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SPARC: A New Mental Health Respite Service

6 October 2020 

A new mental health respite service is available for people who live or work in the CESPHN region who would benefit from a short stay for rest and respite from mental health distress and situational crisis.

This service is open initially to people who have a low level of mental health acuity and are considered to be at low risk of self-harm as stage one of our pilot project to trial Australia’s first residential model of suicide prevention and recovery.

In stage two we aim to expand referrals (later in 2020) to support people who are at risk of suicide.


  • Offers a three night stay (Monday to Thursday each week)
  • Open to adults aged 18-64 and residing within the CESPHN region who have a treating GP and support networks
  • Staffed 24/7 by mental health workers and peer support workers
  • All food and accommodation is provided free of charge
  • A space to experience respite from mental health related distress and practice self-care skills
  • Overseen by a registered psychologist.

Click here (929 KB) to download the flyer. 

The following further information can be requested by contacting sparc@icla.org.au

  • Detailed Service Guide for referrer use
  • Referral form
  • Brochures for your practice