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Hi, as a long term sufferer of schizophrenia and in view of the dreadrful cutbacks in NHS etc services under this current govt, I thought it might be helpful to outline what help nowadays is actually out there for mental health sufferers.
Obviously some of these are only going to be local but there may be something similar in your area.
So firstly Rethink Mental Illness, now they have been instrumental in helping me declutter my flat, encouraging me over my poetry and photography, so ones hobbies, and are generally all round really helpful, even phoned my housing for me over some repairs I was going to be charged for and got them dropped.
Secondly Poole (local) Housing Partnership, may be known as Sustain, sent a very nice lady out to me once a fortnight as I felt isolated, who chats and also helps with a bit of housework.
MIND, the mental health charity, I use the Dorset area one, have been a constant help on the phone, very empathic the lady I spoke to and a good listener. The lady says she is happy for me to phone whenever I like so I phone once a fortnight.
More peripheral is Live Well Dorset, there may be something comparable in your area, obviously it varies, who have helped me over weight related issues about my medication and and "Beat" who offer a similar service and also help over giving up smoking.
There is also Advocacy who used to attend medical appointments with me although I'm not certain if they still provide this service but PALS do I know.
This is very precied but by all means ask me any questions and I'll try to help.
Best wishes, Fiona
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