AN OUT of hours service for people struggling with their mental health will open its doors on Wednesday.

The Haven@30 Clarence Street, York, is part of an ambitious plan to co-ordinate health and social care mental health provision in York and Selby.

The centre, which has been running a small number of services since the end of 2017, is operated in partnership between Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV) and Mental Health Matters, in a building provided by City of York Council.

As well as providing information and support around crisis prevention, patients will also be offered training, employment advice and support.

Staff will also signpost and support people to other relevant services.

Julie Haley, head of social care at Mental Health Matters, added: “The Haven provides a welcoming, safe, supportive and non-clinical environment that promotes independence opportunities for recovery. We encourage people to think about their personal strengths and the changes they can make in their lives to achieve their goals and improve their mental wellbeing.

“We also work with other agencies and voluntary services to help support people and involve family, carers and wider social networks. It’s a great integrated approach to crisis management.”

Cllr Carol Runciman, City of York Council’s executive member for adult social care and health, added: “The help offered can be as simple as offering a cup of tea and a chat or addressing the isolation that many people with mental health difficulties experience, support which can make such a difference to people’s lives.”

Anyone aged 16 and over, who is at risk of or experiencing mental health distress, can use the service, from 6pm to 11pm.