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Mental Health - Social Support


What is it?

If you are suffering from mental health issues social support services can really help you to begin recovery and get your life back on track.  
  • Social Drop In Services provide a safe place for people with mental health issues to go.  There are opportunities to meet people who share similar experiences.  Staff are available to give you support.  They can also give you information and advice about other services available in your area
  • Volunteer Befriending Services support people who are experiencing mental health issues and are socially isolated.  They can meet with you on a one to one basis to do ordinary, everyday things which can help you to build confidence and self esteem
Please note – our social drop-in and befriending services have recently been reviewed and Cabinet have approved changes to the services to take effect from 1st October 2014 (for further information please see: link to cabinet report). These changes mean that from the 1st October 2014 we will no longer be providing a mental health befriending service. Those people currently in receipt of befriending will be supported to identify alternative support.
  • The Inclusion Support Service helps people with mental health issues to build bridges back into their communities.  The service works with people on a one to one basis.  An Inclusion Support Worker will help you work out what you want to do, identify the opportunities to do these things and go with you initially to introduce you to the activities of your choice
For more information about what these services offer and how to access them see Social Support for Adults Experiencing Difficulties with the Mental Health (pdf).

How do I get this service?

  • Social drop-in and befriending services are accessed through health or social care professionals or you can refer yourself using the contacts below
  • To receive the Inclusion Support Service you must be be referred by a health or social care professional

Contact information

Contact us for further information or to find out more about referral to the different services.

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Page Last Updated: 10 April 2014