Living Well Network
In Lambeth, we believe that great support for people experiencing mental distress is to create lasting and sustainable support in their own communities and networks. We are growing the Living Well Network as a way to create a different, better and more co-productive way of working to support those experiencing mental illness.
Turning the system on its head
We want to move from a crisis focused system to one that is focused on early intervention and reablement by turning its system on its head.
How we got to where we are?
In the summer of 2012, the Collaborative hosted a series of events working with over 100 people, including; people who use services, peer supporters, carers, front-line staff, service managers and commissioners. Together, we explored the challenges of delivering services for those experiencing acute mental distress and worked collaboratively to design a new approach; the Living Well Network, which describes a range of new ways of supporting people that we are seeking to develop together.
We have already tried it at small scale
In October 2012, we created a team of people from across services including peer supporters, to test the Living Well Network approach with 10 people with a range of needs. This was called a prototype and it helped us learn about what worked and what didn’t, but more importantly it showed the value of growing a Living Well Network.
The AAP Team
Living Well Network front end