Last month, we held an open day at Morris Court, one of our supported housing schemes in Manchester. At Morris Court we support adults with mental health issues to live independently and improve and maintain their mental and physical health.
It was an afternoon of sharing. Over a delicious lunch, made by the residents, with current and former residents sharing their experiences of dealing with mental health issues with the Local MP Jeff Smith and partners from the local authority.
All of the guests were really impressed with the boundless work the support team carry out at Morris Court. As a testament to the great work, Duane, a former resident, told his truly inspiring journey to guests. Duane initially came to Morris Court after trying to take his own life and ending up in hospital, with the support of the team, he significantly improved his mental health and he is now living independently, he has a part time job and studies at University. Duane said that his fantastic achievement would not have been possible without the care and support he received at Morris Court.
Jan McVitte, Housing and Welfare Rights Worker for the Manchester Early Intervention service said “I’ve been referring clients to Morris Court for the last six years. It is a great place with a dedicated professional team. The atmosphere is really warm and friendly, the staff are caring, positive and proactive about joint working.”
She went on to say “It really helps people to move on in their lives at a time when they need support the most. I wish there were several Morris Courts all over the city”.
Over the last three years at Morris Court we have supported 45 residents with independence, helped 27 residents move on from Morris Court, supported 9 residents back into work, helped 11 to volunteer and supported 10 in education.
This month we are supporting the #TimeToTalk campaign, encouraging everyone to talk about mental health to change how we all think and act about mental health problems. For more information visit www.time-to-change.org.uk/