IT’S astonishing to think that one in four people suffer from mental health problems at some point in their lives.
But thankfully there is help available for people who need it, and it is much closer than you might think.
Registered charity Mind has a team of development workers across East Yorkshire, for its Reach Out project, who are ready to offer practical support and a listening ear for people with any type of mental health issue.
According to Charlotte Kennedy, a Reach Out development worker in Pocklington and the surrounding area, there is a social stigma attached to the issue of mental health, which Mind wants to banish.
She said: “What I do try to do is make sure people feel comfortable, and that’s what it is about.
“It’s about feeling comfortable in the environment we are in.
“There is a stigma attached but that’s what Mind are there to do. It’s to get rid of that stigma and look at addressing issues around it.”
For her Reach Out project, Miss Kennedy runs a social group every Tuesday, from 1pm-3pm, at the Youth Centre on Pocklington’s New Street.
The group is specifically aimed at people who are socially isolated or have anxiety issues when meeting new people. A variety of activities are organised for those who attend the group, including baking and arts and crafts work.
The 26-year-old also runs development courses throughout the year. The next course she is setting up will be a stress and anxiety management course, which will be held at the Old Court House on George Street, Pocklington. It will take place on Tuesdays from 10am-noon for ten weeks, starting on Tuesday 17 April.
From Wednesday 18 April, 9.30am-11am, Miss Kennedy will be holding parent and child drop-in sessions at the Market Weighton Children’s Centre on Princess Road. This is for parents who might be feeling down and need someone to talk to.
In addition, she offers one-to-one sessions to support people with all different concerns, whether it is anxiety issues or people wanting to discuss their financial or relationship difficulties.
“All of the things I do are aimed at people who are struggling with anxiety issues, confidence, any kind of mental health issues,” Miss Kennedy said.
Anyone who is interested in attending one of these groups or courses or would like to talk with Miss Kennedy on a one-to-one basis should get in touch with her first by calling 07855 236874 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.