For Teens


Kids Helpline
Australia’s only free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25 years.

Youth Beyond Blue
Mental health website for young people with many resources.

National Mental Health Youth Foundation for 12 – 25 year olds. Contains information as well as details of your nearest Headspace centre.

Reach Out
Website for teens, containing information and resources for a wide range of problems teenagers face.

Chatfirst for Teens
Website developed in South Australia for teens from separated families.

Child Support Agency – Family Separation: A Guide for Teens
Developed in consultation with teenagers, parents and CSA stakeholders, this guide helps teenagers cope with family separation and change.

Crisis, suicide and mental health support.

Teens Guide to Separation and Divorce
This is a Canadian website but has useful information for all teens experiencing parental separation.


  1. What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
  2. Love and Other Four-Letter Words by Carolyn Mackler
  3. How to Build A House by Dana Reinhardt
  4. The Last Exit to Normal by Michael Harmon
  5. Queen of Everything by Deb Caletti
  6. A Friend at Midnight by Caroline B Cooney
  7. The Divorce Express by Paula Danziger
  8. How I Saved My Father’s Life (And Ruined Everything Else) by Ann Hood
  9. Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger
  10. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ by Sue Townsend
  11. The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend
  12. The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine by April Lurie
  13. Notes on a Near – Life Experience by Olivia Birdsall
  14. Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom by Susin Nielsen
  15. The Family Tree by Sandra Lee Churchill
  16. Dough Boy by Peter Marino
  17. Mixed – Up Doubles by Elena Yates Eulo
  18. Tune In Anytime by Caroline B Cooney
  19. Seventeen by Per Nilsson
  20. Sometimes I Think I Hear My Name by Avi Wortis
  21. Nobody’s There by Joan Lowery Nixon
  22. Night Hoops by Carl Deuker
  23. A Mirror Image by Pat Springer
  24. Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman
  25. Child X by Lee Weatherly
  26. What Erika Wants by Bruce Clements
  27. Losing Louisa by Judith Caseley
  28. Beans on Toast by Shelley Hrdlitshcka
  29. The Divorced Kids Club: And Other Stories by WDD Valgardson
  30. The Day My Mother Left by James Prosek
  31. Separate Sisters by Nancy Springer
  32. Dad is Leaving Home: David/Judy by Michael Dumond


Movies featuring the theme of family separation