Haven is a new 365 day a year service at The Cellar Trust, developed as a result of the Crisis Care Concordat following the work to establish the First Response crisis service, and the Sanctuary (a nighttime mental health service based at Mind in Bradford). Haven is a partnership between The Cellar Trust as a local mental health charity, the NHS Bradford District Foundation Care Trust (BDFCT) and the local authority (BMDC). It is being established to provide an alternative to A&E for people who are in mental distress and need support.
We have put an emphasis on peer support from people with lived expertise and our aim is to support people in distress and work with them to develop their plans to stay well and cope better with distress in the future. The Haven is a person centred, non-clinical setting where there is someone to talk to without the fear of in-depth assessment, excessive notes, being detained or medicated.
Staffed by Cellar Trust, BDFCT and BMDC staff, Haven supports individuals, and if appropriate, their families/carers to do an initial assessment. We then work with them to de-escalate the level of mental distress, discuss what is going on for the individual concerned, and work with them to plan what they need to do to stay well. A wellness plan will be developed for use with individuals. Wellness plans will be followed up by the outreach workers if appropriate.
Referral to Haven
Referrers to Haven will be First Response (contact 01274 221181) and the A&E mental health team. Please note that you cannot refer yourself to Haven.
You can read our launch press release here.