New safe haven for people in crisis opens its doors in Southampton
Published on: 18th March 2020
People experiencing a mental health crisis in Southampton now have access to a brand new service in the heart of the city: the Lighthouse.
The Lighthouse is a safe, non-judgemental space, staffed by mental health professionals and peer specialists, who themselves have lived experience of mental health difficulties which they can draw upon to help others. The Lighthouse is a relaxing and informal environment, facilitating reflection, hope, resilience and support, preventing a crisis escalating to an emergency.
Representing an investment of almost £400,000 from local commissioners, the service is run in partnership between Southern Health and Solent Mind. It's designed to provide a vital extra layer of support to people most in need, complementing existing community and hospital care in the city. It replaces the Crisis Lounge which was previously based in Antelope House and brings the service firmly into the community.
The Lighthouse is based in Shirley, with good access for people from across Southampton. The service runs from 4.00pm until midnight, seven days a week, 365 days a year. It is open to anyone over the age of 18 who feels they are at crisis point with their mental health. People visiting the Lighthouse will be able to take part in creative activities, spend time in a calming sensory room, have a chat with staff or simply have a cup of tea and take some time out.