Chrysalis Not For Profit has learned that a new housing development which was built specifically for people with mental health conditions has been opened in a Derbyshire village.

Housing and mental health

It’s vital that someone living with a mental health condition has access to safe, affordable housing. Mental health charity Mind has explained that “if you have poor housing or are homeless, it could increase your chances of developing a mental health problem, or could make an existing one harder to manage.”

Riverside Gardens

The Derby Telegraph reported that the Riverside Gardens development has recently been opened in the Derbyshire village of Sandiacre, to provide support to people living with mental health conditions. The development was created by consultant psychiatrist Dr Ivan Bakelchev, following the popularity of a similar development he created, called Chilwell House, in Ilkeston, Derbyshire.

Similar to Chilwell House, Riverside Gardens was designed to provide mental health patients with a viable housing alternative to long-term hospitalisation. The new complex features a skills and re-enablement centre, which offers skills training to day patients. This centre was also designed to improve confidence and self-reliance among people who have received long-term hospital care for mental health conditions.

riverside gardens

“Outcomes are improved for patients.”

Dr Bakelchev commented on the opening of Riverside Gardens. He said: “Offering people therapy and support in the community is a much better option for those suffering with long-term mental illness. Financially, it’s also a more cost-effective solution for the local authority than keeping people in hospital.

“Outcomes are improved for patients, they are supported through rehabilitation to get them back into the community and they are enabled to become productive members of society, which is good for society and good for the individual’s mental health.”

Chrysalis Not For Profit

There are a range of things you can do to support people with mental health conditions, such as sign up for a range of Chrysalis Courses offered by Chrysalis Not For Profit. These training programmes will equip you with the skills you need to provide people with counselling which will help them overcome their mental health conditions. If you’re in the Derbyshire area, our newest venue is the University of Nottingham, but we have locations across the UK.

Established in 1998, Chrysalis Not For Profit is now the UK’s market-leading trainer in talking therapies. We offer creative, enjoyable and relaxed courses, fully accredited by the relevant professional bodies on a part-time basis to fit around your commitments.

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