Like many people who responded to BBC One’s Panorama ’I’m Broken Inside - Sara’s Story’, we were struck by the distances families are forced to travel to be with their loved ones while they undergo treatment for mental health.
Having close contact with your family during this time is absolutely essential and one of the key strands of the person-centred approach to mental health rehabilitation advocated by Dr Ivan Bakaltchev.
Aspire Mental Health strongly believes more emphasis should be placed on the planning and location of care units so that there is enough provision locally.
Young people in particular, need their families to be there throughout treatment as well as when they finally come home. As we could see in the film, it is extremely distressing for families to be separated at this time and feel distanced from the long and delicate process of recovery.  The journey back to positive mental health is full of small gains and set-backs along way and each stage requires enormous support from all parties.
At Aspire we understand this need for closeness and a gradual staged readjustment back to everyday life so that there is every chance of an enduring recovery and playing a part in their local communities once more.
The new Aspire facility, Bromley House in Heanor, will be providing much needed supported living accommodation for the elderly and those with learning disabilities in the area and the project is scheduled for completion this summer.
This follows the success of Aspire facilities Chilwell House in Ilkeston and Riverside Gardens in Sandiacre, a purpose-built facility for people suffering from mental illness, which was fully occupied within weeks of opening in October last year.
Our next project is already in view – we plan to open a fourth facility in Long Eaton in December this year, which will include 12 assisted living apartments and 12 bed residential care facility for clients with challenging behaviour.