Adult Community Service
What’s the problem?
Mental health challenges need not be a taboo- they are more common than we think. In fact, 1 in 4 of us will struggle with some aspect of our mental health in any given year. The effects of a mental illness can be as debilitating as a physical illness; yet people who struggle with mental health difficulties face stigma and discrimination, the impact of which can sometimes be described as much worse than their symptoms. This can result in people being reluctant to seek help and support, which can impede their recovery. OpenMinds is committed to dismantling negative stereotypes surrounding mental health, as well as providing practical support to those who face such challenges.
Who is it for?
Our floating support service is available to adults aged 21 – 65 living in the community who:
- Experience some difficulties due to their mental health;
- Struggle with addictions e.g. drugs or alcohol;
- Require support to manage their medication/treatment;
- Have become socially isolated or excluded as a result of their difficulties;
- Require support to attend appointments and engage with other statutory services;
- Need support with day-to-day tasks and could benefit from one-to-one support and advocacy;
- Require support to help maximize their independence.
What do we do?
We work collaboratively to provide a range of flexible floating support packages for people living in any type of accommodation including their own home.
How do we do it?
Through one to one interventions such as:
- Help in understanding and expressing their needs to medical and mental health professionals;
- Support to foster a structured day and maintain the activities of daily living;
- Supervision (not administration) of treatment for both physical and mental health;
- Support to engage and link with other services and professionals;
- Support through advocacy to promote social inclusion and reduce the stigma associated with mental health challenges;
- Support to manage a crisis;
- Assisting the development of self-confidence and self-esteem;
- Support to access local services including employment, education , training, leisure and other community social activities;
- Support to acquire budgeting skills and maintaining a tenancy.
OpenMinds works with clients to achieve a range of outcomes including:
- A reduction in relapse of mental health difficulties.
- Sustained improvement in client’s physical, emotional, psychological and general wellbeing.
- An overall reduction in crisis or admissions to hospital.
- Better insight and understanding of recovery.
- Promotion of stable lifestyles, social inclusion and integration into the community.