Be There for Others

Cotton On Foundation + Born This Way Foundation Present: The Be There Certificate by

What is the Be There Certificate

Born This Way Foundation and Cotton On Foundation are working together to share the Be There Certificate, a free, self-paced, interactive online mental health course for young people aged 16-25 created by in partnership with Born This Way Foundation. The program has been designed to build the knowledge, skills, and confidence of young people to safely support anyone who may be struggling with their mental health.

  • 6 interactive lessons
  • Less than 2 hours
  • Free of charge
  • Available in French, English and Spanish
  • Videos and real life scenarios
  • Unlimited access

A Kinder World Is Our Kinda World

Born This Way Foundation is partnering with Australian-born fashion and lifestyle brand Cotton On and their philanthropic arm Cotton On Foundation with the goal to raise $5 million USD for global mental health. Learn more about the partnership here.

It is important to recognise that the majority of young people who have accessed the Be There Certificate live in the United States and Canada and that the content was not written specifically for young people in Australia. It is hoped the themes, ideas and skills are relevant to young people across the world however, in collaboration with Orygen, Born This Way Foundation met with young people from across Australia to ensure that the content makes sense to young people living here.

Download our resource guide for youth in Australia

Learning to Be There for each other

What you'll learn:

  • How to recognize signs of struggle
  • What to say to start the conversation
  • How to build trust and offer practical support
  • Tips to become a better listener
  • The importance of setting healthy boundaries
  • How to help someone access professional and community resources
  • How to maintain your own mental health

Here is what some young people who helped us develop this guide wanted to share with other young people in Australia:

Let’s create a world where we can all better support one another.

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Be There Golden Rules

It provides a deep understanding of Be There’s 5 Golden Rules — a simple but actionable framework on how to recognize when someone might be struggling with their mental health, your role in supporting that person, and how to connect them to the help they deserve.

Golden Rule #1

Say What You See

How to break the ice and start the conversation.

Golden Rule #2

Show You Care

How to build trust and support someone.

Golden Rule #3

Hear Them Out

Learn to be a good listener and balance the conversation.

Golden Rule #4

Know Your Role

Learn to set boundaries to protect your relationship and your mental health.

Golden Rule #5

Connect to Help

Learn to access professional and community resources, and what to expect from them.