We are here to help young people (12-25) who are going through a tough time. It's as simple as that.
We can help if you:
· Are feeling down, stressed or can't stop worrying
· Don't feel like yourself anymore
· Having trouble with school/ uni/ work or are finding it difficult to concentrate
· Want to cut down on drinking or other drug use
· Want to talk about sexuality or identity
· Are having difficulties with relationships
· Have sexual health issues or want info about contraception
· Are being bullied, hurt or harassed or feeling unsafe
· Need someone to talk to
You might not even know what the problem is exactly, and that's fine too.
How do I make an appointment?
It's super easy. The best way is to just give us a call and ask to see somebody. We'll talk you through it from there.
There is NO COST for young people who access our service. Sometimes you will need your Medicare card, but we will tell you when and if that's the case.
Please see the 'More Information' section below
disabled parking available on site, wheelchair accessible
- Monday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
- Tuesday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
- Wednesday: 9:30am - 6:00pm
- Thursday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
- Friday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed
headspace Nowra is operated by Grand Pacific Health Ltd. 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, South Eastern NSW (Coordinare Ltd).
Nutrition screening, dietary assessment and education about food and lifestyle, also support around healthy eating strategies.
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.
Centres have a range of programs and activities for young people. Just ask your centre what they have on.
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).
GPs can help with any physical health issues as well as issues related to sexual health, drug or alcohol use, relationship problems or feeling down or upset. Your centre may have a GP on site or links to one locally.
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.
Free support group for parents of Transgender, Gender Diverse or gender questioning children of all ages
Jobs and volunteering
Positions currently available at headspace Nowra
General Practitioners (GPs), Part-time/Sessional
headspace, Nowra, Wollongong and Goulburn centres are currently looking to increase the number of GPs working out of the centres.
headspace centres offer free youth health services for young people aged 12-25 years. The centre employs a multidisciplinary team of psychologists, counsellors, youth workers, GPs and other staff to support the health and wellbeing of young people with a focus on mental health.
Working as a member of the headspace team offers GPs the opportunity to provide bulk-billed services to young people as part of a collaborative and holistic model of care, in an environment that encourages the development of ongoing and therapeutic relationships with clients and multidisciplinary case consultation.
Grand Pacific Health (GPH) is the lead agency for three headspace centres in Wollongong, Nowra and Goulburn, as well as operating two GP super clinics in Shell Cove and Nowra. As a member of the broader GPH team you will receive the support available as part of a large not for profit primary health organisation that operates across the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Southern NSW region.
Job Description: A copy of the job description can be found at http://www.gph.org.au/employment/positions-vacant/headspace-gps
If you are a GP interested in joining a multidisciplinary and supportive team with an interest in mental health and working with young people please contact Jenny Valdivia.
For more information contact:
Name: Jenny Valdivia (Manager, Youth Mental Health Services)
Phone: (02) 4220 7660
Youth Reference Group Memeber (SYRG), Part-time/Sessional
Are you aged between 16 and 25 and live in the Nowra/Shoalhaven area? Do you have something to say about youth mental health and wellbeing?
Who can apply?
We are looking for anyone aged between 16 and 25 who is interested in promoting youth mental health and wellbeing in the Nowra/Shoalhaven area.
We want you to apply if:
You have had your own experiences of feeling depressed, anxious or another mental health issue.
You have a friend or family member who has/or had a mental illness or addiction.
You feel passionate about and are interested in mental health issues and young people’s health and wellbeing in our community.
You are studying or want to study within the health field at TAFE and or University
headspace Nowra is also keen to hear the voices of Indigenous young people, young people from different cultural and language backgrounds, young parents, young people from rural and remote areas, young people of diverse sexualities and genders, and young people who have been homeless.
What is the headspace Nowra Youth Reference Group?
headspace Nowra provides young people with the opportunity to be heard and be active around youth mental health and related issues through the Youth Reference Group (YRG).
There are a number of roles you can play in the YRG, including:
· Planning and organising special events
· Helping us to make our centre responsive to young people’s needs
· Giving feedback about local youth and health services
· Fundraising for headspace Nowra
· Presentations and activities with high schools, TAFE and UOW
· Accessing training and development opportunities
· Media promotions and interviews and publicity
· Sharing your experiences and encouraging early help seeking.
