headspace
Mount Gambier

Team photo Mar2020

Hours

  • Monday: 9:30am - 5:30pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 8:00pm
  • Wednesday: 11:30am - 5:30pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am - 8:00pm
  • Friday: 9:30am - 5:30pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

About

Covid-19 update

headspace Mount Gambier are committed to maintaining support for young people throughout this difficult time. We are currently still offering in-person sessions and offering the option of phone sessions and working towards offering screen-to-screen video sessions. 

At headspace Mount Gambier, we provide voluntary health services for young people going through a tough time for whatever reason aged 12 - 25 years.

We offer a  free confidential, non-judgemental, youth friendly service. Open Monday to Friday, you can phone us, email us or just walk in.

You can also ask your family, a friend, your doctor or case manager to refer you. Referrals can be made by calling us on 8725 0443, or by completing a referral form.

Hours

  • Monday: 9:30am - 5:30pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 8:00pm
  • Wednesday: 11:30am - 5:30pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am - 8:00pm
  • Friday: 9:30am - 5:30pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

headspace Mount Gambier is operated by Uniting Communities. 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, Country SA PHN.

Services

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 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.

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. 

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

More information

Follow this link to complete your HAPI survey

 

Follow this link to go to the health direct waiting room for your appointment

 

Meet our team!

 

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Tasja, Centre Manager

Tasja’s dream sandwich would be fresh wholegrain bread, lashings of mayonnaise, thick avocado, tasty sliced cheese, lettuce, tomato, salt and pepper!

 

Mel

Mel, Administration Services Officer

Mel would own a velociraptor dinosaur if she could, because then she could be
best friends with Chris Pratt after they bonded over their love of these fierce dinos.

 

Ebony, Administration Support Officer 

 

Claire, Youth Clinical Care Coordinator

Claire would keep Baby Sinclair from The Dinosaurs if she could - he’s funny and he can’t eat me!  

 

Jade

Jade, Youth Clinical Care Coordinator - Upper South East

 

 

 Josh

 

Josh, Allied Health Worker

 

My dream sandwich would be smoked brisket with coleslaw and sweet baby rays BBQ sauce mmmmm. 

Jess, Allied Health Worker

If Jess was an animal she would be a cat because she could sleep all day if she had the chance, however if food is around she acts more like those seagulls from Finding Nemo.

Jordan

Jordan, Youth Worker

Jordan is inspired by those who go after what they believe in with everything they have.
She thinks believing in something and in yourself enough to chase it against all odds is an incredibly brave feat!

 

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Kym, Youth Worker

Kym admires people with the characteristic of ‘kindness’, because it’s brave, inspiring and fun.

 

 

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Nick, Community Liaison Worker

Nick can be easily persuaded if you give him coffee, chocolate or pizza (without pineapple).

 

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 Dr Leopold, Therapy Cat

Arguably our most popular team member, Dr Leopold loves coming to headspace every Wednesday and hanging out with young people!

And meet some of our consortium partners and private practitioners…

(you can meet with these people at headspace for free too!)

Ashlie

Ashlie, Community Mental Health Practitioner, Mind Australia

Ashlie’s favourite smell in the whole world is the smell of the beach,
the smell of the salt water is relaxing and refreshing, pure happiness!

Tim

Tim, Alcohol and Other Drugs Counsellor, Life Without Barriers

Tim admires people who can play instruments, he’s good at air guitar
but jealous of people who can do the real deal!

Jennie

Jennie, Private Practitioner, Mental Health Social Worker

(To see Jennie you will need a Mental Health Treatment Plan from your doctor - chat to Mel or Ebony for more info)

To relax, Jennie likes to read, do gardening, and catch up with friends.

Greg

Greg, Youth Mental Health Nurse, Community Mental Health

Greg thinks out of all the animals, a human represents him the best, because he is one!

 

And meet our Youth Reference Group & volunteers.....

James, Adult volunteer

Two major people inspire James are his mother, who was the inspiration for him to get into social work and helping people in general. The other person is Stephen Amell – the work he does raising money for the F Cancer organisation; as well as how he interacts with his fans is truly amazing.

