Life can feel challenging, overwhelming and isolating at times, particularly with high bills and feelings of uncertainty. We understand that many people are feeling the strain of the current cost of living, and during these times it’s important to have somewhere to turn to if you feel like you’re struggling.
Last year, a partnership between NHS South West London, Mind in Croydon and the Croydon BME Forum launched the Croydon Health and Wellbeing Space (CHWS), a community hub for people aged 18 years+ to gain free advice and support to manage their mental health.
Whether it’s financial worries, loneliness, housing queries or a simple wish to talk to someone, CHWS offers a safe space where genuine comfort and support from can be given.
Since its launch CHWS has supported hundreds of people with the help of a clinical psychologist, support workers and a Crisis Team who provide both clinical and social care support. In this video, Chief Executive of the Croydon BME Forum, Andrew Brown explains how CHWS can help you through the cost-of-living crisis and beyond.
Local Croydon resident, Tim* was experiencing suicidal thoughts when he visited CHWS. With support of the hub’s clinical psychologist he was able to have free counselling sessions to work through his challenges, alongside creating a practical plan to support his overall wellbeing.
“Croydon Health and Wellbeing space helped me through my situation. I don’t have suicidal thoughts anymore and I feel inspired about the rest of my life.”Tim, service user.
Here, CHWS Service Manager, Dora shares more about the service:“We understand that things are extremely tough for people at the moment as they manage high energy bills and the general cost of living.
“Along with our mental health support, our support workers are here to work through practical housing, employment and training queries to help balance day-to-day tasks that some people can find difficult. We want Croydon residents to know that they are not alone, and that we’re here to help.”
The impact of the cost of living crisis on the mental wellbeing of some residents is becoming increasingly clear, as more people try to access support networks and services to support their mental health. The Croydon Health and Wellbeing Space partnership brings together free accessible clinical mental health expertise, coupled with practical assistance to help people through this challenging period.”Emma Turner, Chief Executive of Mind in Croydon
*Name has been changed to maintain confidentiality