By Greg Dawson
A café for those at risk of suicide or self harm with nowhere to go has opened at Union bank in Huddersfield.
The Well Bean crisis café can help provide one on one support and advice for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis. As well as this they provide hot drinks and homemade food.
The mental health charity Touchstone has set up the Café with help from the Basement Recovery Project which helps give support to those with drugs and alcohol addiction.
This café is one of many set up across Yorkshire, the first opening in Leeds in 2016 in Lincoln Green, since then welcoming over 4,000 through its doors and becoming well known to the local public.
There are further plans for more crisis cafes like the Well Ban to be opened across Yorkshire, currently one is planned to be opened in Dewsbury around mid July. After the opening of the Dewsbury branch opening days will be extended to Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday.
Manager of the Well Bean Café, Jayne Moss said “We are beginning to build connections with the local community as well as the A&E department and the mental health teams at Folly Hall.
“We opened as a pilot in February that was only meant to run until April. But because we have been successful we’ve managed to secure funding for three years.
“Now it’s just about getting the word out to the community that we are here and open”.
The Well Bean can be found at 3A Union Bank Yard, New Street, next to Imperial Arcade
Currently they are open every Saturday, Sunday and Monday night from 6pm till midnight
Referral lines are open from 6pm till midnight.
Their referral number – 07741900395