People experiencing mental health distress seeking a safe place to go to now have a new option for support in the Redcliffe area.
This is the second Brisbane North Safe Space Network site, which opened on Anzac Avenue, in early February.
This initiative is one of the 2018 funded Metro North Hospital and Health Service Leading Innovation through Networking and Knowledge-sharing (LINK) Innovation projects operated in partnership with Wesley Mission, Aftercare, RFQ and Encircle.
Redcliffe Safe Space Network manager Tania Schmakeit from Aftercare, said the site provides a safe, welcoming and supportive environment for people to receive support when they are feeling distressed and need a safe space to go.
“We have areas set up which have been tailored to meet different needs, which includes access to social and emotional support, safety planning, a sensory area, activities and space to ease distress,” Tania said. “We work one-on-one with clients to identify symptoms and give them the tools they need to self-manage recovery at home, including development of a Safety Plan. All staff are trained in mental health support so the site provides a real alternative for people who would otherwise present to the hospital’s Emergency Department. It’s not accommodation or hardship relief – it’s a place people can to go to find help rather than going to hospital.”
Safe Space is a self-referral service. Visitors can call to make an appointment or walk-in on the day to engage with the service and receive support.
As knowledge of the service continues to grow, it is expected that community mental health services and GPs will offer support with self-referrals.
The new Safe Space is open Monday, Tuesday and Fridays from 3pm to 8pm. Visitors must be over 18 years of age.
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5/180 Anzac Avenue, Kippa-Ring QLD 4021
p: 0401 784 618
Opening Hours Monday, Tuesday and Friday 3pm to 8pm