A new initiative to provide late night support and safety for people with mental health problems is launched in Scunthorpe.
The Haven, which launched on 9 January 2020 is designed to help reduce the risk of mental health crisis by providing a safe space for people who urgently need to talk to someone.
The service will be provided by the Scunthorpe arm of mental health charity, Mind, at their premises at Printer’s Yard on Fenton Street, Scunthorpe and is commissioned by NHS North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
The Haven will offer mental health support to people aged 16 and over in North Lincolnshire in the evenings and at weekends, Thursday to Sunday, when they may need help most. As well as offering support, professionals are also able to refer and direct onwards to further services if required.
Trained mental health support workers will offer self-help guidance and tools to support people to manage thoughts of self-harm, low mood and anxiety. They will support people to reduce any immediate crisis and to safety plan; drawing on strengths, resilience, and coping mechanisms to manage their mental health and wellbeing.
There will also be a communal area with a TV, board games, adult colouring and refreshments so service users can relax and ‘just be’.
Anyone who needs support is welcome to drop in but referrals can also be made by a GP practice, mental health team, social care, police or ambulance service.
The Haven provides a safe environment to support people in the community, reducing pressure on the emergency services. People who attend will also be offered a follow-up call the next day to see how they are doing.
Alex Seale, Chief Operating Officer at NHS North Lincolnshire CCG, said: “Rather than replace existing mental health services, the new service will complement them. I am pleased that we are able to deliver this much-needed service for our population.”
Claire Chapman, Chief Executive at Scunthorpe and District Mind said: “People experiencing thoughts of self-harm, low mood and anxiety need to be seen promptly by an appropriate mental health professional.
“We offer a safe haven for anyone in mental health distress. Support workers can quickly help the individual to manage troubling thoughts and keep themselves safe.
“I would encourage anyone experiencing these troubling symptoms to come and speak to us at The Haven. Our team of support workers can help support people to help prevent situations reaching crisis point.”
|The Haven opening times (9 January 2020 – 9 July 2020)|