headspace
Berri

20201021 headspace Berri front photo by AH v3

Hours

  • Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
  • Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

About

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headspace Berri provides free mental health services, alcohol & drug counselling, vocational support and some physical & sexual health services for young people 12-25 years old in the Riverland region of South Australia. 

Access to our centre is via stairs or a small ramp.  If you need help to and from your vehicle - please call us. 

Join our newsletter for regular updates here.

Want to provide feedback on our work? Submit feedback here.

Hours

  • Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
  • Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

headspace Berri is operated by FocusOne 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, Country SA PHN.

Services

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

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.

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. 

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

News

More information

headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing mental health services to 12-25 year olds. Each year, headspace helps thousands of young people in communities across Australia access support.

Here in the Riverland headspace Berri works across the Riverland region to support young people with:

  • mental health
  • sexual health
  • work & study goals
  • programs, groups and other activities that increase mental health knowledge 
  • safe and supportive social opportunities

You can find out more about our current services, programs and other activities (including groups & events) in the other sections of this website and by following us on Facebook and Instagram. 

headspace also has a welcome pack for young people and the people supporting them. These welcome packs provide some further information about our services and what you can expect when you engage with headspace Berri:

Meet the team behind headspace Berri.

 

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Gemma

Centre Manager 

 

 

Robyn

Robyn

Clinical Lead 

 

Keisha 2

Keisha

Clinical Counsellor 

 

 

Susan

headspace Clinician, headspace Core 

 

Kristy 2

Kristy

headspace Clinician, Youth Access Worker 

 

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Megan

headspace Clinician, Youth Access Worker 

 

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Kodi

headspace Youth Complex Care Coordinator 

 

Kate M

headspace Clinician, headspace Core 

 

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Kate B (currently on maternity leave)

headspace Clinical Psychologist 

 

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Amy

Clinical Counsellor, Youth CCC

 

Kerryn

Vocational Support

 

Melanie

Sexual Health Nurse & Mental Health Clinician

 

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Alysha

Community Awareness Officer 

 

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Eboni (currently on maternity leave)

Community Awareness Officer 

 

Sign up to news and updates from headspace Berri here. We share upcoming local and national programs, links to useful resources and other information relevant to supporting the health and wellbeing of Riverland young people aged 12-25.

The first step is to complete and return the headspace Berri referral form (download here or drop into our offices in Berri). You can also be referred by your Doctor with a Mental Health Treatment Plan. A parent, friend, teacher or other trusted person can also refer you with your permission. We are a voluntary service, which means no-one can make you visit headspace.

 

Once we receive your referral, a member of our Youth Access Team will make contact with you by phone and arrange a time for you to either come into our centre or have a chat over the phone for an initial assessment. This assessment will ask you some questions about what is happening for you and what kind of support you are looking for. From here you will join our waiting list for the next available spot to meet with a Clinician. Waiting list times vary and can depend on lots of factors. While you are on the waiting list our Youth Access Team will check in on you every four weeks, or more if otherwise arranged.

 

We also share at-home resources on our Facebook page and Instagram profile that you might find helpful while waiting to see a Clinician for more tailored support.

Headspace Berri Open Door is an opportunity to meet with one of the Clinicians from our Youth Access Team and get some one-on-one support during an individual session. You can book the time that works for you during our advertised Open Door sessions.

During your session our Clinician will ask you to complete some questions and a short survey on one of our iPads and ask you what area you would like to focus on during the session. Our Open Door sessions are for one off support but you can attend Open Door more than once to talk about new things. If you feel like you need more support than a single session can provide, you can ask for further headspace services. Open Door sessions are held at our centre, 3 Riverview Drive Berri.

For an updated list of upcoming Open Door sessions that you can book into see: Open Door (headspace.org.au)

 

Our Sexual Health Nurse Mel is available to speak with young people and their families here at headspace Berri about any sexual health related concerns or questions. There are no silly questions and Mel is here to make sure young people in the Riverland have accurate and up to date information to make informed decisions about their sexual health. 

Young people do not need a referral and can make an appointment with Mel by contacting headspace Berri on (08) 8582 4422 or  headspace@focusonehealth.com.au

Kerryn Van Dyk has joined the headspace team offering one-on-one support for young people aged 14-25 to explore their work and study options. 

As a qualified Career Practitioner with over 8 years experience in this space, Kerryn is passionate about working with young people to assist them to feel in control and make informed decisions about their career journey. Kerryn has worked in local high schools for many years guiding and answering students’ questions in relation to work, study, school and beyond. Kerryn believes all young people should have access to holistic career advice and we are excited to offer this service from headspace Berri. 

Young people do not need a referral and can make an appointment with Kerryn by contacting headspace Berri on (08) 8582 4422 or  headspace@focusonehealth.com.au

Kerryn can provide support with:

  • resume advice
  • interview skills
  • career ideas
  • study options
  • support to navigate job providers & Centrelink

headspace Berri provides free  confidential, and youth-friendly services for young people aged 12-25 years. headspace Berri provides a range of specialised services to young people and their families who may be experiencing challenges with their mental health, physical health, alcohol and other drugs, or work & study.

You can access or refer to headspace Berri by phone, dropping in, or via an emailed or faxed referral form.

