Drayton Park Women’s Crisis House is celebrating a quarter of a century of service, giving women in mental health crisis a place to stay in a homely setting as an alternative to admission to hospital.
The service has also continued to provide non-residential services for previous residents, such as on-going support groups and a range of workshops throughout the year.
Over the years, it has continued to have self-referral at the heart of its service, and has employed a range of staff who have helped many women to stay out of hospital and supported their needs at a time of crisis.
Shirley McNicholas, Women’s Lead and Founder of Drayton Park Women’s Crisis House, said: “As a team, we’re delighted to be celebrating 25 years of Drayton Park Women’s Crisis House. To be part of a woman’s journey and to help them through difficult times is a real privilege. As shown in feedback, women have said that there are life changing benefits of having a women-only service likes ours in a residential setting.
“We also strive to be a place that black women feel seen and heard and that women who identify as LGBTQ+ or with a disability feel they can be who they are. Our Black Women's Forum - pictured above before Covid-19 restrictions - continues to be a place where women can share their views. To be seen and heard is vital to all people, but for women who may have had traumatic experiences this is fundamental to the healing process. We are always striving to improve and enhance our service. For some women, a crisis house likes ours may not be the right setting for them. We learn from feedback and recognise the importance of women having a choice on their service provider.”
One woman reflected on Drayton Park Women’s Crisis House turning 25: “As Drayton Park celebrates its 25 years - I am so thankful we have such a unique service available to us. Women working alongside women - It has been the safety of these therapeutic relationships that have got me through my darkest times. As I celebrate Drayton Park's anniversary - I am grateful to them that I can also celebrate my own life. Thank you all at Drayton Park for your dedication, love and for always championing women’s issues and rights… here’s to the next 25 years!"
Angela McNab, Chief Executive, said: “I’d like to congratulate our Drayton Park Women’s Crisis House team on reaching this fantastic milestone. Over the last 25 years, the team has helped hundreds of women through very vulnerable times of their lives. The feedback the service receives each year is a testament to the amazing care they provide and I’m very proud of what the team has achieved.”
C&I has moved the service we normally offer in emergency departments to our 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service, at St Pancras Hospital. The service will see people in need of urgent care so that they do not have to go to a hospital emergency department unless they have an urgent medical need. Emergency departments are under unprecedented pressure due to COVID-19 – the illness caused by coronavirus. We are urging people in mental health crisis to telephone our 24/7 crisis line on 0800 917 3333 or contact their usual community mental health team. If service users attend the 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service in person we will see you but we urge you to contact the crisis line in advance for advice to ensure you are only leaving home when absolutely necessary.