About Us

The One Eighty Story

We founded One Eighty because we knew that suicide was preventable. We wanted to see youth mental health done differently. At the time of founding the organisation, we weren’t really sure what this meant - or what this would look like- but we instinctively knew that something just wasn’t right with the way young people were interacting with mental health services. There was a clear stigma around mental illness and help seeking, and a distinct lack of services in the local area - the nearest headspace was over an hour away.

What was also clear to us, was that young people needed greater representation in the mental health sector. There needed to be a clear, youth voice, that agitated for change and worked with existing services to ensure available help was accessible and engaging for a diverse range of young people.


Run by young people, for young people, One Eighty fills the gap in the market. The organisation is leading the way for peer to peer models of community support, is raising the profile of exceptional existing services, and is reimagining what out engagement in the NFP sector looks like.

Learn more about our work and our team!

Open Up

Our flagship program!

Open Up is a free local peer support group. Each session provides an opportunity for participants to listen, share their experiences and connect with others!

Come along for a chat or just to listen if you’d like to:

* connect with others your age
* share your experiences for the benefit of others
* learn about professional support resources and services

Or, if you’re feeling:

* isolated, lonely, anxious, or stressed
* concerned about challenges at home, work, uni or in your relationships
* if you’re simply in the mood to listen and share your experiences

Find out more about what to expect from a session here!