Mental health problems are widespread, at times disabling, yet often hidden. People who would go to their GP with chest pains will suffer depression or anxiety in silence. One in four adults experiences at least one diagnosable mental health problem in any given year. People in all walks of life can be affected and at any point in their lives, including new mothers, children, teenagers, adults and older people. Mental health problems represent the largest single cause of disability in the UK. The cost to the economy is estimated at £105 billion a year – roughly the cost of the entire NHS.
*THE FIVE YEAR FORWARD VIEW FOR MENTAL HEALTH February 2016
At Potens, we provide a range of support services for individuals with mental health conditions. Our aim is to empower individuals by providing a care pathway which focuses on recovery, encouraging people to gain control of their lives, enjoy sustainable independence and have belief in their potential.
We provide support for some people with mental health problems in their own homes, whilst others require specialised support to enable them to recover and develop in a safe environment. Designing specialist support to suit a person’s unique requirements is key to Potens’s service, with a focus on personal development plans and working within the National Service Framework for Mental Health.
At Potens, we recognise that mental health problems affect everyone in very different ways, so to meet this challenge we have a range of services designed to meet a variety of needs, including:
Support to access education and further education
Support in accessing employment opportunities
This also includes a developed and clear pathway from step down services through residential and supported living services and onwards to owning their own home.