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Shared Lives Scheme receives worldwide recognition for its approach to mental health

A project developed by the South East Wales Shared Lives Scheme in partnership with Aneurin Bevan University Health Board has been praised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for its best practice.

The South East Wales Shared Lives Scheme, working in partnership with Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, have developed the Shared Lives for Mental Health Crisis Project.  The Project has piloted the use of Shared Lives as an alternative to admission or to facilitate early discharge from in-patient psychiatric care.

This pioneering approach to mental health led to the team being asked to share their approach at a World Health Organisation webinar to launch “Bringing a World Health Organisation-endorsed mental health community service to Wales Report”.

This major report showcases leading community based mental health services from around the world which promote human rights and recovery. Shared Lives Mental Health Crisis support, as developed by South East Wales Shared Lives scheme, is one of the WHO highlighted global examples.

Cllr Shayne Cook, Cabinet Member for Social Care said “I am pleased that the Shared Lives Team have received worldwide recognition for their pioneering approach to providing mental health support to those most vulnerable in our communities. To be invited to share best practice at such a prestigious event is a testament to their hard work and dedication. Well done!”

The South East Wales Shared Lives Scheme provides a service for vulnerable adults in their local community, helping to match them with a Shared Lives carer. Each arrangement is tailored to the needs and requirements of each individual, from hourly support in the daytime to long-term places to live.

The scheme is available for any person over the age of 18 who has been assessed as needing social care support, including those with learning disabilities, sensory loss, physical disabilities, mental health needs and older people.

If you or someone you know could open your home and heart to someone like Nikita who needs support, start your Shared Lives journey today by contacting the South East Wales Shared Lives Scheme on  01443 864586, email [email protected]