Sunshine Coast gets new crisis support space

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The Mental Health Crisis Support team in the new space.

The Sunshine Coast is receiving a much-needed boost in mental health support with the opening of a new Crisis Support Space at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

People experiencing mental health distress or crisis can walk in or be referred from the emergency department (ED) to the Crisis Support Space where they can access face-to-face mental health support.

The opening of this space means people can receive care away from EDs and in environments designed by others with lived experiences to feel welcoming, calm and therapeutic.

People visiting the space will be able to relax, talk to someone who will take time to listen and then leave with tools, skills and links to various community organisations. Trained peer workers with lived experience and mental health clinicians are on hand to provide support.

This new Crisis Support Space will open extended hours to make it easier for people to access help when they need it most:

  • Weekdays: Monday to Friday, 1pm to 9pm
  • Weekends: Saturday and Sunday, 1pm to 9pm.

The Miles Government is also extending operating hours at existing crisis support spaces located at the Princess Alexandra, The Prince Charles, Ipswich, Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and Hervey Bay hospitals.

This work forms part of the Miles Government’s Better Care Together plan, a five-year, $1.645 billion investment to improve access to mental health, alcohol, and other drug services by 2027.

The works underscores their commitment to delivering great care to Queenslanders, no matter where they live.