For the past four years the Malta Trust Foundation has led a community based mental health home-support service in Gozo. This service reaches out to persons with mental health difficulties, who would rather not resort to hospital services for support, because of the associated stigma. This service also assists clients to manage their lives in their own environment and fosters a community-based approach with the aim of empowering individuals to understand and manage their relevant issues while reducing hospital admission rates. It is essentially a proactive and preventive service.
Clients are referred to the Sunrise Project through a psychiatrist and a case discussion by the professionals determines whether the case is complex or otherwise This will establish the necessary care plan drawn up with and for the relevant needs of the individual and to be followed through with the Sunrise Mental Health Home Recovery and Support Worker and the team of Mental Health Professionals that work in collaboration with The Malta Trust Foundation.
This project is a full collaboration with the Mental Health Association Gozo who are providing clinical case-management and supervision to the team on a weekly basis. This is to ensure that high service standards are maintained.
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Meet The Team
Mental Health Home - Support Worker
Mental Health Home - Recovery Worker
Objectives Of The Project
The Sunrise Project’s support has been available to adults aged 18 and over who are living in Gozo and with a mental health difficulty which is affecting their daily functioning. Service users could be either living alone or with family/friends and are referred through a psychiatrist.
In 2022 this initiative has supported the Gozitan community through:
- Practical and emotional support
- Short/medium/long term rehabilitative care
- Information and interventions
Psychosocial education on mental health, available services, self-care and empowerment opportunities to enhance personal and social skills and abilities
Presenting issues/needs relevant to project
Needs Relevant to the Project
This service user was unemployed, unable to cook a meal, and was lacking selfcare. During our sessions employment was achieved, and not only ended up working one job but also two jobs. The service user managed to create a weekly timetable of the meals that would be cooked for them to eat. Apart from a weekly schedule of the meals, there were number of hours during the week dedicated specifically for self-care.
‘’Dejjem inkun qet nistenna Il hin ghas-session ghaliex naf li inkun ser nitghallem hafna minhhom. Hasejtni komda hafna meta nigi biex nitkellem u qatt ma kien ikolli ma min u qas kont naf kif’’
This service user was very socially anxious to leave the house except for work. They would rely on their parent to take them somewhere by car as apart from their normal bus schedule for work they were anxious to catch the bus. Their only friend was their dog.
During the sessions the service user felt more confident in going out and nowadays the sessions are done in different locations where the service user comes by local transport and returns home by local transport. Some of the sessions were based on improving social contact such as ordering coffee, going to the supermarket etc.
‘’I always used to get scared leaving home and never was able to keep a conversation thank you’’
This service user had just moved into a new flat. The flat was completely empty and they had nothing apart from some furniture. They felt very alone and unloved as they associated their past with the limitations they had in their home. After many items were donated the service user was very happy with their surrounding and they now live comfortably. Sessions are now done over the phone whenever the service user needs encouragement.
This service user always felt alone. Due to this their day would be spent in bed doing nothing. Nowadays through the sessions the service user has created a daily schedule on how to spend the day.
‘’Inhosni li nista niftah qalbi hafna, andi skop ghal hajjti u naf li issa kapaci imexxi wahdi’’