Safe Haven Opens

Sat 27 Nov 2021

Safe Haven Opens

A new community service funded by the ACT Government has now opened its doors providing another valuable option to provide support for people who are experiencing emotional distress.

Canberra’s first Safe Haven will provide a new space for people experiencing mental health concerns, loneliness or the stress of day-to-day life, anyone over the age of 16, including carers, is welcome to drop in.

Safe Haven is a place where people can access support outside of a hospital setting. People can visit Safe Haven to speak with a trained peer worker, who can help them manage their distress.

Everyone’s personal experience will be different, and the staff at Safe Haven are dedicated to guiding people through the support, services and tools that are available to them. Whether it’s a quiet corner, a communal space, a sensory station or useful resources, there is something for everyone.

Safe Haven is a pilot program, that will run until mid-year 2022. It is the culmination of an extensive codesign process, including input from people with lived experience, peak mental health organisation representatives, carer and community representatives, and emergency department clinicians. The resulting model is grounded in a human-centred and strengths-focused recovery framework, utilising a well-supported peer workforce.

Safe Haven is located at the Belconnen Community Health Centre, and is open from 4:30pm to 9pm, Tuesday to Saturday.