Any adult (18+) facing a mental health crisis can now attend one of the five Safe Havens across Surrey and North East Hampshire virtually following the launch of a new service.
Safe Havens are staffed by mental health nurses and mental health practitioners. They provide adults in crisis with expert advice and support in the evenings and at weekends. They are continuing to see people experiencing a crisis in person seven days a week from 6pm-11pm*. But, in addition, they are also now offering a virtual service during the same hours. *Please note that anyone visiting a face-to-face Safe Haven is now required to wear clean face covering.
This means those experiencing a crisis who are self-isolating due to the Coronavirus or who are in a vulnerable group or shielding or anxious about travelling will now be able to access their local Safe Haven without leaving home. This will help to ensure people receive timely advice and support and avoid unnecessary visits outside of the home and to A&E.
Each of the Safe Havens is providing the virtual service. To access these services, people should go to www.sabp.nhs.uk/safehaven and scroll down to ‘Virtual Safe Havens’ where they will find links that take them to their nearest virtual Safe Haven service. The Safe Havens are based in Epsom, Guildford, Redhill, Woking and Aldershot.
Once they click on a link, they will be directed as to how to use the virtual service. They will then be taken into a virtual waiting room before being “seen” by one of the members of their local Safe Haven team. The virtual service is operational from 6pm-11pm, seven days a week for adults aged 18 and over.
The Safe Havens are provided in partnership between Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SABP) and third sector mental health specialists, Catalyst, Andover Mind, Mary Frances Trust and Richmond Fellowship. They are funded by Surrey and North East Hampshire NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups.
If you have already trialled one of our virtual Safe Havens during Mental Health Awareness Week or Carers Week and would like to share some feedback so we can improve the service, please take the experience survey below developed by the Independent Mental Health Network Surrey and NE Hants. Thank you!
Take Virtual Safe Haven Experience Survey now.