The Bracknell Forest Community is based on the Lambeth Collaborative model and mental health recovery principles, the objective of the Community Network is to support individuals and their carers to remain socially included, better understand their mental health, prevent relapse, develop their confidence, life skills and resilience so they can live as independently as possible with a reduced likelihood of needing secondary mental health support and bed-based provision. Network Recovery Facilitators provide recovery facilitation on a short-term basis using relationship building, graded exposure, confidence building, anxiety management and motivational techniques to support individuals and their carers to access and attend appointments around benefits, housing, education, volunteering, employment, social activities, appointments and life after Network support. Once this short-term support has concluded and their recovery journey has sufficiently progressed the individual’s care is transferred back to their GP.
Since May 2017, the Bracknell Forest Community Network has supported more than 250 adults living with mental ill-health including schizophrenia, personality disorder, psychosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, dementia, anxiety and depression. The Network has been developed in partnership with the individuals it supports as well their carers who are invited to give on-going feedback to ensure it continues to meet their needs.
The Network also facilitates psycho-education classes for individuals with secondary mental health needs and is developing a peer mentoring scheme, maintenance groups for Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST), Minor Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Carers (CBT).
The Network provides support for the people within the criteria set out as follows:
- Individuals aged 18+ living in Bracknell Forest
- People recovering from an episode of mental ill-health (including individuals accessing secondary mental health support)
- People “stepping down” from CMHT/CMHT(OA) support
- Individuals at risk from suffering an episode of mental ill-health – preventative
- Support for carers to access community assets and activities
The Network is open to referrals (including self-referrals) from any source within Bracknell Forest regardless of what service an individual maybe engaging with.
If a practitioner wishes to refer an individual to the Network, all they have to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Individual’s name
- Individual’s NHS number or contact details
- Brief background information about the information and what they would like to achieve with the Network’s support