Welcome to YouthWise

Our mission is to produce and distribute important information with the aim of young Australians indirectly or directly affected by substance abuse and issues relating to mental health.

YouthWise is used to inform the community on issues such as these with a strong focus on the youth of our society. Our purpose is to reduce stigma, provide access to resources who can offer assistance and reduce harmful community behavior through education and understanding.



A Publication of the M.A.C.A and Zodiac Media

YouthWise is a biannual magazine presented and published by the Mental Health, Addiction & Community Awareness Initiative (MACA)

Its mission is to produce and distribute important information with the aim of helping young Australians directly or indirectly affected by substance abuse and issues relating to mental health through education and awareness with the support of sponsors in the business sector.

YouthWise Magazine contains a list of resources, help lines, rehabilitation centres, support networks across Australia, and informative articles and is distributed free of charge to Public Secondary Schools, TAFE’s, Australian Universities, rehabilitation centres, GP Super Clinics, and supporting businesses.



YouthWise is helping headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation to continue to promote at a national level the importance of seeking help for mental health issues, to break down the stigma and make sure every young Australian knows there is help available.


YouthWise Magazine is strategically distributed through an array of channels with the objective of maximizing appropriate readership. We believe that the YouthWise Magazine can be used not only to assist those in need, but as a preventative measure to todays young adults.


Our publication is distributed on a biannual basis in March and September of each year.


  • Secondary School Deputy Principal
    Good morning, I have recently reviewed your article in the YouthWise Magazine Spring edition 2017. The article on page 11 about Cyber Bullying is very relevant to our Year 7-9 cohorts as we are currently dealing with several issues relating to this. We are including this article in our next school newsletter!
    Secondary School Deputy Principal
  • Drug Rehabilitation Clinic in Victoria
    I had a client give me your first edition of YouthWise. We love it - so we were wondering what the process is for us to be able to obtain a subscription or have some sent to us for clients to read in our waiting room?
    Drug Rehabilitation Clinic in Victoria
  • Secondary School Periodicals Officer
    Good Afternoon and Thank you for the first edition of YouthWise Magazine, It was well received by our staff and students.
    Secondary School Periodicals Officer
  • Secondary School Librarian
    I’m a Secondary School Librarian, and our School Nurse would like me to catalogue the first issue of your new magazine, so that it may be permanently added to the collection (which, by the way, she thinks is an excellent resource for teenagers and teachers alike
    Secondary School Librarian
  • Student Wellbeing Coordinator
    Thank you very much for the publication that has come across my desk – it’s a great read and so relevant to a lot of the students and families in our community.
    Student Wellbeing Coordinator


If you are in an emergency, or at immediate risk of harm to yourself or others, please contact emergency services on 000

The National Cannabis Information & Helpline
1800 30 40
headspace Chat Online
Online chat available
1800 737 732
Blue Knot Foundation Helpline
1300 657 380www.blueknot.org.au/Helpline

13 11 14
Kids Help Line
1800 55 18 00
PANDA -National Perinatal Depression Helpline
1300 726 306www.panda.org.au/
Australian Government:

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS)
1800 011 046
SANE Australia
1800 187 263
Suicide Call Back Service
1300 659 467
Family Drug Support
1300 368 186

1300 ALANON (1300 252 666)
Alcoholics Anonymous
1300 222 222
Quit Line
13 78 48

The Butterfly Foundation
1800 33 4673
Mensline Australia
1300 78 99 78
Gambling Helpline
1800 858 858
Youth Drug and Alcohol Advice (YoDAA) Line
1800 458 685
Telephone information and advice for young people and others concerned about them.
Pharmacotherapy, Advocacy, Mediation & Support (PAMS)
1800 443 844
Advice for anyone experiencing trouble with their pharmacotherapy program (Methadone, Suboxone etc..)
1800 423 238
Advice and support for people who use ice, their families and health professionals.
1800 888 236
Confidential alcohol and drug counselling and referral line.
Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS)
1800 151 045
A 24-hour confidential information, advice and referral telephone service.
Ted Noffs Foundation help line

Counselling and support for young people and their families.
Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS)
1800 177 833
Telephone information, counselling and referral.
Counselling Online
1800 177 833 (Regional)
07 3837 5989 (metro)
If you prefer to speak to someone
Alcohol and Drug Support Line
(08) 9442 5050 (Metro)
1800 653 203 (Country)
24/7, state-wide counselling, information, referral and support
Parent and Family Drug Support Line
1800 721 997
24/7, state-wide counselling, information, referral and support.
Meth Helpline
1800 874 878
24/7, state-wide counselling, information, referral and support.
Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS)
1300 131 340
Telephone information, counselling, and referral service.
Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS)
02 6207 9977
24-hour telephone service offering information, advice, referral, intake, assessment and support.
Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS)
1800 131 350
24-hour Alcohol and Drug Telephone Information and counselling service.
Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS)
1800 811 994
A 24-hour telephone information and counselling line.


YouthWise Magazine is always on the search for quality content for our publication such as informative pieces, opinion articles and research papers.

We are always open to content from people in the community passionate about mental health and addiction; whether you are a specialized writer, creative writer, psychologist (practicing or studying) or just someone passionate about helping the community - we would like to hear from you!

If your pieces are distributed in our final print, your article will be printed nationally.

All content submitted will be forwarded to the editor, there are no guarantees that your article will be published. If your article is to be published, you will be contacted.

An asset to any resume!