24 November 2014

A new way at Greenway

Greenways outsideBristol Mental Health's first community mental wellbeing centre opens this Thursday 27 November.

The new centre, within the Greenway Centre in Southmead, provides a base in the North of the city for staff from the assessment and recovery service, complex interventions service and in the near future the crisis service. The centre, which will operate seven days a week, also includes clinic rooms, although most people will eventually be seen at home, at their GP surgery or in other community settings.

The Greenway Centre, which is run by Southmead Development Trust and is easy to access with good transport links, hosts a wide range of community, business, training and health organisations including a café, a church, a printing company, meeting and event spaces, a gym and other sports and leisure classes and facilities.

Alex Kittow, general manager at Southmead Development Trust, said, "This is an exciting development that will bring mental health care much closer to the heart of our community and make the services on offer more visible. Staff and service users will have shorter distances to travel for appointments and we hope more journeys will be on foot or by bicycle - this comes at a great time with Bristol's term as European Green Capital starting in January. We will also be launching the community plan for Southmead in early 2015, in which the mental health of the community will be a significant focus."

Jon Shorrock, assessment and recovery service manager, said, "Because the Greenway Centre is so diverse and is not solely a healthcare facility, it is a great low-stigma environment for people coming for appointments and will help Bristol Mental Health staff to link-in with other sectors of the community in North Bristol."

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