Mental health matters. We believe that looking after your emotional wellbeing is just as important as looking after your physical health. However, with NHS budgets stretched to the max, we know it can be difficult to get the support you need when you need it. Not to mention that for many people, there’s still a negative stigma surrounding mental health.
We’re here to provide companionship care across Suffolk, Essex, and Greater London and support people when all hope seems lost. Read on to discover our role in suicide prevention and how we can help you.
Supporting your emotional wellbeing
Insufficient support from the NHS can mean that many people who are in need of help fall through the cracks. After being put on waiting list after waiting list, it’s no wonder you may get fed up with the system and put off asking for help altogether.
But as social creatures, it’s important we make meaningful connections that nip loneliness and isolation in the bud. Sadly, getting older combined with other restrictions can make this increasingly difficult. Think about your own life. Has your social circle diminished? Do you spend less time interacting with others in the community? Have financial or physical limitations stopped you from pursuing hobbies and activities that once brought joy? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re not the only one.
Our companionship care services
We provide companionship care to support people when they need us most. Our friendly team of carers is here to listen to your worries over a cup of tea, accompany you on daily outings, and help you maintain connections in the community. Together, we’ll build up your social and support network so that negative feelings are kept at bay as much as possible. You can count on us to pop in for a friendly chat, be someone you can confide in, and enjoy your favourite hobbies with you.
Looking out for you
The devastating effects of loneliness and mental health challenges are not to be overlooked. For example, depression is the most common mental health condition for older people, affecting 22% of men and 28% of women aged 65 or over. This makes suicide a serious concern – in fact, it’s one of the leading causes of death among the elderly. In particular, men aged 85 and older have high suicide rates.
Regular visits from one of our carers can play an active role in suicide prevention. By providing constant contact, companionship and check-ins, we can help look out for your emotional wellbeing and help you manage any difficult or overwhelming feelings. We can also provide medication reminders, encourage social interaction, and reduce social isolation. Plus, we can help with personal care like bathing and dressing – both factors which can have a positive effect on mental health.
Get in touch
Like with all age groups, it’s important to remember that ‘it’s okay to not be okay’. If you are feeling lonely, please know that you are not alone. We are here to provide companionship, lend a listening ear, and support your wellbeing in whatever way we can. If you have any questions or if you would like more information on our companionship care services, please do not hesitate to get in touch. One of our friendly staff would be pleased to speak with you.