Two new services to support people experiencing mental health challenges and suicidal distress have been launched in St George and Sutherland Shire.

Instead of struggling alone or heading to an emergency department, anyone who is experiencing mental health distress can now either come into the purpose-designed Safe Haven in Kogarah or call on the Suicide Prevention Outreach Team (SPOT) based at Sutherland Hospital to visit them wherever they are in the community.

More information on these important new services can be found below.

Safe Haven

The new Safe Haven is a local a drop in centre that can be an alternative to an emergency department for people feeling rising distress or suicidal thoughts. Here, they can learn about their own response to crises and develop self-management skills to help them to maintain their mental health on an ongoing basis. They can chat to staff, have a tea or coffee, join in an activity or sit in a quiet spot and listen to music.

To access Safe Haven, please call 9113 2981 or just walk in. No appointments or referrals are needed. Safe Haven is located at 20/24 Belgrave Street Kogarah (entry via Kensington Street).

SPOT

The Suicide Prevention Outreach Team (SPOT) based at Sutherland Hospital is also now up and running to support people in the community.

The SPOT service provides mobile outreach support to people experiencing a crisis triggered by a change in situation, such as job loss, relationship problems, legal challenges or death of a loved one. The peer worker and clinician can visit those people wherever they feel most comfortable.

If you, or someone you know, is thinking about suicide or experiencing a personal crisis or distress, please seek help immediately by calling 000 or one of these services: Lifeline 13 11 14, Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 or NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511.