I have written just last week about how me and many others are consistently being let down by the mental health system in this country but I have a much more positive post today. Mental health help and support in Buckinghamshire.
As you might already know I am arranging a charity football match and family fun day in aid of the charity Mind. I will put details of it in full at the end of the post. Because of this I was approached by someone from my local Mind – which I had to be honest I was not even aware there was one. That was a pleasant surprise straight away. Anyway, I spoke with this lovely lady Kaya who said she had seen my interview in our local paper and was very impressed. She went on to explain to me that Buckinghamshire Mind had in fact been around for many many years. They are fully focused on growing and supporting everyone in Buckinghamshire with metal health problems. Working hard to ensure people feel respected valued and that they are able to live full lives. Fantastic!
We had a long talk about the struggles I have faced with accessing care in general. Especially when I was discharged from hospital and was just left! There was nothing in place for those people in the ‘middle’. The people that are leaving Psychiatric hospital but are not well enough to simply get back to ‘normal’ and go back to work etc. Which in most cases is everyone leaving hospital. Kaya spoke me through how this is something they are focusing on right now.
Here is a quick run through of what they currently offer;
- Adult and youth councilling – one to one support with highly trained councillors.
- Befriending – offering free support to adults who are lonely or isolated. Run by trained volunteers.
- Well-being groups – activity groups that provide social contact, structure and a chance to try new activities.
- Peer support – for people with mild to moderate mental health issues. It’s a free group and is safe welcoming place for people to share their experiences and learn from others.
- Peer mentoring in schools – working in both primary and secondary schools. They train student peer mentors in mental health awareness to support their younger students.
- Employment support – Providing encouragement and practical help to support people recovering from mental health difficulties to get back into work, paid or voluntary.
- Education and training services – providing mental health awareness and mental health first aid trainign in schools, community groups and businesses.
As you can see they are defiantly offering something for anyone who struggles with mental health difficulties. This is just a quick overview so please check out their website for a more comprehensive list and further detail. Buckinghamshire Mind.
I am very passionate about mental health in schools. I believe this is were awareness needs to begin. Whether it begins with a child being bullied at school or at home or whether its help with hereditary mental health issues. I am very pleased to see that Bucks Mind have and are in schools training older students to help and support their younger peers. Kaya told me specifically that they have seen a fantastic response in a few locals schools already. Long may it continue.
As with any charity they depend on volunteers and donations from the public. The more we can do the more people they can support.
I have filled in a volunteering form from their website and I am hoping to start the training for a role soon. Please take a look here if you feel like you could spare some time to help people who are struggling, lonely or vulnerable.
My charity football match – 1st July 2017 12pm – 4pm
The SRD Stadium, Aylesbury Football Club, Haywood Way, HP19 9WZ
There will also be face painting, raffle, tombola, 2 bouncy castles, garden games, ice cream van. The football club will also be open for refreshments.
Please do come along if you can and help raise money for this important charity.
Lots of love