Oak House is now officially open. @LancashireCare

People in East Lancashire who are experiencing mental health crisis can now receive support at a new crisis house, which has opened in the area.

Following the success of the partnership of a Crisis House in Chorley, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust is working in partnership with national mental health charity Richmond Fellowship, to provide a new service in Lancashire to provide support to people experiencing a mental health crisis.

Oak House, a crisis house located in Burnley was officially opened this week. The service provides short term placements for people experiencing a mental health crisis as an alternative to hospital admission. The crisis service provides short term placements of up to seven days with referrals coming through the Trust’s Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team.

The new innovative crisis house service is a quiet place of tranquillity within the community where guests have the freedom to manage their own schedule, cook for themselves and access the community as they would if they were in their own home. People referred to the service work on a one to one basis with Oak House’s highly trained teams to develop collaborative support plans and coping mechanisms to better manage their mental health following their stay.

Sue Moore, Chief Operating Officer at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“We are so pleased to be working in collaboration with Richmond Fellowship to provide another crisis house service in Lancashire. We collaborated with the charity last year, to open a house in Chorley and it has proved a great success in providing support to people who need it, through an alternative to a hospital admission. Working in partnership with the voluntary sector is allowing us to focus on a holistic recovery approach, which will be tailored to each individual’s needs.

“This service will provide support for people in the area who are experiencing mental health crisis by providing them with the skills to manage their mental health condition within a more normal living environment, which has been proven to aid recovery in mental health.”

Derek Caren, Chief Executive of Richmond Fellowship, said:

“We are delighted to launch our second crisis support service here at Oak House. Over the last two years, we have worked closely with our colleagues at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust to better understand the mental health needs of the Lancashire community and we know the services we have opened to date have already had an extremely positive impact in supporting people living mental ill health.

“Oak House will further strengthen the support we offer and I am extremely proud that Richmond Fellowship is able to play its part in making mental health recovery a reality for the communities of Lancashire.”

Referrals are made through the Trust’s Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team only.