Welcome to (A)OPTA, a charity dedicated to helping individuals and families who are encountering addictions and mental health issues. We have organised a range of programmes to help you improve your emotional as well as your physical wellbeing through telephone support, counselling, mentoring, exercise programmes and evidence based psychological treatments.
We are health professionals and volunteers who have been providing services to the BAME and marginalised communities who have experienced problems with addiction and mental health related issues.
Our expertise on anabolic steroids, prescription medicaton ,captagon, cannabis, gambling, alcohol, and porn addiction and emerging new addictions we have the skills to support BAME clients in overcoming or reducing these addictive behaviours.
(A)OPTA psychological interventions are based on the step care model, similar to NHS IAPT services.
If you or someone that you know is struggling with addiction or mental health related issues and would like more advice and information , please get in touch with us, our service is free and confidential.
We have extensive experience in reducing addiction and mental health by providing psycho-social interventions in London and Birmingham over the past 20 years we have achieved an excellent reputation. If you are a organisation or a health provider in London or Birmingham we can provide services to help meet your service users needs. We have worked with the following BAME communities - Iraqi, Iranian, Kurdish, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Indian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Moroccan, Algerian, Egyptian, Afghan, Syrian, Lebanese and Afro-Caribbean.
We have worked in collaboration with a number of organisations in the community such as pharmacies, addiction centres and health providers.
- Peer Support
- Harm Reduction
- Support for Carers/Families
In 2000, (A)OPTA was formed to assist those in the BAME community struggling with addiction and mental health. We started this initiative because we found that many minority communities had little access to main stream addiction and mental health services in the community and there was a shame in accessing them. We know there is a stigma associated with mental health and addiction, and it can be hard knowing who to ask for help.
Low income, peer problems, educational pressure and religious commitment can contribute to the pressures that people find themselves under and this can have an affect on mental health. GP may not have enough time to properly assess what is actually needed. At (A)OPTA we know many BAME women will tell their GP’s they have problems sleeping and they are over prescribed prescription medications which is highly addictive to help them. In the short term this is helpful but it doesn’t address the underlying causes for the lack of sleep such as, money worries, worries about a child or teenager, or worries about extended family members and/or diagnosed illnesses.
Since 2000, we have been involved in a number of public sector and private sector programmes, but our aim has always been to provide effective evidence interventions for those in BAME communities.
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If you wish to commission or fund any of the service offered by (A)OPTA please do get in touch for further information. Alternatively, if you have any questions regarding our mental health services in London, please fill in our contact form below.
The (A)OPTA team has worked in collaboration with a number of organisations over the past 20 years undertaking assessments and treatment of addiction and mental health providing expert clinical treatments, advocacy and research. We started our initiatives from the West Midlands branching out to London to serve other communities who were in need.
- Basement Project
- Alcohol Resource Centre
- New Roots BME Drug and Alcohol Project
- Fulcrum Drug and Alcohol Project
- Connaught Square Practice
- Kilburn Park Medical Centre
- 3rd Floor Lanark Medical Centre
- Ringside Boxing Gym, Tysley
- St James Well-Being Clinic Birmingham