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

headspace is still here for you! We are offering in-person sessions (masks must be worn). Online or phone appointments are available if you would prefer. Contact us if you have any questions regarding Covid-19 restrictions.

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

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

Referrals can be made by anyone, simply by calling us on 8725 0443, or by completing a referral form.  

Check out our information brochure!

Looking for directions to our centre? Download here

*Our centre has disability access and communication aids.

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 concern.

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. 

“This place feels a lot more comfortable and welcoming than other counselling places I have been, the rooms have a good feeling to them.”
- Male client, aged 14

More information

Our welcome pack provides you with all of the information about what to expect from headspace. You will be presented with hard copies of these documents when you come in for an appointment. 

welcome pack booklet

friends & families booklet

headspace Mount Gambier information

walk-in service brochure

what's on at headspace Mount Gambier

Crisis services

crisis support numbers

Privacy, Confidentiality and complaints

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.

Privacy & personal information brochure

Australian Privacy Principles


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.

Making a complaint brochure

Meet our team!

 

Tasja, Centre Manager (she/her)

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

Kellie, Senior Practitioner (she/her)

Kellie admires people's ability to be the best version of themselves. (“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” Maya Angelou) x

Mel

Mel, Administration Services Officer (she/her)

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.

 

Claire, Youth clinical Care Coordinator (she/her)

If Claire could be an animal, she would be a butterfly.... nobody ever suspects the butterfly. 

Jade

Jade, Youth Clinical Care Coordinator - Upper South East (she/her)

Jade's dream sandwich would have chicken or turkey, with brie cheese, avocado, baby spinach and mayo!


Josh

 

Josh, Allied Health Worker (he/him)

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

Taegan, Allied Health Worker. (she/her)

Taegan likes to relax by letting her dog take her for a walk.
Nick1

Nick, Community Liaison Worker/Youth Worker (he/him)

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

Mayah, Youth Worker (she/her)

To relax Mayah likes to get out into nature, go paddle boarding, snorkelling and sometimes by reading a book.

Jordyn, Outreach Allied Health Worker (she/her)

If Jordyn was an animal, she would be a panda. They are relaxed and prioritise their sleeping and eating.

Leanne, Intake worker (she/her)

Leanne likes to relax by going out for a nice meal, being outside in nature or travelling.  

 

Aymeric, Youth Worker (he/him)

If Aymeric could be anything, he would like to be a Merman

And meet some of our consortium partners and private practitioners…

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

Bianca, Community Mental Health Practitioner, Mind Australia (Currently on maternity leave)

If Bianca could be any character from Harry Potter, she would be Luna Lovegood because she is extremely eccentric, very smart, loyal and brave.

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 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.

Kyra, Adult Volunteer

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!! 

    

Ally, Youth Reference Group  

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

 

 

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.

 

Tessa, Youth Ambassador/Youth Reference Group

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

Tyler, Youth Reference Group

 

Charlotte, Youth Reference Group

 

Gael, Youth Reference Group

Gael's favourite smell is popcorn popping in the cinema

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 Maree - Allied Health Worker Phone: 8725 0443 E-mail: headspacemountgambier@unitingcommunities.org. We also have a closed Facebook group where you can keep up-to-date with the next dates and connect with the other youth group members – to join, email Maree!

Our meeting dates for 2021 are:  

  • January 12
  • February 9 & 23
  • March 9 & 23
  • April 6 & 20
  • May 4 & 18
  • June 1 & 15 & 29
  • July 13 & 27
  • August 10 & 24
  • September 7 & 21
  • October 5 & 19
  • November 2 & 16 & 30
  • December 14

LGBTIQ+ Youth Group Poster

 

LINK (18-25 YEAR OLDS)

LINK is a social group for 18-25 year olds; held fortnightly at the Mount Gambier Library 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.

LINK Group poster

 

headspace Mount Gambier promotes youth participation by offering volunteer programs.

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 currently in a recruitment round. Please submit your application, and we will be in touch.

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

Join our Family and Friends Reference Group!

Our Family and Friends Reference Group (FaFRG) is a group of people who have lived experience of supporting a young person who has accessed headspace services. The FaFRG advocate for the contribution and the needs of families and friends of young people across headspace groups and programs. 

Click here to see the FaFRG flyer

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.  

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!

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.

Our team provides interactive workshops and information presentations for groups of young people, parents, family members, carers, 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, business or community event, please complete our request form, and email it to headspacemountgambier@unitingcommunities.org.

Request form

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

To keep up to date with what's happening at headspace Mount Gambier please email your name to headspacemountgambier@unitingcommunities.org and we will add you to the mailing list for our quarterly online newsletter, as well as provide updates about upcoming events and activities. 

You can also follow us on social media:

Instagram

Facebook

 

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.