Accessing the Right Services After In-Patient Mental Health Care

Holistic Recovery

The journey to mental wellness doesn’t end with in-patient treatment. It’s what happens afterwards that is crucial for sustained recovery. Navigating the healthcare system effectively ensures individuals receive the right ongoing services to support their mental health.

Understanding Mental Health Needs

Before delving into the myriad of available services, reflecting on personal mental health goals and needs is essential. Individuals should be encouraged to engage in open discussions with mental health professionals, gaining a comprehensive understanding of their unique challenges and aspirations. This initial self-awareness exercise lays the groundwork for a tailored and effective hospital discharge plan.

Creating a Hospital Discharge Plan

A well-structured hospital discharge plan is the cornerstone of successful mental health recovery. The Bridge Back Home Team orchestrates a collaboration between patients and mental health professionals to develop personalised plans, including coping strategies and preventative measures. This ensures a smoother transition from in-patient care to an independent life, reducing the risk of relapse and promoting long-term well-being.

Monitoring and Adjusting the Plan

Recovery is dynamic, and the post-discharge plan should be flexible enough to accommodate changing needs. Bridge Support encourages regular evaluation of the plan’s effectiveness and proactive adjustments when necessary. Maintaining open communication with healthcare providers ensures that the plan evolves alongside the individual’s progress, ensuring continued growth and well-being.

Overcoming Stigma and Seeking Help

The stigma surrounding mental health can be a significant barrier to seeking help. This challenge requires help and encouragement for individuals to address and overcome societal prejudices. Open communication about mental health struggles, without fear of judgement, is promoted to reduce stigma. We must emphasise the importance of mental health awareness within communities to foster understanding and empathy.

Building a Support Network

No mental health journey should be walked alone. Family, friends, and community are crucial in providing ongoing support. Connecting with local support groups and community resources creates a sense of belonging and understanding, which is essential for recovery. Additionally, peer support is encouraged, providing individuals with shared experiences and empathy. 

Bridge Support’s Recovery College relies on peer support to promote community connection, re-establishing an identity beyond diagnosis, restoring hope and purpose, and reclaiming a sense of empowerment. 

Developing Skills

Empowering individuals to participate actively in their healthcare journey is a key focus for Bridge Support. Building effective communication with healthcare providers, understanding treatment plans, and asserting one’s rights within the healthcare system are essential aspects of self-advocacy. We provide educational resources to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate their mental health care plan effectively.

The Recovery College

Bridge Support’s recovery college in Greenwich has proven to be revolutionary, offering a range of courses and workshops to support people recovering from mental ill health and substance abuse. Its location outside traditional hospital grounds sets it apart, allowing students to seamlessly transition back into their neighbourhoods and communities after attending sessions.

Raymond Sheehy, the Chief Executive of Bridge Support, recently championed innovative mental health services at Downing Street. In a meeting with Social Care Minister Helen Whateley, Raymond advocated for the broader adoption of Bridge Support’s recovery college model, a transformative approach to mental health recovery.

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