 

Mental Health Treatment Plans:

This is a care plan written together with your Doctor during an appointment at your medical clinic. Your Doctor then sends this plan to us. We accept these treatment plans and we ALWAYS encourage you to get checked out with a Doctor if you are experiencing physical or mental health symptoms. BUT these treatment plans are not required in the first instance to access headspace Berri. Often we help young people to access a low-cost Doctor if you don't have one, and we will help you apply for a Medicare Card, if you don't have one. 

Please note that if you access your Doctor for a Mental Health Treatment Plan, you should check with your clinic about costs/fees you will incur. You'll also need a Medicare Card.

You can find more details about referrals below in the 'more information section'.

To chat further about services we refer to that incur fees, please call us on (08) 8582 4422.

We appreciate your active involvement in finding a solution to suit your needs.

To be able to access some of headspace Berri's services, you need access to a Medicare card. It can be your own Medicare card or you can use your family's Medicare card if your name is listed on it.

When you turn 15 years of age, you can apply for your own Medicare card. To do this you have to do some paper work and have some identification. You need to complete a "Medicare copy or transfer" application form and submit it at your local Medicare service centre. You’ll need to provide identification, such as a student card or birth certificate, as well as details about the card you are transferring from.

If you need more information or need help with accessing a Medicare card, have a look at the human services website about becoming independent: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/subjects/young-people-becoming-independent

Download the Rights and Responsibilities Brochure here.

headspace Berri supports your right to:

  • Refuse treatment or service
  • Agree to or refuse the presence of trainee practitioners or students
  • Choose to have another person present at your appointment
  • Request a transfer to another headspace clinician
  • Make complaints and have them investigated
  • Have continued access to the services after making a complaint

 

Our team will ensure that:

You are fully informed about your health and health care options to help you make informed choices.

Your confidentiality and privacy are maintained.

You are given information about circumstances in which we are legally required to report; such as to protect the  health and safety of a young person at risk, or if personal information is subpoenaed by court.

Your prior approval would be obtained to:

  • Provide a written report to another professional agency, eg a GP or lawyer; or
  • Discuss the material with another person, eg a parent or employer; or
  • If disclosure is otherwise required or authorized by law.

 

We can provide a variety of education sessions to community groups and schools. Please complete this education session request form and return to headspace@focusonehealth.com.au and a member of our team will be in touch. 

The best way to stay up to date with special projects and events is to follow us on Facebook and Instagram. 

 

Current and upcoming special projects & events:

 

Riverland Pride March

Friday 27th August 2021.

The Riverland Pride March is an all-ages community event to celebrate and support LGBTQIA+ young people in the Riverland for Wear It Purple Day. Full details here.

 

The Future of Here (and Now)

All year, 2021.

With thanks to funding from Country Arts SA through the Regional Arts Fund, headspace Berri is delivering a special community awareness project this year called The Future of Here (and Now). The Future of Here (and Now) includes training, professional development and delivering a series of creative conversations, community engagement experiences and small digital and in-person outcomes across 2021 that build connection, community leadership, mental health literacy and resilience. The project is already underway but young people who would like to be involved can still join our hERO group here. 

 

What is the hERO group?

The headspace Berri hERO group exists to ensure young people’s voices and opinions remain front and centre in everything we do here at headspace Berri.

hEROs are local young people aged 16-25 who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of young people. Some members of hERO may have experienced their own struggles and other members may have never experienced mental ill health, but all share a commitment to advocate for youth mental health in the Riverland.

As a member of hERO you will:

  • be a volunteer member of an inclusive and optimistic team of other young people
  • attend regular meetings and represent headspace Berri in the community
  • have access to relevant training and mentoring in areas such as
    • public speaking
    • advocacy
    • mental health literacy
    • project & event planning/management
  • have the opportunity to develop mini-projects, events and activities that support mental health in our community
  • be asked to provide your unique feedback and insights on things like
    • social media campaigns
    • promotional material
    • what our space looks and feels like
    • headspace Berri services

hEROs make sure that any new initiative from headspace Berri will make a positive difference in the lives of local young people, and that the resources headspace Berri receive from government and corporate partners are put to the best use.

Applications to join hERO in 2021 are now open. Submit your application here. 

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We understand that students are keen to know more about headspace Berri, the services we offer and the knowledge base of our staff. Written responses and/or answers to assignments will not be provided but if you are interested in interviewing one of our team members please get in touch. We aim to host two research interview spots throughout the school year, usually term 1 and term 3 but places are very limited and book out quickly.

We currently have 1:1 interview times available in March for students to interview Clinicians in-person or over Zoom. Book a spot here. 

Important notes to students:

  • Written responses and or answers to assignments will not be provided
  • Interviews are open to all Riverland Secondary, Tafe and University students.
  • Pending your interview questions and topics, from time-to-time we may recommend one of our organisation or consortium partners for you to interview in place of headspace Berri
  • Interview questions must be related to areas of service provided by headspace
  • Due to time and resource constraints, we cannot respond to all interview requests
Would you like to provide direct feedback to headspace Berri about our services and programs or is there something else you think we need to know related to our work supporting young people across the Riverland? Submit your feedback here. 
Thoughtful critical feedback is important for improvement and positive feedback is important for morale. We welcome both.