Dial House is a place of sanctuary open 6pm–2am every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings (when other services are closed). Visitors can access Dial House when they are in crisis, relax in a homely environment and have an hour of one-to-one support from the team of Crisis Support Workers.
At Dial House, we have a family room so parents in crisis can bring children with them. We transport visitors to and from the house by taxi to ensure their journeys are safe and comfortable.
We can also support deaf visitors using BSL.
We work regularly with people at the extreme end of mental health crisis, who present with behaviour other services find challenging; with issues such as dissociation, hearing voices, self-harm and plans to end their lives. We aim to provide a compassionate and containing experience for visitors.
Dial House is a welcoming and safe sanctuary from which we run an out-of-hours service for people in crisis. We have an open attitude to ‘crisis’, seeing it as something that could be related to a person’s mental health problems being particularly bad, or a ‘life crisis’ such as relationship breakdown, losing a job etc. You are welcome to use Dial House as little or as often as feels useful to you, though we do stress that we are here for your worst times.
Some people visit Dial House once or only a few times, until their crisis has passed. Others use the service in a more long-term way, for out-of-hours support with serious mental health problems or because their lives are very difficult. We welcome both of these approaches and anything in between. Regular visitors may be invited in for a review with a senior worker, but this is usually just to ‘check-in’ to make sure we are providing the best possible support and get feedback.
At Dial House, we aim to provide a welcoming, safe place, so staff are always around in the social areas to support you to feel safe. We offer one-to-one support sessions where you can talk about what’s going on for you; you can socialise with staff and other visitors; or even use our facilities and have something to eat, a shower etc.
Our therapeutic work with visitors is based on the Person-Centred Approach, devised by American Psychologist Carl Rogers in the 1950s. This means we try to maintain certain conditions in our relationships with visitors – including empathy (we try to understand what’s going on for you), congruence (we’ll be honest about how we feel), we will not judge you, and we let you direct your own life (and your time in Dial House). More information on our approach can be found here.
How to visit
We open at 6pm. If you wish to visit, call 0113 260 9328 or text / Signal 07922 249 452 on the night you want to come; we don’t pre-book appointments, sorry. We get busy early so please contact us sooner rather than later. If we don’t pick up the phone, Please leave a voicemail with your name and phone number. Most of our spaces are allocated by 7:30pm.
If you wish to visit and it’s later than 7:30pm, please contact Connect on 0808 800 1212 (Connect take late referrals for DH from 9:00-9:30pm only, but if you’re new, please contact straight away).
BSL users: text us at 6pm on 07922 249 452 and we will ask an interpreter to come in to Dial House (we do not have BSL crisis staff on shift). But: Deaf Connect provides online BSL support on Monday evenings: text/Glide/Facetime 07500 870 987.
If you wish to visit Dial House, please call 0113 260 9328 on the night you want to come.
(You can also text us on 07922 249 452 and we will call you back).
We usually take requests from people who want to come between 6pm and 7pm on the night. However, since July/August this year (2019), we’ve become incredibly busy. Some nights we’d taken our limit of requests by 6:15. Things have eased off a little now (Dec 2019) but it is still better to get in touch sooner rather than later.
If it is your first visit, you can turn up at the door between 6pm and 7pm, though you may have to wait until 7:45 for support (due to meetings and staff breaks). However, it is better if you can phone in advance due to us being very busy. If you’ve been before and turn up at the door – sorry – we will take your referral and ask you to leave until our meeting ends at 7:30pm.
We always try to hold back some space later in the evening. So if you’re new and it’s after 7:30pm please contact Connect immediately on 0808 800 12 12 stating that you wish to visit Dial House for the first time.
If you’ve been before: please contact Dial House between 6-7pm or Connect from 9pm. We make decisions about the late spaces at 9:30pm.
BSL users :text us at 6pm on 07922 249 452 and we will ask an interpreter to come in. We do not have BSL crisis staff on shift.
If you have any comments or feedback about Dial House, please feel free to contact Barry Cooper, Dial House Manager Barry.Cooper@lslcs.org.uk