headspace Onkaparinga is a youth friendly service helping young people aged 12-25 going through a tough time. All of our services are FREE
If you are a GP, please complete a mental health treatment plan and fax to 8186 8699. This is not required for young people to see us, but it is helpful.
To learn more about how we work, see the More Information links below, our download our Program Brochure
- Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Tuesday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
- Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed
headspace Onkaparinga is operated by Sonder. 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, Adelaide (Adelaide PHN).
Work and Study Support
Get tips on how to prepare your resume and present for interviews. Find out about local employment opportunities (full time, part-time, or casual).
Sexual Health Services
Sexual health screenings on site or links to local services.
Youth Early Psychosis Program
A headspace early intervention program to improve the lives of young people, and their families, who are affected by psychosis.
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 Reference Group
A group of young people who help with events and some decision making at a centre. Ask your centre about getting involved.
What actually happens when I start coming to headspace?
Once you've decided to start coming to headspace, there are a few steps that we take to get you into our service and help you as best we can.
Once we have a referral, or have had a chat with you or a loved one, we might offer you an Access Appointment. This usually happens within a few weeks, and the session goes for 60-90 minutes. In this session one of our workers will have a chat with you about whats going on, and explain what types of things we can help with. It’s okay to feel nervous about getting help for the first time, so it can be helpful to bring along a family member or friend. After you've had an Access Appointment, we might start booking you in for regular appointments with a mental health worker.
If we get a referral for you, or if we have a chat in the Access Appointment, and we feel like we aren't the right service for you, we will work with you to find a different service. headspace work best for people with mild-moderate needs, but if you need other help we can work with our partnering organisations and other local services to get you started somewhere else. We understand that it might be frustrating to be bounced between places, but we want to find you a good fit!
Some services may require a Medicare card, but these are all bulk billed, which means no cost to you! If you don’t have a Medicare card, go to Medicare Australia or we can help you with this when you come into the centre.
To learn more details about how we work, see the flyers below:
Getting here and accessibility
We are located right next to the beach which is really nice! Our office is on the ground floor of an apartment complex, with parking right out the front on Beach Road. There is also 3 Hour FREE parking at the rear of the building, off Witton Road.
For information about how to get to us via public transport, go to Adelaide Metro. We’ve listed the closest bus routes for your convenience below.
All of our doors are wide enough to fit standard wheelchairs or frames, and our front desk has a lower section for people who use wheelchairs. Our doors aren't automatic, but our staff are always close by to hold doors open!
Our bathroom is wheelchair accessible, gender neutral, and single-occupant.
If you have any questions about our centres accessibility, please ask us on 8186 8600, or email email@example.com
Emerge - Extra Mental Health Support
Are you aged 16-25 and experiencing mental health issues which are impacting on your life significantly?
emerge can help.
The emerge program is located at headspace Edinburgh North and headspace Onkaparinga and is designed to be a ‘step up’ service from headspace for young people who require extra levels of support and care.
emerge offers professional counselling and support to young people aged 16-25 who are experiencing the following mental health conditions:
- Severe Anxiety
- Severe Depression
- Eating Disorders
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
What to expect as part of the emerge service
Our centre is designed to support young people and their family members/friends, and we always aim to be welcoming, friendly and supportive.
When you first come to our centre, you will be greeted by one of our friendly receptionists. You will then be asked to use an iPad to give us some details about your overall wellbeing, so we can offer you the best support possible.
After this, you will meet one of our workers, who will help you develop a care plan that works for you.
How to get involved
To learn more about the emerge program, visit their website: http://sonder.net.au/emerge/
Or download the following information:
Partnerships with other services
headspace Onkaparinga have links with other local services, so that we can help young people access different kinds of care to meet their needs.
Uniting Communities - Streetlink Youth Health Service, Drug and Alcohol Service
headspace Onkaparinga's lead agency is Sonder , who provide our centre with the following services:
Close the Gap (CTG) - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and well being
Emerge - Complex Care team for 16 -25 year olds. See Emerge tab above
To find out more about these different services, please call headspace Onkaparinga on 8186 8600 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteering with us!
headspace Onkaparinga is committed to youth participation. There are various ways in which young people can get involved in headspace Onkaparinga:
headspace Onkaparinga Youth Reference Group (YRG)
The YRG is a diverse team of young people aged between 17 and 25 years old that attend and coordinate events, and provide consultation and guidance to headspace Onkaparinga to maintain the centre's youth focus. Currently all positions are filled, however the fastest way to find out when we are recruiting is to follow us on social media! Find us on Facebook and Instagram to keep an eye out
headspace Onkaparinga Family and Friends Reference Group (FaFRG)
The FaFRG are a team of all - aged people, who have helped support a young person with their mental health. They can be parents, siblings, family, close friends, or anyone else! Their role is to help our centre learn to support young people's diverse backgrounds and family situations, and guide us on what it feels like to help someone with their mental health.
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
Feedback - compliments, complaints, suggestions
At headspace Onkaparinga 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.
You can fill out an online feedback form, or give us a call on 8186 8600 and ask to speak to the Centre Manager.
Community Engagement and Resource Requests
Community Engagement and Resources
headspace Onkaparinga 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 complete this form and allow a minimum of two weeks to process your request. Our Youth Reference Group reviews all community engagement and resource requests.
If you have questions about what might be possible, please call us on 8186 8600 and ask to speak with a Community Engagement Worker
We understand that students are keen to know more about headspace Onkaparinga and the services we offer. We are able to answer questions about our service and how it supports young people with mental health. However if your assignment is more general than this, for example "What is depression", please use the following resources before you contact us for an interview.
If you are still wanting information on headspace and our approach to mental health, please give us a call on 8186 8600 and ask to speak with our Community Engagement Worker, or send your questions to email@example.com
Important notes to students:
- Interview questions must be based ONLY on headspace services
- Interviews are open to all Secondary, Tafe and University students
- We cannot participate in last minute requests, so please ensure you allow a few weeks to process your request
- Pending your interview questions and topics, from time-to-time we may recommend one of our organisation partners for you to interview in place of headspace Onkaparinga
- Due to time and resource constraints, we cannot respond to all interview requests