Many of us have had the experience of coming home from being locked in a psychiatric hospital or a jail, feeling isolated and struggling to (re)connect to life outside.
What would have made the transition back into the community easier?
The Wildflower Alliance has Community Bridgers. People who can ease the transition from hospital back to community for those who would like additional support.
This support can look different ways. Some examples are:
- Information about your rights while still in the hospital or after you’ve left
- Advocacy and support getting your voice heard
- Going out for a cup of coffee together
- Support at a meeting or appointment
- Brainstorming and thinking through next steps
- Support with paperwork and steps necessary for food stamps, social security, paying bills and more
- Explore community resources together—such as support groups, cultural spaces or other places to find community.
This support is free. No referral or insurance is required.
Currently, we focus on supporting people transitioning out of hospitals in Holyoke, Springfield, Greenfield and Northampton, but don’t hesitate to call us even if you are transitioning out of a hospital or jail in a different area. We will do our best to partner with you to find resources in your area.
COVID-19 Update: We currently are unable to meet with people inside of most facilities, but are still available to connect with folks who in the community who are recently free.
If you or someone you know is interested in connecting with a Community Bridger or have questions regarding Community Bridging you can call 413.539.5941 x 334 and leave a message. Someone will get back to you as soon as we are available.