St Vincent’s Pioneering Mental Health

St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney (SVHS) has been delivering mental health care and support services to the community since 1868 when the Sisters of Charity opened one of Australia’s first mental health facilities in Darlinghurst. Since then, St Vincent’s Hospital has been a leading and specialised provider of results-driven mental health services.

On the ground, our specialty services including early intervention programs, inpatient services and our outreach community services to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our local community. Through our innovative digital, online and telephone mental health outreach programs, St Vincent’s mental health services are no longer confined to Darlinghurst. We are now reaching people with mental health concerns across New South Wales and Australia. With some of the country’s highest levels of urban social disadvantage characterised by homelessness, chronic mental illness, substance misuse and other complex general health needs, St Vincent’s Mental Health programs provide a comprehensive range of services and interventions.

“Fundamental to Our Future” – St Vincent’s Curran Foundation Mental Health Fundraising Campaign

St Vincent’s Curran Foundation are seeking priority funding for our “Fundamental to Our Future” new Urban Health Hub, which requires capital, clinical and service funding for the following:

  • The Safe Haven Café (SHC) will be a unique offering that caters specifically for people seeking mental health support, providing a respectful and compassionate service. It will be an after-hours (evenings and weekends) drop in and support centre on campus at the Green Park@St Vincent’s Darlinghurst site. It will provide a safe alternative to the emergency department for adults experiencing loneliness, personal difficulties, or simply seeking social connection.

The Safe Haven Café will be positioned to provide care through a partnership between clinician and peer worker and it will also look to use emerging digital health strategies to support the well-being and health of the community. The café will be equipped with a sensory modulation space, a space which is designed to support the needs of consumers facing distress who want to learn beneficial skills to manage their experiences which do not rely on medication.

  • Urban Health Hub also located at the Green Park@St Vincent’s Darlinghurst site, will pay particular attention to our important community who need our Mental Health Services; those of high risk demographic groups including LGBTQI people, people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people aged 15-44 where suicide is the leading cause of death, women vulnerable to homelessness, domestic violence and exploitation, and those experiencing homelessness, substance use and mental health issues.
    It will provide:

    • Facilitating better access and care to a range of services
    • Expansion of current outpatient services
    • Enhancements with digital health navigation
    • Well-being and mindfulness groups
    • Access to programs such as DBT
    • Peer led and delivered services and support

Other Mental Health areas we also seek funding for are:

  • Caritas – a public in-patient High Dependency Unit for Mental Health and Addictions
  • Uspace – a private in-patient service for 16 to 30 year olds with severe and emerging mental health problems
  • CRUfAD – Clinical Research for Anxiety and Depression
  • This Way Up – which provides online learning programs, education and research in anxiety and depressive disorders.

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