A SAFE place for people with mental distress has been unveiled.
The new facility will provide a suitable and safe environment for Kirklees people with mental health issues when they are detained for their own good.
Mental health workers hope the new Trinity Suite in Wakefield will ‘decriminalise’ people held under the Mental Health Act.
Previously, police stations were the only place of safety where they could be held.
The new unit is designed for people in Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield.
Hazel O’Hara, the South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust’s chief operating officer, said: “The opening of this facility marks a very positive step for mental health provision.
“By working closely with our partners we will be able to provide the best possible service for people who are being held under the Mental Health Act.
“The new facility has been purposely redeveloped on the Fieldhead Hospital site and provides a safe and secure environment for assessment.”
Kirklees Primary Care Trust have been involved in designing the facility.
Vicky Dutchburn, an assistant director at the Kirklees trust, said: “The new unit will allow individuals to be properly assessed in an appropriate environment by medical professionals, making sure they receive a high quality service.”
The facility will enable professionals to assess a person who police believe are suffering from a serious mental health problem.
Assistant Chief Constable Jawaid Akhtar, from West Yorkshire Police, welcomed the facility.
He said: “A police cell is not the most suitable place for a person who may have serious mental health issues.
“The facilities being made available at Fieldhead have been much needed and I am delighted that our front line officers will be able to take people there who have serious mental health issues.”
A second unit will open at the Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax this year.