emerge – Functional Recovery

emerge offers counselling and support to young people aged 16-25 who require extra levels of support and care. 

The emerge team will provide you with youth friendly therapy, peer support, functional recovery support and will help you to coordinate your care and gain support from other services.

Who are functional recovery workers?

Functional Recovery Workers provide support to young people, who are accessing the emerge program.

They work with you to map out the everyday functions that your mental health may be affecting. They then help to work out your strengths and set goals to build your capacity in areas such as:

  • Productivity: Work & study;
  • Self-care: Personal hygiene, medication management, household chores such as laundry or meal preparation;
  • Leisure: Social participation & interaction.

What do functional recovery workers do?

  • Break down the barriers to your recovery and wellness. 
  • Offer individual and/or group therapy sessions to help learn new skills of daily living (capacity building).
  • Identify everyday activities which are important to you, adapt them if needed, and explore your motivations for these.
  • Provide support to allow you to live as independently as possible.
  • Explore activities of daily life that are of value to you and work with you to develop healthy habits, rituals and routines to support wellness. 
  • Work through strategies to use at home to help better manage your symptoms of mental health.
  • Provide self-directed and empowering strategies to help you to cope with different emotional states.

What can I expect at my appointment?

When receiving counselling through the emerge program, we may recommend that you access some specific support around functional 

If this is the case, you will then meet one of our friendly Functional Recovery Workers. 

In your first appointment, your Functional Recovery Worker will help you to identify functional goals and set plans that will help you to reach them.

What is group therapy?

Group Therapy may be recommended as the most appropriate type of support for you.

It provides a safe, friendly environment for you to develop self-awareness, interpersonal and social skills, stress management and role development. 

Making a referral

The emerge service is for young people aged 16-25.
As a young person, you can refer to the centre on your own, or you could be referred by a GP, school or health and community worker. 

Family members, carers or friends can also refer on your behalf! However, referrals must take place with your consent. 

To make a referral, simply call us with the number provided, or fill out the referral form available on our website and email or fax it to us. 

Once we receive your referral, we will be in touch as soon as possible. 

emerge is not currently accepting referrals from tertiary services or community mental health teams or young people linked with these teams. We hope to offer this ability within the coming months.

Volunteering with emerge

Because the most important voice at our service, is yours!

Are you a young person?

If you’re passionate about helping young people and making a difference in your local community, you can get involved in a number of ways! These include joining our Lived Experience Youth Group and giving us feedback.

Are you a family or friend?

Join our Family and Friends Group and be involved in quality improvement and evaluation of the emerge service for family members and friends.

Contact Sonder

There is no wrong way to contact us

The emerge team supports young people in the Northern & Southern metropolitan regions of Adelaide, with services delivered at our headspace sites:

headspace Onkaparinga
3/50 Esplanade, Christies Beach SA 5165
Phone    (08) 8186 8600  Fax (08) 8186 8699

headspace Edinburgh North
2 Peachey Road, Edinburgh North SA 5113
Phone    (08) 8209 0700   Fax (08) 8252 9433

This service is supported by funding from the Australian Government through the PHN Program