Community Connectors are part of the Mental Health Integrated Community Service (MHICS), a new service in East Berkshire for local people.
All of us are faced with ups, downs and difficult challenges: We understand that when you are struggling, you may be feeling unmotivated, overwhelmed and need some encouragement and support. As Community Connectors, we have expert knowledge of our local area and can work together with you to access the local support that you need right now.
We are part of a multi-disciplinary team of mental health specialists, working with our colleagues employed by Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to support anyone who is over 18 and experiencing significant mental health problems that are impacting your life and wellbeing.
To be able to access our service, you must be registered at one of the following GP surgeries:
Bracknell Health Triangle: Evergreen Practice, Ringmead Medical Practice, Heath Hill Surgery, Crownwood Medical Centre
Bracknell and District: Forest Health Group, The Waterfield Practice, Binfield Surgery, The Gainsborough Practice, Easthampstead Surgery, Great Hollands Practice, The Sandhurst Group Practice
Slough: Langley Health Centre, The Orchard Surgery, Cippenham Surgery, The Chapel Medical Centre
Windsor: Clarence Medical Centre, South Meadow Surgery, Lee House Surgery, Runnymede Medical Centre, Datchet Health Centre, Sheet Street Surgery
How to access the service
If you are registered at one of the services above:
- Your GP or Practice Nurse will refer you to the MHICS team
- The MHICS administrator or other member of the team will contact you to offer you an appointment with a mental health practitioner, probably by phone or a secure video call*
- They will work with you to identify what the best support is for you
*Due to the current outbreak of COVID-19 we have adjusted the way we work for the time being and face to face appointments are not currently available.
At your first appointment, we will discuss what is going on for you so we can understand your needs and will work with you to plan how we can help. This may include supporting you to access practical advice, guidance and, if required, connect you to other services and/or treatments in the community that can help you achieve your goals.
What kind of support is available?
- Information and guidance around emotional and physical wellbeing
- More time to help make sense of difficulties
- Practical support to access community resources
- Brief interventions around ways of coping with stress and anxiety
- Access to a mental health pharmacist from Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, to help with medication issues
- Links to other mental health services and providers of therapy
- Links to local services, charities and organisations, such as drug and alcohol services, housing, finance, Citizens Advice
- Support with employment