Mental Health Awareness Week

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We’re pleased to support Mental Health Awareness Week (10 to 16 May), hosted by the Mental Health Foundation.  This year the theme is Nature, which is so central to our psychological and emotional health, that it’s almost impossible to realise good mental health for all without a greater connection to the natural world. Take a look at the Mental Health Foundation website for top tips on connecting with nature to improve your mental health.

If you are struggling with your mental health, then our Mental Health Housing Support Officers may be able to help you.  They provide flexible, responsive housing related support to tenants who have low level mental health needs which are affecting their ability to maintain a successful tenancy and they help to improve their health and wellbeing. Over the last 12 months the Tenants First team have supported almost 2,300 families.

Here’s some examples of how we’ve helped our tenants…..

“After my partner died, I felt really isolated and was struggling with my mental health. My keyworker worked with me safely during Covid and phoned me every other day for a chat.  He was able to access mental health support which is now helping me and I am doing really well.”

“I was experiencing domestic violence, had no money as my partner was preventing me from getting my benefits and as you can imagine my mental health was at an all time low. The keyworker worked with me and kept in touch every few days.  They helped me to clear my rent arrears, receive my benefits and get support for my mental health and domestic violence.  I am much better now and have moved to a smaller more suitable accommodation.”

A little boy whose family we helped told his classmates…”Our keyworker is a gentle giant, my friend and he has been good helping my family.”

“My keyworker has done more for me in the last few weeks than anybody, he is helping with a house move, addressed my finances, my rent arrears are sorted and is even trying to get me some training.  I feel so much better about things and myself.”

“When my father died, I really suffered from anxiety and depression for many years. The Tenants Support Service supported me to address my finances, source bereavement counselling, gain access to other mental health services, move properties, address social isolation and register with the achieve program to help me move forward. I am now settled in new accommodation in a great area, am accessing the local community on a regular basis and am looking into volunteering.  I am keeping physically active to aid my mental wellbeing and have developed positive coping strategies.”