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"The more you know about mental health and the more you know about substance use, the more likely you will be to make decisions that work for you"

About Smart Southport

There is a lot of background to this idea and I could go on about it for ages… but so not to completely bore you I shall keep it short and simple.

My name is Lesley Rimmer and I’ve founded Smart Southport to try and form a Recovery Hub within Southport in the UK.

I have been in the Mental Health and Alcohol Services for some time now and it took me a long time to finally except that I have a drink problem – this is highlighted mainly because of my Mental Health so with finally realising that these two don’t quite get on, I have eventually concluded that I did need to sort one out. This decision was quite simple in the end… it comes down to choices… everybody has them about everything. I had to choose which issue to grab by the horns and sort out.

I chose alcohol as I had originally chosen to go down the route where I did not choose to end up under the Mental Health Services.

Anyway, that decision was made and at this moment in time I can tell you that it was made on 15th January 2016, so I am proud to say that “I am heading for 3 years alcohol free. I decided about something and stuck with it (very rare indeed) and yes I do believe I’m proud of that achievement and hope it continues successfully for the foreseeable future.

So, after the so-called swings and roundabouts I have thought about doing something useful with my time. In 2015 I completed the Smart Recovery Training and then started facilitating

Smart Southport - It’s only a name, not some major company or charity, but it could have the potential to expand more and become a Recovery Hub/Venue. We don’t have anything like that in Southport or surrounding areas. Liverpool have The Brink which is an amazing alcohol free venue.

Despite being a growing trend, recovery cafes are still in short supply in the UK. Besides the Brink, the other recovery cafes that are available in the UK are - London (Paper and Cup), Henley (Towards Recovery Cafe in Henley), Blackburn (Cafe Hub), Glasgow (Nerd Cafe) and Edinburgh (Serenity Cafe).

In March 2015 Russell Brand open his Recovery Café Trew Era Café, in Hackney.
How cool would it be for Smart Southport to open one in Southport during 2019 – This dream could become reality.

Smartlife Sefton May Be Helpful To You If:
You are curious about mental health, substance use, or related physical health matters.
Others are concerned about your mental health and substance use and you want to learn more about their concerns.
You want to figure out if some of the disappointments you experience in life... (why things aren’t working out as you want in day-to-day living) – are connected to mental health problems, substance use problems or both.
You are involved in mental health and/or substance use services and you want to get the most out of these services.

If you have any of these concerns, Smart Southport may be right for you. 

Smart Southport Aims to Help You:
Learn about mental health recovery and what it can mean for you.
Learn about substance use recovery and what it can mean for you.
Make the best use of your mental, substance use, and physical health services.
Learn how to achieve your goals and support your personal recovery.
Stay well by decreasing symptoms associated with substance use and mental health problems.
Learn how to manage day-to-day stress and prevent relapse.
Stay well by connecting with others.
Stay well by living a healthy lifestyle.
Understand the connection between substance use and mental and physical health. 

General
To the best of my knowledge all information contained within smartsouthport.co.uk is accurate, unbiased and factual; but information from this website should never substitute for professional advice and consultation. Before making any medical or health care decision you should consult with a doctor or another medical professional. You should not self-diagnose, addiction can be very complex, and you deserve the best chance at success over your illness.

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Disclaimer of Liability
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Updated October 2018

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