• 122 Vincent Street, Cessnock, New South Wales 2325
  • Phone   (02) 4993 3450
Cessnock exterior


When we are closed please contact headspace Maitland for more information

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

headspace Cessnock is linked to headspace Maitland which is a service tailored for the local community.

At headspace Cessnock we’re here for you.

We provide free and confidential support where young people aged between 12 and 25 can access qualified youth mental health professionals. 

We offer a range of services and supports for young people who are experiencing a tough time or are worried about their mental health, drug and alcohol use, employment and more.


Download Referral Form


When we are closed please contact headspace Maitland for more information

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

headspace Cessnock is linked to headspace Maitland and operated by The Samaritans Foundation. All headspace services are funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care. Administration of funding is carried out by the headspace centre’s local Primary Health Network, in this case, Hunter New England and Central Coast.


Get tips on how to prepare your resume and present for interviews. Find out about local employment opportunities (full time, part-time, or casual).

Workers either on site or linked to the centre who can assist you with any alcohol or other drug concern.

A group of young people who help with events and some decision making at a centre. Ask your centre about getting involved.

Mental health workers – which may include psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors and other workers – that can help if you're just not feeling yourself.

Workers either on site or linked to the centre who can assist you with work or study opportunities. 

Centres have a range of programs and activities for young people. Just ask your centre what they have on. 

“As soon as I sought help, I suddenly realised that my anxiety was very treatable and that I wasn’t alone.”
- Charlie

Jobs and volunteering

Positions currently available at headspace Cessnock

Family and friends reference group members contribute ongoingly to and improvement of headspace Cessnock/Maitland service provision. 

The headspace Cessnock/Maitland Family and Friends Reference Group is made up of a diverse group of people with lived experience of supporting a young person or people, including those who have experienced mental health and adolescent challenges.

Members have the opportunity to be involved in:

  • Local and national projects 
  • Provide feedback in relation to headspace services and organisational representation
  • Resource development 
  • Education and training for both staff and young 
  • Marketing promotion and community awareness 
  • Policy advocacy 

The group does meet in Maitland at the headspace centre once a month.

Contact Aidan Jurd, Community Awareness and Engagement Officer to have a yarn about becoming a member or if you want to apply please fill out this form.


For more information contact:

Phone: 0436 639 542
Email: aidan.jurd@samaritans.org.au

Salary: Volunteer Position

Our Youth Reference Group (YRG) are a collective of passionate young volunteers who play a big role in how headspace Cessnock/Maitland is run and engaging our local communities, including:

  • Organising and joining in on headspace and local youth events
  • Advocating and providing a voice for young people
  • Making meaningful decisions that have real impact
  • Being part of the headspace team 
  • Learning lifetime skills

Are you aged between 12-25 and want to have input with young people and mental health?
The YRG have monthly meetings and are involved in how our Centre is run, which staff we hire and both design and run events.

If this sounds like something you're interested in complete the EOI form. 

Relevant applicants will be contacted to have a yarn and provide further detail about commencement of YRG after submission of EOI. 

For more information contact:

Phone: 0436 639 542
Email: aidan.jurd@samaritans.org.au

More information

headspace Cessnock can be found at 122 Vincent Street, Cessnock.

Accessing our services via wheelchair can be done so from the front of centre.

Bus stops are located 75m from the centre on the corner of Cooper St and Vincent St. Please visit the Rover Bus Timetable to view bus routes.

Free parking is located behind the centre on Cumberland Street and 2 hours parking is available on Vincent Street. 

The easiest way to get support with headspace Cessnock is to have a chat to one of our intake team on the phone. You can do this by calling 4993 3450 between 9am - 4.30pm to book an appointment with the intake team. You can also ask a family member, friend, or someone you trust to call for you, or make a referral for a friend or family member yourself. Please note, we are a voluntary service. 

On your first appointment, we'll ask you to fill out a registration form, and a survey on the ipad or via your phone using the QR code upon arrival. You'll then meet one of our intake officers who will have a longer chat with you about how you're going and how we can help. This usually lasts around 45 mins to an hour. We'll then make a plan with you for support. For some of our counselling options, you'll need a Medicare card in order to access sessions under a Mental Health Care Plan. To apply for a Medicare card, go to Services Australia website. If you don't have a Medicare card, you can call us to discuss options. 

Our flyer explaining what to expect at headspace Cessnock can be found here.

At headspace Cessnock we believe that youth participation is fundamental to the delivery of quality services for young people. We aim to provide young people with opportunities to meaningfully participate and collaborate in our daily operations, structure and services.

Art and Craft Group

We have partnered with Cessnock Youth and Community Outreach Service (CYCOS) to run an art and craft program on Mondays after school from 3:30-4:30 at CYCOS which is located at 49D Aberdare road, Aberdare. If you would like to join you can contact grace.tinlin@samaritans.org.au or youthcentre@cessnock.nsw.gov.au other wise you can drop in to headspace or CYCOS centre on the day. 

Art Competition

Submit your artwork now for our youth journals! headspace Maitland is inviting young people (12-25) to submit artworks for consideration in our new journal. The theme is... mindfulness! Mindfulness is images that show being present, taking notice of life and emotions and include activies such as mediation, walking, cooking, petting animals, eating, listening, yoga, using all 5 senses, being creative etc. The published artists will be paid for their contributions. Artworks can be submitted in digital format (jpg, png) by email to aidan.jurd@samaritans.org.au.

