Fight to save Corby mental health service

Safe Haven in Dorking Walk, Corby
Safe Haven in Dorking Walk, Corby

A campaign has been launched in Corby to save a vital lifeline for people facing an emotional crisis or suffering mental health distress.

The future of Safe Haven, which has provided a confidential support and counselling service for almost 15 years, could be under threat following the loss of £104,000 from NHS mental health services.

Although the funding will be withdrawn from March 31, Safe Haven’s operational manager Janice Crane stressed the service is still available.

It is hoped the team of two full-time and three part-time workers will be able to continue providing help after March, until alternative funding can be found.

Safe Haven, based in Dorking Walk, Corby, provides a place of safety for adults over 18 who are in distress for a range of reasons, running a drop-in service from 6pm until 2am, Saturday to Tuesday, at Corby, and a telephone support service for people in the north of the county.

It also provides one-to-one counselling.

Janice said: “Mental health is the poor relation of the health service and people who are the most fragile in our communities are losing their support.

“Without an alternative source of funding we can continue counselling after March but the service will be a shadow of what we provide now.

“We are helping people deal with problems before they topple them over the edge and into crisis.

“People have told us we have helped save their lives.

“We are helping people struggling with problems that can happen to any of us.”

A public meeting is being held in the council chamber at the Cube on Monday, starting at 7.30pm, to plan the campaign and rally support.

Corby and county councillor John McGhee has also organised a sponsored walk and run at the boating lake on February 15, starting at 10am.

Janice said: “We hope everyone will join the campaign to help save Safe Haven.”

More information is also available on the Save Safe Haven Facebook page.