headspace is a national mental health service focused on the needs of young people.
There are headspace centres located all around Australia, including in South Australia: Adelaide, Port Adelaide, Onkaparinga, Edinburgh North, as well as rural/remote/country locations.
Health professionals in headspace Centres around Australia can help with mental and physical health, alcohol and other drugs, and work and study. Visits are free and confidential.
Common reasons young people present to headspace include:
- feeling anxious or stressed
- problems with family and friends
- issues in romantic relationships
- questions about sex
- questions about gender and who you are attracted to
- help with finding a job or getting into study
- physical health (including sexual health) concerns
- feeling down or depressed
- just not feeling yourself!
Oliver from the headspace at Onkaparinga (most relevant to those in the region of Flinders University) just contacted us to let us know that they now have an online referral form. This form can be used by students to self-refer. The form asks a bunch of questions (17 to be precise) about who you are and what you are struggling with.
Current waiting times at this headspace are around 2-4 weeks, which isn’t too bad for a free service. So if you are in need of mental health support or are struggling with some of the things listed above, consider your local headspace as a support option.
It is also worth keeping in mind that headspace also offer online chat and support services for those that would like to chat with someone via online chat, email or over the phone – https://headspace.org.au/eheadspace/