headspace
Geelong

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Hours

  • Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

About

headspace Geelong supports young people, from 12-25, who are going through a tough time.

We can assist young people in four key areas; Physical Health (incl.sexual health), Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs and Work and Study Support. 

To make the first appointment for yourself or a loved one click here.

If you'd prefer to speak to someone over the phone pleas call 03 5222 6690

If you are a professional and would like to refer a young person please click here

In case of emergency call: 000

If you need to speak to someone urgently please call Lifeline on 13 11 14

Hours

  • Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

headspace Geelong is operated by Barwon Child, Youth & Family. 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, Western Victoria (Western Victoria PHN).

Services

Mental health workers – which may include psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors and other workers – that can help if you're just not feeling yourself.

Sexual health screenings on site or links to local 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. 

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. 

Workers either on site or linked to the centre who can assist you with any alcohol or other drug issue. 

A group of young people who help with events and some decision making at a centre. Ask your centre about getting involved.

“As soon as I sought help, I suddenly realised that my anxiety was very treatable and that I wasn’t alone.”
- Charlie

More information

  If you are a young person (12-25):

If you are seeking support from headspace Geelong please complete this online form and we will call you to organise and appointment. If you would prefer to speak to someone about making an over the phone please call us on 5222 6690 

  If you know a young person who might need help:

Families, carers and friends can make an appointment for a young person with their consent. To do so please complete this online form or, if you would prefer to speak to someone about making an over the phone please call us on 5222 6690 

  If you are working with a young person who might need help:

Health professionals, school staff, health or community organisations can refer to headspace Geelong using this online form

*Please note: the young person must consent to the referral.

 

Next steps;  

After making your online referral a headspace Geelong team member will make contact within a week to discuss the next steps. 

Physical and sexual health;

If you are wanting to book a GP or Nurse appointment we call to offer you available times for the next appointment.

Support for mental health, alcohol and other drugs and vocation and education; 

If you are wanting to access mental health support we will call to offer you available times for an intake appointment. 

At your intake appointment you will chat to one of our friendly Engagement and Assesment clinicians who will ask you questions about different parts of you life to figure out how we can best assist. 

 

Location and Access

headspace Geelong (open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm). 

105 Yarra Street Geelong

Ph. 5222 6690

Our site has full disability access.

Accessible via public tranport, visit PTV Journey Planner to plan your trip. 

We are walking distance from the bus interchange on Moorabool Street in Geelong city centre near the Malop Street Mall.

Free 2hr Parking is available withing a short walk of headspace Geelong on Yarra St between Myer St and McKillop St. 

 

Cost 

At headspace Geelong our services are free through Medicare.

To get your own Medicare card please click here 

If you are unable to access a Medicare Card we can still offer support, just let our staff know and we will work it out. 

All of our staff are networked with all services in the Geelong region. The headspace Geelong Lead Agency is Barwon Child, Youth & Family. For further information please see www.bcyf.org.au

 

Online and after hours support 

eheadspace;

eheadspace provides free online and telephone support and counselling to young people 12 - 25 and their families and friends. 

Call 1800 650 890 or go to www.eheadspace.org.au 

 

24/7 helplines;

Lifeline;

13 11 14

Kids helpline;

1800 55 1800

Webchat counselling 

 

if it’s an emergency;

headspace Geelong is not an emergency service so if you’re in an emergency situation or need immediate assistance, contact Barwon Health Phone Triage team 1300 094 187 (24/7), go to your local emergency department or call emergency services on 000

 

Our Team

At headspace Geelong we have a team that is dedicated to supporting young people the best way we can. We have a range of workers with different skills and experience to make sure young people that access headspace Geelong get the help they are looking for.

