About My Circle
My Circle is a free, private, safe and confidential social platform for 13 to 25 year olds across Australia. The platform was developed in partnership by Kids Helpline, the Bupa Foundation, and the University of Sydney. The platform offers a unique feature called Circles, where users can come together and discuss specific topics such as bullying, depression, and other challenges they may be facing. While in a Circle, users can ask questions, share their experiences, and engage in supportive conversations with others going through similar challenges.
My Circle is supported by a team of Moderators who are qualified Kids Helpline (KHL) Counsellors. Their job is to monitor the conversations within the Circles to make sure conversations stay safe, supportive, and informative. My Circle also offers monthly surveys to track users’ mood over time.
My Circle offers a range of topics including:
- The World Around Me
- Mental Health
- Disability, Illness & Physical Health
- Substance Use & Other Addictions
- School & Work
- Suicidal Thoughts & Self-Harm
- Bullying & Harassment
- Chill Zone
- eSafety & Social Media
- Family Relationships
- Getting Help & Resources
- Dating & Sex
- Body & Self-Esteem
Who is My Circle for?
My Circle is suitable for 13 to 25 year olds across Australia. The platform also caters to those who are experiencing mental health challenges, people with a disability, illness, or physical health issue and those who identify as part of the LGBTIQAPK+ community.
Is there a cost to use My Circle?
No – My Circle is free to access and use.
How to access My Circle
My Circle can be accessed at https://kidshelpline.com.au/my-circle
My Circle Research and Evaluation
My Circle follows evidence-based guidelines, incorporating the mental health model of care and user safety features. So far, a qualitative analysis of My Circle has been conducted revealing evidence of users engaging with peer support and reporting benefits of the online group counselling environment. However, Psychometric scales did not report significant changes of mood or affect with use.
Visit this page to read the results of the exploratory analysis on My Circles.