New sanctuary to provide urgent mental health crisis support in Worksop

Worksop residents who are facing a mental health crisis can now attend a new sanctuary to help them cope.

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 10:16 am
Anyone experiencing serious problems can visit the Worksop sanctuary to find help.

Provided in partnership between Nottinghamshire Mind, Turning Point, Framework and Harmless, the new crisis sanctuary is open to anyone over 18 who feels they are in, or near, a mental health crisis and needs a safe space to talk.

The sanctuary is open in Worksop twice a week and offers three trained crisis intervention workers to provide out-of-hours mental health support in a trusted and secure space.

Support can also be provided via telephone or through video calling platforms for those who are unable to attend in person.

Nic Roberts, CEO for Nottinghamshire Mind, said: “Now more than ever people need the support of their local communities to keep mentally well, the sanctuaries will provide a safe space to access help at the time of crisis and ensure no one suffers alone.”

Gaye Flounders, crisis and transitions national lead at Turning Point, said: “The last year has put a great strain on our mental health and it’s vital we have easy access to services.

"We’re very pleased to be able to provide increased personal crisis support.”

Anna Wetherburn, service manager at Framework, said: “This is a much-needed service which will offer a safe space for people experiencing mental health challenges and will make a welcome addition to existing mental health services on offer across the Nottinghamshire.”

Caroline Harroe, CEO at Harmless, added: “Research shows that A&E attendance for mental health crisis peaks between 6pm and 1am.

"The sanctuary will be there during this time to provide a specialist space tailored to meeting the needs of those in mental health crisis.”

Due to restrictions imposed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, those looking for support will be required to call ahead prior to visiting so the centres remain safe and accessible.

Full addresses, contact details and times of opening are available on the Crisis Sanctuary website at www.turning-point.co.uk/services/mental-health/crisis-support/nottingham-crisis-sanctuaries.