    

Ally, Youth Reference Group  

Ally's favourite scent is Petrichor, also known as the smell of rain

 

  

Kyra, Youth Reference Group

Kyra is most inspired by the queen of all queens, the mother RuPaul! She always will preach self-love and staying true to who you are and Kyra loves that!!

 

   

Sarah, Youth Reference Group

Sarah is inspired most by writer, Catlin Moran.

 

 

Jamie, Youth Reference Group

Jamie said if he could describe the headspace team in one word – it would be outgoing.

 

Felicity, Youth Reference Group

If Felicity could be an animal she would be a dog because they are the most compassionate and understanding animal. Like her therapy dog Coco, she makes people who attend the Inspire group at headspace very happy.

Lidya, Youth Reference Group

Lidya is inspired by her incredible, kind, gentle and loving parents. Lidya is very thankful for them and everything they do for her and her siblings. Lidya one day hopes to be able to return the favour to them one day.

 

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Sophie, Youth Reference Group

What relaxes Sophie most is water: Swimming in it, staring at it (yes even in a bottle or cup) listening to it sitting in it. Sophie will often have a spa outside and play my music really loud, close her eyes and practice mindfulness and gratitude.

 

Peter, Youth Ambassador

Peter believes a characteristic that's important in people is the ability to laugh at ourselves.

 

Tessa, Youth Ambassador

Tessa’s favourite smell is brownies cooking in the oven!

young parent group (for parents up to 25 years old)

Click here for more information about our monthly young parent group.

Meeting dates for 2020

  • 12 Feb
  • 4 Mar,
  • 1 Apr
  • 6 May
  • 3 Jun
  • 1 Jul
  • 5 Aug
  • 2 Sep
  • 7 Oct
  • 4 Nov
  • 2 Dec

LGBTIQ+ social group

headspace Mount Gambier is an inclusive and safe space for young people aged 12-25, this includes those who identify as sexually or gender diverse, or are unsure about their sexual or gender identity. Do you want to come and hang out with other sexually and gender diverse young people, play games, chill, and participate in fun activities? It’s free to attend and you don’t have to be a headspace client, all young people are welcome.

Meets fortnightly on Tuesdays 5:30pm - 7:30pm headspace Mount Gambier, 171 Commercial St East. For further information contact Jess Stephenson - headspace Allied Health Worker Phone: 8725 0443 E-mail: JessicaS@unitingcommunities.org. We also have a secret Facebook group where you can keep up-to-date with the next dates and connect with the other youth group members – to join email Jess.

Our meeting dates for 2020 are:  

  • December 3 + 17 2019
  • January 14 + 28
  • February 11 + 25
  • March 10 + 24
  • April 7 + 21
  • May 5 + 19
  • June 2 + 16 + 30
  • July 14 + 28
  • August 11 + 25
  • September 8 + 22
  • October 6 + 20
  • November 3 + 17
  • December 1 + 15

LGBTIQ+ Youth Group Poster

 

EXPLORE (18-25 YEAR OLDS)

EXPLORE is a social group for 18-25 year olds; held at headspace Mount Gambier from 2pm until 4pm on Wednesdays. 

Values: Team Work, Trust, Acceptance (Love), Freedom, Adventure, Wisdom, Creativity, Helping Self & Others.

Activities include: Social chat, creative art, food, cooking, drawing, music, quizzes, well-being workshops & talks (UNLEASH), special guests, chill out, challenges (face your fears), environmental care, movies, motivation, games, nature, volunteering, health & fitness, PlayStation, excursions, comedy, links to community and resources, life skills, and of course - INSPIRATION! :)

Step out of your comfort zone, express another side of yourself, release your true potential, learn, aspire and grow.

EXPLORE group poster

 

youth sexual health clinic
free & confidential

Available at headspace Mount Gambier for all young people aged 12-25 check out the flyer here

Meet with the non-judgemental and friendly nurse for

·         sexual health counselling

·         STI screening

·         cervical screening test as needed

·         pregnancy testing and counselling

·         information on emergency contraception, long term contraception & reproductive health.

 

 Call 8725 0443 or email headspacemountgambier@unitingcommunties.org to make an appointment.

