A Helping Hand for the Journey of Recovery

February 29, 2016

Receiving a mental health diagnosis can be a frightening experience. You may well experience a range of emotions, such as anger, frustration, despair and questioning. You may have spent time in a psychiatric hospital which can be a difficult environment. But recovery from mental illness is possible and is proven every day by our many clients who do recover.

If you reside in the Greenwich borough, Bridge is here to help you. We exist to bridge the gap in the community where mental health services end and recovery begins. Contact Us today to find out more about our range of services.

We recognise that everyone’s journey to recovery is different so we offer a wide range of options to suit every need. We offer live-in services in supported housing as well as floating support with a team of support workers to assist you to maintain your life at home. Find out how to Plan your Support.

Recent changes in Government legislation, means that there should be more access to talking therapies for you. Improving Access to Psychological Therapies is an NHS programme rolling out services across England offering interventions approved by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for treating people with depression and anxiety disorders.

If you have a different diagnosis and have been assessed by a community mental health team and assigned a Care Coordinator, he or she can provide you with access to a psychologist where you can receive sessions in psychological support. There are also a wide range of services in the community who can also help.

Greenwich Time to Talk Greenwich Time to Talk provides psychological treatment for people aged 18 and above living in the borough of Greenwich with common concerns such as anxiety or depression. Treatment is based on cognitive behavioural psychotherapy (CBT) and counselling and involves guided self-help and talking therapy.

Big White Wall is another service, a safe online community of people who are anxious, down or not coping who support and help each other by sharing what’s troubling them, guided by trained professionals.

You may also wish to pay for private therapy to work through mental health problems, and if so ensure the therapist you choose is accredited by the BACP. The charity Mind is also a great resource. Contact your local Mind to find out about support groups, drop-in coffee mornings, social outings and a wide range of therapeutic activities you can engage in.

Our Recovery College Greenwich runs courses to provide educational development to aid recovery and wellbeing. We offer a wide range of courses which can assist you in your recovery, from mindfulness to writing for wellbeing, yoga, meditation, cooking, IT, gardening and even astronomy! Over 550 students have benefited enormously from the college just within its first year of opening in central Woolwich. Contact the college to find out more.

Many people in recovery find the internet a great source of comfort on their journey of recovery. There are plentiful online resources provided by others going through a similar process. Videos on YouTube of people in recovery can be greatly inspiring and helpful. Mind also run an online resource to provide emotional support to each other called Ele Friends. Just been able to reach out to others in a similar situation can really help and break isolation.

Whatever you are going through, you are not alone. We are here to provide you with the necessary support on your journey of recovery.

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