Stacy’s daughter suffered from diagnosed depression and anxiety as well as dealt with an eating disorder. They only became aware that she was struggling with her mental health in October 2013 and lost her to suicide a year later at 17 years old. The family was unfamiliar with the mental health field and struggled to find her help. From battling to find the right therapists and full time intensive programs, they found that there were few programs and even fewer available therapists. In addition, the learning curve to access help was very steep.
Susan has had several family members and close friends in the community who have suffered from mild to moderate anxiety and depression. The difficulty in getting access to appropriate youth oriented help, in a timely manner and the expense of mental health in the US inspired Susan to focus on a solution.
The goal of SafeSpace is to provide young people with early access to mental health care and support. SafeSpace centers will be designed for youth by youth to provide early intervention and care by licensed therapists and psychiatrists. The SafeSpace approach leads to youth feel heard and in charge of their path to mental wellbeing.