09 Oct 2015
Today the trust today opened its first recovery house in Ealing, which will help people recover from a mental health crisis closer to home.
Amadeus House in Corfton Road provides a safe and restful space for people to get through an episode of acute mental illness, without having to stay in hospital.
One of only a few recovery houses in London, it has 17 private bedrooms, a beautiful garden and ‘quiet rooms’ for residents, as well as communal kitchens and lounges.
The house offers a therapeutic environment for people who are unable to stay at home, even with the support of crisis home resolution teams due to their illness, and would benefit from 24/7 residential, community-based care, as an alternative to hospital admission.
Chief executive Steve Shrubb said: “The aim of Amadeus House is to help people to develop their own coping skills, build their resilience and take back control of their lives. The house will enable people to get well sooner, go home sooner and ultimately keep themselves well longer because of the techniques they’ve learnt.
“Recovery houses are a key part of our plans to really transform our local services and urgent care. Amadeus House will provide timely and effective support, closer to home, helping people on their recovery journey, which is exactly what patients tell us they want.”
Mark Winstanley, CEO at Rethink Mental Illness, said: “One in four of us will experience a mental health difficulty at some point and sometimes, when people reach crisis point, they may be too distressed to be at home, but they may not need to go into hospital. A recovery house is crucial at this point because it offers people some time out and support to get back on their feet.”
Therapeutic interventions available at the house include drop-in classes, life skills coaching, peer support, and one-to-one or group support meetings. People are also helped to develop their own recovery plans, which include how to identify triggers to their crises and developing new coping strategies.
Amadeus House was developed in a two-year-long process of consultation with service users, voluntary sector organisations and commissioners. It has 13 beds for acute admissions and four for longer stays. It is staffed 24/7 by recovery workers and is open 365 days per year.