New Services Bring Mental Health Support Closer To Home

09 Nov 2021 health

People across the Central Coast experiencing mental health distress will now be able to access support in two ways, thanks to the NSW Governments new suicide prevention initiatives.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said a Safe Haven would be added to existing community-based supports.


“Instead of struggling alone, anyone who is experiencing mental health distress can now head to the purpose-designed Safe Haven at 89 Holden Street, Gosford,” Mr Crouch said.


“There are no appointments or referrals needed, so whether you need some peace and quiet, a chat with someone who understands what you’re going through, or some calming activities to reduce the intensity of your negative thoughts and feelings, you can walk right in.


“We know thoughts of suicide can often be triggered by a painful experience, which is why these mobile teams will bring the support to people, where they live their day to day lives.


“The new team will combine clinical expertise, lived experience of suicide, and care for people at or near their homes, ensuring they stay connected with their family, friends and other valuable support networks.”


Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor said the Safe Haven would be staffed by peer workers who are trained in helping people cope with severe distress.


“We know suicide prevention support needs to engage distressed people where they live their lives – so we can provide support at the point before someone needs clinical care,” Mrs Taylor  said.


The support offered through the Safe Haven will be complemented by a new mobile Suicide Prevention Outreach Team (SPOT) on hand to provide outreach to people in suicidal distress.   


If you, or someone you know, is thinking about suicide or experiencing a personal crisis or distress, please seek help immediately by calling 000 or one of these services:


Lifeline 13 11 14

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467

NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511