Corby is piloting a brand new project, The Sanctuary @ Corby Mind, put together to help support and listen to those with mental health conditions.
The Sanctuary Crisis Cafe, situated at 18 Argyle Street, Corby, will be open for three evenings a week (Thursdays 6pm – 10pm, Fridays & Saturdays 7pm – 11pm) and a Sunday late afternoon (3pm – 7pm). During these hours residents are free to drop in and sit and chat with the MIND team over a hot drink.
The drop-in session are very informal and will be staffed by three trained members of the MIND team including a trained Counsellor, a Mental Health Support Worker and a Hospitality Greeter. These are not counselling sessions but a way for those struggling to come and have some down time and friendly chatter in order to feel calmer and in a better state of mind.
The Sanctuary offers out of hours support and aims to help prevent psychiatric admissions to hospital. Should the numbers through the door during the pilot be sufficient, there is a possibility its days open could be extended.
The Leader of Corby Borough Council, Cllr Tom Beattie, said:
‘With Christmas on the horizon and the stresses it can bring, whether that be through financial pressures or the feeling of loneliness, it can be a very hard time for many to cope with by themselves.
‘We hope that during its pilot, the Sanctuary will be a real support for those that need it in Corby and the surrounding area. Sometimes just a friendly ear and a supportive chat can be a huge help for our mental health and we hope many will drop by and take advantage of this service.’
For more information please contact Mind on 01536 267280.