A charity-run drop-in service is open in new town-centre facilities, providing support for people on Islanders in mental health crisis.
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The Isle of Wight Mental Health Safe Haven, run by charity Two Saints, will be based in the Wellbeing Centre, 7 High Street, Newport (opposite County Hall and next to the police station).
Safe Haven Hannah Carson, said:
“We are excited about the move as our new home is in a more central location that will be easier for more people to access. We have worked hard to make this a welcoming and calm environment for anyone who comes in to see us – and most importantly provide a safe space where people can receive mental health support.
“Our location also makes it easier for us to work with other organisations and stakeholders so we can signpost and refer people on to the most appropriate service to help them.”
Safe Haven is open from 5pm to 10pm, Monday to Friday, and 10am to 10pm on weekends and Bank Holidays, for adults aged 18 and over on the Island. Crucially, although you can drop in, you do not need to be in Newport. You can also access the service by calling 01983 520168.
The NHS Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Isle of Wight NHS Trust and Isle of Wight Council are beginning the process of implementing a new shift towards community-based mental health services.
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