Your article: £9,900 Big Lottery cash for Second Thoughts charity

Founder and chair of STEY Greg Harman.
Founder and chair of STEY Greg Harman.

New charity ‘Second Thoughts East Yorkshire’ (STEY) has been awarded a £9,900 grant from the Big Lottery Awards for All fund.

Based in Barmby Moor, STEY’s aim is to promote good mental health for people living in the East Riding of Yorkshire and surrounding areas, including York and Hull.

Supporting people with mental health problems and their carers, the charity delivers life skill support workshops including confidence building, assertiveness, anxiety management, skill awareness and effective communication. The sessions run over four weeks for around three hours per week and all of the workshops are free.

The first series of workshops for people began on Monday 14 September in Pocklington with more to follow all across the county.

As well as supporting people managing mental health issues ranging from mild anxiety to depression to more enduring conditions, STEY also works with the carers of people managing their mental health problems and with employers. Supporting employers with mental health awareness and advice on effective management in this area, STEY helps employees to retain their jobs and so avoid long periods of absence and subsequent reduction in quality of life.

The charity was formed by Greg Harman BA (Hons 1st class), who has worked in mental health for 16 years. Other trustees are recently retired GP Dr Stephen Lees BA (Hons); MBBS (Hons); qualified accountant Howard Bryan BA (Hons) BS CIMA; LLB (Hons) and Ian Myers, retired business consultant and IT specialist.

Greg Harman, the chairman of the new charity, said: “There is often little support for people struggling to maintain positive mental health in many parts of our region and we aim to provide that much needed help for local people.”

Stephen Lees added: “As a GP I often struggled to refer to quality support services, even in a large city like Hull, and rural areas are even worse. Working with Greg, we will deliver effective and positive interventions to help improve quality of life for our local people.”

Supporting employers, the charity is already delivering workshops to one global company based in Pocklington and other similar workshops are planned for the near future.

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