07 Feb Working Towards Recovery for People With Complex Mental Health Issues
The attitude towards complex mental health in the UK has shifted radically in the past few decades. Asylums are no longer countenanced as an appropriate way to treat people with schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder, for example. And mental health, no longer stigmatised to the same degree, is now widely discussed in the media, and in parliament.
Most important though, is the acceptance that mental illness is no longer a life sentence. Since the 1990s, recovery from mental illness has been central to mental health provision in the UK
“A recovery-based mental health service promotes re-engagement in work and social activity as part of building a satisfying life beyond illness. True social integration through involvement in the ordinary social structures of life – employment, social networks, community activities – are just as important, if not more important, for people with serious mental health problems as they are for the general public.”
– Rob Macpherson, Geoff Shepherd and Praveen Thyarappa
Providing the Environment for Personal Recovery
People dealing with complex mental health conditions often find that their lives dominated by their illness. Intensive treatment, or lengthy stays in a psychiatric hospital, can lead to a loss of personal identity as their symptoms are the major focus. Once symptoms have been managed, however, there is need for recovery-based support in which people are given space and time to rediscover their social, multi-dimensional self.
The Role of Supported Accommodation in Recovery
Whilst a return to community-based living is now considered integral to recovery, different levels of support are needed to help people make the transition successfully. Supported accommodation is a solution that offers a blend of independence and support, tailored to each service user.
Supported accommodation is defined by the following characteristics:
- Residents have a tenancy agreement and a key to their own front door.
- Care services are delivered by professional staff based on an existing care plan.
- The accommodation is normally shared, and residents can apply for housing benefit.
- Recovery of individual residents is monitored, and care is tailored accordingly.
- Secondary mental health services are involved in care co-ordination.
Person-Centred Care is Key to Recovery
Person-centred care works to develop the confidence and skills of each individual client in managing and making decisions about their condition. BHS staff always treat the person, rather than their symptoms, which means working in partnership with service users. Clients are encouraged to set their own goals, determine the activities they engage in, and develop the skills they need to achieve independent living within the community.
Bedfordshire Supported Housing
Independent supported living is a stepping-stone for people who are leaving residential care and have medium mental health needs. BSH offers comfortable, well-maintained accommodation in Victorian Villas, based in the Bedford community. For people with more complex needs we provide 1-3 bedroom mainstream homes with enhanced support services.
Would you like to know more about the supported accommodation Bedfordshire Supported Housing provides? Call us today on 01234 841808