Bryn Melyn Care is pleased to announce they are to open a second specialist residential step-down home for children and young people, following further investment in their mental health services.
Bob Yetzes, Chief executive says; “The demand for our specialist step down placements since opening our first home in Wrexham in September last year has continued to grow, both locally and nationally.”
The new home will offer placements for up to three young people, aged 10 – 18 who are ready to be discharged from hospital settings following a period of inpatient care under Tier 4 of the Mental Health Act.
Bryn Melyn Care, established in 1985 provides integrated therapeutic residential care, independent education and clinical services for children and young people with multiple and complex needs. Chief Executive Bob Yetzes said: “We create homes where children and young people feel safe and nurtured. I am delighted we are able to open a second specialist mental health home to build on the successful treatment and high-quality care of our young people”
The new home, based in a small rural village outside Shrewsbury in Shropshire will be ready to admit the first young person this autumn. The home will work with young people with a range of diagnosed mental health needs including self-harm, anxiety, depression, trauma-related disorders, mood disorders, OCD, behavioural disorders, psychosis, schizophrenia and others.
James Flanagan, Head of Care comments; “Working with a variety of mental health needs we first carefully consider that we can meet the needs of the young person, the match with other young people in placement and the appropriateness of the location”; adding, “The new home offers the security and quiet of a rural village location, whilst allowing opportunities to engage with the community, leisure opportunities and to develop independence skills in the wider community with easy access to the nearby town centre.”
Mr Flanagan goes on to say; “The operations team is extremely excited to be able to begin the development of a service that will build on the great work being carried out at our Wrexham based home, and expand our capacity to provide a much-needed service to young people with mental health needs coming out of a hospital setting”.
The new children’s home will include a large living room, a games room and family size kitchen diner for community living and additional space for private and professional visits including therapeutic activities such as DBT skills sessions. The home will be furnished with homely touches throughout and young people admitted will each have their own bedroom and be encouraged to personalise it, as well as contributing to the general décor of the home and its running.
Dr Lucy Wheen, Clinical Lead for Bryn Melyn Care, explained: “The development of our Specialist Mental Health Service has gone from strength to strength. Our team of professionals from care, clinical and education backgrounds have worked extremely hard to shape this service. Leaving hospital can be a very difficult and uncertain time for young people. It has been fantastic to watch the progress the young people have made in our specialist home.”
“I am delighted that we are opening an additional home, which will provide a further three young people with the specialist mental health care they require. We look forward to supporting them on their journey to recovery.”
Dr Wheen concludes; “We really hope that the young people like their new home and make equally good progress as the young people at our first such home have.”