Together for Mental Wellbeing

York Pathways service

When people are facing crisis and their lives are chaotic and affected by multiple disadvantage they often have repeat contact with emergency services, and are at risk of entering the justice system. In many cases, these services aren’t equipped to provide the support they need.

The York Pathways service, developed by national charity Together for Mental Wellbeing offers one-to-one support to adults experiencing mental distress, who are at risk of, or in frequent contact with police and emergency services.

Individuals are offered holistic assessments that address both their practical and psychological needs in order to tackle the root cause of their distress. Each person is encouraged to identify the three hardest things that are currently making their lives difficult. Staff work with them to build their own resources and resilience in order to overcome these issues. By focusing on people’s strengths and providing support that helps them to build positive relationships and networks, they will be better equipped to cope with life’s challenges, manage their mental wellbeing and ultimately reduce their use of emergency services.

The service is delivered in collaboration with key health and social care services including Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, North Yorkshire police and emergency services, as well as core funder Lankelly Chase. To facilitate lasting change at a broader systemic level, Together have formed a strategic partnership board consisting of senior decision makers, from each of these partners, in order to facilitate joint service commissioning and development to better meet the needs of vulnerable individuals.

For more information: Together