Funding support for additional mental health outreach in NSW
People experiencing emotional distress can access extra support from two new services aimed at suicide prevention.
The NSW Government has committed $46 million to boost the existing mental health support in NSW communities. The new supports include:
- 20 calming non-clinical hubs called Safe Havens where people can access peer support, and
- 20 mobile Suicide Prevention Outreach Teams (SPOTs) for rapid outreach to people in distress.
Mental Health Minister Bronnie Taylor said the delivery of Safe Havens and Outreach Teams will hopefully engage with people in distress before they need to be hospitalised, along with reducing the likelihood of further suicidal behaviours.
“Instead of struggling alone or heading to a bustling emergency department, anyone who is experiencing mental health distress can now head to one of these purpose-designed Safe Havens,” Mrs Taylor 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.”
These latest initiatives are contributions to the Premier’s Priority of Towards Zero Suicides.
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