Mental health care is an issue that has only recently been given wider coverage in mainstream media, and given a higher priority by governments and health services in countries like the UK. “For around 1 in 5 people, mental health issues can pose a significant problem at some point in life and can create difficult situations that are hard to get out of without help,” says Peter, Managing Director of Swinburne Housing, a residential mental health care rehab in Derbyshire. “For example, thousands of people struggle to get long term employment due to mental illness without support and guidance from professionals.”
One possible solution is residential mental health care, which is a broad term including any organisation that offers services and assistance for people with mental health issues in a residential setting. This might mean service users are able to move into accommodation with 24/7 support around them, or alternatively work with service providers on independent living solutions, with regular visits to get the help they require.
Mental health care support might come in many forms, such as counselling sessions, mentoring and guidance, and help with things like benefits and welfare. Education and teaching key skills are also a common element of mental health support programmes, providing the vital knowledge and experience people need to become more independent in future, integrate well into their communities and advance their own recovery.
Residential care and support is suitable for people with mental health issues including depression, anxiety, addictions, eating disorders, personality disorders, schizophrenia, anger issues and many more, although someone would normally be assessed on an individual basis to understand how best to help in their situation. Mental health never usually benefits from a “one size fits all” approach, which is why many organisations offering residential care options focus on flexibility and being adaptable to different people in the ways they deliver their service, whether it’s an intensive residential treatment plan or long term support for someone living independently.