Monday, 12 December 2016
South West London and St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust is delighted to announce that it will be opening two Crisis Recovery Cafes in partnership with third sector organisations, scheduled to launch in April 2017.
These cafes will provide an accessible and normal café environment in south west London operating in the evenings and weekends where people who feel they are in mental health crisis can attend and receive peer support as an alternative to presenting at Emergency Departments.
The cafes will provide hot and cold snacks, support and a range of activities which can support and alleviate their crisis. The cafes will also be supported by the Trust’s Crisis and Home Treatment Teams where clinical Interventions are required.
The two cafes will operate from Tooting and West Wimbledon, and have good transport networks to enable wide access to these services.
The crisis cafes are one of a range of community initiatives that are helping people to access treatment closer to home. The Trust recently opened an urgent psychiatric assessment service suite in November which provides enhanced mental health assessments for patients who are experiencing a mental health crisis and help reduce the demand on A&E departments locally.
Further details on the crisis cafes will be provided early next year as the dates get closer.