Southern Health has recently launched a new ‘Day Therapy Service’ at Basepoint in Gosport – as an additional mental health community service to help keep local people well and out of hospital.
Patients who experience a crisis in their mental health (or who have recently been discharged from hospital) can be referred into the new service, which offers low intensity psychological care, whilst still enabling patients to keep their access to the Trust’s crisis team for crucial support out-of-hours and at weekends.
The new Day Therapy programme invites patients to attend either morning or afternoon sessions for a two-week period – with additional groups running for patient families and carers too. The sessions are designed to teach people the skills to manage their own crises and to promote their recovery long-term.
The psychological therapy covers topics such as: taking control, with practical steps to reduce overwhelming distress; managing emotions; improving sleep; keeping safe in the virtual and the real world while unwell; assertiveness and boundary setting to improve relationships; managing anxiety; and crisis planning, so that patients can take practical steps to maintain good mental health.
The Day Therapy Service is made up of a social worker, mental health nurse, health care support workers, an occupational therapist and a clinical psychological therapist. For more details, call 01329 889865.