What Are the Rose Houses?


            Rose Houses are 100% peer-operated short-term crisis respites that are open and accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Rose Houses are trauma informed safe, empowering, self-determined learning communities that allow guests to work on their personal wellness, however they define it. In addition to being site based, Rose Houses reach out beyond their walls through 24 hour peer-operated warm lines and mobile peer services. Rose House services are designed to help individuals break the cycle of crisis and hospitalization and connect to natural supports in the community. The Rose House is a self-referral service where guests can access and register at each house 24 hours a day.

What are Rose Houses designed to do?

Rose Houses are designed to:

  • Prevent people from going to the hospital emergency room for psychiatric reasons;
  • Help people to learn how to better manage and work through emotional distress so that they can prevent potential future crises.
  • Encourage people to be healthy throughout their whole lives (mind, body, spirit, community);
  • Help people to feel less alone as they share their personal stories with people who have had similar experiences;
  • Help people to build on their strengths (skills, knowledge, accomplishments, resources) to deal with crises;
  • Provide people with information about alternative approaches to mental health care (incl. self-help, diet and nutrition, expressive therapies, yoga, relaxation & stress reduction techniques, etc.);
  • Inspire people to achieve positive changes in their lives;
  • Help people to learn about different coping skills to deal with life’s stressors; and
  • Inspire people to use alternative methods, instead of the hospital or acute care services, if a crisis should ever recur.

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