Mental health sanctuary to open in Bristol

A mental health sanctuary, offering help for people in emotional distress, is to open in Bristol.

The city's Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has awarded a £200,000 a year contract, for what they say will be the first facility of its kind in the city.

It will be run by the St Mungo's Broadway charity, which helps homeless people, and is due to open next April.

The service will be open on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights from 19:00 to 02:00.

Jill Shepherd, of Bristol's CCG, said: "The idea for the service came from service users and carers during our extensive consultation on improving local mental health services and shows the influence that the public and patients can have on designing local health services.

"It will be a safe place for people experiencing emotional distress, that will be open four nights a week until 2am.

"We hope it will prevent some people going on to experience a mental health crisis.

"It will also be a relaxing space that can be used by carers or those in a relationship with someone in a mental health crisis."

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