Crisis House opens its doors in Lancashire

National mental health charity Richmond Fellowship, part of Recovery Focus, has opened a new service in Lancashire to provide support to people experiencing a mental health crisis.

Willow House, a crisis house in the Chorley village of Coppull, provides short term placements for people experiencing a mental health crisis as an alternative to hospital admission and is being run in partnership with the NHS.

The charity has experience of operating similar services across the country with its Leicester service helping over 650 people with only 11 requiring further support following their short stay.

Joe Redmond, Managing Director of Richmond Fellowship (north) said:

“We’re delighted to be opening another crisis house to provide a vital service for people in a time of crisis. We’re very proud of our model and have some fantastic results from similar projects around the country.”

The crisis service provides short term placements of up to seven days with referrals coming through the local NHS Home Treatment Team.

The service is a quiet place of tranquility within the community where guests have the freedom to manage their own schedule, cook for themselves and access the community as they would were they in their own home.

People referred to the service work on a one to one basis with Willow House’s highly trained teams to develop collaborative support plans and coping mechanisms to better manage their mental health following their stay. Joe Redmond added:

“From the photos you can see the quality of the renovation and the standard of décor we’ve strived to achieve at Willow House.

“Our crisis houses are a marked difference from the environment people experience in an acute ward. We’ve done everything we can to make Willow House feel like a home, something that is vital for a person’s recovery.”

Willow House supports people living in Chorley, Preston and South Ribble. Referrals are made through the Home Treatment Team only. For more information about the service, click here.

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