Our vision is for every person in Jersey with a severe mental illness to have the opportunity to fulfil their potential and participate in and contribute to all aspects of life.

Focus on Mental Illness was established to preserve and improve, the quality of life of those in Jersey affected by severe mental illness. Our vision is for every person in Jersey with a severe mental illness to have the opportunity to fulfil their potential, and participate in and contribute to all aspects of life.

Severe mental illness can significantly limit a person’s life. At Focus on Mental illness we can make a difference to individuals and families affected by severe mental illness. We do this through our work with families, the Focus UP user participation movement and our training offer

Family Work Intervention: Our evidence-based, NICE guidelines recommended, therapeutic family work supports positive outcomes for those affected by severe mental illness and their families through relapse prevention, crisis planning and accepting treatment. Specifically, we offer Behavioural Family Therapy (BFT) and the LEAP approach as a method of promoting recovery for those with persisting symptoms of SMI. Families are helped so that their loved ones feel supported in their recovery journey, which in turn improves family relationships.

A service user who is a parent of someone diagnosed with SMI said about family work “{family}work with our whole family has been invaluable… managed to get us to discuss problems that we have all skirted around for very many years. We are now so much more able to talk openly about the challenges posed by mental health issues… work with our family has proved so so helpful.”

A service user with a diagnosed SMI said about Family work “I found the structure of the therapy clear, and it was provided in small stages and at the right speed so it was not overwhelming”.

Focus UP Movement:  user participation is about making sure that mental health services, organisations and policies are led and shaped by the people best placed to know what works: people who use mental health services. Focus UP aim to empower individuals and family members severely affected by mental illness to be the voice for involvement and improvement in all services that affect their lives.

A focus UP volunteer said about Focus UP: “Having the diagnosis of a mental illness myself and struggled through our Adult Mental Health system for some year, I wanted to share my experience with others and give a little back to the Charity that helped make a big difference”.

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Not sure if you are dealing with severe mental illness?

Feel free to contact us and talk things through. We have many years of experience and if we’re not the right people, we can help point you in the right direction.

Fundraising: how you can help….

Mental illness has some big challenges for society. Currently we rely solely on donations to deliver our services, which gives us the autonomy to “say it as we see it” and therefore help to bring about changes needed.  Please help us raise the funds to help those in real need….

Contact

Please contact us at info@focusmi.org.