For many people, picking up the pieces of their everyday life following an episode of acute mental illness can be a daunting and frightening challenge. Some people may have lost their connections to their family and previous support systems, and need to develop life skills to live on their own for the first time.
The Network provides short-term support to people with mental health problems, giving you the opportunity to gain/regain skills and confidence to participate fully in your community.
Through our unique enablement programme, we will support you to get involved in social activities which you enjoy. This could be accessing leisure and cultural activities, extending your social network, embarking on a path to employment, volunteering, or gaining qualifications.
To get you there, we can offer:
one to one support to identify your personal goals
sessions with your peers to discuss recovery together
support to start taking part in a community
activity of your choice
support to plan for when you leave the service.
The team of professionals working at The Network aim to help people become more independent and feel part of their local community.
Our enablement programme
Step 1: Personal goal plan
We help people to develop a ‘social inclusion’ or personal goal plan. With the help of your key worker and the recovery star, you will explore your hopes and aims so that you can come up with some goals to be achieved by the end of your time at the Network.
Step 2: Key work sessionsYour key worker will work with you in one-to-one sessions to:
Support you with your social inclusion plan
Improve your confidence to access the group programme
Review each stage of your programme exploring your next goals.
Step 3: Short enablement group
In these groups, you will work with your peers to support each other towards recovery. Each group has a different focus, to help you to achieve your goals and build confidence.
1. Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)
Create an individual plan that helps you to increase your sense of control of your mental wellbeing
Better recognise your triggers and how to respond to them positively
Set individual achievable goals
Gain skills to maintain your ability to manage on your own.
2. New Steps
Identify and challenge obstacles preventing you from achieving your goals and living your life more fully
Develop new ways of looking at and overcoming obstacles in your life
- Gain confidence and skills to deal with challenges on your own.
3. Skills for Living
Increase your confidence and motivation to achieve goals
Identify potential positive lifestyle changes
Take practical steps towards achieving your goals.
Step 4: Short term support in the community
Identify specific opportunities in the community that will help you to achieve your goals
Access the identified resources in the community, with support from us
- Gain skills to continue with this activity on your own.
How can I access the Network services?
If you are not already accessing mental health services, you should contact your GP. They can refer you to the Primary Care Mental Health Team. The team will carry out an assessment of your support needs, and make a referral to The Network if it is suitable..
If you already have a care co-ordinator, discuss a Network referral with them.
To qualify for the Network you must:
- be 18 years of age or older
- have a mental health diagnosis
- live in the London Borough of Barnet
be willing to participate in a jointly developed social inclusion plan (as described above)
have substantial or critical social care needs, as identified by a social care professional.