The NSW Government is investing significantly in mental health services in the Penrith and Blue Mountains region, with a new Safe Haven opening to provide support to people who are at their most vulnerable.
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith said no bookings or referrals are required to attend the new Safe Haven at Penrith.
“The past few years has undoubtedly been tough for so many in NSW, including our Penrith and Blue Mountains communities,” Stuart Ayres said.
“This new Safe Haven is accessible to every single member of our community and offers a calm, welcoming and supportive space for people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts or distress.
Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor said Safe Havens are for anyone in moments of crisis. You do not need to struggle alone and this new purpose-designed centre offers a soothing and safe environment to go, and speak with someone who understands what you are going through.
“This facility is staffed by peer workers who each have their own personal lived experience of suicide and recovery, and are in a unique position to offer emotional support. They are also well-placed to link people to additional services and support programs,” Mrs Taylor said.
The NSW Government has committed $45.7 million to the Safe Haven initiative as part of the $143.4 million investment across four years in Towards Zero Suicides initiatives. There are currently 19 Safe Havens open across NSW.
The NSW Government is investing $2.9 billion investment into mental health services as part of the 2022-23 NSW Budget.
The Penrith Safe Haven is delivered in partnership with the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, Wentworth Healthcare (provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network) and non government organisation, Neami National.
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