A new helpline is being launched in Australia today to support parents of troubled Muslim youths.

The free service will be run by trained Muslim counsellors and aims to address issues such as bullying, drug and alcohol abuse, and even radicalisation.

The helpline's founder, Kuranda Seyit, said it would offer a more focused service than others available to the general community.

"This is unique," he said.

"We have so many issues now facing our youth, and it's easy to blame parents but they need support, they need the tools and encouragement to deal with their children in a pragmatic and rational way."

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