headspace (organisation)

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Headspace is an Australian youth organization for mental health initiative established by the Australian government in 2006. The project is funded by the Department of Health and Ageing under the Youth Mental Health Initiative Program.

Headspace offers support for those aged 12 to 25 years old on a range of issues including depression, anxiety, stress, alcohol and drug use, sexuality, sexual health, personal or family relationship issues and bullying. Young people and their families can get support at a headspace centre as well as online and telephone support service eheadspace.[1][2]


Headspace has more than 90 centres across Australia which can be accessed for free or at low cost. Staff include doctors, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, nurses, youth workers, counsellors and alcohol and drug workers.[3] Headspace can help with general health, counselling, education and employment services, as well as drug and alcohol issues.[4]

Centre locations[edit]

New South Wales & ACT

Brookvale, Campbelltown, Gosford, Camperdown, Maitland, Wollongong, Coffs Harbour, Mt Druitt, Bathurst, Wagga Wagga, Parramatta, Nowra, Chatswood, Port Macquarie, Tamworth, Newcastle, Penrith, ACT - Canberrra


Geelong, Morwell, Glenroy, Elsternwick, Sunshine, Frankston, Bendigo, Collingwood, Warrnambool, Collingwood, Knox, Ballarat, Dandenong, Shepparton


Mount Isa, Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Hervey Bay, Maroochydore, Southport, Warwick, Inala, Nundah, Ipswich, Toowoomba

Western Australia

Albany, Broome, Fremantle, Osborne Park, Midland, Bunbury, Armadale, Rockingham

South Australia

Edinburgh North, Noarlunga, Adelaide, Port Adelaide, Murray Bridge, Berri, Port Augusta, Mount Gambier


Hobart, Launceston, Devonport

Northern Territory

Alice Springs, Palmerston



eheadspace is confidential, free and secure space where a young person can call, web chat or email with a qualified youth mental health professional. It is not a crisis support unlike Lifeline or Kids Helpline.

The service can be used between 9:00am to 1:00am 7 days a week (AEST) and can call the phone line 1800 650 890 between 9:00am to 1:00am 7 days a week (AEST).

School support[edit]

headspace School Support is an initiative funded by the Department of Health and Ageing that provides support to secondary schools affected by the suicide of a student.[6]

Support can be accessed for:

  • Short and long term responses following a suicide or suspected suicide
  • Support and advice regarding managing a suicide in a school setting
  • Resources including a Suicide Postvention Toolkit, fact sheets and links to other relevant websites.[7]

Staff, board and ambassadors[edit]

The Chief Executive of Headspace is Chris Tanti [8] and the organisation also has a board which includes Wendy McCarthy AO (Chair) and Professor Patrick McGorry AO.[9]

Ambassadors include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-16/rise-in-aboriginal-youth-seeking-headspace-mental-health-service/725147[dead link]
  2. ^ "headspace". healthdirect - free Australian health advice. Retrieved 2017-10-31. 
  3. ^ "How Headspace can help" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-02-27. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  4. ^ "We must all work together to prevent youth suicide". The West Australian. 2016-04-13. 
  5. ^ 'Find a centre' at headspace.org.au Accessed 30 May 2017
  6. ^ "Lisa Helps Put Bullies in Their Place with the Help of headspace". South Coast Register. Retrieved 2014-09-17. 
  7. ^ "Australia's National Youth Mental Health Foundation". Headspace. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  8. ^ "Headspace Blog". Blog.headspace.org.au. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  9. ^ "Australia's National Youth Mental Health Foundation (about-us/board)". headspace. Archived from the original on 2012-02-27. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 

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