Socially Progressive Mental Health
The pioneering approach employed by First Person Project combines proactive mental health support with the principles of Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) and other strengths-based approaches. Support is delivered in a bespoke way and built around the person and their situation. The support options offered by FPP include community building, psycho-social skills development, behavioural interventions, suicide prevention, specialist counselling, expert coaching and mentorship, wellbeing awareness training, delivery of accredited and non-accredited mental health training and referral into community led mental health initiatives that are currently being supported by FPP.
Much of the work carried out under the umbrella of “Mental Health Awareness” helps people reach fundamental levels of knowledge and awareness.
First Person Project’s objective is to “Go Beyond Awareness” and help people move to a state of “Mental Health Action”.
Mental health means something different to each and every person. Mental health is personal and people are unique. What works for one person may not work for another. Therefore, we promote the idea that self-definition and self-reflection is imperative.
First Person Project support the empowerment of people to understand and manage their own health and wellbeing by focussing on determinants of mental health and social inequality. This goal is achieved by equipping people with the tools and confidence to make positive changes for themselves and their communities. First Person Project believe that when people are seen and heard for their passions, values, and potential then mental wellness can be sustainably achieved.
First Person Project provides a safe space and constructive environment for people to learn how to reflect on their own experiences and personal situations. An environment in which participants can feel confident that they will not be exposed to discrimination, criticism, harassment, or any emotional or physical harm.
Our ultimate goal is to support people to develop the confidence and empowerment to impact their own mental health, then for them to do the same for others. Thus, creating a socially progressive mental health solution, by the people and for the people.
First Person Project focus on the strengths of people and the strengths that exist within their family, friendship and community network. An emphasis is put on asset building, identifying and exploring ways to develop skills, resources, relationships, groups and other tangible and intangible assets.
This style of asset-based community development directly addresses social injustices in the Liverpool City Region and supports the most disadvantaged in the region.
The contextual evaluation of what is strong in communities; then co-creation of action plans to develop the capacity and capability of these communities will improve the welfare of wider groups of people.
First Person Project is committed to providing new and innovative solutions in the mental health space, impacting policy through inclusion and activism, and conducting thorough research in order to make a positive contribution to the evidence-base.
As a community interest company 100% of all surplus revenue gets re-invested into the organisation to maximise the social impact of First Person Project's mission.
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