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Are you OK?

School isn’t always smooth sailing. Every year, students are studying the SACE while managing a whole range of disabilities, illnesses, or other circumstances beyond their control. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, an estimated 1 in 5 Australians over the age of 16 experience some kind of mental health issue each year.

If something is impacting your school or home life, don’t suffer in silence. You may be eligible for special provisions, which helps you complete the SACE if you've been affected by personal circumstances beyond your control (like the illness or death of a loved one).

If you just need a chat, try speaking to your school's counsellor, SACE coordinator, or school leader — you might also have an adult in your family (or a community group) you trust. If you don't feel comfortable speaking to someone you know, there are organisations who can help you work through many of the challenges you'll face in life.

Counselling services

Crisis Care (SA only)

An after-hours crisis support helpline.
Monday to Friday, 4 pm to 9 am
Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays, 24 hours
Telephone 131 611

Kids Helpline (national)

A free and confidential telephone counselling and advice service for young people.
Monday to Sunday, 24 hours
Telephone 1800 551 800

Lifeline (national)

A free crisis support service.
Monday to Sunday, 24 hours
Telephone 13 11 14