headspace

Canberra

Hours

  • Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
  • Wednesday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
  • Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

WE ARE ON THE MOVE and will be closed from 12 Dec 2018 and will open at our new location on the 18 December 2018.  headspace Canberra is now located at 1 Torrens St, Braddon, ACT, 2612 

headspace Canberra is a free or low cost, confidential and non-judgemental service where people from 12 to 25 years old can access qualified youth mental health professionals. We offer a range of supports for young people who are experiencing a tough time or are worried about their drug and alcohol use, mental, physical or sexual wellbeing.  

If you want to talk or make an appointment call us on (02) 5109 9700, email us at info@headspacecanberra.org.au, or pop into the centre.  You could also ask your family, friend, teacher, doctor, or someone close to you to make a referral or contact us on your behalf. Referrals are not required but are preferred.

If you have any immediate concerns, you can phone Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800, Lifeline on 13 11 14, or ACT Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team on 1800 629 354.

To access support at headspace Canberra, please see More Information below.

Hours

  • Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
  • Wednesday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
  • Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

headspace Canberra is operated by Marathon Health. 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, Australian Capital Territory (Capital Health Network).

Services

Mental Health Services

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

Alcohol & Drug Services

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

Youth Programs

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

Sexual Health Services

Sexual health screenings on site or links to local services. 

Youth Reference Group

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

“WE ARE MOVING!!! As of December 2018 headspace Canberra will be located at 1 Torrens St, Braddon, ACT, 2612”

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More information

What is headspace?

 

headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds.

At headspace Canberra we provide support for young people experiencing mental health concerns, and substance use issues, along with assistance in promoting wellbeing.

Feeling down, tense, angry or anxious are all normal emotions, but when these feelings persist for long periods of time they may be part of a mental health problem. Mental health problems can influence how you think and your ability to function in your everyday activities, whether at school, at work, in social situations or in relationships.

If you are experiencing a mental health problem, one of the best things you can do is talk to someone. It can be helpful to talk with a professional, someone outside of your friends and family, for support.

 At headspace Canberra we provide:

  • Mental Health Counselling and support
  • Wellbeing Coaching
  • Sexual Health Testing
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselling
  • Education Sessions and Parenting Programs

I want to come to headspace Canberra. How do I do that? Make a referral.

To access headspace Canberra call us on 6201 5343, we will ask for your details or you can email your name, date of birth, address and phone number to info@headspacecanberra.org.au and one of our team will get in touch with you.

If you are a young person you can self refer or If you are family or friend referring on behalf of someone else, the young person needs to be aware of the referral and be willing to engage with headspace support. All you need to do is give us a call, walk in or send us an email and we will give you or your family/friend a call.

Please be aware the phones and email account is only checked during business hours. If you need urgent help call the Crisis, Assessment and Treatment Team on 1800 629 354 or Lifeline 13 1114.

If you are referring from a another service, please complete referral form and forward to us via email info@headspacecanberra.org.au, fax 6201 2345, or post Level B, Building 18, 170 Haydon Drive, University of Canberra, ACT, 2601.

Referrals should include as much information as possible and be undertaken with the consent of the young person.

General Practitioners are requested to include a Mental Health Treatment Plan for the young person.

So I make a referral and then what…? Book a phone intake or attend yourspace.

 After making a referral, you will be offered a phone intake appointment or yourspace booking.

 

What’s a phone intake?

Most young people coming to headspace Canberra start with a phone intake. A phone intake is a chat with a youth worker on the phone for about 30 minutes, with the young person and often with their parent or carer. The purpose of the phone intake is to tell you about headspace, find out about what is going on for you and discuss options for support.

 

What’s yourspace?

yourspace is an information and engagement session. We invite everyone to come in and see our centre, meet the team, learn about headspace and find out some of the ways we can support you. Youth workers are available on the night to briefly chat with you about support options and arrange appointments.   

yourspace is held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month from 4:30pm - 5:30pm at headspace Canberra, Level B, 170 Haydon Drive, Bruce ACT

 

How to get to headspace Canberra?

headspace Canberra is located at Level B, 170 Haydon Drive, Bruce ACT. This is a shared premises with other orgainsations. As you come through the main entrance of the building you will see the green footprints that will lead you up the stairs to our doors. If you need to access the lift please contact headspace Canberra reception ahead of time on (02) 6201 5343 or advise the worker you are speaking to at the time you book the appointment, as the lift needs to be operated by a headspace staff member.

