People experiencing emotional distress can access a new, NHS-funded service that opened on 3 September 2021 in central Reading.
Known as 'Berkshire West Breathing Space', it is located in Ajilon House on Friar Street (pictured above).
Who is for?
Breathing Space is for anybody aged over 18 experiencing emotional distress and struggling to cope.
What type of care does it offer?
Breathing Space is based on mental health 'crisis cafes' that operate across England. It is 'a safe, welcoming and supportive space' where people can go and talk, and have a break from the outside world in a comfortable, relaxing environment.
Staff will listen to you and help you to develop a plan to stay safe and well, including coping strategies. They’ll also help you to navigate local services and opportunities that can provide further help and support.
Refreshments are available.
If you can't get to the location, you can also phone or video chat with the service.
What are the opening hours?
The service runs from every Friday to Monday evening, from 5pm until 11pm.
How do I make contact?
Freephone: 0800 002 9091
Self-referral Form: www.together-uk.org/berkshire-west-breathing-space-referral
The address is Ajilon House, 28 Friar Street, Reading, RG1 1DT (the building next to Treatz).
Who is running Breathing Space?
The charity Together for Mental Wellbeing, which also runs Berkshire West Your Way, a mental health day service, at a different location.
Why has it been set up?
The NHS body that funds local health services, Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (BWCCG), hopes the service will help prevent people turning to A&E and give people better and more timely support when they need it. The CCG reviewed mental health crisis care last year, talking to service users about how care could be improved.