Wellbeing Services

Why health and wellbeing are important for successes in learning and life

Open Access College has a critical role in supporting students to make healthy lifestyle choices and to understand consequences on lifelong health and wellbeing. The link between health and wellbeing and positive academic performance is well researched:

  • developing strong, supportive relationships in schools provides a safer and more inclusive environment for students to engage in their studies and learn
  • healthy students are more alert, engaged and better able to concentrate and learn

The Open Access College and wellbeing leaders and Allied Health Professionals provide ongoing support for student wellbeing and learning including linking with services which are appropriate and accessible. The directory provides a range of services which you can access to provide ongoing assistance.

The South Australian COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line is here to help you if you would like support for your mental health and wellbeing. We provide counselling over the phone and via video calls, and can also arrange referrals to a range of services if needed. The service is available from 8am – 8pm daily on 1800 632 753

COVID-19 Mental Health Peer Support Line

Skylight Mental Health is offering the COVID-19 Mental Health Peer Support Line and Web Chat to provide mental health support during COVID-19. The service is available for all South Australians from 5:00 PM-11:30 PM, 7 days a week.

If you or someone you know could benefit from mental health support due to COVID-19, call COVID-19 Mental Health Peer Support Line on 1800 02 2020.


Calm Kid Central

Help children (and parents) with big feelings and life challenges.


The Brave Program

Online self-program, designed to help young people with anxiety overcome their worries and improve the quality of their lives. Email [email protected]


Headspace – Face to face counselling

Free/Normal call charges apply

Online support for young people 12-25 so they can chat Young people may contact us if they need advice, are worried about their mental health or are feeling isolated or alone.




Online self-help program designed to help users prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety.


This Way Up TeenStrong - Free Short-Wellbeing Courses

To help equip young people (aged 12-17), and their parents, with proven and effective tools to transition into early adulthood, and better cope with these feelings, we have created the TeenSTRONG program. It is based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), which has a lot of evidence showing it is effective for many people of all ages, including adolescents.


Mental Health Online – Free

Mental Health Online provides comprehensive and effective online services and programs free of charge. If you’re experiencing mental distress, our services can help you understand and address your needs through self-assessment, self-help and, if you choose, online professional support.


Mindspot - Free

Our service is fully funded by the Australian Government, and there are no costs involved for our patients. We provide online assessment and online treatment courses to follow up. The courses are based on well-tested principles of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), and are available to people aged 18 years and over, currently living in Australia, with symptoms of anxiety, depression and chronic pain.


Uniting Communities – Free

  • Family & Relationship Support Service for young people
  • Mental Health and Counselling services
  • LGBTIQA+ youth counselling
  • Youth and family counselling (conflict resolution)
  • Aboriginal services

Phone: 1800 615 677


Lifeline Adelaide crisis support is available 24/7 on 13 11 14, via text on 0477 13 11 14 from 5.30pm – 11.30pm each night, or via online chat from 6.30pm – 11.30pm each night.


Youth Beyond Blue - Free

Ages 12 – 25

Ph: 1300 22 4636 or chat online

The Beyond Blue forums are a supportive place to connect with people who are going through similar experiences to you. You can read other people’s stories, ask for advice or share your own experience.


Kids Helpline - Free

Kids and young people can call 24-hours-a-day to speak to people anonymously and for free at Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

1800 551 800


SHINE SA – Free/Bulk Billed

To see a doctor at SHINE SA, you will need a Medicare card. If you are 30 or under or a Health Care Card holder, you will be bulk-billed.

SHINE SA offers a therapeutic counselling service provided by professional sexual health counsellors and services are free for all clients 30 years and under.

The Sexual Healthline is open from 9.00am to 12.30pm Monday to Friday. It’s a confidential service, so if you want to talk to someone about your sexual health, but feel more at ease with a telephone conversation than face-to-face contact, then call the healthline on:

Tel: 1300 883 793

Toll Free: 1800 188 171 (country callers only)

Drop-in clinics provide free responsive access to young people under the age of 30


Anglicare - Free

Family services

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Family Support

Youth support

Reconnect is a free program offering ongoing support to young people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, working with them and their families to resolve conflict and restore relationships.

Reconnect services are available to young people aged 12 to 18 years (or 12 to 21 years for those recently arrived in Australia) who are experiencing difficulties within their family, peer group or school relationships and are considering leaving home or have recently left home.

We work with each person according to their individual situation and offer a range of support, including counselling and mediation and assistance with issues such as family reconciliation, education, employment, accommodation, legal problems, health and dealing with Centrelink.


Children of parents with a mental illness (COPMI) - Free

Online forum and videos

Educating young people and promoting better outcomes for children and families where a parent experiences mental illness.

“Remember that you don't have to pretend you're okay when you're not”


Bite Back

BITE BACK is a free, self-guided online wellbeing and resilience program for young people aged 13–16 years old. It uses a combination of fun, interactive activities, quizzes, animations and information across nine positive psychology domains including gratitude, optimism, flow, meaning, hope, mindfulness, character strengths, healthy lifestyle, and positive relationships.


Reach Out

ReachOut Forums is a supportive, safe and anonymous space where people care about what's happening for you, because they've been there too.


Headspace APP – Meditation made simple

Free trial – free access to basic 10 session program

Subscription $69.99/year or $12.99/month


Clear Fear APP – Free

Clear Fear is an app developed for teenage mental health charity stem4 by Dr Nihara Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, and uses the evidence-based treatment CBT to focus on learning to reduce the physical responses to threat by learning to breathe, relax and be mindful as well as changing thoughts and behaviours and releasing emotions.

You can personalise the app if you so wish and you will be able to track your progress and notice change.


The Resilience Project APP - $4.49 (once off payment)

The Resilience Project is an organisation that works with schools, the public and sports clubs to develop strategies to build resilience. They have an app which is available for purchase (a once off $4.49 which lasts forever) which is a daily well-being journal, helping to identify emotion and record moments of gratitude. It is designed for primary & secondary students, and adults who would like to improve their mental well-being.


Out of Bounds APP - Free

The Out of Bounds App is an educational and interactive app about laws relating to sexting, cyberbullying and age of consent in South Australia. The app has been specifically designed as a resource to develop understanding and prevent confusion regarding these laws in an increasingly online and interconnected world. The app was developed by the Law Society of South Australia in collaboration with the University of Adelaide, and generously funded by the Law Foundation of SA.


Smiling Mind - Free

Practice your daily meditation and mindfulness exercises from any device.

Smiling Mind is a unique tool developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to your life.

We suggest 10 minutes a day.



Recharge is a personalised six-week program that helps improve your general health and wellbeing by focusing on four key areas:

  • a regular wake and sleep time each day, achieved gradually over six weeks
  • an alarm clock that triggers fun activities designed to get you up and out of bed
  • increasing your exposure to daylight early in the day, to help reset your body clock
  • encouraging you to increase physical activity, especially within two hours of waking up.

Establishing a good sleep/wake routine that includes regular exercise and early daylight exposure will help improve your mood, energy and general health and wellbeing as well as helping you sleep better at night.

Key features include practical tips to improve your sleep/wake routine and wellbeing, daily reports to track your mood, energy, exercise and sleep and graphs to help monitor your progress.


Last updated: 21 September 2020