We want to help as many people as possible suffering mental ill health, and provide support to their carers and their families.
We believe that the best way to treat a person is through the holistic approach to care; in other words, treating the whole person and not just one element of their illness. With this in mind, we already offer a great variety of services and information, including:
- Crisis support
- Physical health activities
- Arts, crafts and creative therapies
- Group/peer support
- Holistic therapies
- Referral services
In addition, our befriending scheme offers support and companionship to people who have mental health needs. We recruit, train and match volunteers with individuals who are socially isolated through their experience of mental ill health. The befriending scheme will:
- Provide regular and agreed contact with a volunteer befriender
- Provide companionship and support
- Offer a listening ear, but not structured counselling
- Offer this service in a formal, non-judgmental and confidential manner, free to the service user
- Ensure regular reviews of the befriending relationship
Sometimes a person’s mental ill health makes normal day-to-day living extremely challenging, and sometimes it is experiencing difficulties in the day-to-day that can cause mental health to decline. In either case, our approach recognises the need for support in all areas of a person’s life to enable them move to forward, feel fulfilled, and live a happy life.