Islanders needing support with their mental health can now seek free help at the Listening Lounge.
The facility, which opened its doors at Charles House this week, is part of a pilot scheme aiming to help islanders with issues such as anxiety and depression before they become more complex
Located at the junction of Charles Street and Ingouville Place, the lounge will be staffed by clinicians who will oversee the day-to-day running of the service, while peer support staff will bring additional insights through their experience of mental health difficulties.
We’re delighted to open the doors to the Listening Lounge today! You can walk in any time or call ahead to make a private appointment – our number is 866793. Don’t suffer in silence. Come and talk, we’re here to listen. You can find us at Charles House every day from 10am-10pm. pic.twitter.com/X41pCiT564— Listening Lounge Jersey (@LLJersey) 4 November 2019
All islanders over 18 will be able to access the service free of charge, with opening times from 10:00 to 22:00. Counselling sessions will also be available three days a week from 16:00 to 21:00.
Islanders can refer themselves to the Listening Lounge and if an assessment finds they need more specialist help they will be directly referred to Jersey Talking Therapies without having to go through their GP.
Pictured: The Listening Lounge is inside Charles House, at the corner of Charles Street and Ingouville Place.
Third sector organisations including Mind Jersey, the Jersey Recovery College, Samaritans, The Salvation Army and Silkworth Trust will also be involved in helping shape the Listening Lounge, which will adapt according to service users’ needs.
People who use the Listening Lounge will also be signposted to initiatives run by charitable organisations.
Pictured: Clinicians and peer workers will be available to support islanders.
The pilot scheme, which will run until 31 December 2020, aims to reduce pressure on Jersey Talking Therapies, as it will enable people to seek help at an early stage.
Following the review of the first two months, opening hours may change to fit demand.
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