It’s Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 (18 – 24 May) and though it’s good to take a moment to remember those who are impacted, this is a subject which we’re aware of all year round.
Chief Executive Richard Owens explains, “In many ways we are a mental health charity because we see people in their crisis moments. In the last year we have helped 300 welfare clients, and, through Foodbank, fed over 5,000 people.
When people come to us they are often at their lowest point but thanks to our dedicated team of volunteers and staff we’re able to help them put into place the practical building blocks to a better life, which then helps their mental health. Many of our staff and some of our volunteers undertook two days of ‘mental health first aid’ training in 2019.
Our welfare team fights for benefits they’re entitled to, or help take steps to get them out of debt. And once some people are through crisis we may move them on from Foodbank to Food Pantry and our Next Steps café.
“We have many clients who are so thankful for our support, they tell us how it has halted their decline into depression and improved their physical – and mental – wellbeing.
“And we in turn would like to thank all our volunteers and supporters, everyone who has helped with food or money or time donations – your work really does help people. This year’s Mental Health Awareness theme is kindness, but I’d like to say it’s the kindness of all those who help us – all year round, not just for a week – which means we can help so many people with their mental health. Thank you.”
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