Wiltshire Mind fundraiser Sarah Cardy, a regular at Melksham parkrun, completed the virtual Bath Half marathon this weekend, knocking 12 minutes off her personal best!
Raising over £700 for Wiltshire Mind, Sarah has used running to help with her mental wellbeing during the pandemic, but wanted to raise funds for Wiltshire Mind, so we can help with the wellbeing of those who cannot or might not choose to run.
“So many people have struggled in the past year with their mental health. I have been lucky enough to have found running to get me through. However, it’s not for everyone. If I can use my running to support others, then Wiltshire Mind is in need of our support.”
To provide mental health support to our communities across Wiltshire through 2021, we need to raise £465 a day. We rely on the generous donations of our supporters and local fundraising activity, which has been hit hard by the pandemic and the social restrictions.
This year we are seeing almost a 50% drop in our income so far.
If you would like to help raise funds for Wiltshire Mind to enable us to continue providing our mental health support work across the county, please email email@example.com to see how we can support you.
We are an independent charity, and every penny fundraised allows us to extend our support to more people in Wiltshire. We’d really value your fundraising, and would love to work with you.
Whether you are an organisation wishing to create a culture of support in the workplace for anyone experiencing mental health problems, or an individual wanting to gain skills and confidence in supporting others with their mental health, our two-day Adult Mental Health First Aid training is for you.
Accredited by MHFA England, this course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider and provides:
> An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing
> Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health problems
> Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
> Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
> Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support.
The course is delivered over two days via an integrated online learning hub, including individual learning, plus four live instructor-led sessions, with our training partner at My White Dog.
The course will be held on the 20th and 27th April. The course costs £285 per person, including a certificate and course materials.
Our free counselling for children and young people provides a safe space where highly specialist counsellors use a range of creative therapeutic methods to help young people connect to, and express, their emotions. Helping young people develop coping strategies can mean they are able to thrive rather than just survive.
We are an independent local Mental Health Charity based in Melksham providing county-wide services and we are here for you. We are affiliated to Mind, supporting those who are experiencing mental health problems or emotional distress.
We are taking the Coronavirus pandemic extremely seriously and know that it has caused anxiety amongst the public and our own staff, volunteers and participants, especially where we have had to suspend face to face services.
It is great news that we are now able to resume our Peer Support groups online via Zoom, and this is available to both existing and new group members seeking support with their mental health and wellbeing.
The timetable of groups is as follows:
Chippenham – Mondays 10am
Malmesbury – Mondays 12pm
Devizes – Tuesdays 10am
Melksham – Wednesday 12pm
Trowbridge – Fridays 10.30am
We will also be re-starting the Evening Group and Tidworth group soon. Tidworth will run on Thursdays at 10.30am and the Evening Group will run on Tuesdays at 6.30pm.
To register your interest in attending our peer support groups, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact details and the group you are interested in attending.
Our 1-2-1 counselling services are continuing remotely via Zoom and telephone.
In addition to our adult service, we offer counselling to young people from 11 years of age.
Since the first lock down in March 2020, Wiltshire Mind has been providing Counselling for adults and young people and also running Peer Support Groups to those in need of mental health support. We have seen a big increase in demand in recent weeks, and we have been able to offer online counselling and support groups to people across Wiltshire. Last year, we were able to offer over 1150 counselling sessions.
Like many charities, we are seeing a decrease in our income though. We offer low-cost services, ensuring they are available to anyone. But this also means our current level of income is not covering our costs.
To provide mental health support to our communities across Wiltshire through 2021, we need to raise £465 a day. We do not currently receive any commissioned or statutory funding, so we rely on the generous donations of our supporters and local fundraising activity, which has been hit hard by the pandemic and the social restrictions.
1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem in our lifetime. We make a difference by offering hope through mental health support to our community. The Coronovirus pandemic is having a huge impact on our mental health. Help us be there for everyone in Wiltshire who needs us at this time.
If you can help in any way, please support us and donate today.
Our counselling and peer support groups close over the Christmas period. If you are experiencing problems, and need support urgently, please see our Information and Support pages.
If you are struggling with your mental health, it’s really important to reach out for support. Here are some organisations who can provide free support at any time, day or night.
Side by Side
This is a supportive online community where you can feel at home talking about your mental health and connect with others who understand what you are going through. It is a safe place to share experiences and listen to others. The community is available to all, 24/7.
Text ‘SHOUT’ to 85258 and a trained volunteer will get back to you. You can talk about a range of issues including anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, relationship problems, bullying or if you’re feeling overwhelmed. It’s free to text from all major UK mobile networks and your messages are confidential and anonymous.
To talk about anything that is upsetting you, you can contact Samaritans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can call 116 123 (free from any phone), email email@example.com
Help in a Crisis
If you or someone you know might imminently attempt suicide, or has already seriously harmed themselves, contact 999 or go to the nearest Accident & Emergency department. Mental health emergencies are serious, you are not wasting anyone’s time.
If you need urgent support for your mental health but it is not life-threatening, contact the NHS on 111 who can tell you how best to get support in your area.
Wiltshire Mind Charity Shop sells a range of ladies and men’s clothing. We are a local Mental health charity and monies raised helps us to continue our vital work within the community.
We provide mental health support to adults, children and young people and offer a safe a friendly place for those experiencing mental health problems or emotional distress. Every penny counts, and thank you for supporting Wiltshire Mind.
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