Wakefield Mental Health Support Service
Address: The Gaslight Lower Warrengate Wakefield WF1 1SA
We’re here to help improve the mental wellbeing of people living in Wakefield. We’re running an innovative, new service which provides a range of support options for people with mental health needs to access in their local community. We work with individuals to understand their situation and to find the right solution for them, tailoring our support to meet their personal needs and aspirations. We’re commissioned by Wakefield Council.
How we help
We offer three kinds of support.
We run a service at a variety of venues across Wakefield which provides a safe space for people to drop in for a cuppa, say hello and catch up with others. People can also pick up information about support, advice and guidance, signposting, listening, crisis support and resolution, solving practical problems.
We also run a young people’s drop-in service specifically for individuals aged 17-30.
If someone is experiencing a crisis and they visit our drop-in team, we can work with them to equip them with a range of tools to manage their situation and achieve an improved quality of life.
You don’t need a referral to attend our drop-in schemes.
12 Week Support Programme
We run a 12 week support programme aimed at helping individuals on a tailored one to one basis and through structured group activities.
Individuals need a referral to access this programme and we would then work with them to develop a personalised Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP). This helps to identify and manage the triggers which can make someone unwell and provides them with a structured approach to crisis resolution.
We also offer a ‘pick and mix’ menu of group-based workshops so participants can choose themes that are most relevant to them and their support plan. Topics include: positive mental health, anxiety management, challenging unhelpful thinking, assertiveness, anger and stress management, relaxation techniques, sleep management, maintaining mental health through physical activity and exercise, and maintaining mental health through healthy eating.
Peer support is an effective way to help individuals overcome social isolation, increase self-motivation, and gain useful skills and experience. Our Wakefield peer support co-ordinator ensures there is a structured programme, appropriate training and safe meeting environments so that those taking part – peer mentors and those being supported – get the maximum benefit.
If someone is looking for support, our peer networks can help them on a one to one or group basis and the focus is on facilitating access to every day ‘mainstream opportunities’.
If someone wants to become a peer mentor and use their lived experience to help others, we offer accredited training packages and opportunities to move on to paid support worker roles over time.
Who we can help
Our service is available to anyone aged 17 and over who lives in the Wakefield district area and who may be experiencing problems with their mental health.
You can contact us directly or we accept referrals from community mental health teams, GPs, or any other agency currently supporting you.
At the heart of everything we do lies:
- Hope: the belief that recovery is possible for every individual
- Respect: valuing differences and all contributions
- Enabling: giving people encouragement and support to achieve their goals
- Inclusion: the belief that everyone has a right to participate fully in society.