Help is on the cards

A new help card is to be launched by Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust tStaff and service users promoting a new Walsall Substance Misuse Service help cardo support people accessing substance misuse services in Walsall.

The handy wallet sized card has been tailored specifically to support people who have an addiction. It includes important information to help service users and others should they experience a mental health or substance use related crisis away from home. The card contains information including numbers to call and advice on staying safe during a relapse. It also provides space for people to write personal information about their care, key healthcare contacts and medication information.

The launch of the help card coincides with the 30th anniversary of Lantern House addictions services, which began back in 1985 with just one nurse and a social worker offering counselling based support. Over the years the service has grown and now supports over 1000 people towards recovery from addiction.To mark the celebrations the service will be holding an open morning on 3 March 2015 at Lantern House, 129/130 Lichfield Street, Walsall, WS1 1SY. People will be able to drop in between 10am and 12noon to find out more about the service and the type of help that is on offer. Click here for the event poster.

 “I’ve seen first-hand how the service has developed over the years. We have some fantastic services here at Lantern House with a real focus on self-management and recovery.” explains Michelle Astbury, Operational Manager, Walsall Substance Misuse Services.