First-of-its-kind suicide sanctuary for WA youth opens its doors

  • WA’s first youth suicide sanctuary, The Luma Project, officially opens
  • Offers support to people aged 16 to 24 years experiencing suicidal thoughts
  • Funded by the Cook Government through the Mental Health Commission and Lotterywest

Mental Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson has today officially opened a new sanctuary for young people experiencing suicidal thoughts.

The short-term residential service, named The Luma Project, will provide 16 to 24-year-olds in need with a safe and evidence-based alternative to hospital emergency departments.

Staffed by trained peer workers and volunteers, and overseen by a qualified clinician, The Luma Project will provide trauma-informed, person-centred support to young people in a home-like environment.

The fit-for-purpose sanctuary was designed in collaboration with young people, their families, and mental health experts, and is expected to support up to 300 young people and their families each year.

Approximately $2.9 million was provided via the Mental Health Commission to Ruah Community Services, Samaritans WA Ltd, and Telethon Kids Institute to develop and deliver the pilot.

An additional $508,000 Lotterywest grant was provided to Samaritans WA Ltd for refurbishment of its Subiaco building into the youth-friendly sanctuary.

The Luma Project aligns with the State Government’s Suicide Prevention Framework and recommendations from the recent Infant, Child and Adolescent Taskforce.

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As stated by Mental Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson:

“Improving mental health outcomes for children and adolescents is a key focus area of the Cook Government.

“The Luma Project offers a safe, evidence-based service to 16 to 24-year-olds experiencing suicidal thoughts in a nurturing environment free from judgement or stigma.

“It also offers an alternative to emergency departments, reducing pressure on our hospitals.

“This is the first service of its kind in WA and is set to provide up to 300 young people and their families with innovative suicide prevention support every year.”

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