This is a post about a new form of support called a Safe Haven Cafe generally not well known.
People experiencing mental health issues may find visiting a hospital emergency department traumatising, threatening, unsafe and dehumanising. yet they often view this as their only option when they feel unwell or unsafe.
The Safe Haven Cafe Model was developed in the UK and a network is being developed in Australia.
Safe Haven cafes help improve mental health consumers’ experience of care and social connectedness by providing a non-clinical, therapeutic alternative.
* a non-clinical, therapeutic space where people seeking mental health care, respite and support outside of normal business hours can comfortably connect with mental health professionals, peer support workers who understand their struggles and volunteers.
*provide these consumers with better and more responsive care in a more appropriate setting, with a focus on helping them build resilience and self-manage.