Turning Point’s mental health service in Hertfordshire celebrates one year since launch

News item posted: 10 June 2016

NightLight anniversary

                   The Watford NightLight team with the Mayor of Hertsmere

To celebrate one year since the opening of Turning Point’s NightLight Crisis service, an open day was held on Wednesday 1st June to demonstrate the work that is being done to support people feeling distressed and experiencing a crisis.

The open day was attended by staff, service users, and the Mayors of Hertsmere and Broxbourne, both of whom gave a speech recognising the value of the work done by Turning Point in Hertfordshire. Representatives from Herts Police also attended.

Service users talked about their experiences of the service, how it helped them and what would have happened if that support was not there.

Pete Rutledge, Mayor of Hertsmere said: 'The work that NightLight are doing in partnership with Herts Mind Network and the police is helping to stop the discrimination and stigma experienced by some, as well as to change the wider public perception of mental health.

'As Mayor of Hertsmere, I will endeavour to raise the profile of the NightLight crisis service. It is an invaluable service and I hope there are many more annual celebrations to come.'

Carol McNeil, Operations Manager at Turning Point’s NightLight crisis service said: 'We are delighted to be celebrating one year since launching the NightLight crisis service in Hertfordshire. At the open day we were able to demonstrate the welcoming, person-centred approach we take to providing support.

'We are there for people when they are experiencing a crisis, and I urge anyone who feels they are unable to cope to pick up the phone and give us a call.'

NightLight is an out-of-hours crisis service for people in Hertfordshire, open on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights from 6pm-2am, every week of the year and can be contacted on 01923 256 391.