who we are

Who we are 

headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation. We began in 2006, and ever since we’ve provided early intervention mental health services to 12-25-year-olds.  

Each year, we help thousands of young people, and their family and friends, access vital support through our headspace services in over 154 communities[1] across Australia, our online and phone counselling services, our vocational services, and our presence in schools.  

[1] As at December 2022 and inclusive of licensed headspace centres, satellites and outposts 

More about our services 


What we do

We support young people with mental health, physical health (including sexual health), alcohol and other drug services, as well as work and study support. 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.  

In everything we do, we aim to meet the evolving and unique needs of young people and those who support them. That’s why our youth reference groups are at the heart of our work, and they play an active role in designing, developing and evaluating our programs.   

Our future

As we look to the future, our priorities, principles and enablers have been detailed out in the headspace strategy 2021-2024. The strategy ensures we're well-placed to:

  •  support young people to be mentally healthy in their communities and 
  • actively contribute to and shape the whole of mental health system reforms needed to achieve better outcomes for them.  

Read our strategy

headspace Charter of Healthcare Rights for Young People

Knowing your rights when accessing support through headspace is important. The headspace Charter of Healthcare Rights outlines what young people can expect at headspace.

Read the Charter