A new £500,000 service will provide help to people from ethnic minority backgrounds suffering a mental health crisis.
Charity Leeds Survivor-Led Crisis Service (LSLCS), based in Halton, Leeds, has set up Dial House @ Touchstone thanks to Lottery funding.
The organisation has teamed up with fellow mental health charity Touchstone to offer the evening sessions in Chapeltown.
Fiona Venner, director of LSLCS, said: “The project has been developed because people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups do not access community mental health services, but are hugely over represented in psychiatric hospitals.
“The service provides a place of sanctuary, emotional support and information. The service is confidential and staff will not discuss who is using the service with anyone else.”
People at high-risk of suicide or self harm will be supported by the service, which is open every Tuesday and Thursday evening.
Fiona added that figures showed admission rates for people from Black Caribbean and Black African backgrounds were three times higher than average and fewer BME people were referred to hospital from the community.
“This demonstrates that people from BME groups are less likely to use community services, only accessing support at the point of crisis or emergency,” she added.
Contact Dial House @ Touchstone, based at Harehills Avenue, Chapeltown, on 0113 249 4675.