headspace Bentleigh is a free or low cost service where young people aged 12-25 can access qualified mental health professionals, GPs, drug and alcohol counsellors, and vocational service providers.
You can self-refer, however, a mental health care plan is required to see our mental health professionals. We have other workers and programs you can access without a mental health care plan. We also provide an early psychosis program.
headspace Bentleigh is conveniently located near Moorabbin station.
- Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Wednesday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
- Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed
headspace Bentleigh is operated by Alfred Health. 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 East Melbourne PHN.
If you live near our headspace centre in a rural area but cannot travel in to see us, you can see our mental health workers online.
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 headspace early intervention program to improve the lives of young people, and their families, who are affected by psychosis.
Centres have a range of programs and activities for young people. Just ask your centre what they have on.
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.
A group of young people who help with events and some decision making at a centre. Ask your centre about getting involved.
Jobs and volunteering
Positions currently available at headspace Bentleigh
Deadline: 23 May 2021, 11:00 pm
Are you a young person with a lived experience of mental health challenges, who identifies with young people aged between 18-25?
- Part-time (3 days per week) / Fixed-term - Until June 2022
- Based in Bentleigh with some travel required between locations
- Exciting role specifically for a young person who has lived experience of mental health challenges
- Applicants from culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply
Alfred Health is a leader in health care delivery, improvement, research and education. We are the main provider of health services to people living in the inner southeast suburbs of Melbourne, from ambulatory, to inpatient and home and community based services.
The Youth Program at headspace Early Psychosis provides a range of services to young people (12-25yrs), families, and professionals. Services are strengths-based and value-driven so that they support young people to achieve personally meaningful recovery goals, and enable cultural change within the organisation.
Young people are the reason we exist and are the focus of what we do. Our goal as a team, is to support as many young people who want to work with a peer worker as we can. Our Youth Peer Support workers, drawing upon their own lived experience of mental health challenges, are uniquely positioned to walk alongside young people while also helping to inform our service design and delivery.
WHAT YOU'LL BE DOING
As a Youth Peer Support Worker, you will draw from your lived experience of your own mental health challenges and recovery to act as a recovery champion within the Youth Program team. In this role, you will be responsible for providing one-to-one support to young people, co-facilitating peer and recovery groups and you will contribute to community awareness activities that aim to reduce stigma through increased mental health literacy.
As a Youth Peer Support worker, you will also work with and alongside clinical and recovery teams at headspace Early Psychosis. Whilst youth peer support workers are not clinicians, they are as much a valued part of our team. Our Youth Peer Workers have a key responsibility to help inform our service design and delivery. In this context, sharing insights that are drawn from your own lived experience may be really important in enabling another staff member or team to develop an understanding of a person’s situation or how we may be working and the potential impact of this on a young person’s experience.
WHAT YOU’VE GOT
- Lived experience of psychosis or other mental health challenges as a young person (12-25 years) and experience of utilising mental health services in your own recovery (essential Key Selection Criteria)
- Recognition and understanding of your own personal recovery process (including tools and strategies) and the ability to use this to appropriately share your story with purpose
- Australian working rights
- Current Victorian Driver License (preferable)
- Current Working with Children Check or willing to obtain one, and be willing to undergo a Background Check
WHAT YOU’LL GET
- Relevant training (e.g. Peer Support, group facilitation, Open Dialogue)
- Regular peer supervision and line management supervision
- Support from the Youth Peer team dedicated to promoting the voice of lived experience within the headspace Early Psychosis program
- Access to salary packaging, discounted health insurance and banking
- Opportunities to participate in Discovery College
- Great work-life balance
- Located close to public transport, shops and restaurants
If this opportunity sounds like it is for you, click the APPLY button, including your cover letter responding to the Key Selection Criteria, and your resume.
For more information regarding the position please contact Jessica Anson on ph: 0437 863 358
Applications close Sunday 23 May 2021 at 11pm AEST
Alfred Health is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve. Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged.
For more information contact:
Name: Jess Anson
Phone: 0437 863 358
While providing support to a young person experiencing mental health difficulties can be deeply rewarding, it can also be challenging and have an impact on you.
