On the 1st April, the new Lewisham Community Wellbeing service for people with mental health problems in the London Borough of Lewisham began operating.

The service will be delivered by a partnership of organisations, led by Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind (BLG Mind), in partnership with Lewisham Refugee & Migrant Network (LRMN), Sydenham Garden and METRO, and working closely with South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM).

Lewisham Community Wellbeing will support people to manage their mental health and wellbeing problems, recover, stay well, achieve their personal goals and connect with their local community.

It will include:

  • a single point of access to the range of local community support available
  • tailored, individual support and recovery planning
  • workshops, courses and groups
  • peer support groups and activities
  • culturally specific support for people from BAME communities
  • community engagement and mental health awareness raising
  • the service being informed and shaped by people using it.

Ben Taylor, Chief Executive at BLG Mind, said,

“This new service will enable us to support many more people in Lewisham who are struggling with their mental health and wellbeing, providing a wide range of support that is flexible to meet their needs. By working in partnership, we can make sure that people get quickly to the help that is right for them. We will be working hard to make sure the service effectively meets the needs of the diverse local population, and the involvement of service users, as well as LRMN, METRO, Sydenham Garden and the staff who have transferred from Family Health Isis, will all play a vital role in ensuring we get this right.”

Lewisham Community Wellbeing Service Manager, Estella Weston, said,

“We know that many people experiencing mental health problems feel isolated, lonely and struggle to cope with some of the challenges of life. Lewisham Community Wellbeing can help people deal with issues from housing and benefits to physical health and getting involved in their local community, and help make sure people feel less alone.”

Lewisham Community Wellbeing replaces the Community Support Service provided by BLG Mind, services provided by Family Health Isis and aspects of Sydenham Garden’s provision, and existing people using these services will be transferred so they continue receiving the support they need.

Lewisham Community Wellbeing has been commissioned by the London Borough of Lewisham and Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group.

People can be referred to the service by staff in other organisations, or they can contact the service themselves.

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