Spring 2023 issue
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Together Cafes – The Alternative to A&E for Mental Health Needs

The Tower Hamlets and Newham Together Cafes are a community-based initiative aimed at providing support and assistance to residents in a self-defined mental health crisis at evenings and weekends. The Cafe provides a welcoming and comfortable environment where individuals can receive care and support from trained support workers, peer support workers and healthcare professionals.

Accident & Emergency

Going to the Accident and Emergency (A&E) can be a stressful and overwhelming experience, especially for those with mental health concerns. A&E is designed to handle emergency situations, such as serious injuries or life-threatening conditions, and as a result, waiting times can be long, and the environment can be chaotic. For those in mental health crisis, there is an alternative.

“The Together Cafe offers a more relaxed and personalized approach to healthcare. Visitors can receive care in a quiet and calming environment, where they can take the time to discuss their concerns with a trained volunteer or healthcare professional.”

Melanie King, Tower Hamlets Crisis Pathway Service Manager

“The Cafe provides a wide range of services, including basic health assessments, advice on managing long-term health conditions, and support for mental health and wellbeing.”

Helping to reduce the pressure on A&E

Additionally, by visiting the Together Cafes, individuals can help reduce the demand on the A&E. This not only benefits the wider community, but it also ensures that individuals receive the care and support they need in a timely and effective manner.

With its welcoming environment, personalized approach, and wide range of services, the Cafe offers a more relaxed and effective way to manage people’s mental health.

For more information about the crisis alternative provision in your area, please see the information below:

Newham Together CafeRokeby Centre, Rokeby Community Hub,
63 Rokeby Street, London, E15 3LS
Phone: 08081 968 710
Email: Nh.togethercafe@nhs.net
Monday to Thursday (and all
Bank Holidays): 5pm - 9pm
Friday to Sunday: 12pm - 9pm
Hesita/East London
NHS Foundation
Tower Hamlets Together
Osmani Trust, Osmani Centre,
58 Underwood Road, E1 5AW
Phone: 0808 196 2130/078 2678 0554
Email: Th.togethercafe@nhs.net
Monday to Friday: 5pm - 9pm
Saturday, Sunday and
Bank Holidays: 12pm - 9pm
Hesita/East London
NHS Foundation
Walk-in Crisis Cafe -
City & Hackney
The Raybould Centre, City and Hackney Centre
for Mental Health, London, E9 6SR
Open 6pm - 9pm weekdays and
12pm - 4pm at weekends
East London NHS
Foundation Trust
The Bedford BeaconBedford Wellbeing Centre, 3A Woburn Road,
Bedford, MK40 1EG
Every Thursday 5:30pm - 9pmEast London NHS
Foundation Trust
The LighthouseThe Lighthouse, Leighton Buzzard, Whichellos
Wharf, The Elms, Stoke Road, LU7 2TD
Monday & Tuesday: 5.30-9pm
Wednesday & Friday: 10am - 3pm
East London NHS
Foundation Trust
Mental Health Crisis
Cafe - BLMK
Florence Ball House, Bedford Health Village,
3 Kimbolton Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire,
MK40 2NX
Phone: 01525 722225
Email: crisiscafe@mind-blmk.org.uk
Monday to Saturday: 5pm - 11pmMind BLMK

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