1 in 4 people will experience mental illness at some point in their lives.
This is regardless of their job, income, gender, sexuality or age… It can happen to anyone. We all know someone who has been affected. Yet with some planning and some support, mental illness can be prevented.
Toolbox has helped a number of people to build their own plan dealing with emotions and preventing mental illness.
Now with this substantial and important funding, the charity will help more than two thousand people over the next four years.
An important aim of the charity and of the project is to support people to become volunteers, by way of offering assistance to gain qualifications, skills and experience. Local organisations and charities will benefit as well, having this service to refer people at risk of mental illness. Signpost Centre, Stafford, reported:
“Toolbox was introduced to us in a ‘non-pushy’ way and seemed very relevant and valuable to our clients to be able to access right away to help them with their emotional needs. It would enable them to have someone to talk to and information to learn about what help was available out there for them to maintain healthy levels of emotional well-being.”
What is Toolbox?
- Toolbox is an open access, self empowering, emotional wellbeing signposting service.
- It involves a 60 minute Toolbox appointment with a SSNMH Toolbox worker and a follow up evaluation at 3 weeks an 3 months.
- It is to help an individual become more aware of their emotional wellbeing, identify their own support network throughout the 4 identifiable stages of metnal health experiences, wellness, illness, distress and crisis and be signposted to emotional wellbeing tools and services that may be helpful for them.
- Individuals may self refer to a toolbox appointment or be referred through services and community groups.
- An important aim of the charity and of the Toolbox project is to support people to become volunteers, by way of offering assistance to gain qualifications, skills and experiences.
“It was very important to me to recognise when I’m becoming ill as I wasn’t aware of this before the Toolbox assessment.”
”It has let me know about things that are out there that can help me and help other people. I wasn’t aware of all these places before today.”
South Staffordshire Network for Mental Health
22 Bore Street
(Please note, meetings are by appointment only)