The best way to get to headspace Canberra is by car or bus. There is free parking for young people and their family and friends coming to the centre which is under the signs "tenant parking". There is a number of bus stops on Haydon Drive and College Street, see below.

If you're coming by car we are on the right-hand side of Haydon Drive if you are coming from the South, on the left-hand side if you turn onto Haydon Drive from Ginninderra Drive.

If you're coming by bus, catch one of the Intertown 300 buses from any interchange. Make sure you catch one headed for Belconnen. The bus will take you to College Street and from there you will need to walk down to Haydon Drive. Alternatively, you can find local buses that stop on both sides of Haydon Drive.

If you are having any hassles, please call reception on (02) 6201 5343.

headspace Canberra map with bus stops

 

 

 

So I make a referral, complete an intake and then what…? Connect with ongoing support.

During the intake process our youth workers will get to know a bit about what is going on for you and will be able to recommended support options.

At headspace Canberra we provide:

  • Mental Health Counselling
  • Wellbeing Coaching
  • Sexual Health Testing
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselling

We can also recommended other services to you. We always want to make sure that young people are accessing a safe and appropriate level of support, this means that sometimes we will recommend that you access support outside of headspace, this may be as well as or instead of coming to headspace. You will be supported through the referral process.

 

Do I need a referral from a doctor to come to headspace Canberra?

No, you don’t require a referral to access headspace Canberra.

However, if your best support option is accessing mental health counselling, most young people access this support with a Mental Health Treatment Plan referral from their GP/Doctor.

 

What is a Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP)?

A MHTP is a referral from your GP/Doctor. This provides you with both GP support and access to up to 10 Medicare rebated sessions with a mental health clinician in a calendar year. If you have a Medicare card, Medicare will cover some or all of the cost of care planning by a GP/doctor. Your GP/doctor should tell you what costs (if any) are involved when you agree to make a Mental Health Care Plan. If you need further information about Medicare, or how to get a Medicare card, you can visit https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/enablers/how-enrol-or-re-enrol-medicare or a nearby Medicare branch.

 

How much does it cost to come to headspace Canberra?

Services at headspace are provided free of charge or at a low cost.

  • Talking with a Youth Worker– free
  • Wellbeing Coaching – free
  • Sexual Health Testing – free
  • Mental Health Counselling – free or low cost

If you are planning to access mental health counselling we often recommend that you obtain a MHTP referral from your GP. We require a copy of your MHTP before we can book an appointment with a clinician. With a MHTP you can claim a rebate from Medicare. We charge $100-$150 per clinician session. After payment of full fee the gap, or out of pocket expense, between full fee and Medicare rebate is approx. $26 per session. If you are unable to pay for any reasons, don't worry, please ask to speak to one of our youth workers about this.

If you have a MHTP and a Centrelink Pension Card or Health Care Card, or have any other financial concerns we can bulk bill you, with no gap or out of pocket expense.

You can access mental health counselling without a MTHP referral, this is a full fee service without a rebate from Medicare. If you cannot access a MHTP, and don't have the financial capacity to pay for the full fee service without a rebate, we can talk to you about a number of other options that may be suitable such as utilising Healthy headspace Skills Workshops, on-staff clinicians, intern clinicians, in-kind partners, and onespace clinicians.

If you are worried about fees please talk to us.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a referral from a doctor to come to headspace Canberra?

No, you don’t require a referral to access headspace Canberra.

However, if your best support option is accessing mental health counselling, most young people access this support with a Mental Health Treatment Plan referral from their GP/Doctor.

 

How long are your wait times?

We experience ongoing high demand for our services at headspace Canberra. This means that there is usually a wait to access our services, but varies depending on the service you are wishing to access. For up to date information on our current wait times, please speak with our staff.

 

What is a Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP)?

A MHTP is a referral from your GP/Doctor. This provides you with both GP support and access to up to 10 Medicare rebated sessions with a mental health clinician in a calendar year.

 

How to get a Medicare Card?

