A leading Gloucestershire mental health service has helped hundreds in the last year
More than 300 people have turned to a leading mental health service for help in the last year.
The Gloucestershire Foundations to Recovery service, which is run by the national charity Rethinks Mental Illness, supports people throughout the county with mental illnesses such as depression or schizophrenia.
Andrew Evans, service lead, says: "At Rethink Mental Illness we help vulnerable people with practical things like paying bills and managing money, which enables them to live independently.
"Left without that support, things like this can become overwhelming and people can be in danger of losing their home or getting into debt, which clearly would have a huge impact on their mental health.
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"We also encourage people to look after their physical health, increase their confidence and access volunteering and employment support. Our aim is to help people recover and become an active part of their community."
The service employs 14 staff who offer people the practical help and advice they need to live independently.
One of the 160 people currently being helped by the charity is 'Susan', a single mother in her 30s.
She says: "I was diagnosed with depression five years ago because of the constant bullying by my neighbours who threw eggs at my windows and smashed my car. I felt lost until last year when Rethink Mental Illness helped me find somewhere new to live. We finally moved a couple of months ago and we're much happier as my little one and I aren't scared to go out anymore.
"A member of staff visits me once a week to talk about any problems I might be having. I can also contact them if I need help. They always have time to talk to me. Without the support and commitment of the staff I would have cracked."
People with a mental illness who need housing-related support can access the service directly or be referred by health, housing and social care professionals.
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