How Friends Can Help - Brave Foundation

How Friends Can Help


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Bernie's Story

How you can help

All of a sudden things are changing, your friend has found out they are pregnant, the future is looking different and you may think this is an experience you never thought you would be a part of.

Please know, your role as a friend can help so much.

Many people say ‘teenage pregnancy happens to someone else,’ when the fact is that most people know a person, or of a person, that has experienced a teenage pregnancy. Teenage pregnancy doesn’t discriminate, it occurs in every community of Australia and the way through is building up the village of support and acceptance around expecting and parenting teens. This is a part of your journey to assist as a friend as best you can.

Connecting you with support

We have all the support and services available to connect you here at Brave Foundation. Your journey alongside your friend in teenage pregnancy can be a great one that will see you see her or him well supported into a healthy, happy, skilled family over time. At Brave Foundation, we know that in many situations this future can look impossible. That is why we are here, to provide the support and encouragement you need to equip and enhance your role as a friend during this time.

Even in a planned pregnancy, people have many questions, let alone the questions you may have as a friend when this surprise wasn’t expected! This part of the site is dedicated to a brief description of pregnancy and its stages as you navigate through the interactive pregnancy timeline.

Next steps

Continue to look around the Brave Foundation site, particularly the maps, to see what community support, maternity support and educational options are available in your community to assist your friend. You can also contact Kids Helpline if you or your friend is in need of immediate professional counselling support on 1800 55 1800 and link Brave Foundation has partnered with Kids Helpline to provide this support to those facing teenage pregnancy and the people around them.

At any time you can begin an online chat with us, and we will respond within the next working day. At Brave we all have a personal connection with teenage pregnancy and parenthood. We will be by your side as we find what support and educational services are available to help you help your friend in Australia. Simply email us at


You will also find different stories on this website of how others friends have dealt with teenage pregnancy and their vital role in the Brave Village.

Please share your story of friendship with us and become a part of the Brave Village. Email us at

Your Pregnancy Journey

We've built a timeline just for you. So no matter where you are in your journey, you'll be able to locate the information that's relevant to you - anytime.

View Interactive Timeline

The Village of Support

Life can be tough, especially when things don’t go to plan. As a friend of someone on this unexpected journey, your friendship is important. Be there for them and guide them as best as you can.

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