Right now, around 1 in 6 people are suffering from mental health issues, and over the course of a year, 1 in 4 of us will experience mental illness in one form or another.

Though the society we live in seems increasingly connected, in some ways we’re more alienated from each other than ever before. Our healthcare system is pushed to capacity, with long waiting lists for access to mental health care.

Due to the extremely high level of demand for their services, mental health care units are pushed to process patients as swiftly as possible, in order to see and treat the highest amount of individuals on the waiting list. The issue with this is that it can be a false economy. In many cases, intense and prolonged treatment is the only long-term solution, but with more and more people seeking help, this just isn’t realistic for national mental health services to handle alone.

This is part of the reason for the new personal allowance system. Rather than allowing pressure to mount on local public services, the government is giving those in need of treatment (physical and mental) the option to choose where they spend the money allocated to them. This means, patients or their loved ones have control over their care.

We’ve found that those who have experience with mental health issues, whether personally, through a loved one, or in a professional capacity, agree that intensive treatment over an extended period of time tends to yield the best results as the most nurturing process for the patient. For this reason our residential facility, Chilwell house, has been oversubscribed since its launch two years ago.

We expanded Chilwell this year, because community residential care is an approach we really believe in. Our residents receive a high level of care, but also enjoy the social aspect of communal space, from which we’ve seen great results. We’ve actually experienced such a high level of demand that we are expanding again in April, this time with a supported living community providing a lower level of care enabling individuals to transition back to living independently.

At Aspire we firmly believe that the national mental health crisis can only be solved by a greater emphasis on long term care, whether that is through counselling, residential care, supported living or any other extensive treatment.

We hope that opening our transitional centre in April will give not only our residents the opportunity to reintegrate, but also anyone leaving a rehabilitation centre. For more information on the Aspire philosophy and approach, contact us