"Thank you for being there at the end of the phone just at the right time for me.” Reachout Client, April 2020

The impact of covid19

Last year alone, Mental Health resource supported over 350 people through face to face group work, across 4 of our projects. Our clients often have complex, enduring mental health conditions ranging from anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar, boderline personality disorder, psychosis, Schizophrenia, self-harm, obsessive-compulsive disorders, eating disorders and suicidal feelings.

Covid19 has had a devastating effect on our clients:

  • Covid19 has deeply heightened our clients' anxiety levels.
  • Many are now experiencing deteriorating mental and physical health, further compounded by sleeping problems.
  • 1/3 of our Hub clients are elderly and often do not have access to a mobile, smart phones or the internet. This means they are even more isolated from being able to access online shopping and repeat prescriptions.
  • Many of our clients are also largely on a low income and/or pay as you go mobile contracts, meaning they can't always afford to make calls to stay connected to the community.

Our aim- Adapting our services

Mental Health Resource is working hard to continue to support the ongoing needs of our clients, to help them stay connected with each other and our staff, thus reducing feelings of isolation and to give people information on how to maintain their mental wellbeing.

Over the past 3 weeks, our Hub team alone have been in contact with 504 people who need our ongoing support.

We have significantly adapted our services to provide:

  • telephone and online support including peer support groups and 1-2-1 support
  • group telephone support for young people
  • weekly support packs for young people
  • computer support for with Universal Credit claims
  • conducting urgent welfare visits (using Government advice about social distancing).
  • interactive facebook page and groups
  • e-bulletins with tips about wellbeing, to inspire and uplift
  • signposting to other services such as Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)

Raising funds

We urgently need to raise £3800 to help us adapt to new ways of working online, so we can reach our isolated and vulnerable clients at this challenging time.

Specifically, your donations will fund:

  • New equipment, like laptops and mobile phones, to ensure staff can work remotely.
  • Increased staff costs, as a result of moving to online and telephone support.
  • High teleconferencing call costs, so we can cover the call costs that our clients would otherwise face, ensuring they don't face any barriers in accessing our new telephone peer support groups.

We are asking for the support of our community at this difficult time.  Can you help? All donations will be gratefully received.

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