'Day Services' for people with mental illness greatly missed
kyberpast originally posted: Day Services were called old fashioned, but they provided a meeting and activity centre for people with chronic mental health conditions. Some carers of people with mental illness have problems with the person they 'care' for' in that that person does not have enough activities. A small town like Skegness only has one friendship group specifically for people with MH problems, and this lack has often been commented on. 'Regular' people mostly retired, can join U3A, for example I go to French speakers and German speakers groups. There is a meeting on 12th February at Holly Lodge from 10-12 for MH service users and carers, and it would be good if interested people could go. The Managed Care Network gave funding for small MH grouos to start up, but the problem has always been people to run them.
Thank you for your informative post about the meeting on the 12th of February; is this a regular meeting or a one off? Are you registered with CarersFIRST? Perhaps you could have a chat with one of my colleagues who is local to you to share ideas on how to notify local carers about this group with the hope it will grow. Our telephone number is 0300 303 1555. However, if it is easier we have an email address you could get in touch with as well - firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forwards to hearing about how the meeting goes.
Ellen at CarersFIRST