Covid 19 response: headspace Geelong are still operating, but we have made some changes to keep people safe. All services are occurring via video or phone. To book an appointment please call 5222 6690
headspace Geelong supports young people, from 12-25, who are going through a tough time.
Our service is free and confidential. We can assist young people in four key areas; Physical Health (incl.sexual health), Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs and Work and Study Support.
You can have a friend or family member with you when you come to headspace.
You can make an appointment for yourself or we take referrals from GPs, schools, youth and health workers and families.
In case of emergency call: 000
- Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed
headspace Geelong is operated by Barwon Child, Youth & Family. All headspace services are funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. Administration of funding is carried out by the headspace centre’s local Primary Health Network, in this case, Western Victoria (Western Victoria PHN).
Mental health workers – which may include psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors and other workers – that can help if you're just not feeling yourself.
Sexual health screenings on site or links to local services.
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.
GPs can help with any physical health issues as well as issues related to sexual health, drug or alcohol use, relationship problems or feeling down or upset. Your centre may have a GP on site or links to one locally.
Workers either on site or linked to the centre who can assist you with any alcohol or other drug issue.
A group of young people who help with events and some decision making at a centre. Ask your centre about getting involved.
headspace Geelong's 3 sites all have full disability access and can also be accessed via Public Transport.
headspace Geelong (open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm).
Ph. 5222 6690
Public transport access to our 105 Yarra Street - we are walking distance from the bus interchange on Moorabool Street in Geelong city centre near the Malop Street Mall.
headspace Corio (open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm).
Ph. 5222 6690
Public transport access to our Corio Village Level 1 is via the bus stop at the Corio Village Shopping Centre.
headspace Drysdale (open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm).
Ph. 5253 0400
Public transport access to our Drysdale Peninsula Drive is via the bus stop at Jetty Road/Portarlington Road and then a short walk to the Bellarine Secondary School Campus
If you are a young person:
Call us on the contacts above between opening hours on Monday to Friday to arrange an appointment. Feel free to have someone with you to help you make the call.
If you know a young person who might need help:
Families, carers and friends can make an appointment for a young person with their consent. To do so phone us with them to arrange an appointment.
If you are working with a young person who might need help:
Wellbeing staff from schools, health or community organisations can refer to headspace Geelong and make an appointment for a young person with their consent. To do so phone us with them to arrange an appointment.
*Please note: the young person must consent to the referral.
At headspace Geelong we have a team that is dedicated to supporting young people the best way we can. We have a range of workers with different skills and experience to make sure young people that access headspace Geelong get the help they are looking for. We are able to offer outreach support to you as well as drop in support from our 3 sites at Corio, Geelong and Drysdale. We also provide family inclusive support services as well. Please click here for our service brochure.
BCYF Director Community Health Services
headspace Operations Manager
Coordinator (headspace Drysdale) 5253 0400
The headspace Geelong team will ensure that no matter what service you require we will assist you to access it. All of our services are free and if you dont have a Medicare Card chat to our staff who can assist and support you to access support regardless. All of our staff are networked with all services in the Geelong region. The headspace Geelong Lead Agency is Barwon Child, Youth & Family. For further information please see www.bcyf.org.au
We also have a network of consortium partners who support the headspace Geelong platform and these consortium partners include Barwon Health, Bellarine Community Health, Diversitat, Orygen Youth Mental Health, Well-ways, Stepping Up, YSAS, G force, Kardinia Health and Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative.
To get your own medicare card please click here
If you or your family or someone you know needs support around mental health, general well being, work, school, family issues/conflict call us on (03) 5222 6690 for Geelong and Corio and on (03) 5253 0400 for our Drysdale site and we can talk you through your options. All you need to do is ask for an intake worker (also known as an Engagement and Assessment Clinician).
If you cannot call between 9AM to 5 PM you can alternatively email us at firstname.lastname@example.org although this account will only be checked during business hours.
For online and after hours support from headspace please call 1800 650 890 or go to www.eheadspace.org.au
headspace Geelong supports the 'no wrong door' approach and we will always guide you to the appropriate service/s to meet your needs or the needs of those people you are endeavoring to support.
Due to the uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 restriction levels, to protect the health of the community, headspace Geelong have altered our education offerings to secondary schools in the Greater Geelong region for the remainder of 2020. Below are the resources we can offer to schools;
To request access or for more information on any of these resources please email Sheldan.email@example.com
To discuss our Just Think (Alcohol Education) or Cyber Cats (Cyber-Safety) programs, which we deliver in partnership with the Geelong Cats, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Webinar; Looking after yourself and your friends (30min)
A prerecorded, 30-minute webinar, focused on tips for young people on looking after their own mental health as well as the warning signs their peers may be struggling with mental ill-health and the steps they should take if they notice this.
Webinar available for years 7&8s (12-15 year olds) and 9s-12s (15-19 year olds)
There should be at least 15 minutes after the showing of the webinar dedicated to classroom discussion on the themes discussed as well as to highlight any mental health supports offered within the school.
2. Follow up live Q&A over Zoom (30mins)
After a class/group have watched our webinar there is the opportunity to arrange a follow up session live on zoom to answer any further questions the young people have. Questions can be submitted via the teacher, who can forward them on to the headspace facilitator, or via an anonymous survey monkey link, dependent on the preference of the school/organization.
These sessions provide a way for young people to find out more information about headspace Geelong and mental health as well as to develop a more personalised connection to the service. Questions from groups so far have varied from “can you explain more about duty of care?” to “will headspace be offering phone and video services post covid?”.
