Breathing Space at Mind in Bexley

Breathing Space is a community engagement project that primarily supports Orbit residents who are experiencing mental health issues. The focus is on mental well-being via support from recovery workers, and, where appropriate, fully-trained volunteers to enable people to build connections and enhance their own sense of well-being. Breathing Space’s ultimate goal is to support individuals to take control of their own lives and feel empowered to contribute to their community and society.

Who is eligible to access Breathing Space?

  • Orbit residents aged 18 years+ and living in the borough of Bexley
  • Any other resident 18+ living in the borough of Bexley

Who can we help?

  • Orbit residents experiencing low mood, anxiety or ‘just not feeling quite right’
  • Individuals who are experiencing loss of any kind
  • People whose mental health concerns affect their day-to-day living
  • Anyone experiencing social isolation with limited contact with friends, family or neighbours

How we help:

  • Space and time to talk
  • Advice and referrals to specialist services
  • Volunteer mentors for personal goal setting and weekly support
  • Individualised coaching sessions

Covid-19:

Breathing Space at Mind in Bexley is following government guidelines and advice, and will return to face-to-face support once deemed safe to do so.

To self-refer:

Please complete the referral form

Healthcare Professionals please complete this form to refer a Bexley resident with their consent

or

Call: 020 8303 8932 and press option 3

or

Text: 07951 497 382 with your name, contact details and postcode.

Volunteer Flyer Breathing-Space

Breathing Space – National Project

Mind in Bexley, in conjunction with and funded by Orbit Housing, run a project called ‘Breathing Space’. The original Breathing Space Project began in 2017 with Mind in Bexley supporting local Orbit residents and others with various mental health issues through a mentoring programme ably supported by a group of local volunteers.

Since the beginning of March 2020, a new Breathing Space Project has been running with Mind in Bexley being the central point of administration and management of referrals from across the country including Bexley and also Warwickshire, Thanet, Coventry, Kettering, Northampton, Rugby, Stratford-upon-Avon, Norfolk, Hastings and Rother. We are working in partnership with Orbit and with our colleagues across various branches of Mind in those areas, including East Kent Mind, Springfield Mind, Coventry and Warwickshire Mind, Kettering Mind, Northampton and District Mind, Norfolk and Waveney Mind, and Mind in Brighton and Hove.

Covid-19

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, clients are currently being assessed and then supported via regular telephone calls, signposting to appropriate specialist services and, where available and appropriate, via digital workshops. Referrals have increased exponentially during this difficult and challenging time for everyone, however, our colleagues across the Mind Partnership are working hard to ensure that Orbit’s residents and other clients receive the support they need.

For further information about Orbit’s ‘Better Days’ Health and Wellbeing advice and support please click here  and the referral form is here

If you are referring on behalf of someone else, please ensure you have their consent.