The Market Harborough Crisis Café  opened its doors on Wednesday 22 September to provide mental health crisis support to the local population.

The Crisis Café is open to anyone who feels they would benefit from some mental health support, whether they are feeling lonely, anxious, or are finding it hard to manage difficult feelings. The drop-in service will offer a safe space for those who are struggling as well as one-to-one sessions where they can learn practical coping strategies.

Provided in partnership between Turning Point and the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, the Crisis Café will be open without appointments from 12 noon – 8pm every Wednesday at The Symington Building, on Adam and Eve Street in Market Harborough.

Karen Russell-Haines, Service Manager at Turning Point, said: “The last year has put a great strain on our mental health and it’s vital we have easy access to services. We already provide a wide range of services across Leicestershire including a crisis house, a mental health helpline, and drug and alcohol treatment services. We’re looking forward to extending our mental health services to support the people of Market Harborough.”

Rosie Klair, Project Lead, Urgent Care and Access Pathway at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, said: “We are delighted to be opening a Crisis Café in Market Harborough. Delivered by our partners Turning Point, this café will provide a place where people can come to talk to someone who is trained to listen and offer support.

“In addition, this café, and the many more that we intend to open across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, will complement our 24 hours a day, seven days a week phone support line which offers support to anyone in urgent mental health need.”

Cllr Simon Whelband, Harborough District Council’s Cabinet lead for well-being and communities, said: “I’m really pleased to welcome The Crisis Café to The Symington Building in Market Harborough. The importance of looking after our mental, as well as physical health cannot be underestimated. We need to remove the stigma surrounding mental health, and the new Crisis Café offers people a safe and welcoming space where they can get help and support if they are experiencing a mental health crisis.

“I’d like to thank Turning Point, Leicestershire Partnership Trust and Harborough District Council for delivering this service in Market Harborough.”

Notes to Editors

1 – For more information please visit the Crisis Cafés website:

2 – If you live in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland and want to talk to someone about your mental health then please call the Mental Health Central Point on 0808 800 3302, open 24/7.

3 – Turning Point is a social enterprise which has over 50 years’ experience of providing support for people affected by mental health problems, drug and alcohol problems and those with a learning disability to discover new possibilities in their lives. For more information, please visit