headspace

The headspace website provides a suite of resources for young people and their parents and carers. These include fact sheets such as the ones below, which are downloadable in PDF format .

headspace depression fact sheet (click to enlarge)

headspace fact sheet
 
headspace  self harm fact sheet (click to enlarge)

headspace 

headspace

headspace provides health and mental health support, information and services to young people and their families across Australia. Issues headspace regularly deal with include self harm, depression, anxiety and alcohol and other drug use.

Aims

headspace aims to provide quality care and facilitate improvement in the mental health, social wellbeing and economic participation of young Australians aged 12-25 years.

Background

headspace was launched in 2006, initially funded as part of the federal budget commitment to the Youth Mental Health Initiative. headspace is currently funded by the Australian Government under the Promoting Better Mental Health – Youth Mental Health Initiative.

Location

headspace has 30 centres that provide services to young people across Australia, which are located in every state and territory and cover metropolitan, regional and rural locations. To find headspace centre locations visit here. headspace's national office is located in North Melbourne.

Model

The headspace initiative has both national and local components. 

National
The national work is driven through four core areas: raising awareness, provision of training and education, driving service sector reform and building knowledge in evidence based treatment. 

Local
A headspace centre is a youth friendly community based provider of services to young people aged 12 – 25. Provided at a community level by a consortium of services addressing specific needs of young people, all headspace centres have at their core a primary care practice together with allied health, drug and alcohol workers and mental health practitioners.  The array of services is diverse and multidisciplinary, ensuring centres can address a wide range of concerns affecting young people.  

A headspace centre is:

  • a place where young people (12-25) can receive help for a range of issues including health, education, mental health and drug and alcohol use, employment support and referral;
  • a confidential low cost or free service (dependent on circumstances);
  • a locally run initiative established by organisations that understand their local community; and
  • a place where young people and families are encouraged to become involved.
Activities

headspace key activities include:

  • providing young Australians with a comprehensive accessible health service which promotes early intervention;
  • bringing together local health services under the one roof;
  • creating awareness and educating young people about how and when to seek help;
  • providing an extensive and accessible web-based resource targeting young people, but also providing resources for families, teachers and practitioners;
  • reviewing evidence and interventions to provide Australians with the most up-to-date information on youth health, reported through the headspace website;
  • giving young people a voice by providing opportunities to participate in shaping service delivery;
  • training professionals in working with young people; and
  • ensuring that youth mental health issues are prioritised by influencing policy direction and service sector reform.

Resources

headspace has a range of information and resources available.

  • The Knowledge Centre section of the headspace website provides up-to-date information about treatment interventions and models of care for young people with mental health and substance use issues.
  • A range of fact sheets are available to download, covering topics such as depression, self harm, anxiety, psychosis and drugs and alcohol.
  • Campaign materials (i.e. posters, postcards etc) are available here.  
Evaluation

headspace is committed to ensuring that its services and programs are relevant and effective.  An independent evaluation of headspace is reviewing the efficiency and effectiveness of headspace as a whole and of its individual components to:

  • assess the efficiency and effectiveness of the performance of the headspace centres;
  • evaluate the extent to which headspace has influenced government policy;
  • ascertain the extent of community awareness of issues related to youth mental health and the extent of evidence-based approaches to these issues; and
  • contribute to the ongoing development of headspace and to the evolution of the headspace centres models.
Lessons learned
  • That a dedicated early intervention clinical stream needs to be flexible, youth specific, and able to respond quickly to young people who have diverse and complex needs.
  • That there needs to be ongoing assistance for young people with high prevalence disorders.
  • Recognition that mental health services cannot work in isolation (collaborative coordinated care works for young people).
  • Recognition that some population groups require a tailored response, e.g. Indigenous young and homeless young people.

Project partners

Our project partners include:

The 30 headspace centres also collaborate via a consortium of local providers from a range of service sectors.

More information 

Contact headspace National Office on 03 9027 0100 or via email. Or, to contact your local headspace centre, visit the headspace sites webpage for further details.