What is Good Mental Health?

Mental Health is “the emotional and spiritual resilience which enables us to enjoy life and survive pain suffering and disappoint. It is a positive sense of wellbeing and an underlying belief in our and others dignity and worth. It is influenced by our experience and our genetic inheritance”.

Mental Health

World Health Organisation

We are all “mental beings – in the same way we are all physical beings and mental health is just as important as physical health”.

World Health Organisation

Good mental health isn’t just the absence of mental health problems. Individuals with good mental health: –

  • Develop emotionally, creatively, intellectually and spiritually.
  • Initiate, develop and sustain mutually satisfying personal relationships.
  • Face problems, resolve them and learn from them.
  • Are aware of others and empathise with them.
  • Use and enjoy solitude.
  • Play and have fun.
  • Laugh, both at themselves and at the world.

Asquith Hall has a varied and experienced professional team of mental health nurses to facilitate good mental health care by: –

  • Developing and sustaining a working relationship to care for you and providing a safe therapeutic environment alongside calculated risks in life.
  • Listening to you when you feel distressed or upset.
  • Providing opportunities to enjoy your life and activities.
  • Encouraging physical exercise, a balanced diet, reduction in nicotine, alcohol, addictive substances, caffeine, etc.
  • We keep your care in perspective of what your aspirations and choices are. Encouraging you to make informed choices alongside your preferences and needs.
  • We encourage you to take care of yourself and maintain skills and independence. Assist where you struggle and need extra help.
  • We listen and respect you even if we struggle to agree with your decisions and ensure you can follow your choices.
  • We remember and celebrate the things you like about yourself.
  • We will empower and promote your worth in every aspect of your care.

Personalisation is at the centre of our service and delivering person centred care to your package of care.

“We believe in putting service users at the centre of service provision and delivering person centred support”.

Our service aims to empower people to have real choice and control over their lives and enable them to access services they require.

We have a wonderful track record of zero admissions to mental health services since opening in 2010. We avoid crisis admissions and closely monitor mental health and well being by the skills of our staffing team and numbers of staff on a daily basis who work at Asquith Hall.

We have staff trained in recovery coaching, life coaching, counselling, NLP and many other mental health interventions.

We are able to inspire and engage people, identifying barriers and understanding of our residents needs. We have excellent motivational skills and include 1-1 engagement and group based activities. We encourage residents into main stream community provision including our younger residents attending colleges.

Our services include skills assessments on an individual basis, creating action plans to make people to their next step of independence wherever possible. They may be to a supported tenancy, group home or in some of our success stories to return home to partners with a structured plan in place. We have a divine care model to meet your needs. We are outcome focussed and can develop personal progress plans. We acknowledge individuals progress and achievements in some of our case studies this has been from 12 weeks move on plan to a year long.

Listening and understanding the service users personal vision is essential when considering future placements.

Core competencies of staff in handling our move on resident care packages are as follows: –

We demonstrate knowledge of

  • How to be non judgemental
  • How to promote anti-discriminatory practice
  • How to maintain confidentiality
  • How to promote equality and diversity
  • How to engender empowerment and well being
  • How to promote equal opportunities
  • How to ensure service users are treated with dignity and respect as part of ethical practice

Success in our services: –

  • We have actively promoted a positive image of mental health matters.
  • We have maintained ‘no crisis mental health admissions to services since 2010’.
  • We have successfully moved on 18 residents with long term health problems stepping down from our care to more independent living since 2010.
  • We have supported 4 residents to return ‘home’ with structured care packages and then supported carers with respite care arrangements.
  • We have a dedicated respite service bed and led by our clinical lead in mental health, Dawn Johnson.
  • We have 95% of our staff maintaining development plans in mental health care and dementia studies and challenging behaviour. Enhanced professional development of staff at all levels.
  • Asquith Hall has been an accredited centre for the housing of challenging behaviour and non violent crisis intervention since opening in 2010.
  • Over 140 residents have accessed our home since 2010, with varying complex mental health needs.