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Empathic & Understanding Approach: Supporting Mental Health Needs of Clients - Edinburgh

Empathic & Understanding Approach: Supporting Mental Health Needs of Clients - Edinburgh

Empathic & Understanding Approach: Supporting Mental Health Needs of Clients - Edinburgh

Thursday, April 25, 2019


9.30am for refreshments, 10am-1pm

Norton Park Church, Albion Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5QY

Frontline Workers have a unique insight into what works and what doesn’t. In collaboration with Strategic Homeless Action Partnership in Edinburgh (SHAPE) mental health sub group and St Martins Frontline Network, hosted by Cyrenians, we are running a solution focussed event for frontline staff working with those who are homeless or vulnerably housed, with the aim of creating a mental health training package to enable staff to better support their client’s needs.

A mapping survey of mental health provision within homelessness services was carried out with 92 practitioners who work in homelessness in Edinburgh. The survey identified, 70% of frontline staff felt they were unable to meet the mental health needs of clients within their organisations, with 57% outlining the main reason for this being, they are not a specific mental health service. When asked, what would help meet these needs within their roles, 52% of practitioners identified bespoke package of mental health training & support would enable them to reach better outcomes alongside their clients. The aim of the event is to create a space for frontline workers to participate in mental health taster sessions enabling staff to harness new ideas, share experience, developing a creative solution focused approach.

Background information of agencies collaborating

SHAPE is a partnership of 28 organisations working among people who are homeless, or are vulnerable to becoming homeless in Edinburgh. SHAPE seeks to promote a co-ordinated and strategic approach to addressing homelessness and its root causes in Edinburgh

St Martins in the Field Frontline Network has been set up build relationships, share best practice, develop solutions and communicate the experience and views of the frontline.

Cyrenians For nearly 50 years, Cyrenians has served those on the edge, working with the homeless and vulnerable to transform their lives by beginning with their story, helping them believe that they can change their lives, and walking with them as they lead their own transformation.

Bookings should be made via Eventbrite. http://bit.ly/2U0zhbk

If you have any questions regarding the event please contact Lesleyanderson@cyrenians.scot


(Photo credit: Patrick Keast)

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