headspace - Providing FREE confidential health services for young people aged 12 - 25 across Mackay region.
headspace is an inclusive service and does not discriminate regardless of age, race, cultural background, religion, sexual orientation, gender or disability. headspace Mackay have a no wrong door approach, meaning we want to ensure that every young person coming to our centre receives appropriate care.
headspace is about making sure young people have the best support, information, and services for their health and wellbeing. headspace provide support for physical health, mental health, drug and alcohol issues, employment and education support. With the help of our dedicated and friendly staff of, Psychologists, Social Workers, and a consortium of community partners.
To make an appointment, call us on (07) 4898 2200, drop-in during our opening hours, Monday to Friday from 8.30am - 5.00pm or ask your current health professional for a referral to headspace Mackay.
- Monday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
- Tuesday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
- Wednesday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
- Thursday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
- Friday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed
headspace Mackay is operated by Northern Australia Primary Health Limited. All headspace centres 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, Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN).
Mental Health Services
Mental health workers – which may include psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors and other workers – that can help if you're just not feeling yourself.
Work & Study 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.
Alcohol & Drug Services
Workers either on site or linked to the centre who can assist you with any alcohol or other drug issue.
Youth Reference Group
A group of young people who help with events and some decision making at a centre. Ask your centre about getting involved.
Meet our Team
The staff at headspace Mackay are youth health professionals who can help you deal with your concerns in a confidential, non-judgmental environment.
Sharon Jenks - Clinical Lead
Leanne Jones - Provisional Psychologist
Kelly Black - Provisional Psychologist
Craig Watson - Mental Health Clinician
Sylvia Lievens - Mental Health Clinician
Myf Pitcher - Mental Health Clinician
Gina Hansen - Mental Health Clinician
Shane Sturdy - Community Engagement and Youth Worker
Ricardo (Ricky) Davids - Youth Worker
Amanda Shipp - Clinical Administration Support Officer
Natasha Baker - Clinical Receptionist
Pani Awarau - Clinical Receptionist
Carla Moloney - Clinical Receptionist (Part-time)
How Do I get Started
If you are aged 12 - 25 there is no wrong way to access headspace Mackay. You can call the centre to make an appointment, drop in during business hours or talk to your Doctor about a referral.
If you're not able to phone us, or if you don't feel comfortable, you can email MKYheadspace@naphl.com.au with your contact details and a headspace Mackay team member will get back to you either by phone or email. You can also contact eheadspace, a free online and phone support service for young people, on 1800 650 890 or visit eheadspace.org.au to have a confidential chat online.
Accessing headspace Mackay is free with a valid Medicare card. If you don't have a Medicare card and think you may be eligible, you can apply for one on the Human Services page - https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/medicare/medicare-card
If you are in crisis please contact emergency services:
24hr Mental Health Care (Qld health) - 1300 642 255
Suicide Support Service - 1800 859 585
Suicide Call Back Service - 1300 659 467
Kids Help Line - 1800 55 1800
Lifeline Australia - 13 11 14
How do I refer a young person?
How do I refer a young person to headspace?
Self-referral or without formal referral
If you are aged 12 - 25 years, you can make a referral by contacting us on 07 4898 2200 and making an appointment with our intake team.
Family, Carers & Friends
Family, carers and friends are welcome to refer on behalf of a young person with their consent. You can do this by contacting us on 07 4898 2200.
Service Providers & Schools
If you are wanting to refer a young person and have their consent, please complete our Service Provider and Schools Referral Form and fax to 07 4898 2299.
Please complete our General Practitioner (GP) Referral Form and fax to 07 4898 2299.
headspace Community Network
headspace Community Network
The headspace Community Network (hCN) consists of a group of very dedicated community volunteers passionate about improving social and emotional wellbeing outcomes for our local youth.
headspace Mackay is privileged to have the invaluable support from our community. If you are interested in joining headspace Community Network please feel free to click on the link below and fill in an application form:
Youth Reference Group (YRG)
Are you aged between 15 and 25 and live in Mackay or surrounds? Do you have something to say about health, mental health, and drug and alcohol issues?
We want you to apply if:
- You have had your own experiences of feeling depressed, anxious or another mental health issue.
- You have a friend or family member who has/or had a mental illness or drug addiction.
- You feel passionate about and are interested in mental health issues.
To be fully representative of our local youth, the voices of Indigenous young people, young people from different cultural backgrounds, young people from rural and remote areas, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender young people and young people who have been homeless are encouraged to apply.
How do I get involved?
Complete the application form:
- email - MKYheadspace@naphl.com.au
- post - PO Box 974 Mackay QLD 4817
- hand in – 2nd Floor 123 Victoria Street, Mackay 4740
Meet our YRG Team
Meet our YRG Team
Groups @ headspace Mackay
headspace Mackay has a number of groups that provide a safe and friendly space for you to get to meet new friends, develop skills, and generally have fun! No fees involved!
FIRE – (Feelings Impacting Risky Emotions) a four week program to help young people manage their anger. Learn about how to calm the fire within, for young people aged from 12-15 years.
SCAR – (Stress, Coping and Resilience) a four week program for ages 12-15 years to increase young people’s resilience by teaching various skills of empathy, building strong family networks, connecting with people and supporting strengths of coping with stress. Participants also learn about self-care, goal setting and work towards a positive self-view.
SMASH – (Start Managing Anger, Stress, How?) a five week program for male and females aged between 12 and 16 years involving elements of drumbeat, rock and water, and team building activities. The program will look at managing anger and controlling stress levels through a fun and safe hands on learning environment.
DRUMBEAT – Drumbeat is a unique team drumming experience that’s fun, safe, engaging and rewarding and aimed at building resilience through rhythm. Groups are held on an on demand basis and run over 6 weeks on week day evenings.
DRUMBEAT Family (parent/young person) – DRUMBEAT for parent and young person. We are taking referrals now for parents who would like to do a drumbeat program with their son/daughter.
KGB/ANIME (Kryptic Gaming Buddies) – Calling all gaming enthusiasts!! KGB is about: Having fun, making friends, learning about cyber bullying, how to stay safe in the cyber world, learning about gaming in moderation, and learning about healthy living while gaming.
Plus Alliance (LGBTIQ+ Support Group) - A support group for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or are questioning their sexual or gender orientation, held in a supportive and non-judgemental environment. Thursdays fortnighty at headspace Mackay for young people aged between 15 and 25.
To find out more about these groups, contact headspace Mackay on 07 4898 2200.