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- Personal issues can affect your work, your relationships and your family life.
- If you are having personal or relationship problems, there are a range of services that can help you.
- If your relationship feels unsafe, there are family violence and relationship services that may be able to help.
- Call 1800 RESPECT for information about family violence support on Tel. 1800 737 732.
- The Family Relationship Advice Line (Tel. 1800 050 321) provides information and advice for people experiencing family relationship or separation issues.
- If you would like help from an LGBTIQA+ friendly helpline to work through relationship or parenting issues, you can contact Rainbow Door on Tel. 1800 729 367.
- Family relationship centres all over Australia provide family counselling services to people from all cultural backgrounds.
If you are experiencing personal or relationship problems, there are a range of services and support available to you.
Often the best way to deal with personal issues is to talk to someone. Perhaps there is a friend or someone in your family or your community with whom you feel comfortable talking.
Many people find it easier to talk about their problems with someone they do not know. If you would prefer this, you might like to talk to a professional counsellor, social worker or psychologist.
Support services for personal issues
Professional counsellors, social workers and psychologists can help people living with emotional, mental health and lifestyle problems. They also help you to understand yourself and your behaviour better. They do this by:
- explaining options
- setting goals
- providing therapy
- supporting you to take action
- diagnosing and treating a mental health issue.
To find professional support in your area, ask your local doctor for a recommendation or contact a community health service.
For more information about specialist services for people experiencing mental health issues, see the fact sheet.
For information about specialist services for people experiencing family safety, , or issues contact (Tel. ), the national sexual assault, domestic violence and counselling service. You can also contact dedicated family violence support services in your local community.
For more information about specialist services for people experiencing drug or alcohol problems, see the fact sheet.
All from time to time. Disagreements are normal in healthy relationships. It is the way these disagreements are handled that is important.
In respectful relationships, people talk through their disagreements. They reach compromises through and negotiation.
Sometimes, however, underlying issues such as problems at work or can cause family members to clash more often.
If you reach a point where you feel you can no longer deal with these difficulties on your own, it is a good idea to get some outside help. It can often be better to talk to someone who is not connected to the family.
You might already know a counsellor, or you could ask your local doctor for a recommendation. Your local community health centre can also help.
Violence or abuse is never acceptable. If you are experiencing family and domestic violence, you are not alone – help is available.
If you are not feeling safe in your relationship, either emotionally or physically, it’s important to seek the right help. Family violence or other behaviours that feel controlling are not a ‘relationship issue’.
For information about specialist services for people experiencing family safety, sexual abuse, sexual assault or family violence issues, contact on Tel. ). 1800 RESPECT is the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service.
Relationship advice services for couples and families
The provides information and advice to anyone experiencing or affected by a family relationship or separation issue. You can call the advice line on Tel. .
If your family problems are specifically related to , you can call Parentline in your state or capital territory for the cost of a local call. The service (Tel. ) is available from 8 am to midnight, 7 days a week, including public holidays.
is an Australian Government website that can help direct you to the right type of face-to-face service to meet your needs. Visit Family Relationships Online for information about how to access:
- adolescent mediation and family therapy
- family violence support
- family counselling
- family relationship education and skills training
- family relationship services for carers
- men and family relationship services.
- family, relationship and individual counselling
- family violence support services
- family dispute resolution
- relationship and parenting skills education
- community support
- employee assistance programs
- professional training.
Counselling services for LGBTIQA+ couples and families
If you would like help from a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex, queer and asexual (LGBTIQA+) friendly helpline to work through relationship or parenting issues, contact Tel. . Rainbow Door offers information, support and referrals for LGBTIQA+ people and their friends, families and allies.
The has created a list of doctors and mental health professionals recommended by women within the LGBTIQA+ community. The list includes general practitioners and specialists, as well as metropolitan and rural doctors.
Family relationship centres are for people of all cultural backgrounds
The Australian Government funds family relationship centres across Australia. These services are available for people from all communities and cultural backgrounds.
Family relationship centres provide:
- information about family relationships at all stages
- confidential (private) help for families
- help through a separation
- services that are sensitive to your cultural background.