A framework to support mental health recovery

Sheffield City Council puts the recovery of residents with mental health difficulties who have social care needs first when commissioning mental health services.

A new framework to continue using this recovery model is planned for 2019 if approved at Cabinet on 12 December.

It is being proposed so that there will be seamless provision when the current framework runs out in 2019. The current model helps people with mental health problems to move forward, set new goals and make their lives better.

It means that approved providers are in place to deliver services city wide who work together to identify what is needed to help individuals recover.

For those with assessed mental health needs, this framework of providers means that people can identify their recovery goals to create support plans, have access to support and live in the community with the right support.

‘Take Notice’ is one of the current support services provided by South Yorkshire Housing Association on Sheffield’s Mental Health Recovery Framework and they work with customers to co-design a support package that delivers what they need, when they need it. They know how important it is to provide a flexible mental healthcare package tailored to individuals.

Before being referred to ‘Take Notice’, animal lover CS was supported by the CERT team and Living Well, two mental health services. Throughout the years she has adopted many cats and developed her love for charity shop bargains and interior design.

CS said:

When Take Notice first came out, it felt awful. I find it hard to trust people with what I have been through and I thought it wasn’t going to be person-centred support. But I was wrong. Now, I feel more involved in my care and I get asked about what I want and am able to make decisions about my own care.

When you’re crying out for support, I know that somebody will be there. I’m listened to, supported, involved and now I’m getting to a place where I can trust again. I’ve been made to feel worthless all my life and it’s nice to feel a part of something – to be treated as and feel normal.

Councillor Chris Peace, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care said:

We want to do as much as possible to support those who have mental illness and this framework allows us to continue to support them. It’s hugely important that we deliver personalised support with those who are recovering and that they co-create their support plans with us. The outcome of this approach allows them to go on to live more positive and fulfilling lives.

The Council has a statutory duty to meet the social care needs of residents with mental health difficulties and who are assessed as having Care Act eligible needs..

More information on information on local services, service user stories and information on diagnosis and treatments is here:  https://www.sheffieldmentalhealth.co.uk/

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