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Important notice

If you have an urgent psychological problem please contact Crisis Care on 9223 1111, or 1800 199 008. Or ring Beyond Blue 1300 224 636.

If it is an emergency, please ring an ambulance (000) or go to a Hospital Emergency Department, or contact the Mental Health Emergency Response Line on 1300 555 788.

International Students can access psychological support via the International Student Counsellors. Call the International Centre on 9427 1873.

External Psychology Service
Students who are having life problems that are interfering with their studies may be referred to an external psychological counselling provider for free short term counselling.
Speak to your lecturer or the Disability Support team (9427 1314) to be referred. 

Please note This service is not for urgent or severe mental health situations.
                         In these cases speak to your doctor, go to hospital or ring Mental Health Emergency Response Line 1300 555 788

The Desk
Study can be really exciting. It can also be really stressful with assessments, exams, balancing work, life and study.
Most students find that when they’re not feeling on top of things they don’t perform as well as they want to – or as well as they can.
The Desk is an online program that can help you. It is like a toolbox to help with stress, procrastination, feeling down, relationship issues or managing worries.
It is easy and it is free.
Sign up and select North Metropolitan TAFE as your college.   

headspace in Osborne Park promotes and facilitates the improvement of young people in the key areas of primary health, mental health, drug and alcohol-related issues, social recovery and vocational services.

headspace is a free, youth-friendly and confidential service available to young people aged 12 – 25 years, in the metropolitan region north of Perth.


headspace absolutely understand that this is a particularly stressful time for our young people.  eheadspace is an online and phone support service which has group chats, online chats and offers young people the ability set up their own personalised space.

The free services available at headspace Osborne Park include:

  • Youth Counsellor
  • Alcohol & Drug Counsellor
  • Bulk-billing Psychology Services (Under GP Mental Health Treatment Plans)
  • Youth early psychosis program
  • Sexual health education and sexuality Counselling
  • Support for family and carers of young people with mental health issues

T  9208 9555

Please note headspace Osborne Park is not an acute mental health/crisis service. If you have any immediate concerns regarding the safety/wellbeing of a young person, please call: Mental Health Emergency Response Line (MHERL) on 1800 555 788
In an emergency, contact 000 immediately

Resources and handouts for lecturers and students
Referral sources for free counselling
Young students 14-25
•    headspace, (Joondalup, Osborne Park, Midland, Rockingham, Fremantle)  
•    Youth Focus, (Burswood, Joondalup, Leederville, Rockingham)   
•    Y Counselling, (Leederville) 
•    Drug and Alcohol Youth Service (DAYS)
•    Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC)
Adult students (some fees may apply but usually negotiable for students)
•    Centrecare (many city and suburban centres)  
•    Anglicare/Kinway (many centres)  
•    Relationships Australia (many centres)  
•    Alcohol and Drug Support Service  9442 5000 
•    Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC)

In addition, all students may approach their doctor (General Practitioner) if they think they might have a mental health problem.
Doctors can refer for counselling under the Mental  Health Care Plan, which will allow a Medicare rebate on the sessions.

Other online counselling and mental health resources
If you would like to learn more about how to manage difficulties with mood via an interactive website try some of these:
On Track
On Track is a free, secure, interactive website that helps you to achieve mental and physical health and wellbeing. It was produced by a team of psychologists at Queensland University of Technology.

The research has shown that these programs do work.
MoodGYM is an interactive secure web program designed to help prevent depression. It consists of educational modules, interactive games, assessments, downloadable relaxation audio, workbooks and feedback. It was designed by psychology staff at Australian National University. It uses CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) a research based technique shown to assist with improving mood and problem solving. There is research evidence that MoodGYM is helpful for its users. Using two or more modules has been shown to produce reductions in depression and anxiety.
E-Couch is also a program from ANU which provides information about emotional problems and includes exercises in how to help yourself with these difficulties.
The Centre for Mental Health Research at the Australian National University have developed a facebook hub page with information on self help programs for mental heatlh.
Beyond Blue
Beyond blue is a national independent, not for profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related disorders

Youth Beyond Blue 
Youth Beyond Blue is for young people who are feeling down, anxious or don’t know what to do about things like helping a friend, LGBTI issues, alcohol, drugs or bullying.

Living Proud
Living Proud provides essential services to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and intersex communities, including  peer counselling phone line, health and wellbeing initiatives.

Reach Out
Reach out is an online mental health organisation for young people, providing practical support to help them get through everything from everyday issues to tough times. 
Suicide Call Back Service
Freecall 1300 659 467 
The Suicide Call Back Service is a nationwide service offering assistance 24hrs per day 7 days per week for people over 18 who may feel suicidal or who know someone who may be at risk of suicide. The service offers immediate crisis counseling and up to a further 6 free telephone counseling sessions at a time to suit your schedule. The website has a wealth of information and resources on suicide prevention, grief and related topics.
Youth Focus
Youth Focus is an independent West Australian not-for-profit working to stop youth suicide. Youth Focus works with young people aged 12-25 to help them overcome issues associated with depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicidal thoughts through the provision of free, unlimited and professional face-to-face individual and family counselling and other mental health services.​​​

headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds.
The service is designed to make it easy as possible for a young person and their family to get the help they need for problems affecting their wellbeing. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services. ​

Please note
These programs are not a substitute for your doctor, psychologist or other health professional. They are intended for information and skill development purposes only. If you are under 16 with depressive symptoms, it is recommended you speak with your parent or guardian about getting professional help.
If you need immediate help contact
Lifeline            13 11 14 
Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
Crisis Care        9223 1111
                            1800 199 008
Or go to your local hospital Emergency Department.


Page last updated March 24, 2020