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Lancaster's Places of Calm

25th February 2020

These places of safety, also known as Places of Calm, should ideally be a health-based place of safety, where the person can be rapidly examined by a registered medical practitioner and interviewed by an approved mental health professional so that any necessary arrangements for care and treatment can be made.

Young people have contributed to the Places of Calm by telling the Trusts what their thoughts are about the decoration and what would be calming for them in crisis. They chose sensory floors, bubble lighting and a seascape. This is particularly important when the young person has complex needs such as ASD or LD. What research there has shown is the sensory element is particularly beneficial to this cohort of young people and has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, psychosis and self-harm. Take a look at what they have done with Lancaster’s Places of Calm site.