At headspace Mount Gambier, we provide voluntary health services for young people aged 12 - 25 years.
We offer a free confidential, non-judgemental, youth friendly service. Open Monday to Friday, you can phone us, email us or just walk in.
You can also ask your family, a friend, your doctor or case manager to refer you. Referrals can be made by calling us on 8725 0443, or by completing a referral form.
For some of our counselling options, you'll need a Medicare card in order to access sessions under a Mental Health Care Plan. Click 'more information' below to find out how to get a Medicare card.
We help young people who are going through a tough time for whatever reason - we've got your back.
- 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.
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.
Sexual Health Services
Sexual health screenings on site or links to local services.
Work & Study 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.
Meet our team
Meet our team!
Tasja, Centre Manager
Tasja’s dream sandwich would be fresh wholegrain bread, lashings of mayonnaise, thick avocado, tasty sliced cheese, lettuce, tomato, salt and pepper!
Mel, Administration Services Officer
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.
Ebony, Administration Support Officer
Claire, Youth Clinical Care Coordinator
Claire would keep Baby Sinclair from The Dinosaurs if she could - he’s funny and he can’t eat me!
Amy, Allied Health Worker
Not a doubt, Amy would be Moaning Myrtle if she was a Harry Potter character.
Jess, Allied Health Worker
If Jess was an animal she would be a cat because she could sleep all day if she had the chance, however if food is around she acts more like those seagulls from Finding Nemo.
Jordan, Youth Worker
Jordan is inspired by those who go after what they believe in with everything they have.
She thinks believing in something and in yourself enough to chase it against all odds is an incredibly brave feat!
Kym, Youth Worker
Kym admires people with the characteristic of ‘kindness’, because it’s brave, inspiring and fun.
Nick, Community Liaison Worker
Nick can be easily persuaded if you give him coffee, chocolate or pizza (without pineapple)
Dr Leopold, Therapy Cat
Arguably our most popular team member, Dr Leopold loves coming to headspace every Wednesday and hanging out with young people!
And meet some of our consortium partners and private practitioners…
(you can meet with these people at headspace for free too!)
Ashlie, Community Mental Health Practitioner, Mind Australia
Ashlie’s favourite smell in the whole world is the smell of the beach,
the smell of the salt water is relaxing and refreshing, pure happiness!
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, Private Practitioner, Mental Health Social Worker
(To see Jennie you will need a Mental Health Treatment Plan from your doctor - chat to Mel or Ebony for more info)
To relax, Jennie likes to read, do gardening, and catch up with friends.
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.
Ally, Youth Reference Group
Ally's favourite scent is Petrichor, also known as the smell of rain
Dylan, Youth Reference Group
Dylan often relaxes by playing or listening to music, reading or playing a game, something he can just zone out to.
Kyra, Youth Reference Group
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!!
Zari, Youth Reference Group
Zari’s dream sandwich consists of lots of pepper, chillies, pickles and jalapeños. Zari loves things spicy and always has pickles. Zari never hesitates to order this at Subway!
Sarah, Youth Reference Group
Sarah is inspired most by writer, Catlin Moran.
Jamie, Youth Reference Group
Jamie said if he could describe the headspace team in one word – it would be outgoing.
Felicity, Youth Reference Group
If Felicity could be an animal she would be a dog because they are the most compassionate and understanding animal. Like her therapy dog Coco, she makes people who attend the Inspire group at headspace very happy.
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.
Peter, Youth Ambassador
Peter believes a characteristic that's important in people is the ability to laugh at ourselves.
Tessa, Youth Ambassador
Tessa’s favourite smell is brownies cooking in the oven!
headspace Groups and Activities
MENTAL HEALTH WEEK 2019
YOUNG PARENT GROUP
Click here for more information about our monthly young parent group.
LGBTIQ+ SOCIAL GROUP (12-25 YEAR OLDS)
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 Jess Stephenson - headspace Allied Health Worker Phone: 8725 0443 E-mail: JessicaS@unitingcommunities.org. We also have a secret Facebook group where you can keep up-to-date with the next dates and connect with the other youth group members – to join email Jess.
Our meeting dates for 2019 are:
- January 15 + 29
- February 12 + 26
- March 12 + 26
- April 9 + 23
- May 7 + 21
- June 4 + 18
- July 2 + 16 +30
- August 13 + 27
- September 10 + 24
- October 8 + 22
- November 5 + 19
- December 3 + 17
INSPIRE (18-25 YEAR OLDS)
INSPIRE is a social group for 18-25 year olds; held at headspace Mount Gambier from 2pm until 4pm.
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.
Click here to view the INSPIRE Flyer
IGNITE Group is a social group for young people aged 16 to 25 in Millicent. The group will meet on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month from 1pm - 3pm at the Millicent Library.
Click here to view the IGNITE flyer
Youth Sexual Health Clinic
youth sexual health clinic
free & confidential
Available at headspace Mount Gambier for all young people aged 12-25
Meet with non-judgemental and friendly nurse Emma for
- sexual health counselling
- STI screening and treatment
- cervical screening test
- pregnancy testing and counselling
- emergency contraception
- long term contraception
- reproductive health.
Call 8725 0443 or email email@example.com to make an appointment.
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.
Centre activities and news
To keep up to date with what's happening at headspace Mount Gambier please email your name to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add you to the mailing list for events and activities.
Please also follow us on Instagram and Facebook!
We no longer send monthly newsletters. Previous editions:
May 2019 Newsletter
April 2019 Newsletter
March 2019 Newsletter
January/February 2019 Newsletter
December 2018 Newsletter
Spring 2018 Newsletter
August 2018 Newsletter
July 2018 Newsletter
June 2018 Newsletter
April 2018 Newsletter
March 2018 Newsletter
February 2018 Newsletter
January 2018 Newsletter
December 2017 Newsletter
November 2017 Newsletter
September/October 2017 Newsletter
August 2017 Newsletter
July 2017 Newsletter
June 2017 Newsletter
May 2017 Newsletter
April 2017 Newsletter
March 2017 Newsletter
February 2017 Newsletter
January 2017 Newsletter
December 2016 Newsletter
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.
Volunteer at headspace
headspace Mount Gambier volunteer opportunities
Join our Youth Reference Group!
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?
We run rounds of recruitment for the YRG approximately every 6 months. We are not currently in a recruitment round. Please still submit your application, and we will be in touch when the next round opens.
For more information, send an email to email@example.com, or call 8725 0443 and ask to speak with Nick, Community Liaison Worker.
Join our Youth Ambassador Program!
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.
For more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 8725 0443 and ask to speak with Tasja, Centre Manager.
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 email@example.com 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!
Presentation or Workshop Request
Our team provides interactive workshops and information presentations for groups of young people, parents, family members, carers of young people, and staff/service providers
who work with young people. Our workshops and presentations have a health promotion and education focus.
Please note: Our team cannot provide a combination of presentations however every presentation we offer has a brief introduction to headspace.
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.
Read our full privacy information here
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.
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.