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

A safe haven for health

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 wide 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 which can teach people how to develop self confidence and independence.

They also encourage social connectedness, so if you are feeling lonely, you can drop in for a chat and a cuppa.

"We are a drop in centre, especially for elderly people as they often find themselves needing someone to talk to,” Ms Porter said.

"They will pop in and chat with other clients, so we really promote that social interaction.”

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



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