Entries close May 31st!

Push-Up Challenge 

Cessnock headspace is participating in the Push-Up Challenge this year! The Push-Up Challenge is a free mental health and fitness event focused on pushing for better mental health for all Australians. Participants complete 3,249 push-ups over 24 days, representing the 3,249 lives lost to suicide in Australia in 2022. If you'd like to support us please donate here: https://thepushupchallenge.com.au/beneficiary/headspace-Cessnock.

Youth Reference Group

Our Youth Reference Group(YRG) meets up every three weeks to discuss all that happens at headspace Cessnock. Our dedicated members organise, coordinate and attend youth events around Mental Health Month, National Youth Week, LGBTQIA+ events and awareness days, NAIDOC and many more.

Wanna join the team? We are always looking for new members! If you're aged between 12 and 25, live in the Maitland and Upper Hunter region and are passionate about promoting good mental health and wellbeing to young people then:

Family and Friends Reference Group

Our Family and Friends Reference Group (FAF) meets once a month to discuss all things youth mental health and how we can best support our youth community and their families. As a collective: we listen, we learn and provide advice that guides the continuous development of headspace Maitland/Cessnock services.

As part of the Family and Friends Reference group you will:

  • Help with projects and events that support parents and families
  • Have input into strategies and campaigns that target parent and families
  • Meet and work with other people who are passionate about youth mental health 
  • Make a difference to youth mental health through media and promotion.

We appreciate the time your are taking to improve our service and the mental health of our youth. We know you have busy lives so we do communicate regularly via emails, and through our Facebook page/messenger group if you cannot attend a meeting. 

For more details or questions please contact our Community Awareness and Engagement Officer: Aidan.jurd@samaritans.org.au or if you would like to apply please fill out this form.

Both the Youth Reference Group and Family and Friends Reference group meet at headspace Maitland located at 73 Elgin St, Maitland.

We're collecting info about the activities, social groups and events that we run at headspace Cessnock. Have something to say about one of our events that you attended? Let us know what you thought by clicking here. Using the same link, you can also include feedback about our Centre too!

If you would like to refer a young person you can find our referral form here. Please fill out the details and email to headspacecessnock@samaritans.org.au or fax (02) 49311 060.

To book an appointment or ask a question feel free to call out friendly reception staff on (02) 49 311 000. Please note that phone referrals will only be taken between the hours of 9:30 am and 4:30 pm

Our Staff

We have a dedicated team of friendly, welcoming staff who you can talk to about what’s going on in your life in a confidential, non-judgemental environment. Coming to see us is free, and you can phone us, email us or just come in. You can also ask your parents, a health worker or case manager to refer you. If you would like to book an appointment or ask a question call (02) 49 311 000 or send an email to headspacecessnock@samaritans.org.au if you would like to refer a young person.


These guys will be your first port of call! After booking an appointment with headspace you will have a meeting with one of our amazing Early Intervention Mental Health Clinicians. They will listen to what’s going on and talk to you about what help is out there.


Adolescent and Family Counsellor

Hari and Tracey are our Adolescent and Family Counsellors who help parents and young people successfully resolve difficult issues and navigate their way through challenging times with a focus on strengthening family relationships.


Community Awareness & Engagement Officers

Aidan and Grace engage young people, their families and friends, schools and community groups to help build awareness and literacy of mental health in our community. They also facilitate the many youth groups held at the Centre! Interested in having us attend your school? Email us at headspacecessnock@samaritans.org.au for more info. 



Alcohol and Other Drugs

AOD provides support for young people who would like to quit or cut down on their alcohol or drug use.

Adolescent and Family Counselling

Tracey and Hariata offers counselling and support that can help with a variety of issues including, disagreements of family rules and expectations or disruptions to family life due to separation, divorce, loss or other trauma.

Services Australia 

Leigha from Services Australia joins us to support young people with government services and payments. She can assist you with things like Youth Allowance, Medicare, Child Support and Job Seeker.

headspace connect

You will talk regularly with a professional clinician over the phone for up to 10 weeks. Working together, you will discuss your aims and create a plan to make them happen. Appointments are available outside business hours to make it easier to attend.

headspace work and study

Do you need help with looking for a job? Or support in starting a career? Or advice on study options?
No matter where you're at, headspace Work & Study is here to help you. 


AimBig help jobseekers with disability, mental health conditions and injury to find meaningful work every second Tuesday at headspace Cessnock. 


CAMHS attends headspace Cessnock every Tuesday and Wednesday.


Other Services

headspace Cessnock is connected to a range of outside services and providers in the Hunter and Upper Hunter region:

headspace Cessnock can be booked in to attend your event.

In order to help us best suit your needs please note the following:

  • We need at least 4 weeks notice of events and presentations.
  • We may not be able to meet your request within the timeframe due to prior commitments.
  • If you need to cancel an event or presentation, please advise us 1 week before.
  • It may take 10 days for a staff member to process and get back to you.

If you would like to book for us to come to your school/uni/tafe click here and if you would like us to come to your service/community click here to complete the application form.