Spring to Life is coming to the end of the 2016-17 season of delivering well-being programmes to people in Birmingham. This has been funded by the IAPT scheme (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies), a nation-wide NHS scheme aimed at supporting people experiencing depression and anxiety. It is the third year Spring to Life has taken part in this scheme – through our membership of the ‘Living-Well Consortium’. The Living Well consortium is an umbrella organisation of many groups, supporting the mental health and well-being of people in Birmingham.
Over the last year we have delivered a full range of well-being programmes and therapies, including one-to-one counselling, creative therapies, eco-therapies, body therapies and psycho-educational groups.
During this time we have achieved our best results yet in terms of improving recovery rates of our clients. This has been measured through ongoing well-being assessments, and achieving a ‘Move to Recovery’ score on these assessments. Around of 70 % of clients, across the year, who have taken part in our IAPT programmes have ‘Moved To Recovery’. A statistic that we are VERY proud of!
A core factor in achieving these results has been the work of our skilled counsellors. Our counselling service offer a diverse range of approaches, including integrative, gestalt, transactional analysis, and brief therapy. They also offer group psycho-educational groups around anxiety and stress management, as well as sign-posting to other services and opportunities in the city.
This scheme has also enabled Spring to Life to make many new links with services and community projects all over the city, and has allowed us to connect our well-being programmes with other Spring to Life projects such as Mother Gardens and Food Forest Brum. Spring to Life intends to continue providing IAPT programmes for the next year.