s a wild suggestion – don’t…

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I’m a queer girl. I also have a boyfriend.

Words by Steph (she/her), 21 TAS  I’m a bisexual woman and I have a long-term male partner. Despite bisexuality being the most common sexuality in the LGBTQIA+/queer community (GLAAD), bisexual people (like me) are still questioned and misunderstood often. When I tell someone I’m queer, they ask if I have a girlfriend. When I tell…

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Trees for our future

Words by Kirra, 21 VIC  My most resonant childhood memories are times spent in nature. With my hands in the dirt, or up a tree looking out over the canopy, I have always felt drawn to trees – captivated by the knowledge that they existed long before I was born and will continue to thrive…

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Kids want more choice after graduating, not less

Words by Joshua, 17 NSW     When the first wave of COVID-19 hit Australian shores in March 2020, I had no idea what was coming. Time spent crying at my desk, my microphone muted and camera off while attending Zoom classes. Afternoons spent on assignments and wondering about questions I couldn’t ask. Talking with friends…

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Fight of a six-year-old girl

Words by Steph, 26 VIC  This piece was the winner of the Youth Summit Creative Competition 2022. The indignation of a six-year-old girl is truly something to be reckoned with. Sandwiched into the middle, back seat of the family car, my older brothers’ knees rammed into my thighs, is when I first discovered my innate…

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My cup is broken

Words by Maeson, 21 WA “You can’t pour from an empty cup” The number one phrase for championing self-care. It’s a good message. To contribute to the world, we must first take care of ourselves. The longer we neglect our mental and emotional wellbeing, the more we risk suffering from things like burnout or depression.…

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