SAfe hAven for men­tAl heAlth

New sanc­tu­ary for peo­ple suf­fer­ing a cri­sis

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Joel Lamy joel.lamy@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

A new site for peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a men­tal health cri­sis will open shortly as­part of a bid to ease pres­sure on A&E. Dubbed a safe haven, The Sanc­tu­ary will open on Mon­day, Septem­ber 19 to al­low peo­ple to get prac­ti­cal and emo­tional sup­port.

Run by the Cam­bridgeshire and Peter­bor­ough NHS Foun­da­tion Trust (CPFT) and men­tal­health char­ity Mindin Cam­bridgeshire, it is part of a new project to re­duce ad­mis­sion rates to A&E.

A sanc­tu­ary in Cam­bridge wa­sopenedupinMayand­has so far given sup­port to 200 peo­ple.

Elaine Young, as­so­ciate di­rec­tor for ser­vice in­te­gra­tion for CPFT, said: “The open­ing of The Sanc­tu­ary is a re­ally im­por­tant mile­stone in im­prov­ing care for those who are suf­fer­ing a men­tal health is­sues.

“TheSanc­tu­ary­of­fers­peo­ple the chance to take a ‘time out’ in a non-med­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment rather than go­ing to an ac­ci­dent and emer­gency unit which is of­ten not the most suit­able place for peo­ple to be, but his­tor­i­cally there has not been a suit­able al­ter­na­tive.”

Open from 6pm un­til 1am, The Sanc­tu­ary in Peter­bor­ough will be op­er­ated by staff fromMind­inCam­bridgeshire.

The ex­act lo­ca­tion is not be­ing iden­ti­fied as re­fer­rals to The Sanc­tu­ary can only be made by a GP, an­other health pro­fes­sional, or the police.

Staff will of­fer peo­ple a lis­ten­ing ear and can help them link up with clin­i­cians from dif­fer­ent ser­vices.

Peo­ple who use The Sanc­tu­ary can­not stay overnight.

Lynn Mars, di­rec­tor of ser­vices for Mind in Cam­bri dgeshire, s a i d: “The open­ing of the sanc­tu­ar­ies – com­bined with the other mea­sures that have been put in place – will help to change the face of cri­sis care across Cam­bridgeshire and Peter­bor­ough, en­sur­ing that in­di­vid­u­als re­ceive the right care, at the right time, in the right place.”

Fur­ther mea­sures to be putin­place in­clude aFirst Re­sponse Ser­vice, run by CPFT, which will provide face-to­face as­sess­ments and will re­spond­tour­gen­tre­fer­rals­from emer­gency ser­vices.

And peo­ple will be able to re­fer them­selves to ur­gent men­tal health care ser­vices in Peter­bor­ough by tele­phone, rather than hav­ing to be re­ferred via their GP or other emer­gency ser­vices.

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