Please click here for our service brochure.

headspace Geelong supports the 'no wrong door' approach and we will always guide you to the appropriate service/s to meet your needs or the needs of those people you are  endeavoring to support.  

headspace Operations Manager

Grant Gibson

Grant.Gibson@bcyf.org.au

Clinical Lead

Maria Djugum 

maria.djugum@bcyf.org.au

Coordinator (headspace Drysdale) 5253 0400

Tanya Fitzpatrick

tanya.fitzpatrick@bch.org.au

Practice Manager

Brenda Monro

Brenda.Monro@bcyf.org.au

Presentations- In person or on online

headspace Geelong offer mental health presentations for 12-25 year olds in schools, education settings, community groups or sporting clubs. We also offer a short service explanation presentation for workplaces who would benefit from knowing the services available at headspace Geelong and how to refer.

The number of participants in face-to-face presentations in capped at 50 people, to ensure presentations are engaging and interactive. 

Due to capacity limitations we require at least two weeks’ notice for presentation bookings and we may not be able to say yes to every request. 

Click here to book a presentation

Presentation topics;

For young people-

  • 7 Tips for a Healthy Headspace; Ideal for young people aged 12-16, this presentation introduces the concept of mental health and explains 7 different ways you can look after your mental health
  • Looking After Yourself and Your Friends; For young people 12-25, discusses signs and symptoms to look out for that may indicate mental ill-health in themselves and their peers and the next steps to take. 

For relevant workplaces;

  • Intro to headspace Geelong's Services; and overview of the headspace Geelong services and how to assist a young person to seek support

 

Our presentations are free of charge but we would greatly appreciate any donations to our service if you are able. Click here to donate . Please select headspace Geelong from the drop down list.

If you have any questions about our presentations please contact our Community Engagement Officer, Kylie.Hodgson@bcyf.org.au

Resources, posters and fact sheets

headspace Geelong has access to fact sheets, posters and other resources that have been produced by headspace National, Australia’s national youth mental health foundation. We are most happy to deliver these to your school to display within your wellbeing cente.e

If you would like any of the below hard copy resources, please email Sheldan with up to 12 fact sheets and the posters you would like.

Online, printable fact sheets, and additional resources can be found here https://headspace.org.au/health-professionals/resource-library/fact-sheets/

01 - Alcohol

02 - Anger

03 - Anxiety

04 - Bipolar

05 - Bullying

06 - Dealing with relationship breakups

07 - Depression

08 - Eating Disorders

09 - Gender Identity & Mental Health

10 - Getting Help from A GP

11 - Grief

12 - If Your Friend Is Not Okay

13 - Psychosis

14 - PTSD

15 - Self Harm

 

16 - Sex & Sexual Health

17 - Sexuality & Mental Health

18 - Tips for A Healthy headspace

18a - Get into Life

18b - Learn How to Handle Tough Times

Top of Form

18c - Build Close and Connected Relationships

18d - Eat Well

18e - Get Enough Sleep

18f - Cut Back on Alcohol & Other Drugs

18g -Stay Active

19 - What Is Mental Health

21 - Screen Time

22 - Understand Gaming

23 - Sleep & Gaming

 

 

Poster topics:

-The 7 tips for a healthy headspace

-headspace Digital Word and Study Services

-General headspace information

Online versions of these can be found here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1CIHwME0xrE7eV6eBnDcSkJVYztz0Sp1K?usp=sharing

 

Online Resources; headspace Group Chats

headspace run frequent online group chats for young people and their family/supports on a variety of different topics. Young people can join in these conversations and ask questions or simply just sit in and listen.

Ongoing weekly peer support chats:

To access ongoing weekly chats you will need to sign up to the spaces function of headspace https://headspace.org.au/eheadspace/spaces/personal/setup/

  • navigating relationships: every Monday at 6–10pm AEST
  • qheadspace: every Tuesday at 6–10pm AEST
  • general coping: every Wednesday 6–10pm AEST
  • yarnspace: fortnightly Thursdays 6-10pm AEST supporting others: fortnightly Thursdays 6-10pm AEST

Themed upcoming group chats for young people and their family and friends can be found here: https://headspace.org.au/eheadspace/group-chat/upcoming-chats/

 

To discuss these or any additional mental health promotion needs please email Kylie.Hodgson@bcyf.org.au

The YFC is made up of young people from the Geelong region who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of their peers. The group consists of a diverse range of young people, from a variety of different ages and  backgrounds, who are advocates for youth mental health. 

headspace Geelong look to the YFC for advice and opinions to ensure young people's voices are present in decisions that shape our service. The YFC organise events and campaigns that seek to spread the word about mental health and reduce stigma around mental illness. They also attend events around the region to get the headspace message out there and inform people on how to access our services.

