Listening Ear

Listening Ear provides a range of therapeutic services to support adults who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues. They have recently been commissioned by Brightlife (Lottery funding) to deliver two ambitious new services for older people (50+); Men’s Health Counselling Service and Friendship After Bereavement.

Men’s Health Counselling Service

Men’s Health is a Counselling service for men aged 50 and over in the Cheshire West and Chester area, presenting with social isolation due to ‘major life changes’ in later life. Listening Ear recognise social connectedness as a major factor in maintaining long-term positive mental health and resilience, and therefore are providing this service to help reduce social isolation amongst men.

The service offers 6 sessions of one to one Counselling and upon completion, will be given the opportunity to refer on to a Horticultural Therapy group or other positive group activity.

The aim of the service is to reduce social isolation and loneliness for people due to major life changes in later life and the pathway is:

• Referral made to Listening Ear by self, GP or 3rd Party
• Referral is Triaged
• Referral is assessed for suitability via telephone
• 1-1 Counselling session usually lasting 50 minutes, weekly over a period of 6 weeks
• Signposting to Horticultural Group or other positive activity

Men’s Health Remit:

The service is accessible to individuals experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues such as grief reaction and lower level depression and anxiety, stress and low self-esteem.

The service is unable to accept referrals from individuals experiencing moderate to severe and enduring mental health issues such as severe depression or anxiety, trauma, personality disorders or individuals receiving treatment in secondary care. In this instance, referral to more specialist services such as the Western Cheshire Primary Care Mental Health Team would be appropriate.

Friendship After Bereavement (FAB)

Friendship After Bereavement (FAB) is a post-bereavement service for men and women over 50 in the Cheshire West and Cheshire area. The service initially offers 6 weekly one-to-one Listening sessions with one of our trained volunteers. Following this, you will then be given the opportunity to join our facilitator-led Friendship After Bereavement group. The FAB group offers a safe and confidential space to explore issues such as the physical and emotional effects of bereavement. Group members meet for lunch, organise trips and generally start to enjoy life again.

The aim of the service is to reduce social isolation and loneliness for people bereaved and the pathway is:

• Referral made to Listening Ear by self, GP or 3rd Party
• Referral is Triaged
• Referral is assessed for suitability via telephone
• 1-1 “Listening based intervention” usually lasting 50 minutes, weekly over a period of 6 weeks
• Fortnightly peer group support and organised ‘social events’ (£1 attendance fee charged)

FAB Remit:

The service is accessible to individuals experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues such as grief reaction and lower level depression and anxiety, stress and low self-esteem.

The service is unable to accept referrals from individuals experiencing moderate to severe and enduring mental health issues such as severe depression or anxiety, trauma, personality disorders or individuals receiving treatment in secondary care. In this instance, referral to more specialist services such as the Western Cheshire Primary Care Mental Health Team would be appropriate.

The Men’s Health Cheshire programme and Friendship After Bereavement Cheshire programme currently do not have waiting lists. To refer a person  please contact the team via the following channels:

Call: 0151 488 6648
Email: referral@listening-ear.co.uk
Website: www.listening-ear.co.uk

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