By getting involved you will:
· Have the opportunity to have your say on local services
· Develop new skills
· Meet and work with other young people who are passionate about youth mental health
· Make a difference to youth mental health in your community.
The Youth Reference Group meets fortnightly (during school terms) on a Wednesday afternoon at headspace Nowra, and also provides regular feedback and input through an online forum.
If you have any other questions or wish to apply please contact Kaitlyn on 44215388 or email email@example.com
For more information contact:
Phone: 4421 5388
How to refer to headspace
headspace Nowra is a free, youth-friendly and confidential service for young people aged 12-25 years.
Led by Grand Pacific Health, headspace Nowra brings together a range of services to provide a holistic “one-stop-shop” for young people. Our services include:
Mental Health Support – Youth Counsellors, Youth Workers and other Mental Health Professionals
Drug and Alcohol Support
Education and Employment Support
Physical Health and Sexual Health Support (watch this space)
headspace Nowra is not an acute mental health/crisis service. If you have any immediate concerns regarding the safety/wellbeing of a young person, please call: Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511; Lifeline on 13 11 14; or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800. In an emergency, contact 000 immediately.
HOW TO REFER:
Self-Referral: Young people are encouraged to make contact with headspace Nowra directly. Call (02) 4421 5388 within office hours or email firstname.lastname@example.org . The best way to contact us is by calling.
Drop in: Young people can call into headspace Nowra (51 North Street) between 9am-5pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Friday or 9.30-6pm on Wednesday. Staff will endeavour to see the young person the same day, or the next available appointment will be offered.
Professional Referral: GP’s, Allied Health Professionals, community-based agencies and educational institutions can all refer young people to headspace Nowra by phone. General Practitioners should include a mental health care plan (if appropriate) for the young person and send to email@example.com or FAX 4421 0045
Family Referral: Families, carers or friends can refer a young person to headspace Nowra. The young person needs to be aware of and consent to the referral and be willing to meet with a member from the headspace Nowra team.
If you have any questions please call 4421 5388
Find out more about getting your own medicare card
Did you know you can get your own medicare card when you are over a certain age!!!
Don't know how?? To find out more check out these websites below
Our Care Coordination worker can help you fill out all the paperwork that is needed, we also have forms at reception you can fill out. Come into headspace Nowra to grab your copy today
Free support group for parents of Transgender & Gender diverse children of all ages
headspace Nowra and the Gender Centre are partnering to offer a free support group for parents and carers who are interested in meeting other parents and carers and sharing their experiences as parents and carers of Gender diverse children.
Participants of the support group will hear from guest speakers, learn more about a range of health, legal and social topics that are relevant to transgender and gender diverse young people and their families.
The group will be facilitated by a local parent in conjunction with the Gender Centre and headspace Nowra. The groups have not been set for 2018, however If you would like to find out more or register your interest please call headspace Nowra on 44215388 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Donating to headspace Nowra
Are you interested in fundraising for or making a donation to headspace Nowra?
Your generous support helps us to provide vital mental health and wellbeing support, information and services to young people and their families across the Shoalhaven.
Set up your own fundraising page:
Are you setting a personal challenge, entering a fundraising event or celebrating a special occasion?
If you would like to fundraise for headspace Nowra, head to GoFundraise to set up your fundraising page:
Donate online using the secure platform of GiveNow: www.givenow.com.au/headspacenowra
Donate by direct deposit:
Account Name: Grand Pacific Health
Account number: 606303831 BSB: 082916
Bank: National Australia Bank
Donate by cheque:
Cheques can be made out to Grand Pacific Health and mailed to Attn: Finance, Grand Pacific Health, PO Box 1198, South Coast MC NSW 2521.
Please email email@example.com to advise us of your contact details when making a donation by direct deposit or cheque, and include hsNowra as a message/reference with your donation.
Thank you for your support!
