Our staff are trained and skilled in delivering support to people with many forms of mental health and people with a dual diagnosis. We use various techniques to help support people, including; De-escalation and distraction techniques, positive risk taking and positive behaviour management.
We support males and females who may or may not be detained under the Mental Health Act with a diagnosis of mental illness or complex conditions. We have many people that are stepping down from more intensive packages of care or from secure accommodation. We also have some people that are stepping up from lesser care packages which haven’t been able to meet their needs.
A lady in her early thirties who had a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder, post -traumatic stress, substance misuse and a history of suicide attempts
Client X used alcohol and drugs on a daily basis, she was also using self -harm as a coping mechanism. She would harm herself through cutting, alcohol and drugs, overdosing, ligatures, burning her skin and suicide attempts.
Over the years she became violent towards others and eventually ended up in a medium secure unit within a hospital. X came to Recovery Care needing to develop her life skills and positive coping mechanisms for living in the community.
The most difficult thing for X was learning to trust people again. The hospital had proved positive with many aspects of her recovery, however she had been restrained on a daily basis and this was a trauma for her. As we discovered, one of her triggers was being touched by others. Over the course of 18 months Recovery Care staff worked intensely with X developing bespoke Recovery Plans and Behaviour Plans.
A dedicated team worked with her to identify triggers and coping mechanisms . Triggers could be anniversary dates of abuse, birthdays, smells etc. Each plan was bespoke with X contributing to these, thus ensuring she felt in control and was gaining more ownership over her life. Feeling safe and secure was the main goal for her. De-escalation and distraction techniques formed part of her recovery plans with positive risk taking and positive behaviour management techniques used.
Through this process X regained her life and community skills, and moved to her own flat where she now lives with just a couple of hrs support a week.