The Safe Haven opened on March 31, 2014, at the Wellbeing Centre in Aldershot, to provide out-of-hours support to people experiencing, or on the verge of, mental health crisis. It is open to everyone, without appointment. Visitors can chat with other people in a similar situation to their own, sit by themselves if they wish, in the knowledge that support is at hand, or they can talk to qualified mental health professionals.
The relaxed, informal and comforting nature of the service, backed up by a strong clinical support framework, has proven immeasurably valuable for many of the more vulnerable and troubled members of our communities.
This innovative model has been duplicated across Surrey with six Safe Havens now serving the people of North East Hampshire and Surrey. They can be found in Aldershot, Camberley, Epsom, Guildford, Redhill and Woking.
For more information visit www.sabp.nhs.uk/services/mental-health/adult/safe-havens
If you live in North East Hampshire and Farnham and are under 18, there is a place especially for you too.
In 2016, the Young Persons Safe Haven was launched in Aldershot. NHS North East Hampshire and Farnham CCG worked with local young people, schools in both Rushmoor Borough and Farnham and with the consultancy JustWellbeing to design the service. Anyone aged between 10 and 17 who needs support for a mental health crisis can drop in to receive help.
The Young Persons Safe Haven is at 4 Hillside Road, Aldershot, GU11 3NB. It is open Tuesday to Friday and on Sundays, 6.30pm until 8.30pm. For more information see here.