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Solace Café update

The new Solace Café in Tonbridge has supported over 160 people with mental health problems in its first 5 months. The café, which opened on 20 April 2017, offers a welcoming safe space for anyone who feels they may be at risk of a mental health crisis. As intended, the café has reduced the demand on other key out-of hours-services.

  • 29 people said they used the Solace Café instead of going to A&E
  • 47 said they used the café instead of contacting the NHS Crisis Team
  • 2 said they used the café instead of calling the police

Clients have said that the best things about the café are :

‘[The café] is non-judgmental and I don’t feel stigmatised’
‘Helps you keep mentally stable’
‘Understanding that there are others who experience mental health problems, people who we can relate to’
‘Attending the café has helped to save my life’

When clients were asked how the café compares to other services they have used, they said:

‘They don’t rush you when you want to talk’
‘I get more support’
‘It is more gentle’

The Solace Café is open every Thursday and Saturday night from 5pm to 9pm. Find out more on the Solace Café page.

We are delighted to have been awarded funding from the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner and West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group to the end of March 2018.


Solace Café launch