Thursday, 23 June 2011

Organisations launch mental health partnership

Two organisations which provide support to individuals with mental health issues in Birmingham have joined together to launch a new housing-related service.

Specialist mental health charity, Birmingham Mind, is working with Midland Heart to deliver a vital information lifeline for people who require housing support and want to live independently.

The new service will work with customers on how they can take steps to overcome potential problems by providing advice, including how to manage household bills, ensuring the relevant insurance is in place and general information on how to maintain a household.

Around 40 customers, commissioners and dedicated mental health staff joined together to celebrate the partnership, which was officially launched at St Eugene’s Court, Digbeth.

Peter Pearson, a customer at the event, said: “The project workers are absolutely great and the Midland Heart service is excellent.”

Referrals to the service are being made through Birmingham Mind, and customers can expect to be offered a personally tailored support plan which is built around their individual needs.

Chris Munday, director for care and support at Midland Heart, said: “This is an important occasion that I am proud to be part of. Housing problems are common for many people with mental health conditions. 

We are here to offer much needed housing-related support which aims to help individuals manage and maintain their homes.

“We have worked in partnership with Birmingham Mind for many years and this new service will bring together our expertise and skills to help people in a very personalised way.”

Helen Wadley, chief executive officer for Birmingham Mind, said: “We directly offer housing related support ourselves but wanted to choose a partner organisation to work with to widen choice and access.

“Midland Heart has a similar a passion for ensuring that people experiencing mental health issues have access to the highest quality services possible. “With our previous experience of working in partnership with them it was a natural choice for us.”

Around one in six adult’s experiences symptoms of mental illness and one in four will experience mental illness during their lifetime.

The service is offered between 9am and 9pm, seven days a week, 365 days a year on an appointment basis. An on-call service for out of hours support is also made available to staff and customers.

For more information call: 0121 322 6611, or visit: http://www.midlandheart.org.uk/ , or access the service via: http://www.birminghammentalhealthspa.org/  / 0121 237 3777

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