Theresa May visits Safe Haven

Theresa May came to the Aldershot Safe Haven yesterday where Catalyst, Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Trust and MCCH work in partnership, to see for herself how the model of providing safe and friendly out of hours support for people suffering a mental health crisis is being delivered in Hampshire and Surrey.

The Prime Minister announced the package of reforms to improve mental health support at every stage of a person’s life throughout society – including schools, workplaces and communities.Mrs May said: “For too long mental illness has been something of a hidden injustice in our country, shrouded in a completely unacceptable stigma and dangerously disregarded as a secondary issue to physical health.”

The government has pledged to build on its £15m investment to provide and promote new models of community-based care such as crisis cafes and community clinics. The initial £15m investment led to 88 new places of safety being created and the government now plans to spend up to a further £15m to build on this success

Prime Minister Theresa May visited the café and talked with staff and people who have used the service. Many of whom have reported that the Safe Haven has stopped them from attending A&E when they have been experiencing a mental health crisis. Some even revealed that, for them, the support they have received from the Safe Haven has possibly saved their life.

As a result of the pioneering work of service users, charity workers, clinicians and commissioners to ensure the original pilot scheme succeeded, there are now six Safe Havens serving the people of North East Hampshire and Surrey. These can be found in Aldershot, Camberley, Epsom, Guildford, Redhill and Woking.

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