Sanctuary for people in serious emotional distress opens

A sanctuary for people in serious emotional distress has now been formally opened

The Humber NHS Foundation Trust commissioned and supports the ‘crisis pad’, in St Andrew’s Place, St George’s Road, Hull

Claire Holmes, the Trust’s Interim Care Group Director for Mental Health Services, said: “To have overseen the building’s refurbishment and established the service within such a tight timescale is a tribute to the hard work of Humber’s staff and their colleagues from Humbercare, our charity partner and the service provider.

“The sanctuary’s opening marks the completion of a hugely important development for people in acute emotional distress and is a watershed moment for mental health services in Hull and the East Riding.”

The ‘crisis pad’ was identified as a key priority by the Trust and its partners in the Hull and East Riding Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat. It opened to patients on 6 April.

Assisted by the Trust’s Rapid Response Service, the new facility provides access to a calm, safe environment and offers support, therapeutic interventions and expert assessment as required.

Humbercare helps service users develop solutions to their immediate problems and works to strengthen their ability to manage their own mental health needs. It also attempts to reduce their risk of self-harm.

The sanctuary operates from 8pm until 2am seven days a week and also offers telephone support.

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