29th May, 2017

Community well-being hub in Worcestershire celebrates first birthday

Craig Gibbons 19th May, 2017

A COMMUNITY well-being hub for those experiencing more mild or lower level mental health problems in Worcestershire has celebrated being open for one year.

The Well-being Hub, run by Community First, is the ‘community resources arm’ of Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust’s Healthy Minds service, which together provides information and signposting for people over the age of 16 who are struggling with things like anxiety, stress, low mood, worry or depression.

Unique to the county, the hub aims to connect people with the range of courses and groups available across the county run by non-NHS community providers.

It is estimated that around one in four people experience stress, anxiety, worry and depression at any one time.

Amanda Wright, manager of the Worcestershire Well-being Hub, said: “We are really pleased with how the Well-being Hub has been able to help nearly 3,000 in its first year.

“We have taken calls from all manner of people ranging from GPs and support workers to parents, carers and of course, people looking for help for themselves.

“We were hoping that the Hub would make accessing the vast range of excellent community support available across the county much easier, saving people time and additional stress by having them call one simple number, and it seems to be working.”

The hub is available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and is staffed by well-being assistants who will help people get in touch with relevant support.

 

To access the hub, people can call 01905 766124, email WHCNHS.wellbeinghub@nhs.net or visit www.hacw.nhs.uk/welbbeinghub.