If you are supporting a person who is experiencing mental health challenges, it is essential to look after your own mental health and wellbeing. This information might be particularly relevant if you are a parent or carer but may also be useful if you are a partner or friend providing key support to a young person
Caring for yourself can sustain you, and also models healthy habits for the young person you are supporting. Practising self-care can also enhance your capacity to effectively care for your young person.
When someone in your family has a mental health problem:
- Keep communication open, show empathy and don't rush into judgements.
- Be available without being intrusive or 'pushy'.
- Spend time with the person.
- Take an interest in their activities, and encourage them to talk about what's happening in their life.
- Take the person's feelings seriously.
- Encourage and support friendships.
- Encourage activities that promote mental health, such as exercise, good eating, regular sleep, and doing things the person enjoys.
- Give positive feedback.
- Let the person know that you love them. They may not always admit it, but this is likely to be very important to them.
How to find help If you are worried about the health and safety of a young person:
- Talk openly and honestly with them, and let them know that you are concerned.
- Reassure them that you will be there for them, and ask what they need from you.
- Let them know that there is lots of help available. They will be able to talk to health professionals if this is what they prefer.
- Ask direct questions if you are concerned about suicide. For example, have you been thinking about death? Have you thought about ending your life?
- Help the person build a support network.
- Look after yourself as well. Get some support by talking to people, and seek professional help for yourself if you need it.
Click here for our family and friends peer support to guide.
headspace Bentleigh offers a range of groups and programs based on the needs of our young people.
If you'd like to know more about what's going on at headspace Bentleigh take a look at our calendar for Summer 2021 (bookings essential).
People usually find they get different things from coming. This might include:
- Connecting with others
- Discovering more about personal strengths
- Exploring new interests
- Building life skills
- Developing personal meaning from experiences
For all new group registrations please contact 9076 9400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and arrange a welcome appointment.
We are always keen to hear more ideas for programs that young people would find helpful, please contact us if you have any ideas!
Click here to see the recovery program at a glance.
For more information about discovery college go to: discovery.college
Our courses are created by people with varied experiences in mental health, who share their knowledge of what works. Every course is developed and delivered equally by both people with lived experience of mental health issues and health experts, and participants also have their say about what they want to learn. People from all sorts of backgrounds take part, like young people, clinicians and learning specialists.
It’s a new way of learning about mental health – it’s relaxed, everyone is equal and there are no rights or wrongs. By getting involved, you can discover how to take action to be who you are, what you want from life, and what actually works to help you and others stay mentally healthy.
If you are interested in learning more about the courses available at headspace Discovery College you can view our course guide here.
Youth participation gives young people from 12 to 25 years old the opportunity to have a role at headspace and can include a range of decision-making activities that will benefit everyone who uses the service.
At headspace, we know that participation empowers young people and allows them to own the decisions they have made about their lives.
headspace Bentleigh offers young people several ways to get involved, including:
- developing courses for headspace Discovery College
- youth peer support
- Youth Advisory Committee (YAC)
Read more about volunteering at headspace here.
headspace is providing young people with the opportunity to be heard and be active around youth mental health and alcohol and other drug issues. There are a number of roles you can play in the headspace Bentleigh Youth Advisory Committee, including:
- Leading a project in your local area
- Website consultation and development
- Research and evaluation of headspace services
- Consultation around resource development such as, factsheets, brochures, radio ads etc
- Peer support and mentoring
- Media Spokesperson
By getting involved you will:
- Have the opportunity to have your say and direct youth mental health services in Australia
- Develop new skills
- Meet and work with other young people who are passionate about youth mental health
- Make a difference to youth mental health
headspace Bentleigh will provide some training to support you to participate in the above groups or activities
How do I get involved?
If you're aged between 12 and 25 and you're interested in becoming involved, please click on youth participation to read about volunteering opportunities.
The closest railway station to headspace Bentleigh is Moorabbin Railway Station on the Frankston line, our centre is approximately five minutes walk from the station.
Buses also stop nearby at Moorabbin Railway Station including the 811, 812 and 823, 824 and 825 buses.
Next time you are at headspace Bentleigh, keep an eye out for some of our friendly staff!
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Catherine Keen - CCT Team Leader
At headspace Bentleigh we're really proud of our centre. headspace Bentleigh is featured as the location in the headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program video. Watch the video below if you'd like to take a virtual tour.