How we’re supporting our community

Mental health and counselling

Many people experience a difficult situation or crisis in their lives at some point, perhaps related to relationship or parenting issues, financial stress, loneliness, violence, grief or trauma. For some, challenges with mental health are ongoing. Our counsellors can listen, understand and offer support.

The Lifeline Adelaide service has supported our community for more than 50 years answering calls from people experiencing crisis. Crisis counselling and information is also available for people who have been bereaved by suicide.

Our range of counselling services is designed to support people in all situations. We work with people who have experienced domestic and family violence, sexual abuse or sexual assault. We also offer peer support for young people and adults who identify as LGBTIQA+, or are questioning their identity.

Since the 1930s, we have supported people with issues related to drugs and alcohol. We offer residential rehabilitation and counselling to those wanting to make long-term, sustainable changes in their lives, including intensive treatment and longer-term programs. We also offer a clean needle program, and provide education and treatment support as an alternative to entering the criminal justice system.

For young people aged 12 to 25, headspace in Mount Gambier can provide support across a range of issues including mental health, education, employment, alcohol and drugs.

We can also support children, young people and carers with issues relating to mental health.

8 Disability services

Uniting Communities has provided disability services for over 30 years. We work with people living with a disability and their carers to offer the right support to meet their needs.

We are an approved provider of the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme). Our team can support people to make a smooth transition to the Scheme as they work out the best way forward. We can offer practical, comprehensive and up-to-date information, as well as guidance on how to access all the services people need.

Our NDIS-approved services include Specialist Support Coordination, and support for people in the home or the community. We also offer access to social and community activities including group programs across the metro region, incorporating a dedicated psychosocial support team.

Our Homelink program provides alternative host family arrangements for children, young people and adults with an intellectual disability in either short-term (respite) or permanent placements. Our matching service ensures the contracted carers who open up their homes meet the needs of person living with disability and their family.

We also provide professional, reliable and caring individual support and group activities at Uniting Communities, as well as grants to support independence.

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