Check in on your chosen family

Taking care of each other is vital to our community’s mental health. On this page, you’ll learn about the importance of looking out for your loved ones in times of distress, hear from community members about who in their life supports them, and find some advice on how to check in on your chosen family.

Video clips

Watch as some community members talk about their chosen families, and why they matter.

How do we provide support to those who need it? What should we say? What should we do? Watch as community members talk about how they provide support, and what they think is important to keep in mind when you’re looking out for your loved ones.

Fact sheets

Distress mental health tip sheet - support

Is there someone you might need to check in on? This factsheet might have some useful information on how to support someone experiencing mental distress.

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CHECKING-IN_Mental Health Tip Sheet

Not sure how to make the approach? This factsheet might have some helpful advice on how to start, and continue, a conversation about a loved one’s mental health.

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If you are using a screen-reader, please click here to download the word document.

Stories from community members

Click on the links below to read more about the support community members receive from their chosen families.

Chloe and Zeek’s Story

Chloe and Zeek are partners from the Hunter region of NSW. Chloe is Zeek’s official carer, but here they share their experiences of supporting each other and being supported by their friends. Zeek and Chloe have a number of supports they draw on to maintain good mental health, both formal...

Victoria and Skye's Story

Victoria and Skye are both transgender women who are active in the arts and entertainment communities in Darlinghurst. Here they talk about their care for each other, and how they support each other to have good mental health. Victoria and Skye have a friendship built on listening and trusting each...

Teacosy’s Story

Teacosy is the Tropical Fruits queer historian, and a part of the Radical Faerie community in the Northern Rivers. Here, he talks about his supportive community. Up until a recent sea change, Teacosy had spent the last 20 years living on the Faerie Land community sanctuary with a small group...

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