New to Canteen? Start here!


So, you've joined up on Canteen Connect and you might be wondering - Now What?

If this is your first time here, chances are you don't know what Canteen offers yet.

CANTEEN CONNECT - This is where you can read through other people’s cancer experiences and connect with young people around Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand. Whether you want to rant about Annoying things people say, read Favourite Quotes, learn more about Grief and Cancer adjustment, preparing for a Hospital Stay, or search ideas on how to de-stress here’s where you’ll find it! You can also add your story on the introduce yourself thread, and read how joining Connect has helped Bobby on their Cancer Journey :) You are welcome to search for specific topics, comment on posts, get creative with your own post and private message other young people. This is your space to explore, connect, and learn.

LOCAL SUPPORT + ONLINE EVENTS - If you’d like to get more involved, you can sign up to a local state team. When you do this, you will have a support person who can help out with coping strategies, practical stuff like a letter for school/uni, and an ear to listen to what’s been going on. This will also give you access to the events happening, where you can learn new skills, take time out and meet with other young people in your situation (online for now, and in-person once it's COVID safe!). You or a trusted adult can sign yourself up for this by contacting your local Aus state office or checking out Canteen in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

COUNSELLING - Processing your cancer experience can be hard. Sometimes friends don’t get it, and you don’t want to share everything you’re actually feeling with your family. This is where counselling sessions might be useful - these are 50 minute sessions over phone/webchat/zoom with counsellors who have specialised experience in cancer adjustment, grief and loss. To arrange this, you can email us on, call on 1800 835 952 or click the orange ‘chat to a counsellor’ button in the corner.

Welcome! You've come to the right place :)