As I made my way down the road, Tiny Dancer by Elton John playing, my Sainsbury’s shopping bag swaying, I tried very hard to keep a huge goofy grin off my face. May I also point out that I was surviving on 3 hours sleep, 2 slices of Nutella on toast and 1 coffee. The stresses of a deadline, need I say more?
So, what’s the good news then? I have now partnered up with Bath Mind to start writing for them. The way this will work is my posts will still be up on my blog, but will appear on Bath Mind’s website too. The consensus, of course, is that these posts will help anyone and everyone with their mental wellbeing.
Bath Mind has been supporting people and fighting for better mental health support in Bath and North East Somerset for almost 40 years. Their services include offering “practical assistance to people within their own accommodation… to help people live an independent and fulfilling life”.
These services are available within Bath and North East Somerset and include several other options, such as a 24-hour care home for those requiring full-time mental health care. They also provide supported housing, community support and Welfare benefits. When you thought it couldn’t get any better, they offer training services including ensuring wellbeing in the workplace, and mental health first aid training.
Lastly, the mental health charity encourages ways for individuals to get involved which in turn, betters their mental health. Two examples of several includes, ‘Food for Thought’, a catering group that facilitates courses and workshops in home cooking and ‘Friends in Need’, a peer-facilitated outreach support group.
Bath Mind is affiliated with the national mental health charity ‘Mind’. Mind is a mental health charity for those living in both England and Wales. Alongside this, there is around 130 local ‘Mind’ that offer support to those living within the area. The charity’s aim is to “empower individuals to make the most of their recovery potential by living active and independent lives”. This can be both at home and in the community alongside others.
If the idea of meeting face-to-face seems daunting, Mind run a service called “Elefriend”. Elefriend is an online community that offers support to anyone who needs it. It’s a place to feel safe and to be yourself with no fear.
In order to be referred to a Community Support service at Bath Mind you can go through “health services, your GP, housing organisations, families, voluntary agencies” or by visiting the online referral form at http://www.bathmind.org.uk or by telephoning 01225 464656/ 617983.
If you’re looking to get involved, there are various ways to do so. These include volunteering, donating through http://www.bathmind.org.uk, fundraising by holding an event to raise money or campaigning by raising awareness of mental health within Bath and North East Somerset.
I am so excited to be working with a charity that is continuously looking for ways to break the stigma surrounding mental illness and focuses on championing mental wellbeing.
Ciao for now x