Sharing Voices have been providing in-reach work for many years by visiting the acute wards at Lynfield Mount Hospital to meet with adults representing BAME Communities detained under the Mental Health Act or are admitted as informal patients.

Due to the breakout of Covid-19 this work had to be postponed for around a year.

Sharing Voices have now re-started the in-reach work and have begun visiting Oakburn, Maplebeck and Ashbrook wards since 28 June 2021.

The Mental Health Act Statistics, Annual Figures Report 2019 – 2020 produced by NHS Digital indicate that in UK alone 50,893 new detentions under the Mental Health Act were recorded, but the overall national totals will be higher. This is possibly due to Covid-19 and the impact it has had on mental health. More data will be released in the 2020 -2021 Report.

Sharing Voices understand that people may feel isolated when on the wards and furthermore feel socially isolated, confused, and lost when discharged back into the community. By not having the right support in the community people can begin to deteriorate again. Through a simple non -clinical approach we can visit and engage with BAME adults on the wards to support them, represent and re-assure them that they are not alone.

Staff at Lynfield Mount Hospital can refer patients to Sharing Voices Bradford so they can be supported further upon discharge. We will work with our clients through tailored one to one and group support and empower them to find ways to move forward in their lives whilst believing that they are not alone. Sharing Voices is Here For You.

For further information, please contact Abeed or Lilly at Sharing Voices Bradford.