The Health and Wellbeing Department is staffed by experienced Mental Health Practitioners and Registered Nurses. The Mental Health Practitioners facilitate low intensity group work, with psychoeducational classes for common mental health conditions, anxiety, depression and stress, run over the 12 day stay. Gentle exercise and finding pleasure in walking is part of the programme to increase mental health.
In addition General Nursing care and Health Education classes are also undertaken. Wellbeing encompasses healthy lifestyle and choices. Patients can take time to reflect on their lifestyle, habits and with advice, education and encouragement, make decisions on change to ensure a healthier life.
General classes are open to all patients for information and advice on aspects of health, Sleep, Stress Management, Nutrition and Relaxation.
Prospective patients will be assessed by the Health & Wellbeing teams' mental support clinicians via a pre-admission telephone assessment to ensure suitability to the service. Click here for Inclusion & Exclusion criteria.
Group therapy will be the treatment of choice alongside individual support sessions with a named key worker; a skilled member of our mental health support team. Regular structured exercise will be included in the programmes as this has been demonstrated in the NICE (National Institute of Health and Care Excellence) guidelines to be of value in helping people recover from mental health problems
Together with the group support there will be the opportunity for all patients to attend the well-being classes run by the Health & Wellbeing department. These include stress management, sleep and relaxation, nutrition and health, Pilates and aromatherapy.
Because of the structure of the above group support it will not be possible to provide mental health support to retired officers.The aim is that Flint House becomes as synonymous with Mental Health Support as it is currently with physical rehabilitation.
Flint House has invested grant funding to establish further facilities in the Health & Wellness Lodge and dedicated mental health support practitioners to assist in these treatments.
“I have been to Flint House on 2 previous occasions for treatment for the same condition. My recent visit to Flint House has been very different. Patients are still encouraged to relax and spend time away from the causes of stress however over my 2 weeks at Flint House the current Health and Wellbeing Team have helped me to source the triggers of my condition in the hope of tackling those causes and to overcome the effects they have had on my life. It has been a very challenging and emotional 2 weeks with 100% support from Jayne, Tracey and the other amazing staff in the department. I fully realize that this is just the beginning of my recovery but I leave Flint House feeling positive and with direction.”
"What can I say, it was brilliant!!!!
When I first arrived at Flint House I was nervous and apprehensive, but I really should not have been. The timetable looked quiet sparse, but I soon realised that after the group sessions in the morning, I needed time to relax and recover. The course of 2 weeks, covered a whole host of subjects and really was a holistic approach, we looked at diet, aromatherapy, sleep and relaxation and self-well-being. The group were encouraged to go for walks in the beautiful countryside. I have come home with many coping strategies and will continue to use these for the rest of my life. I would recommend that anyone with stress or a depressive illness goes to Flint House."
"Remember that this kind of illness is ‘a curse of the strong’."