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Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health

About the university: Since Together was formed in 1879, we have believed that people with mental health issues have the right and the abilities to lead independent, fulfilling lives as part of their communities. The people who use our services are at the heart of everything we do. They influence and shape the support they receive from us, and the way our services are run. These core beliefs underpin the vision, mission and values we aspire to. Your role in your recovery: We understand that everyone who seeks our support is different and their needs are individual to them. We believe in enabling people to lead their own recovery at their own pace by supporting their decisions about the care they receive.

A wide range of mental health services: We offer a wide variety of support to help people deal with the personal and practical impacts of mental health issues. The services we can provide range from one-to-one support in the community to supported accommodation and making sure people understand and are able to express their needs in their dealings with official bodies. We now work with nearly 5000 adults every month at 80 projects throughout England. You can find your nearest service using our service finder.

People make us what we are: At Together, it’s our people who make us what we are, from the people who use our services to our project staff all over the country and our board of trustees and management team. We all understand the need to focus on the people who use our services and their recovery from mental distress, which is why we involve users of our services in what we do at every level.

Our funding: The great majority of our funding comes from government and grant-giving bodies. But we also welcome individual donations and encourage fundraising activities. We’re completely open about our finances – please feel free to read our financial reports.

About academics: Experts believe that one in four people will experience a mental health problem during their life. For an estimated 375,000 people, mental health problems may be complex and occur again and again throughout their lives. Their life circumstances, too, may create obstacles to recovery. At Together, we work with the people with the greatest need and through our emphasis on Personalisation and Peer Support, our Services have been shaped by the experiences of the people who use them.

A range of mental health services: Our services meet the different needs of approximately 4,000 adults a month: • Your Way, our model of personalised community support, provides individually-tailored support that lets people lead their own journey to better wellbeing. • Having a suitable place to live is central to recovery from mental distress. We offer a range of accommodation based support to cater to different needs. This includes 24-hour CQC-registered residential services and supported accommodation. • We provide Criminal Justice Mental Health services by working with legal agencies such as the courts and probation services to make sure people with mental health problems are appropriately supported within the criminal justice system. • Through our Advocacy work, we represent people with mental health problems to their communities and to specialist and secure hospitals.

Statistics: Together Service Finder, It’s now easier to find a together service near you Find a service today

Latest News: • Study finds Together’s peer support has value worth five times money spent on it • Together project for young people in Rotherham wins Positive Practice in Mental Health award • Government announces more funding for Liaison and Diversion

Research, Development and Innovation: We commission research to provide evidence for practitioners and policymakers to help them improve care for people experiencing mental distress.

Progression Together approach: We recommend that Together continues to learn from the development of this approach to determine which ‘core’ and ‘flexi’ elements are integral to the model and whether it is appropriate for all of the clients they support. There is a need to embed other elements of personalisation into the model, since not all residents are fond of using recovery vouchers. In addition, Together would benefit from co-producing these elements alongside their service users to determine what is useful or meaningful to them in their progression.

Dissemination of the Progression Together model: We recommend increased training and communication of the Progression Together model and its use among staff, particularly those working frontline in supporting clients in order to ensure consistency in the implementation of the model.

Cost-benefit analysis (CBA): We recommend that further investment in research is needed to incorporate measures that allow for CBA. Further investment is also needed to quantify the wider savings to other services, such as the criminal justice system.

Development of an evaluation approach: We recommend that Together develops future evaluation approaches of the model to understand the following: i) the longer term operation in order to further measure progress beyond Stage 3 of the model after a client has moved on into the community; and ii) the number of clients who return to their services.

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