We certainly do! As well as delivering essential mental health services to people with mental health issues and their families, one of the ways we help is to provide stable and secure housing and a road back to independent living. Housing and mental health are often linked, poor mental health makes it hard to deal with housing, and being homeless or having housing problems makes mental health worse. if your housing does not meet your needs it can lead you to feel, unsafe, stressed and anxious. Money becomes difficult to manage when you have mental health issues, and this can affect things such as rent and bills that need paying too. If there has been a breakdown in a relationship, it could mean that someone has to move out and Insecure situations and moving all the time can be unsettling and distressing. On top of it this makes it harder to work and study. Having this service means that we can take support those with the need.
At SECE Mind we have 2 houses and an apartment block with a total 22 beds. The aim of our supported housing is to give a safe and stable environment for recovery. The expert staff here, support adults with mental health issues ranging from those with low level community housing needs to those that need a higher level of support. The staff help to build confidence and assist with the skills that are needed for independent living, as well as improving mental health. On average those we support stay in the housing for 1 – 2 years. Whilst they are there they receive support around the 10 key recovery star themes:
Managing mental health
Identity and self esteem
Trust and hope
With a person centred approach we are able to focus on goals, and work towards recovery and independence.