For some of the services at headspace Mount Gambier, you need a Medicare card.

Most young people share a Medicare card with their family, but if you’re aged 15 or older, you can actually get your own Medicare card.

What you need to do:

1. Download and complete this "Application to copy or transfer from one Medicare card to another form". 

2. Submit the above form at The Department of Human Services Office in Mount Gambier (5 Percy Street, Mount Gambier) and bring either your:

  • birth certificate
  • current driver’s licence
  • current passport
  • non commemorative marriage certificate
  • current Australian school or educational photo ID, or
  • proof of age card

Once you get your Medicare card, create a Medicare online account through myGov and download the Express Plus Medicare mobile app to access a range of services using a secure digital channel.

We welcome anyone who would like to hold a fundraising event to raise awareness and funds for headspace Mount Gambier. From a BBQ to a concert, all levels of support are greatly appreciated.

Fundraising activities that have supported headspace in the past include:

Non-uniform days, charity auctions, movie nights, workplace raffles, concerts, BBQs, fun runs, green clothing days, cycling events, talent shows, quiz nights.

For more information or to discuss your idea, please contact us 8725 0443.

 

headspace Mount Gambier volunteer opportunities

Join our Youth Reference Group! (YRG)

Are you aged between 12-25? Do you have something to say about health, mental health and drug and alcohol issues? Why not join other passionate young people and be a part of the headspace Youth Reference Group?

Click here to access the information pack.

We run rounds of recruitment for the YRG approximately every 6 months. We are not currently in a recruitment round. Please still submit your application, and we will be in touch when the next round opens.

Click here to apply.

For more information, send an email to headspacemountgambier@unitingcommunities.org, or call 8725 0443 and ask to speak with Nick, Community Liaison Worker.  

Join our Youth Ambassador Program! (YAP)

Are you aged between 18 and 25 and live in or around Mount Gambier? Are you passionate about mental health and educating other young people?

Our Youth Ambassador program brings together passionate young people and provides them with training to provide peer to peer mental health education to local high school students.

Click here to view the flyer

Check out the information pack here

Click here to apply for the YAP!

For more information, send an email to headspacemountgambier@unitingcommunities.org, or call 8725 0443 and ask to speak with Nick, Community Liaison Worker.  

Join our Youth HQ Working Party!

Youth HQ is an exciting community project involving young people in the development and implementation of a live and active website. This is a project created by young people for young people of the Limestone Coast. We are looking for motivated young people with an interest in writing, photography, poetry and anything creative to join our working party to develop this project.

Click here to see the Youth HQ Flyer

General Volunteers

At headspace Mount Gambier, we have a number of volunteers who offer a specific set of skills to improve the lives of young people. If you believe you can add value to headspace, please send an email to headspacemountgambier@unitingcommunities.org telling us about yourself and your idea and we'll be in touch.

 

 

Thank you to all our fabulous volunteers - our centre would not be the same without your dedication and input!

 

 

Keep up to date with what's happening at headspace Mount Gambier via our Facebook page and our Instagram Page

Our team provides interactive workshops and information presentations for groups of young people, parents, family members, carers of young people, and staff/service providers
who work with young people. Our workshops and presentations have a health promotion and education focus.

If you would like us to present at your school or community event, please complete this request form, and email it to headspacemountgambier@unitingcommunities.org.

Please note: Our team cannot provide a combination of presentations however every presentation we offer has a brief introduction to headspace. 

headspace Mount Gambier is committed to protecting your privacy. The privacy brochure below sets out how we collect and manage personal information and the steps we take to protect it.

Read our full privacy information here

Our Duty of Care

We will not disclose your personal information to any third parties without your consent, unless permitted or required to do so by law, in particular when we exercise our Duty of Care.

Contacting us

If you wish to access your personal information or have any questions about our privacy policy, please contact enquiries@unitingcommunities.org or phone (08) 8202 5274 and ask for the Executive Manager, Services.

Making a complaint

We are committed to delivering high quality services. If you are not happy with a decision that affects you, we encourage you to provide feedback or make a complaint.

Click here to read our complaints brochure