Humber NHS Foundation Trust has opened a ‘safe space’ for young people to access within Hull and the East Riding writes Charlotte Jackson.
The new service will be available for 14 to 18 year olds who are suffering from severe emotional distress.
The mental health facility has been set up to focus on emotional and psychological well-being, reducing anxiety, improving coping strategies and enhancing perceptions of self-worth.
Based from St Andrews Place, in St Georges Road, the service will offer young people a secure place to go during the night, operating from 8pm until 10am daily.
Paul Warwick, the Trust’s Clinical Lead for CAMHS, said: “Young people have told us that sometimes they need a place to go where they feel safe and listened to.
“We believe it will reduce young people’s reliance on the emergency services and give them the opportunity to develop skills necessary to avoid future crises.”
The unit will offer quick and easy access to a safe, calm and welcoming environment for up to two young people at any one time. Further support will be available from directed existing services if necessary.
New research released at a young people’s mental health conference showed that there is an association between hardship and mental health problems.
Findings from the survey reveal that: