Kids Helpline is working with the University of Sydney and the Black Dog Institute to pilot research projects, aimed at providing greater online support for children and young people with mental health issues.
Using Google Plus as the platform, the first project involves trialling counsellor facilitated conversations to help uncover new insights into the delivery of online mental health services in Australia and around the world.
Participants in the program will be in a secure and private social network with others facing similar mental health concerns.
BoysTown/ Kids Helpline CEO Tracy Adams says the innovative study will look specifically at how useful a mental health specific social network could be for young people.
"If this pilot is successful, this innovative peer support model could allow us to provide ongoing support for even more young people", Ms Adams explains.
The second project involves cataloguing search words and phrases most commonly used by 5-25 year olds when trying to access online mental health services.
The study is the first of its kind and is likely to uncover some valuable insights to assist providers of these online services.
If young people want to talk to someone they can callKids Helpline on 1800 55 1800, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or use email
They can also use Kids Helpline's award winning web counselling services.