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Mental health support over the holidays

Mental health support over the holidays

Whilst the festive period can be joy-filled, it can also bring about feelings of depression, anxiety, envy, and loneliness which can stem from existing mental health issues, a recent loss, the anniversary of the loss of a loved one, jam-packed social commitments, emotional and financial pressures from family and friends, as well as family strife.

Sometimes, our own efforts to improve our mental health around this time of year are not effective enough. When this happens, it’s important to know that you are not alone, and you should give yourself permission to reach out for help.

Seeking professional help can make a big difference in reducing your holiday-related stress and improving your emotional health.

There is a wide range of in-person supports available throughout Adelaide over the holiday period, even on public holidays.

Services available in Northern Adelaide

Walk-in After-hours Mental Health Service

  • Open 5 pm – 9 pm, Monday to Friday (including public holidays)
  • Available at 2 Peachey Road, Edinburgh North SA
  • For people aged 16 years and over

Sonder’s Walk-In Mental Health Service provides support to people who are experiencing emotional distress and require more support than a phone support line or online service can offer but do not require admission to hospital.

No appointment or referral is required to access the service. Simply drop-in see to Mental Health Clinicians, and Peer Practitioners with lived experience of mental health concerns. Our friendly team will support you to manage emotional distress and connect you to more services if needed. Learn more

Safe Haven

  • Open 5 pm – 9 pm, Thursdays and Fridays (including public holidays)
  • Available at 10 Church Street, Salisbury SA
  • For people aged 16 years and over

Safe Haven is a new drop-in service for people feeling overwhelmed, distressed or lonely. The staff at Safe Haven are specifically trained Peer Practitioners who have their own personal lived experience of mental health challenges.

If you don’t feel like chatting with someone, you can spend time in a quiet space, listen to music, enjoy refreshments, and relax in a comfortable environment. Learn more

Services available in Central Adelaide

Urgent Mental Health Care Centre

  • Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (including public holidays)
  • Available at 215 Grenfell Street, Adelaide SA
  • For people aged over 16

This service offers safe, welcoming, and inclusive urgent mental health support. Learn more

 Services available in Southern Adelaide

Walk-in After-hours Mental Health Service

  • Open 5 pm – 10 pm, Monday to Friday
  • Available at Noarlunga GP Pls Super Clinic, Alexander Kelly Drive, Noarlunga Centre SA
  • For people aged 16 years and over

This service provides immediate, in-person support provided by a combination of peer-led recovery and clinical support staff who work with you to understand your needs, and what may help now, and link you with the right support for the future.

This service is delivered by Links to Wellbeing. Learn more

Crisis helplines

If you or someone you care for requires immediate support, contact one of the below services that can offer assistance 24 hours a day.

  • Triple 0 (Ambulance, Fire, Police) 000
  • Mental Health Triage 13 14 65
  • Lifeline 13 11 14
  • Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
  • Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467

Non-crisis helplines

Lived Experience Telephone Support Line (LETSS)

  • Call 1800 013 755
  • Available 5 pm – 11.30 pm, 7 days a week (including public holidays)

The Lived Experience Telephone Support Service (LETSS) is an after-hours telephone helpline and online chat service providing non-clinical mental health support.

Peer Workers provide informed and non-judgmental support to help in times of distress.

Beyond Blue

  • Call 1300 22 4636
  • Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Beyond Blue offers free telephone and online counselling services. Beyond Blue’s qualified mental health line counsellors are ready to listen to you any time of day or night. Get free, confidential telephone counselling (local call costs apply). Most calls last around 20 minutes.

Alternatively, chat to experienced online counsellors 24/7 via Beyond Blue’s Webchat Support Service. All webchats are free, and you don’t have to provide your name if you don’t want to. Learn more

Blue Knot Foundation Helpline

  • Call 1300 657 380
  • Available 9 am – 5 pm AEST, 7 days a week

Blue Knot Helpline supports adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse, parents, partners, family and friends.

Specialist trauma counsellors provide short-term counselling support, information, and referrals for ongoing support. Learn more


  • Call 1800 650 890
  • Available 9 am – 1 am AEST, 7 days a week

Free online and telephone support and counselling for young people aged 12 – 25 and their families and friends. Learn more

PANDA Perinatal Mental Health Helpline

  • Call 1300 726 306
  • Available 9 am – 7.30 pm AEST, Monday to Saturday

Free telephone support for any expecting or new parent needing support with the challenges of becoming a parent. Learn more


Sonder’s Walk-in After-hours Mental Health Service is funded by Adelaide PHN.

Safe Haven is supported by Adelaide PHN, Northern Adelaide Local Health Network, Northern Adelaide Mental Health Alliance and LELAN.

Urgent Mental Health Care Centre is a Neami National service, delivered in partnership with RI International and supported by SA Health and the Australian Government.

Links to Wellbeing is a government-funded partnership between Neami National, Mind Australia, and Skylight Mental Health. Their Walk-in Mental Health Care Service and LETTS Crisis Line is supported by Adelaide PHN.