We spoke to Caroline from local mental health charity, Mind BLMK, who told us all about their Crisis Cafes.

Caroline said “Mind BLMK Crisis Cafes are safe, non-judgemental spaces that you can come to if you find yourself in crisis or mental distress in the evenings. You will be met by a trained mental health worker who will listen and help you identify ways to address the problems you are facing.”

Read the FAQs about the Crisis Cafes from the Mind BLMK website:

“Who are the Crisis Cafés for?

Adults (18+) who are experiencing severe mental distress or crisis.

What can you expect?

·        A safe, calm and relaxed atmosphere

·        A one-to-one session with a trained mental health worker

·        Support to identify positive mental health coping strategies

·        Advice and guidance about other support services available in your area

Do you need an appointment?

Each Crisis Café operates a drop-in service and an appointment is not required.

Where are the Crisis Cafés based?

·        Luton Crisis Café: Luton Wellbeing Centre, 46-56 Dumfries Street, Luton, LU1 5BP

·        Bedford Crisis Café: Florence Ball House, Bedford Health Village, 3 Kimbolton Road, Bedford, MK40 2NX

·        Milton Keynes Crisis Café: 226 Queensway, Fenny Stratford, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK2 2TE

·        Central Bedfordshire Crisis Café: Mind BLMK, The Rufus Centre, Steppingley Road, Flitwick, Bedfordshire, MK45 1AH (5.00 – 11.00pm, Tuesday and Thursday’s only)

What are the opening times?

Apart from Central Bedfordshire (see above), our Crisis Cafes are open seven days a week, 365 days of the year, between 5.00pm – 11.00pm.

Questions about the service?

If you would like further information about our Crisis Cafés, please email us on: crisiscafe@mind-blmk.org.uk or call us via: 0300 330 0648 (open 9am – 4:30pm). Please note that we cannot offer crisis support over the phone during these hours.”