The City and Hackney Wellbeing Network, commissioned by Hackney Council, is a new network of voluntary sector mental health services for adult residents in Hackney and the City, which will empower people towards better mental and physical wellbeing. The network is a diverse partnership made up of eleven specialist mental health agencies with a wealth of expertise in working with different communities in Hackney.
The network aims to help people to build resilience to prevent the onset of mental health problems and to alleviate issues such as stress, anxiety and low mood. The network will also support people with severe and enduring mental health conditions to substantially improve their quality of life and avoid unnecessary hospital admissions. We will focus on helping people achieve positive outcomes in 4 main areas: mental wellbeing, physical health, social networks and daily living skills.
For people seeking help and their healthcare providers, the new network offers:
The Wellbeing Network works with clients to agree goals and a programme of activities to help make positive changes. It is suitable for people who are motivated to make changes in their lives and usually feel able to attend and take part in groups.
The design of the Wellbeing Network draws from the latest evidence-based best practice, in line with the Kings Fund’s latest report, ‘Transforming Mental Health’ (2014), which recommended collaborative commissioning to facilitate change. It aims to reduce duplication of services for clients and to ensure a more coordinated approach in supporting residents with mental health problems.