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Mental Health Service

Our services enable people to live more independently

SSJ’s Mental Health Service provides residential accommodation and support to people with long-term mental health problems, with the aim of supporting them to develop the skills that they need to return to independent living in their own accommodation.

The support we offer

There are currently five shared houses with on-site staff (not 24 hours) and a number of independent mental health flats with some floating support. Each resident has their own individual support plan which details their specific mental health issues and medical conditions, and highlights aspects of their daily lives that they need the most support with.

We support residents to manage their conditions and encourage them to take steps to improve their mental health, such as keeping up with their medication and reducing their use of substances. Staff also put residents in touch with other services that might be useful to them.

How do service users access the service?

Referral is through the Southampton Mental Health Accommodation Panel, which meets on a monthly basis to consider referrals and find the most suitable and appropriate accommodation for each individual.

How do referring agencies access the service?

Agencies must submit a referral form to the Southampton Mental Health Accommodation Panel.

For more information please contact:

Graeme Fairbairn
Telephone: 023 8023 5818

Tom’s Story
At the age of 19, Tom left home because of disputes with his family. He found himself with nowhere to live. He was given a place at a hostel, and then moved into a flat in a supported housing project. This was not a positive move for Tom. He developed deep anxiety and depression, and began to have severe panic attacks. Due to his anxiety, Tom was unable to go out, and so became isolated and lonely.

After a few months, Tom was referred to SSJ, who offered him a place in a specialist supported housing project for people with mental health conditions. Tom’s life and health began to improve dramatically. He started eating well and sleeping better, and began attending art classes which gave him the opportunity to develop his creative streak. Tom also enjoyed talking to the other residents, who quickly became his good friends.