If you need to find out more about getting a Medicare Card, please see https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/medicare/medicare-card 

 

How much does it cost to come to headspace Canberra?

 Services at headspace are provided free of charge or at a low cost.

  • Talking with a Youth Worker– free
  • Wellbeing Coaching – free
  • Sexual Health Testing – free
  • Mental Health Counselling – free or low cost

If you are planning to access mental health counselling we often recommend that you obtain a MHTP referral from your GP. We require a copy of your MHTP before we can book an appointment with a clinician. With a MHTP you can claim a rebate from Medicare. We charge $100-$150 per clinician session. After payment of full fee the gap, or out of pocket expense, between full fee and Medicare rebate is approx. $26 per session. If you are unable to pay for any reasons, don't worry, please ask to speak to one of our youth workers about this.

If you have a MHTP and a Centrelink Pension Card or Health Care Card, or have any other financial concerns we can bulk bill you, with no gap or out of pocket expense.

You can access mental health counselling without a MTHP referral, this is a full fee service without a rebate from Medicare. If you cannot access a MHTP, and don't have the financial capacity to pay for the full fee service without a rebate, we can talk to you about a number of other options that may be suitable such as utilising Healthy headspace Skills Workshops, on-staff clinicians, intern clinicians, in-kind partners, and onespace clinicians.

If you are worried about fees please talk to us.

 

I’m not sure about what kind of support I am after?

That’s totally fine. If you aren’t sure about what kind of support you are after then book a phone intake to speak with one of our youth work team about what is going on for you and we can talk with you about support options.

 

What will happen when I come to headspace Canberra?

On your first visit, you will be welcomed to headspace Canberra by our friendly reception staff and they will ask you to complete some paperwork and HAPI (see What’s HAPI? below). You will then meet your clinician for approx. 45-60mins. You can bring along a parent, carer, partner or friend to attend part or all of your appointment with you. Whatever you feel more comfortable with.

Your first appointment will mostly be about meeting with your clinician and discussing the things that have been going on for you, and what you would like to get out of coming to headspace.

After your appointment you are welcome to book another appointment with your clinician.

 

What if I don’t feel comfortable talking with my clinician?

If the clinician you met with wasn’t a good fit for you, it’s okay to change to see someone else. Some people find it easier to talk to someone who is the same or different gender, someone younger or older or just has a different style. To book you with a different clinician one of the youth worker team will chat with you about your preferences.

 

What’s HAPI?

We are collect information from young people about why they have come to headspace and what services they receive, we call this HAPI. We will ask you to answer some questions. HAPI helps us understand what is happening for you, what young people need and assist us to get resources for our service. You may receive a link to your phone or email address or you can complete on our iPads. We will ask you to do a HAPI when you come for each of your appointments.

 

What if I can’t make my appointment?

We understand that things happen, you get sick or something unexpected comes up. That’s ok. Wherever possible we ask that you let us know if you are not able to keep your appointment. It lets us know that you are ok and means you can sort out another time. With enough notice, we are able to offer the appointment time to another young person, who might be needing an earlier appointment.

 

How often do I come to headspace Canberra?

This will depend on what’s going on for you and the treatment plan you have developed with your clinician. As a bit of a guide, many young people find it helpful to come to appointments every 2-4 weeks.

 

Will you tell anyone about what is happening for me?

Your contact with headspace is confidential within the headspace team. We will share information with your GP about your progress and attendance. We don’t share information without your permission unless there are concerns about your safety or someone else’s safety or legal obligations.

 

Things we don’t do.

headspace is an early intervention youth mental health service for 12 – 25 year olds. We are unable to offer crisis support. If you are ever experiencing suicidal thoughts or a significant mental health crisis please contact the relevant Mental Health Crisis Team or attend your nearest hospital emergency department.

