Your Life Matters - for young people

Young people aged 14-20 living with depression, grief, loss, anxiety or chronic illness

For young people…

Are you feeling

  • Anxious – about yourself, social situations, social media, the climate, the future?
  • Overwhelmed? Bullied? Abused?
  • Depressed?
  • Stressed because of school or societal pressures?
  • Sad/angry/scared/frustrated because of family breakdown, grief, loss or a chronic illness?
  • Your inner critic or that monkey mind is making your life miserable?
  • On the outside? Struggling to fit in or make sense of the world?


  • Do you deliberately harm yourself, engage in risky behaviours or sometimes feel suicidal?
  • Are you looking for some clarity about the future and the life you want to live?
  • Do you want more control over your life?
  • Do you want to feel more calm and centred; less of a victim, more empowered?

Your Life Matters offers a safe and supportive environment in which you’ll be with other young people, exploring life’s questions and choosing to create a more positive future and transform the way you think, feel and live.

About the program

Participants are encouraged to contribute to discussions, ask questions and explore ideas. You’re never forced to say or do anything you don’t want to. However, you are encouraged and expected to attend all sessions with a willingness to be present. You'll be warmly welcomed into a safe and supportive space in which you’re invited to participate in our Your Life Matters program.

Quest programs create a nurturing environment in which participants are provided with education, skills, tools and strategies – and fabulous food – all designed to assist you to manage life’s challenges in a way that you find meaningful. You’re encouraged to choose what works for you, from what’s on offer.

Our 4 guidelines ensure we create a respectful and attentive space in which everyone feels comfortable to share –

  1. Confidentiality – names and stories remain at Quest
  2. Attentive listening
  3. No judging – not judging other people or yourself
  4. Staying with what’s real – sharing your life experience rather than theories

The Quest for Life Centre is a drug and alcohol-free venue.

Program content

Program content provides evidence-based approaches to re-establishing health and wellbeing. Sessions include education and discussion around topics like:

  • taking charge of our thoughts and feelings
  • practical skills and strategies to communicate better
  • learning to respond rather than react
  • switching off our brain for sleep
  • why what you eat makes a difference
  • role of meditation and living mindfully
  • emotional awareness and regulation of our emotions
  • managing our lives more skilfully

Program content is tailored to you and your particular needs. It addresses practical aspects of living well in difficult circumstances and education on how to create an environment for resilience and happiness.

If you’re aged between 14 and 17, you will need to share a room with a parent or guardian. Your parent or guardian will have their own sessions separate from yours. They will join your program for two sessions towards the end of the program.

About the program team

The highly experienced professional team which educates, encourages and supports participants over the 5-day program includes psychologists, counsellors, massage therapist, naturopath and a yoga teacher who, together, provide a holistic program that addresses the mind, body and spirit of each participant.

Facilitators include Petrea King, Margie Braunstein and Bernadette Arena.

You will leave this program

  • with a toolkit of strategies and practical skills to draw on for life
  • knowing how to stop old thought patterns from dominating your life
  • feeling confident in your ability to skilfully embrace your challenges
  • knowing how to create the life you want to live
  • with a much deeper understanding of yourself and others
  • feeling optimistic, empowered and capable
  • with greater appreciation for your story and your potential
  • able to respond rather than react to stressful situations
  • with effective communication skills and strategies
  • knowing your triggers of anxiety and how to minimise their impact
  • able to live in the present and make a meaningful contribution
  • with a foundation of meaningful values that enable you to live a life you love

You are welcome to speak to our Program Advisors who will be happy to answer any questions you have. Please complete the form below or call 1300 941 488.

For parents or guardians…

For over 30 years the Quest for Life Foundation has provided programs which inspire and support people living with the challenges of trauma, depression, grief, loss, anxiety, chronic illness and pain.

Many participants on our programs have asked us to provide a similar residential program for their young people – and we are delighted that Your Life Matters is now available.

Young people aged between 14 and 17 must be accompanied by a guardian/parent and you’ll share accommodation with your young person.

Parents of young people aged between 18 and 20 are also most welcome to attend. A separate program is offered for parents/guardians.

You will have 3 sessions together (as parents and guardians), with Petrea King or one of our experienced facilitators. In these sessions you will be able to speak of your own parenting challenges and learn some practical strategies for increasing your own resilience and happiness. There will also be some shared activities with the young people participating in Your Life Matters.

We are delighted that you have entrusted your young person with us to participate in Quest’s Your Life Matters program.

Please call our Programs Advisers on 1300 941 488 for further information and to arrange your booking.

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"If someone had told me that 5 days could change my life in such powerful and practical ways, I’d never have believed it possible. Thank you for all the love, care, education and support." Phil (aged 19)

“My life sucked. Now I can see a way forward.” Harriet (aged 16)

“Thank you for helping me. I’m so grateful I came here.” Ellie (aged 16)

"I’m no longer paralysed by fear and anxiety. Now I can witness the feelings and use them as motivation to make a difference in the way that I can.” Brent (aged 17)

“This place is fantastic. They walk the talk.” Mark (aged 18)

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