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12 November 2023 Posted by 

In Blacktown there's a Safe Space for those in distress

AVOIDING self-harm and hospitalisation for mental health sufferers is the purpose of Blacktown’s Safe Space in keeping its doors always wide open.
Safe Space is located at 24 Panorama Parade, on the corner of Caldwell Place, a welcoming place for anyone experiencing emotional distress or having self-harm thoughts.
“We offer a warm, calm and welcoming environment for all community members, providing a safe and accessible alternative to the emergency department,” Safe Space service leader Kylie Smith said.
Since opening in 2020, Safe Space has been a lifeline for 368 individuals, with an astonishing 98 percent avoided hospitalisation and thriving within their community, Ms Smith said.
The facility recently held an open day for Mental Health Month to encourage people experiencing distress to try the free service, connect with them, and to take the first step towards mental wellbeing.
Safe Space Blacktown is funded by WentWest and operated by Stride Mental Health offering a range of mental health wellbeing resources for residents.
Unlike other walk-in services, Ms Smith said visitors can remain anonymous and do not need an appointment, Medicare card and doctor referral.
Safe Space’s impact on the local community has been enormous, with the centre focusing on caring approach to support people under emotional distress and having suicidal thoughts.
More than 37 percent of people who came through the doors are culturally and linguistically diverse residents while 33 percent are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.


Michael Walls
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