Uncertainty about mental health house's future 'causing stress'

Uncertainty about the future of a house for people with mental health issues in Cornwall is causing stress for those who live there, a resident claims.

Gaywood House in Camborne, operated by Stonham Housing, takes up to 10 adults. Residents said they were told six weeks ago the service was moving to Redruth, but were still awaiting news of when.

Resident Debra Baker said people were "struggling" without more information.

Stonham said it would offer support to residents who needed it.

'More than a house'

Ms Baker, who has lived in the house for about 18 months, said that after the "shock" of the initial news, Stonham had "maintained total vagueness".

She said: "Speaking for myself, over the last five or six weeks this has been rumbling on in the background, it has had a massive effect on my mental health.

"I think everyone's struggling, and it's hard to maintain a feeling optimism in the house."

"A lot of people don't get out much because of one thing or another. The house is more than just a place to sleep at night - it's a place to be, a place to socialise."

Stonham business contract manager Anita Jackson said the service "provides accommodation for 10 people who need medium levels of mental health support".

She added: "The service is not intended to be used as long-term accommodation and the goal for each client is to live independently.

"The service is not closing down, but by relocating three-and-a-half miles away to two properties in Redruth. It will help clients with their goal to independent living.

"We will do all we can to help anyone who doesn't want to move to Redruth to remain in Camborne with appropriate support."

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