A new health and wellbeing scheme has been launched across Liverpool to provide community support following the pandemic.
Community health project The Life Rooms has teamed up with Public Health Liverpool to create a new mental health service to support individuals after the pandemic.
The year-long pilot scheme launched this week and will see Mersey Care’s Life Rooms service support people dealing with social factors that impact their health.
There will now be support offered in local libraries, one stop shops and children’s centres across the city.
Michael Crilly, Mersey Care’s Director of Social Inclusion and Participation and head of Life Rooms, said: “This partnership with Public Health Liverpool provides a real opportunity to reach right into the heart of our communities to provide the help and support that people need right now.
“We don’t really know the full impact of lockdowns and the pandemic on most of the population yet, but we do know there continues to be an increase in mental health issues generally.
“The earlier we can offer help, the better.”
He added: “By getting out into the communities we want to offer practical help and support to those who are struggling and stop them becoming unwell.”
The scheme aims to provide communities in Liverpool with practical support and learning opportunities to help their health and wellbeing.
They will offer family and caring responsibilities, mental health and physical wellbeing, financial difficulties and housing issues.
Director of Public Health for Liverpool, Matthew Ashton said: “Most people will experience low level mental health problems at some point in their lives, as stress, worry, and anxiety have become more commonplace.
“Sadly, the pandemic has caused more life stressors, experienced over a longer period of time, causing greater levels of harm to wellbeing and mental health in our communities.”
He added: “We’re pleased to support community-based models such as the Life Rooms, as good mental health and wellbeing makes life better.
“It helps us form positive relationships and build resilience to cope with the ups and downs that come to us all.”
The Life Rooms will be attending the following locations between 9.30am and 3.30pm:
- Garston Library: Monday and Tuesday
- Kensington Library: Wednesday and Thursday
- Kirkdale One Stop Shop: Monday and Tuesday
- Liverpool Central Library: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
- Norris Green Library: Wednesday and Friday
- Parklands Library: Friday
- Toxteth Library: Monday and Friday
- Wavertree Children’s Centre: Monday and Thursday
- Tuebrook Children’s Centre: Monday and Thursday
- County Children’s Centre: Tuesday
- Kensington Children’s Centre: Wednesday and Friday.
Anyone wishing to access this service outside the drop-in days and times, can request a referral online.