Who are we:

ASCEND is a Youth Life Promotion Service, working predominately with young people aged 10-25 years old who are experiencing acute psychological difficulties with accompanying risk (eg. attempted suicide, self-harming, suicidal thinking or have significant mental health distress affecting their functioning).

What we do:

ASCEND provides outreach-based consultations services to the young person and their support networks in the community, including schools and families. Consultations include suicide risk assessments, safety planning, psychoeducation, brief therapeutic interventions and connecting with other services as required.

ASCEND aims to build the capacity of the young person and their support networks in the community to decrease the levels of distress, build on protective factors and increase wellbeing.

Consultation services can be outreach to the home, school, another discussed location, virtual or face to face. ASCEND offers a brief intervention service of up to 6 sessions, with an onward referral and warm handover to other services as required.

Explore our brochure here.

Referral pathways:

Referrals are predominately received from the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and Acute Crisis Assessment Response (ACAR) services.

Referrals can also be received directly from the community, schools, care givers and other organisations.

Please contact ASCEND via phone or email to discuss a referral.


The team is based at 413 Grange Rd, Seaton, SA 5023. Phone (08) 8159 1400 or email ascend@centacare.org.au

In the event of an immediate crisis, please call:

  • Ambulance/Police 000
  • Lifeline 13 11 14
  • Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
  • Mental Health Services 13 14 65
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