Isorropia Foundation, the Isle of Wight’s mental health wellbeing organisation, is celebrating its 2nd birthday today (Saturday 1st May).

The Isorropia team, a blend of professionals and people with lived experience, delivers a wide range of bespoke wellbeing programmes designed to empower people to take control of their wellbeing, develop resilience and live their best possible life.

Since it first opened its doors in May 2019, Isorropia has accepted nearly 1,500 referrals. For many of the members, the Isorropia programme has been life-changing, enabling them to live more fulfilled lives embedded in their communities. As part of the Isorropia programme, the team is able to support members with volunteering opportunities, allowing them to gain the confidence and skills to enter into the world of further education and employment.

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It has been an interesting 2 years – the pandemic hit a couple of months before Isorropia’s first birthday, so the team has had to be really innovative and flexible in how best to meet the needs of the population. In response to the first national lockdown in March 2020, Isorropia moved its community mental health wellbeing service online, to continue to provide support to its members, as well as the wider community. The online support was very effective and in September 2020, Isorropia secured 6 months’ funding from the National Lottery’s Coronavirus Fund to further develop the online programme.

As lockdown eases, Isorropia continues to flex to meet the needs of its members, offering both face- to-face and online support.

Over the 2 years, Isorropia has been offering a clear model of wellbeing, with a strong vision and set of values that are embedded throughout. The programme is continually evolving to meet the needs of members, informed by listening to what members say works best for them and is most important to them.

Isorropia now works closely with GP surgeries to enable easier access to Isorropia’s services. 6 mental health practitioners are based in GP surgeries across the Isle of Wight, and appointments can be booked directly with them. The mental health practitioners can provide support, advice and guidance and can refer people directly into the mental health wellbeing programmes at Isorropia Foundation.

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Dan O’Neil, GP and the CCG’s Clinical Lead for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities comments:

“Isorropia is an innovative third sector organisation which has worked with the NHS Trust to help transform the Island’s community mental health and wellbeing support offer over the last two years. Increasing joint working with GPs is really positive news for the Island and an important step in providing more choice to people suffering with mental health and wellbeing issues.

“As we have now had over a year of living in a pandemic, in which all of our lives have been affected in some way or another by factors such as bereavement, lockdown, job security and health concerns, it is more important now than ever that people have easy access to mental health support. Isorropia has a really important part to play in ensuring that by working together, we increase the chance of being able to offer the right support for someone, as early as possible.”

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