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Drayton Park Women's Crisis House

We provide12 women in mental health crisis a residential stay in a domestic setting, as an alternative to acute admission. We also offer non- residential services for women who have stayed previously,  such as on-going support groups and a range of workshops for women throughout the year. The service is provided within a trauma-informed model.

Children can be admitted with their mothers and this will be discussed on an individual basis at the point of referral.

The team work closely with primary care and highlight concerns regarding physical health issues that may require support. The team are all trained and supported to explore and validate disclosures of past or current trauma such as sexual, emotional or physical abuse. The team also offer a range of grounding techniques and self help tools so women learn to contain and manage any future crisis.

18+

Women who live in Camden or Islington who are in mental health crisis. 

Once you have been offered a place, you will be offered a one week stay initially and this can be extended up to a maximum of four weeks. This stay includes access to an all-women team 24hrs a day and this team will offer formal support such as one-to-one sessions on a daily basis, and informal support such as company at mealtimes or help to do washing or make telephone calls. All staff will also support you to take any prescribed medication correctly and access repeat prescriptions or reviews of medication for you.

Two body therapists work in the team and offer women one to one massage sessions three times a week. Women have access to home cooked healthy food during their stay and are encouraged to maintain health eating to enhance their physical and mental health. During the one to ones, staff will offer you a range of psychological help aimed to reduce anxiety and intervene in harmful coping mechanisms such as self-injury or alcohol/substance misuse.

We aim to support you to contain the crisis within this setting, safety planning with you so you can return home. We can make referrals to other C&I services and a range of creative community services such as alternative therapies to enrich your life.

All women are invited to return each Tuesday to a weekly support group.

  • An Agreement Plan is created with you which includes agreeing regular times to meet through the day. Women say this is very reasurring and comforting and alleviates the build up of self harm urges, anxiety, impact of hearing voices and enhances their self esteem and sense of value
  • Self referral is very highly valued and gives women a sense of control and empowerment at a time when they feel unsafe and out of control
  • Women report that having access to a women-only environment greatly enhances their ability to feel safe at a time they are feeling unsafe. They also state that having women to talk to allows them to speak of past or current experiences of abuse.

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