3. Presentation with Q&A from young person with lived experience of mental ill-health (30 mins)
The headspace Geelong Youth Futures Crew (YFC) are a group of young people who are passionate about creating awareness of mental health and promoting help seeking. Some members of our YFC are available to share their mental health journey with a small (<25) group of young people and answer questions at the end.
Please contact Sheldan if you would like to arrange a session with our YFC
4. Just Think – Alcohol education for year 8 & 9’s.
See the links below for resources to run Just Think as a classroom session. We have provided notes and background reading to allow direct facilitation of the program by teachers or with pre-recorded videos. A vital part of the program is the Just Think Family Booklet which is provided in PDF format but may be able to be provided as a hard copy. If you would like to run Just Think at your school please contact Keith Gregory: email@example.com for support.
Just Think Downloadable Classroom Resources: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1zYGvnQdFWAnSVyYKMwoeUykn05CnEr3Q?usp=sharing
Just Think Prezi: https://prezi.com/view/xmmX6rsJdgIaKRx1Tl1g/ (to be used with the downloadable classroom resources)
5. Workshop; student led mental health initiatives (1-1.5hrs)
A headspace Geelong facilitator can come into your school and meet with a small group of students and staff (up to 10) to discuss health promotion activities that they can implement within the school as a leadership group.
This could be student led promotion of wellbeing supports available at school and organization of mental health days, social inclusion activities or longer-term plans to incorporate wellbeing activities or mental health education into the classroom. The headspace facilitator can advise on evidence behind such activities and strategies that may help with effectiveness as well as providing resources.
6. Resources,posters and fact sheets
headspace Geelong has access to fact sheets, posters and other resources that have been produced by headspace National, Australia’s national youth mental health foundation. We are most happy to deliver these to your school to display within your wellbeing center.
If you would like any of the below hard copy resources, please email Sheldan with up to 12 fact sheets and the posters you would like.
Online, printable fact sheets, and additional resources can be found here https://headspace.org.au/health-professionals/resource-library/fact-sheets/
01 - Alcohol
02 - Anger
03 - Anxiety
04 - Bipolar
05 - Bullying
06 - Dealing with relationship breakups
07 - Depression
08 - Eating Disorders
09 - Gender Identity & Mental Health
10 - Getting Help from A GP
11 - Grief
12 - If Your Friend Is Not Okay
13 - Psychosis
14 - PTSD
15 - Self Harm
16 - Sex & Sexual Health
17 - Sexuality & Mental Health
18 - Tips for A Healthy headspace
18a - Get into Life
18b - Learn How to Handle Tough Times
Top of Form
18c - Build Close and Connected Relationships
18d - Eat Well
18e - Get Enough Sleep
18f - Cut Back on Alcohol & Other Drugs
18g -Stay Active
19 - What Is Mental Health
21 - Screen Time
22 - Understand Gaming
23 - Sleep & Gaming
-The 7 tips for a healthy headspace
-headspace Digital Word and Study Services
-General headspace information
Online versions of these can be found here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1CIHwME0xrE7eV6eBnDcSkJVYztz0Sp1K?usp=sharing
Online Resources; headspace Group Chats
headspace run frequent online group chats for young people and their family/supports on a variety of different topics. Young people can join in these conversations and ask questions or simply just sit in and listen.
Ongoing weekly peer support chats:
To access ongoing weekly chats you will need to sign up to the spaces function of headspace https://headspace.org.au/eheadspace/spaces/personal/setup/
- navigating relationships: every Monday at 6–10pm AEST
- qheadspace: every Tuesday at 6–10pm AEST
- general coping: every Wednesday 6–10pm AEST
- yarnspace: fortnightly Thursdays 6-10pm AEST supporting others: fortnightly Thursdays 6-10pm AEST
Themed upcoming group chats for young people and their family and friends can be found here: https://headspace.org.au/eheadspace/group-chat/upcoming-chats/
To discuss these or any additional mental health promotion needs please email Sheldan.Alexander@bcyf.org.au
To access the PDF version of this information please click here
The YFC is made up of young people from the Geelong region who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of their peers. The group consists of a diverse range of young people, from a variety of different ages and backgrounds, who are advocates for youth mental health.
headspace Geelong look to the YFC for advice and opinions to ensure young people's voices are present in decisions that shape our service. The YFC organise events and campaigns that seek to spread the word about mental health and reduce stigma around mental illness. They also attend events around the region to get the headspace message out there and inform people on how to access our services.
Members of our Youth Futures Crew are offered training to equip them with the skills they think are necessary to do the wonderful work they do.
If you would like to invite the YFC to come along to your event or classroom via zoom to run an activity or share information about headspace contact Sheldan here.
headspace Geelong is one of the busiest headspace sites in Australia, delivering around 7300 occasions of services to more than 2000 young people each year.
As demand grows, access to immediate help is becoming increasingly difficult to provide and additional funds are being sought to boost our service delivery capacity.
By making a tax deductible donation you will contribute directly to ensuring our community's young people receive timely access to the support they need.
If you are interested in making a donation you can do so online here
If you are interested in fundraising for headspace Geelong please contact Julia Ladgrove, Fundraising Manager, Barwon Child Youth and Family.
T: 03 5226 8901 M: 0431 880 306
headspace Geelong staff are all trained in family inclusive practice which is designed to support your role as a parent/carer/guardian and incorporate your input into your young person's journey through headspace - with your young person's consent - for further information please contact headspace Geelong on (03) 5222 6690.