Mental Health Week Fundraiser
For Mental Health Week I am raising funds for the Safe Haven Cafe. Since I was a teenager I have struggled with my mental health, and for a long time, struggled to access adequate support. I have also watched loved ones go through these heartbreaking experiences. Unfortunately, demand for mental health support is high but mental health services are underfunded, understaffed, and overworked. It is my hope that I can raise some money to improve people's experience of accessing mental health support.
I have chosen to raise money for the Safe Haven Cafe, a service run out of St Vincent’s Mental Health. The Safe Haven Cafe is a wonderful place where those struggling can drop in and have a cuppa and a chat with a peer worker (someone with a lived experience of mental distress and recovery). It provides a welcoming environment to reach out for help in a place that isn’t an emergency department. Its a great alternative that helps prevent traumatization or escalation that can happen in ED’s and allows a more accessible service for people to go to when they are feeling distressed, lonely, or simply need someone to talk to. It’s a fantastic service and makes reaching out for help so much easier because you’re walking into a calm café environment and chatting to people who really ‘get’ the stuff you’re going through. It has meant I have been able to stay out of hospital at times when I otherwise would have to be admitted. It would be fantastic if you could show your support this Mental Health Week by donating to Safe Haven Cafe
Thank you to my Supporters