More than 75 per cent of mental health issues develop before a person turns 25.
And yet, many traditional services aren’t equipped to address the unique barriers that young people face to accessing mental health support.
headspace began in 2006 to address this critical gap, by providing tailored and holistic mental health support to 12 - 25 year olds. With a focus on early intervention, we work with young people to provide support at a crucial time in their lives – to help get them back on track and strengthen their ability to manage their mental health in the future.
At the heart of our services is ensuring we meet the evolving and unique needs of young people and those who support them. Therefore, young people are at the centre of everything we do and they play an active role in designing, developing and evaluating our programs.
With more than 2 million occasions of service provided, we have helped thousands of young people get vital support through our 100+ national headspace centres, online services and clinical programs across Australia.
If you’re a young person who needs help, you can find it here.
Our 100+ centres are designed not just for young people, but with them, to ensure they are relevant, accessible and highly effective. As a result, no two headspace centres are the same, with each offering unique services that reflect the needs of its local community.
“When I was 12 I saw an ad that headspace was looking for committee members and I was very interested and joined the youth engagement committee, I loved it. it was amazing I actually emceed my centre’s opening and it was my first singing gig. Being on the committee gave me so much confidence, I felt I was finally accepted and valued.
- Mason Hope, headspace Maroocydore
National Telehealth Service
In regional and rural areas, getting access to expert psychiatrists is difficult. Our National Telehealth Service addresses this, by providing 12-25 year olds in these areas, access to highly-skilled psychiatrists via video consultations.
The low cost service ensures young people get high quality mental health care, while continuing their treatment within their local community.
eheadspace is our national online and phone support service, staffed by experienced youth mental health professionals. It provides young people and carers with a safe, secure and anonymous place to talk to a professional – wherever they are.
We launched eheadspace to reach regional and remote young people who were unable to access a headspace centre. It has since grown in popularity with all young people – many of whom simply feel more comfortable accessing our services online.
“Living four hours from the closest town and supports, I was feeling very isolated. Reaching out to eheadspace has helped to reduce that isolation and make me feel connected again.
headspace in schools
headspace in Schools provides youth-specific mental health education tools and access to mental health specialists for young people in primary and secondary school students across Australia. Through training and education, school staff and parents can better support students experiencing mental health issues.
With a focus on early identification and intervention, headspace in Schools builds mental health literacy and resilience in the school community while establishing referral pathways to general practitioners and mental health clinicians.