ACT Mental Health Crisis Team         1800 629 354 or 6205 1065

NSW Mental Health Crisis Team        1800 011 511

Suicide Call Back Service                    1300 659 467

Lifeline                                                  13 11 14

Kids Helpline                                       1800 55 1800

Emergency Services                            000

headspace Canberra does not have a GP or Psychiatrist available. We are unable to provide advice about medication. We don’t conduct psychological assessment or diagnosis for things like ADHD, Learning Disorders, or Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Our Staff

Centre Manager  Zora Todoroska

Clinical Team Leader  Tim McLauchlan

Mental Health Clinician Ben Kwan

Practice Manager  Sue George

Administration  Rosemary Flintoft, Margaret McTaggart, Lumiel Ricardi, Beth Davis, Jennifer Towie, Collette Vine, Yasna Goodwin

Administration Referral Coordinators Fox Fromholtz, Elizabeth Royal

Youth Care and Community Coordinators  Tracy Boomer, Sophie Chang, Erin Brown

Intake Workers / Youth Care Coordinators Arianne Wright, Helen Armstrong, Lucy Ellen, Annie Pate

Psychologists  Sean Dicks, Ian Donald, Conal Monoghan, Louise Huggett, Kathryn Bell, Annemarie Nicol

Social Worker  Brooke Rowlands, Lauren Errington, Judith Peterson

Interns Ren Ying Chng, Xue-Lian (X) Chen, Alice Coen

Drug and Alcohol Worker  Michelle Figares (Directions Health), Sarah Walker (ACT Health, Youth Drug and Alcohol Program)

Next Step High Intensity Vikram Kulkarni (CatholicCare)

Next Step Low Intensity Lisa Seidel, Amelaine Uidam (Woden Community Services)

CAMHS Liaison Renae Nardi (CAMHS Northside)

Sexual Health Nurse  Debbie Morgan

Youth Participation and Volunteering

headspace Canberra is committed to youth participation. There are various ways in which young people can get involved in headspace Canberra:

headspace Canberra Youth Reference Group (YRG) 

The YRG is a diverse team of young people aged between 16 and 25 years old, that attend and coordinate events in addition to providing consultation and guidance to the staff of headspace Canberra in order to maintain the centre's youth focus.

Currently there are no vacancies for the YRG, however if you are interested in future recruitment, please express your interest via info@headspaceCanberra.org.au and we will keep you posted.

 

Youth Ambassadors (YA) 

Youth Ambassadors is a new initiative for Canberra headspace and includes members aged between 18 and 28 years old, who are enrolled at university, CIT or involved with sports clubs.  Their role is to present at schools, sports clubs and other community agencies about headspace and introduce mental health concepts.

Currently we recruiting for the Youth Ambassadors Program so if you are interested in recruitment, please express your interest via info@headspaceCanberra.org.au and we will keep you posted.

The aims of both of our volunteer groups are to:

  • Reduce the stigma surrounding mental health
  • Encourage early help seeking
  • Improve mental health literacy
  • Improve the knowledge of where to access youth specific information and resources of services headspace offer to young people, family and friends, carers, professionals and academics working in the youth and health sector
  • Promote early recognition of mental health issues among teachers, family and friends and support staff
  • Create partnerships with local organisations and members of the community
  • Create conversation locally
  • Strengthen the headspace brand

Community Engagement Workshops and Resource Requests

headspace Canberra actively participates in the community to promote positive mental health.

If you would like us to come along to your event, workshop or donate headspace resources to your organisation, please contact us info@headspaceCanberra.org.au Please allow for a minimum of two weeks to process your request.

Our Youth Reference Group reviews all incoming community engagement and resource requests.

 

Mental Health Workshops

headspace Canberra offers workshops to schools, sports clubs and community organisations through our Youth Ambassadors volunteer program.

Our Youth Ambassadors are a diverse team of young people who are enrolled at university and/or participate in a sports club. Their primary role is to present workshops about headspace and other mental health topics.

Our workshops utilise the latest interactive audience clicker system, information slides, videos and group activities.

Schools/Sports Clubs/Community Groups can request workshops via headspace Canberra, please complete this form https://form.jotform.co/70848624880870 Please allow for a minimum of two weeks to process your request.

 

Donations to headspace Canberra

If you would like to donate to headspace Canberra please contact us on (02) 6201 5343 or info@headspaceCanberra.org.au and you can get more information how to support your local headspace centre. If you are setting up an event to donate to headspace Canberra, we may be able to provide some resources for this.

Compliments, Complaints and Suggestions

At headspace Canberra we are constantly looking for ways in which we can improve our services. If you have you any compliments, complaints and/or suggestions about our services, then our team would like to hear from you. To access the online feedback form please click here.