Mental Health Cafe
Many people in our community struggle to access support after hours. Evenings and weekends can be a lonely and distressing time.
A mental health café model has been co-designed to help address these issues. With the support of Larter Consulting, a model tailored to the Valley has been developed. This model is a product of people with lived experience and service providers working together to design the right service for our community.
This work was initiated by members of the Mental Health Forum, which brings together local and state-wide providers, experts, and the community to focus on strategies and opportunities to enhance the mental health of the Latrobe Valley community. The mental health café concept was identified by the Forum as a way to provide a safe and welcoming space for mental health consumers to seek peer support and advice after hours.
The response to the co-design process has been strong, resulting in a model that reflects the needs and priorities of the Latrobe Valley community.
This model will be developed and implemented in 2022. It is envisioned that the café will:
- Increase opportunities for peer support and social connection
- Improve mental health consumer experiences and outcomes
- Reduce emergency department presentations for non-emergency mental health issues