connectEDspace - support for young people

Young people can face all sorts of pressures – including problems at school, with friends or at home.
connectEDspace is a website by Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV), dedicated to young people to help provide all the information they need to deal with the stuff they go through each day.

Aboriginal Family and Relationship Support

RAV provides support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and individuals to help strengthen family relationships.

Counselling provides an opportunity to talk with a professionally trained person to discuss couple issues, conflicts with friends, relationship breakdown, parenting, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, grief, sexual problems, childhood sexual abuse, stress and work related tensions and disputes.


People have to deal with change and transition regularly throughout their lives. Different people can have different feelings about change, and deal with it in very different ways.

For some people, change can be very scary and unsettling, or associated with grief and loss. Other people may find change exciting, and may even look forward to change.

People have to manage both every day expected changes, such as children growing up and starting school, as well as more significant, unexpected life changes, like separation or the loss of a family member.

People who have experienced difficult life changes in their past can find that this affects how they deal with future changes. It’s important to seek help early, so that when change comes up again, you’re best prepared to deal with it.

Keep these things in mind

When you’re managing change, there’s a few things you should think about.

  • Consider how you feel about the change. Do you feel anxiety, joy, fear, grief or excitement? 
  • Think about your outlook. Are you optimistic and do you have an open mind about what’s happening? 
  • Consider the actions you’re taking. Are you avoiding the change or procrastinating? Are you getting help to manage the change? Or are you embracing the change and putting plans into practice? 

Tips and tricks

If you’re finding it hard to manage or plan for change, there are a few things you can do to try to help.

  • Start making plans. Break up the change into smaller, more manageable steps that are more easily achieved.
  • Although it sometimes feels like the easier option, don’t avoid change entirely. 
  • Recognise that change takes time, so be patient with yourself and give yourself time to adjust. 
  • If you’re finding it hard to adjust to the change, consider going and talking to someone about how you’re feeling, and what might help. This could be a close friend or family member, or a professional trained to help you. 

There are lots of services that can help you to manage and adapt to changes in your life including Relationships Australia Victoria.

Download a PDF copy of this tip sheet.