PLANS AFOOT TO OPEN MENTAL HEALTH CAFE IN NEWPORT

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A new mental health cafe could be opening up in Newport, to get people talking about the subject.

In Thursday’s Health and Wellbeing Board concerns were raised about how to get the Island talking about their mental health following the COVID pandemic.

Councillor Lilley said:

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“People  who are very proud are struggling but do not want to ask for help or admit to their distress.  They are coming to a breaking point.”

Asking what could be done to ensure people know it is okay to ask for help, Cllr Lilley said people’s mental wellbeing would be the barrier to them rebuilding their lives.

Dr Lesley Stevens, Isle of Wight NHS Trust director of mental health, said while there had been a massive shift in the attitude towards mental health, there was still a huge way to go. She said when people have mental ill health sometimes a feeling of shame comes along with the symptoms, so it was almost built-in that it is difficult to access care.

One of the ways the trust is opening up the conversation on mental health is by making services accessible in different ways, either in person, through the phone or online.

During the pandemic, the trust’s psychological therapy services have been remotely working, gaining really good feedback.

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In the next year, Dr Stevens said the trust had plans to open up a café-fronted service in the Island’s county town, potentially run by people with experience of mental health problems. Having gained some capital investment, she said the trust could buy a property to provide the cafe which would be an invitation for people to come in and access information or services for their mental health.

She said:

“It is that kind of very open, welcoming approach that we want to demystify mental health and make the point that it is for everybody.

“It has taken us a while to get there but it is on the horizon now.”

The NHS Trust will also be taking on the Sandown Civic Centre building to provide a mental health facility in The Bay area.

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Surfingwithsharks
Surfingwithsharks
1 month ago

In Ryde we have people raising awareness of mental illness on the street, no leases are signed the volunteers get pissed and shout at the passing traffic..

Surfingwithsharks
Surfingwithsharks
1 month ago

In Ryde we have people raising awareness of mental illness on the street, no leases are signed the volunteers get drunk and shout at the passing traffic..

Bipolar man.
Bipolar man.
Reply to  Surfingwithsharks
1 month ago

More useless talk and no action. I had a seriously bad experience with iow MH and it had no positive effect. My other half has been waiting for months for an appointment. Crud cafe idea unfortunately.

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
Reply to  Bipolar man.
1 month ago

so, bipolar man, instead of deriding other people, have you stepped up to the plate and offered your services to support the ongoing mental health services – I bet you haven’t – I suspect you have just sat their, in your armchair, barking orders at everyone else.

you are the one who is guilty of useless talk and no action – unless you are going to help out, then be quiet.

Truth
Truth
1 month ago

Why are you referring to alcohol addiction regarding mental health?

Mental health problems are related to people from all walks of life, rich or poor and its people like you that make matters worse..

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