Time To Talk – Mental Health Awareness

Time To Talk – Mental Health Awareness

This month (February)  we are working on the best way to help people who have mental health issues, finding out from them what works and what doesn’t so that we can take this into account when we set out plans for our Advice Kingston service delivery.

We are doing this in partnership with Mind in Kingston, Kingston Centre for Independent Living , RBK and the local CCG ( Clinical Commissioning Group). We secured a small pot of money from RBK under the New Initiatives Scheme and worked with partners to scope and set up our project which sees two members of the team being available in the reception at Tolworth Hospital to talk about the Advice Kingston contract and the best way to access a range of information and advice services locally.

The work seeks to make sure that people who are inpatients at Tolworth hospital (which specializes in supporting those with mental health problems) know how to access information and advice locally. The intention is that this can then form part of their recovery path so that, when they are back at home, they will know which local agencies can help them with which problems. It is part of the ‘self care’ approach from RBK and the CCG- preventing problems happening. We like to think of this as being the fence at the top of the cliff, not the ambluance at the bottom.

Whilst it’s early days in the project, we felt we had to share the stunning stats to date ! The target was to see 40 people over a 12 week period. Alan and Fernando have seen 47 in the first three weeks which suggests that there is a definite need for this type of support. Well done and thanks to both of them for excellent project work.