Support for young people with mental health challenges that are really impacting their life

If you have mental health challenges that are really impacting your life, know that with the right support, things can get better.

emerge offers professional counselling and support to young people aged 16 – 25.

The program is designed to be a ‘step-up’ service from headspace for young people who require extra levels of support.

At emerge, you’ll receive youth-friendly support during fortnightly appointments from a team of professionals who will coordinate your care and involve you in decision-making at every step.

Please note: emerge is not currently accepting new referrals due to a recommissioning process in progress. For more information, click here.

What do we offer?

  • Respectful care

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

  • Wrap-around support, shaped to your needs

    The team is made up of a range of mental health professionals who work together to support your care.

  • Youth friendly environment

    Our centres are youth-friendly and inviting.

  • No cost

    Mental health services are free at Sonder.

Accessing this service

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for emerge, you must be aged between 16-25, live within Adelaide’s Northern or Southern metropolitan regions and be experiencing difficulty with functioning as a result of one of the following mental health conditions:

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

How do I access the program?

Please note: emerge is not currently accepting new referrals due to a recommissioning process in progress. For more information, click here.

Who are the staff?

The emerge staff include Clinicians (Psychologists, Social Workers, Mental Health Nurses or Occupational Therapists), Care Coordinators, Peer Support Workers and Functional Recovery Workers who work together as a team to help you to achieve your goals.

Hear from our clients

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.

Please note: due to reductions in funding, functional recovery is no longer available through the emerge program delivered in the southern metropolitan area.

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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.

Peer Support Workers understand what you are going through and provide non-judgmental and empathetic support.

The peer support journey is built on mutual respect, sharing and learning.

Your Peer Support Worker may share their own lived experience with you and provide some helpful insights and strategies for coping with your mental health challenges.

Your family and friends also have the opportunity to talk with a Family Peer Support Worker who will offer support based on their own experiences of supporting someone in their life with mental health challenges.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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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

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