Teresa Cope, the Trust’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “I’m delighted Humbercare will be working with us to deliver this much-needed service for people across Hull and East Riding.
“The ‘crisis pad’ has been identified as a priority by the Trust and partners of the Hull and East Riding Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat.”
The new facility will be supported by the Trust’s rapid response team. It will offer access to a calm, safe environment and provide support, therapeutic interventions and expert assessment as required.
The ‘crisis pad’ will operate from 8pm until 2am seven days a week and will also offer support via telephone.
Richard McKinnon, Humbercare’s Chief Executive, said: “The organisation is looking forward to its continued close partnership working with the Trust.
“We are excited by the innovation and future possibilities of what will become a valuable provision servicing our local communities.”
Trust managers believe the ‘crisis pad’ could pave the way for St Andrew’s to become a centre for psychological therapies.
Mrs Cope said: “Although our plans are at an early stage, the centre may be used to support increased access to services and become a walk-in information centre offering details about mental health and associated assistance.
“It could also support other services, including those run by third sector organisations, and provide drop-in clinics run by services such as the Trust’s Positive Assets and Recovery College as well as welfare rights advice, help for carers, community support and advice for homeless people.”