We are still here to support you, but to help us to continue to protect individuals in our care, our staff and our wider communities, and to limit the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus,  we are offering more help over the phone during the coronavirus outbreak for people who need urgent mental health support.

The district helpline for people experiencing emotional distress, First Response, is still operating 24 hours a day and charities have moved safer space crisis services to telephone support.

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The Sanctuary provides a calm, safe space for adults experiencing mental distress. It is often used as an alternative to hospital admission.

The Sanctuary is operated by Mind in Bradford, in partnership with the Trust’s First Response service, which  is open 365 days a year from 6.00pm – 1.00am.

The Trust’s First Response service offers support 24 hours a day, seven days a week to people of all ages living in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale or Craven experiencing a mental health crisis.


Telephone: 0800 952 1181

Who is this service for?

This service is for people living in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale or Craven experiencing a mental health crisis.

You do not have to have used any mental health services before to contact us.

Where can you see the Sanctuary team?

For people experiencing a crisis, a referral to the Sanctuary  can be made by contacting the First Response service on 0800 952 1181. Where possible the person who is experiencing the crisis should contact First Response to be referred to the Sanctuary, however we understand that this is not always possible and accept calls from others, concerned about the person’s well-being.

The Sanctuary is one of our three safer spaces for people experiencing mental health crisis, in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven. They offer a warm, calm and safe environment, 365 days a year, as a possible alternative to A&E.

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