We know that with the right support, at the right time, people with mental health needs can thrive in their community. We also know that getting the right support at the right time doesn’t always happen; it can be a confusing and long-winded process.

Often people don’t know where, or who, to turn to for mental health support - across the country, mental health services are uncoordinated and disjointed leaving gaps in provision where people fall through. 

We want to create locality-based teams that can respond to a person’s mental health support needs regardless of where they turn up in the Network. To ensure a ‘no wrong door’ approach this means a number of access points where people are skilled and trained to complete a mental health assessment. Trusted Assessors will know how to refer into the Network without signposting people to somewhere they need to start again.

Our alliance is set to transform the support and care people living with mental health needs receive in Somerset. Providing tailored care by locality and personal need will be at the heart of everything we do.

For example:

Mary goes to CAB for debt advice but says she is thinking of taking her own life. The CAB worker will be trained as part of the network to complete an overarching mental health assessment. This live assessment will then be immediately shared with the locality-based mental health recovery team. They will read the client notes and contact the client to arrange a support session and develop a recovery and wellbeing plan. The client at this point does not have to leave the CAB office and they are not signposted to another organisation for help because the locality is working as one team. 

The Somerset Recovery & Wellbeing alliance aims to: 

  • Ensure people with mental health needs get the right support at the right time in their community. This will only succeed if we, as an alliance, come together to work as one team in one ambitious model.
  • Create a Recovery and Wellbeing Network in each locality providing a range of services tailored to the area and individual need. We aim to respond to a person’s mental health support needs regardless of where they turn up. Providing new services working closely with GPs, both 121 and group.
  • Ensure a ‘no wrong door’ approach through providing a number of access points where people are skilled and trained to complete a mental health assessment. Trusted Assessors will know how to make sure people get the help they need, whoever they first got in touch with.  

 

Read our press release about this new alliance

 

For more information about the Somerset Recovery and Wellbeing Alliance, please email william.higham@rethink.org

 

The Somerset Recovery & Wellbeing
Alliance members are:

 

Rethink Mental Illness, Sparks Somerset, Second Step, Mind in Somerset, Somewhere House SomersetBalsam Centre, Age UK, Citizens Advice, Sweda and Watch CiC

 

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