Smooth Sailing is an online service for all high school students, designed to help you out when you’re feeling down or worried – or even just keep you on track when things are going well.

Who made it?

A bunch of brainy researchers at the Black Dog Institute in Sydney, NSW, worked hard to create Smooth Sailing for you. They talked to heaps of people your age, as well as parents, teachers and doctors, to figure out the best way to design and build it.

The Black Dog Institute is a non-government organisation that aims to improve the mental health of all Australians. It’s a registered charity located in Sydney, Australia and is connected to the University of New South Wales. This project was generously funded by HSBC.

Why should you use it?

Because we all go through tough times in life, but especially during high school. And it can be hard to know what to do when you’re really worried, down or stressed. By using Smooth Sailing, you’ll have a better idea of how to get through these tough times (and how to help your mates when they’re struggling).

What happens to my information? Who sees what and when?

Keeping your information private, safe, and secure is a big deal for us. That’s why we ask you to create an account as soon as you visit the site; it allows us to keep everything you tell us nice and secret, shhhhh…

When you sign up you’ll be asked to enter your name, date of birth, gender, state, and high school, and then answer a few questions about how you’ve been feeling lately. All of this stuff is called ‘your information’. It’s collected and stored automatically on our secure servers at the Black Dog Institute in Sydney, and can only be viewed by the Smooth Sailing team (it helps us keep track of how you’re going and what parts of Smooth Sailing are working best). All use of your information will be in line with the Institute’s privacy policy; it’ll never be shared with anyone else without your permission.

If you want to see or change your personal profile, just click on ‘My Profile’ in your menu. If you want to be deleted from our system, email your request through to smoothsailing@blackdog.org.au

There may be times when it all gets a bit much, and you need some extra support. If that happens, we’ll usually encourage you to talk to someone you trust. But if we’re really worried about you - or you don’t seem to be getting better - we may need to let a trusted adult know how you’re feeling. If that’s the case, we’ll let you know beforehand and tell you who that adult will be. And we’ll only tell them the basics; that you’re not feeling great and could do with a little more support.

If you have questions or concerns about any of this, feel free to email the team at: smoothsailing@blackdog.org.au