New WA youth suicide sanctuary opens doors
WA’s first youth suicide sanctuary, The Luminos Project, has officially opened its doors today in Subiaco.
The short-term residential service will provide 16 to 24-year-olds experiencing suicidal thoughts with a safe and evidence-based alternative to hospital emergency departments.
Staffed by trained peer workers and volunteers, and overseen by a qualified clinician, The Luminos Project will provide trauma-informed, person-centred support to young people in a home-like environment.
The fit-for-purpose sanctuary was designed in collaboration with young people, their families, and mental health experts, and is expected to support up to 300 young people and their families each year.
The Mental Health Commission provided funding of about $2.9 million to Ruah Community Services, Samaritans WA Ltd, and Telethon Kids Institute to develop and deliver the pilot.
An additional $508,000 Lotterywest grant was provided to Samaritans WA Ltd for refurbishment of its Subiaco building into the youth-friendly sanctuary.
For mental health, alcohol, and other drug support and information, call Here For You on 1800here4u (1800 437 348) from 7am to 10pm any day of the week.
For other helplines, visit www.mhc.wa.gov.au/helplines.
To find local mental health services, visit www.myservices.org.au
In an emergency, call 000.