Good mental wellbeing helps us cope with every day stresses and strains, realise our own potential and helps us work productively and contribute to society
The local authority public health team portals provide information and advice on local support services
Problems such as anxiety, depression, stress and phobias are very common. Talking Therapies is a friendly and approachable service that helps people with these problems.
The service is here to help adults aged 17+ living in Berkshire and they have a team of advisors and therapists who can help you to overcome life’s difficulties and problems and manage them better.
The Bracknell Forest Community Network (BFCN) was formed in 2017 and sits across both Bracknell Forest Community Mental Health Teams (Adults and Older Adults) providing local secondary mental health step-down and day provision. The Network supports individuals and carers living with a variety of conditions including psychosis, personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, dementia, anxiety and depression.
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, and develop their confidence, life skills and resilience so they can live as independently as possible.
The Network provides support for the people within the criteria set out as follows:
Network Recovery Facilitators provide support on a short-term basis using the techniques listed below to help individuals and their carers to access and attend appointments around benefits, housing, education, volunteering, employment, social activities, health and life after Network support.
Once this short-term support (normally up to twelve weeks) has concluded and their recovery journey has sufficiently progressed the individual’s care is transferred back to their GP.
If you would like to make a referral to the Network (self-referrals welcome) please email email@example.com or call 01344 823300.
In addition to Recovery Facilitation:
The BFCN facilitates monthly mental wellbeing sessions (for example Anxiety Management and Understanding Difficult Emotions) for supported individuals and carers currently on their recovery journey with the Network or the wider Community Mental Health Teams. These sessions help attendees to better understand (and become accustomed to living with) a variety of mental health conditions. They help provide individuals with; an understanding of the challenges they face as well as knowledge of personal coping strategies, internal and external resources, their own areas of strength to feel more in control of their condition(s) and have a greater internal capacity to work towards mental and emotional wellbeing. They are an excellent opportunity for personal growth and developing good relationships including potentially forming a new support network with other session attendees.
A key part of the Network’s on-going development is to hold bi-monthly open meetings at the Bracknell Forest Open Learning Centre offering individuals, carers and supporters the opportunity to put their views across in an informal and comfortable setting. Co-production is a big part of the meetings with attendees giving their input into the development of the meetings and the Network’s as a whole.
In partnership with the Bracknell Forest Dementia Advisor Service, the Network has set-up a weekly carers support group aimed at carers of Older Adults who are presenting with the early stages of Dementia. The group caters for about twenty people and provides carers with education and information as well as the chance to meet other carers (peer-to-peer support).
The BFCN works in partnership with Healthwatch Bracknell Forest to provide support for the development and on-going implementation of the Mental Health Forum in Bracknell Forest.
If you would like anymore information regarding the Network please contact:
Our Recovery Facilitators could help if you are experiencing any of the following:
Developing the Network
Based on the Lambeth Collaborative model and mental health recovery principles, the development of the Network has been co-produced with the individuals and carers it supports.
The Network holds regular co-production meetings where all supported individuals, carers and other stakeholders are invited to come along and give their views on the direction the Network's development should take. This approach benefits the effectiveness of Network in that it the support it provides is being delivered in a person-centred way that those it supports have requested and take ownership of.
Over the coming year the Network will look to develop:
All of these will be co-produced with supported individuals and their carers as well as practitioners from the Bracknell Forest Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT).
All of these activities are starting to have an effect in reducing the likelihood of supported individuals needing future secondary mental health intervention and bed-based provision, as seen from the reduced waiting list for CMHT Care Co-ordination.
If you feel you could benefit from some additional support simply get in touch with us by:
More information on this service can be found here.
If you do then it is crucial that you contact the right person and that is most likely to be your GP. They will know where to get you the specialist help you need.
If your GP surgery is closed their answerphone will direct you to the right place or you can call:
Use The NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it is not a life threatening situation
If you need support from the Community Mental Health Team call 0300 365 0300
If you need someone to talk to call the Samaritans on 116 123 (24hrs a day, every day)
If you are distressed or experiencing feelings of despair - get help now.
If you or anyone else is in immediate danger or harm then please call the Police or Ambulance Service on 999