Providing locals with much needed support
Mental health respite centre a first for south (Southern Times Messenger)

SHORT-TERM respite accommodation for people suffering from a mental illness will be available in Morphett Vale by June.

Neami National will convert five townhouses on Tretter St into supported accommodation, where people can voluntarily stay up to seven days.

The accommodation will be the first of its type in the southern suburbs, according to SA Health.

Neami National SA manager Kim Holmes said the service would provide support to people suffering mental illness, who do not require hospitalisation.

“Our experience is the accommodation helps people find stability and successfully move on with their lives,” Ms Holmes said.

“This service will provide locals with much needed support close to their families, jobs and community links.”

People who use the accommodation will receive 24hour support from a minimum of two mental health workers on-site.

The not-for-profit organisation has a Federal Government contract until June next year to provide the service. Onkaparinga Council’s Development Assessment Panel last week approved the change in use.

Five people objected, saying it would increase traffic and had the potential to devalue houses in the area

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