Youth friendly mental health service for people aged 16-25.

We can help.

emerge is designed for young people who are experiencing mental health issues that are significantly impacting their life. It is designed to be a 'step-up' service from headspace for young people who require extra levels of support and care.

emerge offers professional counselling and support to young people who are experiencing mental health conditions such as severe anxiety, severe depression, eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, trauma, bipolar disorder and psychosis.

What do we offer?

  • Respectful care

    Our friendly team will provide you safe, confidential and judgement-free care.

  • Wrap-around, tailored care

    The team is made up of health professionals from multiple disciplines who work together to organise care around your needs.

  • Youth friendly environment

    Our centres are youth-friendly and inviting.

  • No cost

    Our emerge program is provided to clients at no cost.

Accessing this service

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for emerge, you must be aged between 16-25, be experiencing one of the following mental health conditions, and have difficulty in functioning due to these difficulties:

  • Severe Anxiety
  • Severe Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Trauma
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Psychosis

Who are the staff?

The emerge staff include Clinicians, Care Coordinators, Peer Support Workers and Functional Recovery Workers who work together as a team to help you to achieve you goals.

How do I access the program?

To get started with emerge, you can give our service a call or visit your GP and request a Mental Health Treatment Plan.

To find out how to get a Mental Health Treatment Plan, check out our webpage.

Alternatively, you can be referred into the program by your school, health worker, community worker, or a family member or friend (with your permission). They will need to complete the Community Referral Form and fax it to us. Referrals must take place with your consent.

Getting a Mental Health Treatment Plan

Hear from our clients

Frequently Asked Questions

Information for GPs

To refer a patient to this service, please download the Mental Health Treatment Plan, complete and return to us via email or fax.

Due to program restrictions, Sonder clinicians are not able to provide medicolegal reports or assessments.

Mental Health Treatment Plan

Functional Recovery

When receiving counselling through the emerge program, your Clinician may recommend that you access some specific support around functional recovery.

If this is the case, you will then meet one of our friendly Functional Recovery Workers. They’ll help to work out your strengths and set goals to build your capacity in areas such as:

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

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Peer Support Workers

Peer Support is a shared journey with a Peer Support Worker, who also has a lived experience of mental health issues.

The journey is built on mutual respect, sharing and learning, and working towards recovery oriented goals.

Led by you and your families and friends, the Youth Peer Support Worker may sometimes share their lived experience with you, talk about strategies for coping and provide hope for increased wellbeing. Our Youth Peer Support Workers work alongside you to achieve the things that you want.

Family Peer Support Workers will work alongside your family and friends to ensure they are well supported to support you during this time. Our Family Peer Support Workers will work with your family and friends to help you achieve the things that you want.

Group counselling session with young people

For Mental Health Emergencies Call 000

If you, or someone you are with, are hurt or need immediate support, please call 000.

Mental Health Emergencies

Join our groups & workshops

Ranging from one-off sessions to six-week programs, our group workshops will provide you with practical knowledge and resources to improve your mental health and wellbeing.

View groups & workshops

Volunteer with us

Join one of our Youth Reference Groups and get your voice heard

Find out more

This service is supported by funding from the Adelaide Primary Health Network through the Australian Government’s PHN Program.