A safe haven for health in Ip­swich

The Queensland Times - - NEWS -

A CHAR­ITY or­gan­i­sa­tion which op­er­ates out of the Ip­swich Cen­tral Church hall is pro­vid­ing peo­ple liv­ing with men­tal health is­sues a safe and fun space to learn new skills.

Our House Our Haven is run by qual­i­fied and ex­pe­ri­enced men­tal health nurses who pro­vide care and so­cial sup­port through cre­ative ther­apy groups and teach­ing ba­sic life skills.

Bethany Porter, from Our House Our Haven, said while the or­gan­i­sa­tion al­ready help a num­ber of peo­ple, they would like the com­mu­nity to know they are here to pro­vide as­sis­tance to those who are liv­ing with a men­tal ill­ness.

“We have been op­er­at­ing in Ip­swich for al­most 12 months and it is our role to pro­vide a safe space for peo­ple to be where they can learn some­thing new and some­thing to hope for,” she said.

“We are very dif­fer­ent most most or­gan­i­sa­tions, as we wanted to try some­thing new and com­mu­nity based, not hospi­tal based.

“We have three men­tal health nurses here, and each have more than 30 years ex­pe­ri­ence in men­tal health, so we know they are here for the long haul.”

The cen­tre has a range of ser­vices in­clud­ing coun­selling and psy­chother­apy, men­tal health assessments and ther­a­peu­tic groups which are aimed at con­nect­ing peo­ple into the com­mu­nity through cre­ative ac­tiv­i­ties such as art, craft, singing, African drum­ming and bead­ing. They also pro­vide life skills pro­grams.

Get in touch with Our House Our Haven to find out more, in­clud­ing the timetable for ther­a­peu­tic group ses­sions.

PHOTO: ASH­LEIGH HOWARTH

HELP IS HERE: Our House Our Haven pro­vides ther­a­peu­tic group ses­sions like African drum­ming work­shops.

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