Referral Process

Accessing Sea Sanctuary

Sea Sanctuary is available to anyone (subject to an assessment) wishing to use our service.

Referral Form

To refer yourself or someone else to Sea Sanctuary, please complete the Referral Form (Click here to download the PDF) and return it to our office.  We also welcome referrals from health care professionals, schools, housing providers, statutory and voluntary sector organisations.

Next Steps

Once we receive a referral, we will normally invite you to our office in Penryn for assessment. Our assessment usually lasts about an hour and covers basic information such as:

  • Contact details
  • Presenting problem
  • Medication
  • Medical history
  • Psychiatric history
  • Any risks identified (either to yourself or others)
  • Current support (e.g. family, health care professionals)

The assessment is an opportunity for you to find out more about Sea Sanctuary and for our team to better understand how we can support you.  After the assessment, we will aim to contact you within five days and to discuss your referral further. By this time, we will have discussed your support needs as a team and will hopefully be able to offer you a placement.

In some cases, we may feel from your referral form and/or assessment that Sea Sanctuary cannot support your needs at the moment. If this is the case, we will contact you to explain why and encourage you to approach us again in the future.

Our Charity

Sea Sanctuary is an innovative marine based service and is the first of its kind in European waters.

We provide an evidence-based intervention combined with the exhilarating activity of Sail Training. Sea Sanctuary operates within the stunning waters of the Cornish coast.

Our service provides an experiential learning experience and we routinely achieve outstanding results. Sea Sanctuary is available to anyone within the UK (subject to an assessment).

Sea Sanctuary seeks to address the very real issue of mental health well-being for those who most need it.

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Downloadable Referral Forms

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