Safe Haven Cafes
Two Safe Haven Cafés are set to open in Western Australia mid-2020, providing an alternative to emergency departments for people with mental health issues experiencing distress.
The Safe Haven Cafés will be located at Royal Perth Hospital and Kununurra District Hospital.
Safe Haven Cafés work alongside emergency departments during after-hours and are for people experiencing mental health issues. They offer peer-based support for those who may otherwise attend emergency departments, but do not need intensive clinical and medical support.
Providing alternatives to emergency departments for people with mental health, alcohol and other drug issues is identified as one of the immediate priorities in the WA State Priorities Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs 2020-2024. It was also a recommendation of the Sustainable Health Review.
To support the co-design of the Safe Haven Café model of service the Mental Health Commission appointed the Consumers of Mental Health Western Australia (CoMHWA) in 2019 to undertake initial engagement with a broad range of people including consumers, carers and family members to assist in the development of the Safe Haven Café model of service. The report is available by clicking here.