Mental health service extended for Derwentside residents

Friday, 21st July 2017

We have extended our mental health service to residents living in the Derwentside area, thanks to funding from our supplier, Travis Perkins Managed Services.

The service, which will be delivered in partnership with Mental Health Matters, will assist Karbon residents affected by mental health issues to secure employment and manage their tenancy, while aiming to challenge the stigmas and negative attitudes that are associated with mental health.

A support worker from Mental Health Matters will deliver the service from Karbon’s office at Greengates House in Derwentside, to encourage those with mental health issues to engage with their local community, make changes to their lifestyle and work towards setting personal goals such as getting into work, managing their home, budgeting and managing their finances.

We are aiming to help those with diagnosed mental health conditions and residents with confidence issues, or problems such as anxiety or hoarding.

Jessica Wray, community investment officer at Karbon Homes, said: “We have noticed an increase in the number of residents needing support and are glad to be able to extend this service into the Derwentside area.

“Karbon Homes aims to work with people to build the foundations of a successful life. We know that any one of us can be affected by problems with our mental health, in the same way as with our physical health, so it’s important that we invest in supporting those experiencing difficulties.

“Through this partnership with Mental Health Matters, we aim to help our residents in the Derwentside area achieve good mental health and physical wellbeing.”

The extended service is part of Karbon Homes’ Unlocking Social Value Project. The initiative encourages Karbon’s contractors to contribute time, money and expertise to the local area where they are working.

Maggie Devine, social value manager at Travis Perkins Managed Services, said: “We are extremely proud to enable Karbon Homes and Mental Health Matters to extend the mental health service in Derwentside. We understand the value the project will have upon the community and we strive to support social progress and equality within the communities where we work.

“We are looking forward to seeing the progress that's made to tackle the stigma surrounding mental health and seeing individuals thrive in their community, while developing the strength of our partnership with Karbon Homes.”

Julie Haley, head of social care from Mental Health Matters said: “We are really excited to be working with Karbon Homes. The opportunity to deliver amazing support services to Karbon residents is one that MHM are thrilled to offer.”

A 24-hour helpline is available so residents have support whenever and wherever they need it, and a support worker is available to provide support and advice.

Any of our residents in the Derwentside area who would like to access the service can make an appointment by contacting Jennifer Nicholson, recovery worker, on 07484 061 657 or email jnicholson@mhm.org.uk