MindWise currently offers services operating from locations throughout the province (see the Contact MindWise Services section of the site for details of specific service locations).
MindWise Housing Services
Safe and affordable housing is fundamental to everyone’s well-being, research shows that many people with mental illness are struggling to live independently resulting in a ‘revolving door’ of tenancy failure, hospitalisation and homelessness. MindWise has developed a housing continuum reflecting the ‘Stepped Care’ Service model from hospital to independent living. Currently we operate three Stepped Care: Level 3 High Support Housing Services in Fortwilliam, Antrim and Carrickfergus. These schemes give individual tenants the benefit of their own home for as long as they need it whilst still retaining the support of 24-hour staffing support. MindWise also operates Stepped Care: Level 2 Medium Support Housing Services in Skegoneill, Carrickfergus, Antrim, Banbridge and Kilkeel where support is offered on a structured daytime basis based on individual support plans backed up by a 24-hour on call support for the tenants.
Mindwise Community Resource Centres
Resource centres offer one-to-one and group work providing informal social contact and practical help. They give individuals the chance to develop new skills through structured support and offer access to a wide range of information, support and advice on issues such as mental health, benefits and employment.
MindWise Community Resource Services
MindWise Community/Floating Support Services
Floating support is designed to enable an individual to remain in their home whilst receiving and defined level of support to achieve goals and develop skills to support this. Support is often time-limited and related to specific objectives such as developing budgeting skills, socially integrating or help with daily living skills.
MindWise Advocacy Services
MindWise empowers those that use our advocacy services to take a lead in securing the rights and services to which they are entitled. We offer: support to ensure that views are heard, representation, help to resolve issues and protection for those that are particularly vulnerable or who are unable to make informed decisions. Advocacy can be provided long-terms or for short-term crisis needs.
MindWise Community Bridge Building Services
This service offers the individual a person-centred time-limited programme to meet the individual’s recovery plan and enhance their quality of life. The service enables individuals who have been socially excluded to reclaim their rightful place back in the mainstream of society. It is staffed by Bridge Builders who have a background and specialist expertise in a number of life domains that service users can choose to access. These are: employment, volunteering, education and training, healthy living, sports and leisure, arts, cultural communities, faith and spirituality, homes, families and neighbourhoods.
MindWise Employment and Training Services
The aim here is to provide high quality services that help individuals access employment, retain their jobs and regain their self-confidence and independence by offering and supporting training in; personal management, communicating, job seeking and specific work skills.
MindWise Carer Support Services
MindWise’s innovative and high quality carer services include: home visits, assistance in accessing Carer Assessments, a carer support network, local carer support groups, advice and information for carers and education and training packages.
MindWise Self-Management Programme
This programme supports and facilitates people in taking active steps towards their own recovery. The self-management programme aims to provide a safe and supportive environment where individuals can share experiences and develop the idea of personal belief and hope in order to develop a better quality of life. Some of the areas that are covered include; knowing ourselves, believing in ourselves, relationships, lifestyle choices and the various aspects of having and managing a mental illness.
Mental Health and Criminal Justice
MindWise and the Department of Justice have jointly developed a mental health guide to assist criminal justice professionals to support those vulnerable by virtue of mental or emotional ill-health to access fair justice and improve mental health outcomes.It is hoped that this guide will increase mental health awareness among criminal justice professionals and highlight the link between being regularly involved in offending or becoming a victim and experiencing mental health issues.
Through the guide, professionals will increase their awareness and understanding of the range of mental health conditions, issues and personality disorders; learn how to recognise when an individual might be experiencing mental health distress; develop confidence and competence in working with an individual in distress and how to access the wide range of support available.