Freedom to fly

29th April 2021

Carlisle Eden Mind Limited received £11,904  from the NHS Winter Resilience Fund to support its Freedom to Fly project.

The Freedom to Fly project supported an identified group of five people in frequent contact with emergency services in a more preventative, proactive and consistent way, based on the Integrated Motivational-Volitional (IMV) model. The particular focus is about helping to avoid repeated use of Mental Health Act Section 136, which enables the police to detain people to a ‘place of safety.’

Among the activities are regular scheduled calls to aid with de-escalation, behavioural management and emotional regulation. It also includes Person Centred work using the Recovery Star Model to coach people to develop a range of skills.

The project also links in with the ‘Get Set to Go’ programme, which works alongside local partners such as Active Cumbria and Carlisle United Community Sport Trust to provide weekly meet-ups for planned physical exercise and walking group activity. Another key feature of this project is the linking in with other local statutory and non-statutory services to develop open channels of communication and enhance inter agency team working and support.

Tara Quinn, Chief Executive Officer, said: “Overall, the project has helped each person individually with different aspects of their lives, from improving physical health and improving relationships, to managing emotions and understanding thoughts and feelings. For all clients on the project, low confidence and poor self-image has been a recurring theme and something that was worked on in a person centred, holistic way. One client has even progressed onto a university courses in mental health nursing.”