Next Steps help people make the move from hospital back into the community as smooth as possible.
Our team of community navigators will work with you in the time leading up to the move and will be there throughout those early weeks of transition. We understand the challenges and difficulties you may be facing after being in hospital and we’ll help you plan your next steps in your recovery.
It is estimated that on any given day at least 10–20% of all mental health beds are occupied by people who are ready to leave hospital but aren’t able to because they don’t have the support they need once discharged. This equates to approximately 1–2 million bed days each year.
Next Steps is here to help people move on in a timely way and to prevent further illness from staying in hospital when being well enough to leave. This in turn will free up mental health beds for people who need them.
Next Steps is a new service set up to support those who have been in services and are about to embark on the next step of their journey. This may mean having been in hospital and coming back out into the community, or leaving a particular service you have been using for a long time.
This is a place to share you thoughts, feelings, hopes and fears about the next phase of your journey.
This is a confidential group and we know that group settings can be anxiety inducing, but we know that these can be a really beneficial way to get support, a way of socialising and getting to know people, and having an avenue to talk about what’s going on for you.
We are all here to help and find ways of managing and coping with day to day issues. This is our group and we can make it what we want. Our ultimate aim is keep well and be well in ourselves.
We are running this face to face course in different areas around Somerset to make it easier to get to. It will be once a week, at the same time for an hour and a half. There will be tea, coffee and biscuits for the break. This is in collaboration with Second Step, Mind in Somerset, the Recovery college and NHS Somerset Partnership trust.
We hope that by the end of the course we have:
· encouraged you to communicate with others
· encouraged team working and co-operation
· helped you develop a knowledge of different psychological tools.
· Increased your self-confidence and self esteem
· promoted new ways of dealing with situations and have a more mindful approach to triggering situations.
· promoted self-management and responsibility by encouraging you to attend each week and become involved in the group dynamic.
· Have the option to become a facilitator or run groups
· Promoted structure and routine
The course will have a check in at the beginning, discussion, a break. After the break there will be different psychological tool to discuss as a group where we can support each other and come up with suggestions to bring hope and comfort.
We will adhere to the social distancing guidelines and we hope that this group will bring an element of structure and socialising to the people that attend. We look forward to seeing you there!
Support Group starts week of 28th June
To sign up for the group please visit the recovery college website https://somersetrecoverycollege.co.uk/courses/next-steps-support-group/
If you would like an introduction to the team, please email [email protected]