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More than 75 per cent of mental health issues develop before a person turns 25.

And yet, many traditional services aren’t equipped to address the unique barriers that young people face to accessing mental health support. headspace began in 2006 to address this critical gap, by providing tailored and holistic mental health support to 12 - 25 year olds. With a focus on early intervention, we work with young people to provide support at a crucial time in their lives – to help get them back on track and strengthen their ability to manage their mental health in the future.

At the heart of our services is ensuring we meet the evolving and unique needs of young people and those who support them. Therefore, young people are at the centre of everything we do and they play an active role in designing, developing and evaluating our programs.

Each year, headspace helps thousands of young people access vital support through our headspace centres in 124 communities across Australia[1], our online and phone counselling services, our vocational services, and our presence in schools. headspace can help young people with mental health, physical health (including sexual health) alcohol and other drug services, and work and study support.

About headspace

headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds. headspace can help young people with mental health, physical health (including sexual health) alcohol and other drug services, and work and study support.


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headspace centres

headspace Centres act as a one-stop-shop for young people who need help with mental health, physical health (including sexual health), alcohol and other drugs or work and study support.

Our centres are designed not just for young people, but with them, to ensure they are relevant, accessible and highly effective. As a result, no two headspace centres are the same, with each offering unique services that reflect the needs of its local community.

headspace Telepsychiatry

In regional and rural areas, getting access to expert psychiatrists is difficult. headspace Telepsychiatry addresses this, by providing 12-25 year olds in these areas, access to highly-skilled psychiatrists via video consultations.

The low cost service ensures young people get high quality mental health care, while continuing their treatment within their local community.


eheadspace is our national online and phone support service, staffed by experienced youth mental health professionals. It provides young people and carers with a safe, secure and anonymous place to talk to a professional – wherever they are.

We launched eheadspace to reach regional and remote young people who were unable to access a headspace centre. It has since grown in popularity with all young people – many of whom simply feel more comfortable accessing our services online.

headspace vocational Services

headspace recognises the importance of work and study in a young person’s life. headspace Vocational Services support young people to reach their work and study goals– all in a confidential, online and youth-friendly environment.

Our Work and Study service is clinically integrated and supports young people whose work and study activities have been impacted by mental health. Young people work one-on-one with a Vocational Specialist to find, maintain or re-engage in work and/or study. Our Career Mentoring service offers young people the opportunity to work with an industry mentor who acts as an independent sounding board to support their journey into employment. Our services are young person led, strengths based and voluntary—helping young people to take control of their work and study futures.

headspace schools

headspace Schools provides youth-specific mental health education tools and access to mental health specialists for young people in primary and secondary school students across Australia. Through training and education, school staff and parents can better support students experiencing mental health issues.

With a focus on early identification and intervention, headspace Schools builds mental health literacy and resilience in the school community while establishing referral pathways to general practitioners and mental health clinicians.

headspace early psychosis

headspace Early Psychosis program supports young people experiencing, or at risk of developing psychosis.

Based on evidence developed by Orygen; the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, the program focuses on early intervention, providing young people and their families with timely access to specialist support. headspace centres delivering the early psychosis program are equipped with specially trained staff to help young people and their families.

[1]  As at September 2020 and inclusive of licensed headspace centres, satellites and outposts