Members of our Youth Futures Crew are offered training to equip them with the skills they think are necessary to do the wonderful work they do. 

YFC applications are open in January and July each year. 

If you would like to invite the YFC to come along to your event or classroom via zoom to run an activity or share information about headspace contact Kylie here. 

 

headspace Geelong is currently offering a range of group opportunities

OneWorth

Powered by the four simple words “we teach girls self-worth”, OneWorth is 6 week in person, small group program for girls and those who identify as girls. OneWorth takes a fun but research backed approach to growing a girls self-worth.   The program celebrates what is going well for girls and helps them grow the areas not going so well.    The learnings each week are anchored with creative projects and movement making it a 90 minutes that a girl looks forward to each week.     

Past feedback from secondary age girls includes "It helps with self-talk and positivity. It's the best thing, you will have a really good time and make new friends.” and “As soon as you sit down you will feel at ease. The things you learn will stay with you for a long time.”

PeerSpace

PeerSpace is a group where young people come together and share their experiences in an easygoing environment with other young people.
We hope the group will be a space where we can share practical insights and tips on how to look after our mental health with group members that are 13-17 years old and have lived experience of mental health challenges.
It’s a social space where we’ll hang out, play games and eat food- yes there’s snacks!

The group is small, with no more than 8 members,and confidential, everyone’s there for similar reasons.
Being part of a supportive group can empower you to learn more about yourself and make informed decisions about your life.

The group will run for 8 weeks, with a 1 week break in the middle. Our first session will be an informal meet and greet.
After that each week we will choose a topic to focus on and explore together some strategies and tricks relevant to those topics.
These topics are things like managing emotions, sleeping well or eating well for your mental health.

All these discussions will be informal and you’ll be able to share, if you’re comfortable, anything that works for you or that you find challenging. 

Healthy Headspace

Feeling sad, irritable, angry or anxious are normal emotions and we all feel this way at times. Sometimes when these feelings last for too long or are too intense, they can get in the way of us doing the things we want and can make school and relationships difficult. We know that getting help early can be really helpful when we feel this way.

Healthy Headspace is a group program developed for young people and is aimed at developing tools to manage your mental health and wellbeing. The Healthy Headspace group includes a mix of discussion and activities and is run by trained mental health clinicians. Skills that are targeted in the group include managing anger and emotions, understanding and accepting yourself, and assertive communication. The group runs every term and can be joined at any time. Sometimes people come to all of the sessions or might attend them more than once. Other people might just come to the sessions that are more relevant to them. We know that it can be scary to come to a group, but everybody probably feels the same way! And we are work hard to make sure the group feels comfortable and safe for everybody.

The group runs on Tuesdays from 3.30 – 5 pm (for 15 and under) and Thursdays from 3.30 – 5 pm (for young people aged 16+).

headspace Geelong is one of the busiest headspace sites in Australia, delivering around 7300 occasions of services to more than 2000 young people each year.

As demand grows, access to immediate help is becoming increasingly difficult to provide and additional funds are being sought to boost our service delivery capacity. 

By making a tax deductible donation you will contribute directly to ensuring our community's young people receive timely access to the support they need.

 

If you are interested in making a donation you can do so online here

If you are interested in fundraising for headspace Geelong please contact Julia Ladgrove, Fundraising Manager, Barwon Child Youth and Family.

T: 03 5226 8901 M: 0431 880 306

E: Julia.Ladgrove@bcyf.org.au