Outing to London for Bramble Lodge Residents
"The service users enjoyed visiting Trafalgar Square, taking an open top bus tour, eating lunch in an Italian restaurant, and taking a boat trip on the Thames. All attendees showed significant improvements in their mood, motivation and social interaction during the trip." Paul, Clinical Psychologist at Bramble Lodge.
Allowing our staff to act on feedback from service users about their needs and what they feel will help their recovery is so important. Service users at Bramble Lodge, a centre for people with severe and chronic mental health problems, hold weekly meetings where they identify and plan therapeutic activities. Service users decided that they would like to go on a therapeutic day out to London. Even though this was something that NHS budgets wouldn't cover, it was made possible through Heads On funding.
Those who attended were all long-term service users with treatment resistant schizophrenia, who often suffered severe negative symptoms such as lack of motivation, blunted mood and deficits in social interaction. Going on the trip improved their mood and allowed them to practice social interaction in a safe and supported environment. They fed back that they had had an enjoyable and interesting day and were very glad to have taken part and were grateful that their request for a therapeutic outing to London had been listened to, taken seriously and taken forward.
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