Outside of emergency departments (ED), there is currently no safe, therapeutic space for mental health consumers in Melbourne to access out of hours support to build resilience and their ability to self-manage, which in turn reduces the likelihood of needing to access ED and other supports.

Safe Haven Café will provide a safe, therapeutic environment to offer respite and peer support with resources made available. The concept has been introduced successfully in the UK where they have been shown to provide a therapeutic environment for mental health consumers, promoting independence and recovery in the community.

Lead organisation

St Vincent's Hospital