Hertfordshire Mind Network delivers NightLight Mental Health Crisis Service

Hertfordshire Mind Network has commenced delivery of the Hertfordshire NightLight Mental Health Crisis Service.

The two-year pilot service builds on the learning from NightLight to date and offers out-of-hours practical and emotional support to people affected by emotional distress or mental health crises, as well as providing onward referrals to other support.

Crisis Support Workers, Peer Mentors and volunteers operating from bases in Ware, Watford and Hemel Hempstead offer a safe and welcoming environment to adults in crisis who are living in Hertfordshire or who are registered with a county GP. The aim of the service is to support people to identify the causes of the crisis and work with them to try and resolve the crisis and prevent it from reoccurring.

The centres are open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights from 7pm-2am every week of the year, with beds available if an overnight stay is required.

Anyone can refer themselves to the service, or make a referral on behalf of someone else by calling 01923 256391 between 7pm and midnight, Friday to Monday, and speaking to a member of the team. Anybody who prefers not to come into a centre, but who would benefit from speaking with a mental health professional, can also be supported over the phone.

“Hertfordshire Mind Network is passionate about helping as many people as we can across the county,” says HMN Chief Executive Julie Nicholson. “We are currently recruiting and training additional members to the NightLight team in order to further develop the service and to ensure we can be there whenever we are needed.”