Stage 1 Referrals for the headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program Launched Today

Today's celebration of headspace Day and start of Mental Health Week coincides with headspace Adelaide's Youth Early Psychosis Program re-boot. To mark the occasion, the headspace Adelaide team hosted a breakfast at the centre for community members, volunteers and staff. 

People attending the breakfast were treated with free coffee made by the Aboriginal Community Connect Pop-Up Cafe, and were able to grab a bite to eat. They were also able to mingle with representatives from headspace Adelaide's Youth Reference Group and Talkin' About Your headspace Youth Ambassador program, plus meet our new 'dogspace' dog Chardy and be interviewed by our headspace Sessions (Radio) podcast team. 

Adelaide's headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program (hYEPP) is opening up referrals over two key stages:

Stage 1 (From October 9): We will be accepting referrals from Emergency Departments, Doctors/GPs, In-Patient Services, headspace Centres, Primary Health Services and Community Organisations , plus Self/Family/Friend referrals.

Stage 2 (From October 23): All services outlined above, plus young people who are currently being cared for by Community Mental Health Teams (transfer of care). 

Adelaide’s headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program (hYEPP) ensures the provision of early intervention, responsive, and recovery focused care for young people who are at high risk of or are experiencing a first episode of psychosis.  This is based on the Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre (EPPIC) model of care. 

You can refer to hYEPP by calling headspace Adelaide on 1800 063 267 or completing our referral form . 


Psychosis can have a significant impact on young people and their developmental trajectory. 
Through the provision of holistic and assertive case management, hYEPP aims to restore or reduce the impact of psychosis on the young person and their family.

What are the features of the hYEPP service? 

Young people who are eligible for the hYEPP service will be able to access the following components:

  • Assertive Case Management
  • Psychiatry reviews and medical support
  • Psychological Therapy
  • Family Work
  • Functional Recovery, including Vocational Support 

Inclusion criteria for hYEPP

‘First Episode Psychosis’ Program (2–5 years)

  • Aged 12-25, experiencing First Episode Psychosis AND reporting functional decline or sustained low functioning AND/OR experiencing distress as a result of symptoms.
  • BUT NOT having received treatment for >12 months of appropriate treatment OR a period of >24 months untreated psychosis.
‘At - Risk of Early Psychosis’ Program (6 months)

  • Aged 12-25, help seeking, reporting functional decline AND one of the following:
    • Schizotypal personality disorder or family history of psychosis
    • Full-threshold psychotic symptoms for less than one week
    • Sub-threshold psychotic symptoms
NOTE: Eligibility for the service will be determined following specialist assessment by hYEPP team.
You can refer to hYEPP by calling headspace Adelaide on 1800 063 267 or completing our referral form .