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Mental Health Matters: The new service at The Bridge (East Midlands) that empowers those with ill mental health to regain control over their living situations

Mental Health Matters: The new service at The Bridge (East Midlands) that empowers those with ill mental health to regain control over their living situations

The Bridge (East Midlands) CEO Sue Langley joined Andy Pierce on BBC Radio Leicester on Sunday 26th June for the Mental Health Matters section. The series helps to break the stigma around talking about mental health, giving us a different perspective on the issues that those will ill mental health may be facing- and moreover, how to overcome those issues.

The Bridge offers advice, assistance, and support those who are struggling with their living situations, Sue explained. “Last year, 92% of our clients avoided homelessness with the support of our services [April 2021 – March 2022]. Of those clients last year, 83% also told us our mental and emotional health has improved. So, if people are out there feeling hopeless, we can help you. Your home is a part of your identity, and it’s a big thing to think about losing it”.

They discussed the distinct link between ill mental health and homelessness, as Andy confirmed about how they go hand in hand: “if someone’s concerned about where they are sleeping tonight, it’s going to be a pressure on their mind.”

These pressures are facing a lot of different people right now- from individuals to whole families. Sue reported: “depression rates amongst those who are homeless are 10 times higher than the rest of the population [Mental Health Foundation]. At The Bridge, we don’t have a magic wand, but we can support people to a way out of this hopelessness. It can be overwhelming- but we’re here to listen”.

“We are launching a new Housing Support service this week” Sue explained, “that has received local funding to work with those who have mental health issues to help them stay in their own homes. We want to empower people to regain control over their mental health and their living situations”.

Andy encouraged anybody listening who has alarm bells ringing, to contact The Bridge to receive support from their new service.

The Housing Support service funded by the Getting Help in Neighbourhoods grant through the Leicestershire & Rutland Community Foundation will be offering support from 1st July 2022.

If you would like more information or to refer to any of our services, call our Triage team free phone on 0800 038 5964

To listen to the show, click here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0ccmzk0

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