Mental health services to be delivered by homelessness charity
- 14 Oct
Porchlight have been commissioned to deliver an innovative service for people with mental health needs.
The Primary Care Community Link Worker Service, has been commissioned by Kent Clinical Commissioning Groups and Kent County Council and will work alongside GP Practises across the county to support people who find themselves experiencing social isolation and exclusion, reports 24dash.
Trained professionals from the charity will help people become involved in sports, education, visual and performing arts and find safe accommodation and volunteering opportunities.
The charity has already successfully run a pilot scheme in Thanet since 2009, which has proven to reduce pressure on local GP surgeries and over the last year the service supported 240 people. It has also allowed Porchlight to employ 16 full-time members of staff.
Chris Coffey, head of community and youth services at the charity said: "We are delighted to be able to roll this service out across Kent. Everyone who experiences mental health issues has the right to engage in mainstream activities, in ordinary settings, alongside other members of society. Our aim is to reduce isolation, promote recovery, build confidence and reduce the number of repeat visits to GPs.
"This initiative is part of a range of community services provided by Porchlight to help address issues that may appear to be separate from homelessness but without intervention could lead to individuals losing their housing."
Sue Scamell, Commissioning Manager Mental Health for Kent County Council said: "I am delighted that we are able to provide this service across Kent and it is an excellent example of partnership working between CCGs, Public Health and Adult Social Care."
Image source: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/747910
- 11 Sep
People in Bedfordshire can find mental health support through an audio guide
The guides have been written by clinical psychologists and are available to download in print or listen to as an audio file, reports Bedfordshire News.Dr Judy Baxter, Clinical Director with BCCG and...
- 10 Sep
Police officers in Dorset to receive mental health training
The partnership with the University comes as part of the county’s Mental Health Street Triage Project. It is hoped to equip officers with improved knowledge and skills to assess members of the...
- 09 Sep
People in Peterborough can refer themselves for mental health services
Through a drive to offer support to more people and ease pressure on doctors, people living in Peterborough can self-refer themselves to mental health services, reports Peterborough Today.Dr Adrian...
- 08 Sep
The first mental health centre for men
The site has been set up by Alex Eaton, whose dad took his own life and has suffered with mental health problems himself, in Burton upon Trent, reports BBC Newsbeat.Mr Eaton said: "We are the only...
- 07 Sep
NHS trust told no mental health beds available
Dr Bohdan Solomka has said that on Sunday a lack of beds were applied across the NHS and among private providers, reports the BBC. The director of the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trusts...
- 07 Sep
Over 16,000 mental health referrals for young people have been rejected
Between July last year and June this year, data from the NHS has found that Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services rejected 5,396 referrals, reports STV News.Over the last three years 16,565...
- 04 Sep
New mental health centre to open in Ardwick
Plans to build a new £6m treatment and recovery centre in Manchester have been revealed. It will be built in Ardwick and be run by Alternative Futures Group, reports the Manchester Evening...
- 03 Sep
Research finds more chance of re-offending if mental health issues are present
Research has found that ex-prisoners with mental health problems and drug and alcohol misuse are more likely to commit violent offences after release than other former prisoners, reports the...
- 02 Sep
Drop in the number of people with mental health issues held in cells
Recent figures have found that the Crisis Care Concordat has seen over 10,000 people receive care from mental health nurses with the support from police officers, reports the Burton Mail.Figures have...
- 02 Sep
Mental health social work scheme accepting applications
100 places are now available for applicants who have a 2:1 or above undergraduate degree and can demonstrate attributes such as resilience and empathy, reports Community Care.The Think Ahead...
Responding to the DWP Consultation: Housing Benefit Reform - Supported Housing "Found the seminar very informative and gave an interesting and full insight into current thinking about the consultation. Michael was a very engaging and knowledgeable presenter and encouraged interaction with the audience which led to further relevant points being shared with the room. I shall certinaly look out for future events!" M.E. - Care Housing Association