Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. These can range from common problems, such as depression and anxiety, to rarer problems such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and self-harming.
Good mental health means being able to think, feel and react in the ways that you need and want, in order to live your life. But if you go through a period of poor mental health you might find the ways you're frequently thinking, feeling or reacting become difficult, or even impossible, to cope with. This can feel just as bad as a physical illness, or even worse.
In reality, mental health problems are a common human experience. Most people know someone who has experienced a mental health problem. They can affect all kinds of people, from all walks of life.
The aim of United Health’s mental health service is to provide a safe environment, allied to a therapeutic atmosphere, where adults can live and reach their full potential. We aim to provide the highest quality of care to all our service users, embracing fundamental principles of good practice.
Our core ethos is that residents who live in our homes should be able to do so in accordance with the best possible outcomes as set out by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). This doesn’t just achieve the best outcomes for people, but it also helps local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and NHS commissioners to control and reduce their costs over time.
Our homes, as far as is practicable, offer a homely and domestic setting. We want to enable service users to overcome or come to terms with their illness whilst relearning or developing new life skills, and achieving their goals and aspirations. We will happily support service users to be involved in day to day meal preparation, cooking and cleaning of the home if they wish it. Where appropriate we will support and assist service users to find therapeutic work, attend day centres or groups in the community or further their education should they choose to.
When ready we will work with other services and departments to help any service user, who wishes to, move to appropriate supported or independent living. We also aim to provide long term care and support for those service users happy to call our home their home.