Who works at headspace Nowra?
headspace Nowra is home to a bunch of different people, who help people in different ways. Some of the main people you can see here are:
Psychologists - a psychologist is someone who has studied the way people think and behave. Our psychologists use different strategies or 'therapies' to help you understand yourself and develop the skills you need to cope with difficult situations. Watch a video explaining what a psychologist does here: http://on.fb.me/1fp24J2
GP (Doctor)- A General Practitioner (GP) is a kind of doctor. They can help you with just about anything you've got going on. Physical stuff, mental health, sexual health, drugs or alcohol use, medication- you name it. Check out a video here: http://on.fb.me/1e9oIYAYouth
Youth Care Coordination- They can help with care coordination to young people and their families, provide practical assistance, such as writing a resume, helping with centre link, work closely with other members of headspace and external providers.
Community Engagement Officer- Increase community awareness of headspace services, facilitate consumer participation, organise and deliver health promotion activities and special events. The community engagement officer also looks at preventive measures for young people and promotes the four core streams (mental health, Drug and alcohol, Vocational and employments and physical health).
Exercise Physiologist- Exercise Physiologists (EPs) specialise in chronic disease health and can help treat a range of conditions through exercise. These include: Help with improving motivation towards being physically active, Mental illness (including mild depression and anxiety disorders), Poor posture, Weight Management, Joint pain. Meeting with you we discuss your health concerns, review your health history and provide you with education and advice on the best way to exercise to meet those goals. We like to focus on what you can do and enjoy the most in order to help you create your own personal physical activity goals.
Dieticians- Dieticians are university-qualified health professionals who translate food and nutrition science into practical advice. Make an appointment with our dietitian for general healthy eating advice or for specific nutrition concerns or medical conditions.
We also run groups from our centre- for details check out the rest of the website or click the link below to watch a video of some of our youth volunteers talking about it.
Meet headspace Nowra's awesome team!
Sally has worked at headspace Nowra since we opened over 6 years ago and love working here. She has lived and worked locally for over 16 years and enjoys kayaking on the Basin and walking on the beaches.
Kat- Service Manager
Kat is the service manager. She oversees the day to day running of centre. She is also a clinical psychologist and puppy mother to the handsome Winston.
Christina- Youth Counsellor/ Intake worker
Alex- Clinical Psychologist Register
Alexandra is a warm and empathic psychologist who values empowering young people and their families to create meaningful change and take action towards leading enriched and fulfilling lives. Alexandra utilizes a collaborative approach and has experience in treating a range of mental health/other difficulties, including depression, anxiety, self-harm, grief/loss, relationship issues, stress, perfectionism, and low self-esteem. Alexandra loves reading, music, travel, the outdoors, and is an avid animal lover.
Ashlea- Psychologist/Intake worker
Joel- Youth Care Coordinator
Kaitlyn- Community Engagement Officer
Kaitlyn will be out and about in the community. She is also the person who organises different projects and activities for the centre.
Jessica- Exercise Physiologist
Jess has worked as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist in Nowra since 2009. Throughout this time she has used her skills to help a range of conditions, including where to get started with exercise, what is recommended for that age group and condition, helping manage weight and using exercise to help manage mental health conditions.
Courtney - Clinical Psychologist Register
Rebecca - Student
Family and Friends - Resources for supporting your young person
headspace Nowra believes that family and friends play an important role in a young person’s journey to better wellbeing.
We understand that there are many different types of family and friends that are important in a young person’s life.
How you can be involved in supporting your young person will depend on many things – including the young person’s age, life experience and their feelings about family involvement.
Wherever possible, we advocate for and provide meaningful opportunities for family and friends to directly participate in our services.
This pack will introduce you to our service and where you can find further information and support for you and your young person.
Purple Pack - Resources for transgender and gender diverse young people
Our Purple Pack is made up of a stack of useful resources we've found from many different groups and organisations to support transgender and gender diverse young people.
- Information on pronouns, medical and social transitioning, coming out/inviting in, your legal rights, navigating relationships, sexuality and more.
- Stories from other gender and sexually diverse young people.
- Info on where to go to get more information and support online or in person.
The aim of this pack is to help you and your loved ones along your journey no matter what point you are at.
Most importantly, we want you to know that headspace Nowra is a safe place and we want to support you. Call us on 4421 5388 if you would like to speak to someone. We're here to help.