Northern Connect

Psychological support and care coordination for people with concerns for their mental health and alcohol and/or other drug use

We can help.

Northern Connect is a program that supports people living with mental health and alcohol and/or drug (AOD) use.

This free service provides psychological support to address both mental health and AOD concerns and can provide care coordination to ensure your needs are addressed by the most appropriate services in the community.

This program can support you by addressing the practical, physical, social and emotional issues that often accompany living with mental health and AOD use.

What do we offer?

  • Wrap-around support

    Our team will support you to address both your mental health and alcohol and/or other drug concerns

  • Coordinated care team

    Delivered by Sonder, Life Without Barriers, & Uniting Communities, working together with you on your goals.

  • Safe & friendly environment

    Our centres are warm and inviting. Our friendly Clinicians will provide you safe, confidential and judgement-free treatment.

  • No cost

    This program is free.

Accessing this service

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for Northern Connect you must:

  • Be over the age of 15;
  • Have concerns with your mental health and alcohol and/or other drug use;
  • Live in the council areas of Playford, Salisbury or Tea Tree Gully.

Who are the staff?

The Northern Connect staff include Alcohol and Drug Workers, Care Planners and Mental Health Clinicians.

How do I access the service?

You can self-refer by calling Sonder, Life Without Barriers or Uniting Communities.

Alternatively, your community or health service worker can complete a Community Referral Form on your behalf (with your permission)

Or you can 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:

Getting a Mental Health Treatment Plan

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

Our comprehensive mental health service

Following a ‘no wrong door’ approach, Sonder works with the Adelaide Primary Health Network’s Central Referral Unit to provide a single point of entry to mental health services. Offering intake, assessment, triage and referrals, Sonder connects people with the right service.

We offer a wide range of mental health services under the one roof. Clients can access appropriate mental health care aligned to their individual needs and can easily move between programs to suit their changing support needs.

Sonder is focused on integration with the broader health care system. Where necessary, we support clients to refer to services outside of Sonder to ensure their needs are fully met.

Learn more about Sonder

Sonder Receptionist welcoming Client

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

Northern Connect is a consortium funded by the Adelaide PHN, and run in partnership between Sonder (lead agency), DASSA, Life Without Barriers and Uniting Communities.