Out of hours safe space for individuals suffering mental health difficulties.

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Hi everyone. I have began this petition with the aim of lobbying our MLA's and service commissioners to develop an out of hours mental health safe space. As many of you may know, Northern Ireland has the highest rates of reported suicides in the UK and individuals, families and communities continue to be left devastated as a result of this ever increasing problem. Whilst we have dedicated doctors, nurses, and mental health professionals in both statutory and voluntary organizations the reality is, that resources are limited and there is a huge deficit in our out of hours mental heath services available to the most vulnerable people in mental health distress. I am proposing that our MLA's and service commissioners support a project to create a safe space for individuals in mental health crisis to go to during out of hours times. I would like this facility to be accessible to all individuals whom may not present with the imminent risk that is often required to be kept safe in hospital. I would like a comfortable, nonjudgmental safe space to be created where service users can be supported by dedicated staff or volunteers in nice surroundings in an attempt to keep them safe during the crucial hours of the night or weekend where there is often limited services available to offer support. There is no intention to duplicate existing service provision, but rather add that extra layer of support in collaboration with existing services in an attempt to really support the most vulnerable in our society. Sometimes when people are feeling suicidal they are unable to talk about how they are feeling. Wouldn't it be nice for them to be able to access a facility that is warm, inviting and nonjudgmental, that can help them begin their journey to receiving the support that they require without feeling misunderstood, lonely and isolated with nowhere to turn. Please support this petition and lets lobby those in our society that can make this happen. Lets not leave our most vulnerable behind,  and lets try and prevent suicides. 

[image courtesy of mental health foundation].

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