headspace is a free, confidential service for 12-25 year olds. We provide young people with the opportunity to be heard and be active around youth mental health.
What we do
We help young people with general health, mental health, education, employment, alcohol and other drug problems.
Youth friendly services include:
- medical services
- counselling services provided by psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists
- drug and alcohol counselling
- school and work assistance
- services to families/friends
- youth early psychosis services
Who we care for
headspace provides support, information and advice to young people aged 12 to 25.
headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program
The headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program offers specialist support for young people who are experiencing, or at increased risk of developing, psychosis.
Mobile Assessment and Treatment Team (MATT)
The clinical care aims of the MATT service are to:
- intervene early and effectively with young people at risk of their first episode of psychosis in the acute phase to try and prevent hospitalisation
- work with families and young people who are hard to engage and have difficulty attending clinic based services
MATT provides a service out of usual business hours to young people and families who find it difficult to attend the centre or are in need of more intense services in the evenings or weekends.
MATT services are accessed via headspace Intake.
headspace Discovery College
headspace Discovery College is about learning from each other, sharing experiences and ideas to explore who we are, what works for us, what we want and what we can do. Discovery College values all different kinds of knowledge and experiences.
headspace Discovery College welcomes enrolments from all kinds of people interested in exploring ideas around mental health and wellbeing. Future students may come from different backgrounds including young people, friends, families and mental health professionals all there to learn from the course facilitators and each other.
For more information about courses that are available at headspace.
What to expect
The service is designed to make it easy as possible for a young person and their family to get the help they need for problems affecting their wellbeing.
Once you have located your nearest centre simply ring to find a time that suits you to come in for an appointment. You can ask a friend, teacher, parent, health worker or any trusted person to contact the centre on your behalf if you wish.
Commonly asked questions
headspace centres are located across metropolitan, regional and rural areas of Australia. Each centre can help with mental health, physical health (including sexual health), alcohol and other drug or work and study issues.
Centres are built and designed with input from young people so they don't have the same look or feel as other clinical services.
They are there so you can access the type of health worker you need. This could be a GP, psychologist, social worker, alcohol and drug worker, mental health clinician, counsellor, vocational worker or youth worker.
If you're aged 12-25 years and going through a tough time headspace can help. There is no issue too small to see us about.
headspace can help if you:
- are feeling down, stressed or can't stop worrying
- don't feel like yourself anymore
- can't deal with school/uni/work or are finding it difficult to concentrate
- are feeling sick or worried about your health
- have questions about, or want to cut down on alcohol or other drug use
- want to talk about sexuality, gender identity or relationships
- are having difficulties with your family or friends
- have sexual health issues or want information about contraception
- are being bullied, hurt or harassed
- are worried about work or study or if you're having money trouble
- need someone to talk to
Getting support can help you to keep on track at school, study or work, and in your personal and family relationships. The sooner you get help the sooner things can begin to improve for you.
How to access this service
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Family, carers, case managers and patients can contact us directly to access our services.
ResourcesAll patient resources
Assisting young people and families to find the right help for problems affecting wellbeing
Outlines services and location of headspace Bentleigh
Outlines services and location of headspace Elsternwick
Online help at eheadspace
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South East Melbourne headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program
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