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Mind BLMK charity announces how it will continue to support mental health in Bedfordshire, Luton, and Milton Keynes
Local mental health charity Mind BLMK has just announced online its plans to adapt their current range of support for people and organisations across Bedfordshire, Luton, and Milton Keynes during this current climate.
By offering a range of one-to-one support by phone or email, the charity intends to continue supporting people experiencing mental health problems.
Mind BLMK will also be offering wellbeing calls to those in the community, who feel that they would like some support.
Adapting to a new way of support
In the unprecedented times we are facing, never has support for people’s mental health been so important. People who struggle with their mental health are likely to feel even more isolated and extremely anxious. Disruption to support options will be hugely unsettling and detrimental for people’s wellbeing.
Therefore, Mind BLMK’s existing services will be replaced by e-mails and telephone meetings from Friday 20th March 2020 until further notice. Anyone currently receiving help from us will continue to receive that help, just in a different way.
We recognise that with so many people experiencing uncertain times, isolation, loss of income and contact with friends and family, we have a key role to play in helping them manage their mental health and wellbeing.
We are doing everything we can to continue supporting those in our community at this time, and encourage those who need to support to contact us.
The charity will contact their existing participants individually to let them know of this development and to explain the alternative options that they have put in place to continue supporting them.
If you or someone you know needs urgent or crisis support with their mental health, we are here for you. Our Crisis Café will be operating remotely Tuesday to Friday, between 5pm – 11pm and can be contacted during these times via telephone on 01525 722 225. If after the phone call it is decided that a face-to-face session would work best for you, this may be offered by one of our trained mental health workers.
How to get in touch
- If you are based in Bedford please contact Clare Anderson on 07597113613 or email [email protected]
- If you are based in Central Bedfordshire please contact Sapphira Timperio 07546174124 or email [email protected]
- If you are based in Luton please contact Katy Eagle 07867398246 or email [email protected]
- If you are based in Milton Keynes please contact Victoria Sharp 07842405045 or email [email protected]
A word from our Chief Executive
Mind BLMK’s Chief Executive Officer, Caroline Lewis comments, “We all find ourselves in extremely difficult times – never before have we encountered such a challenge to offering support to so many people. I am however, so hugely grateful to everyone in the charity for really coming together, so we are able to continue to provide support to those in the local community.
One in four people will be diagnosed in their lifetime with a mental health problem. Unfortunately, people with mental health difficulties do often feel isolated – this is nothing new. But this situation is new and will undoubtedly affect all members of the public.
We will be publishing a lot of information and support on our website and through our Social Media channels in the coming days and weeks so that people do not feel alone and have hints and tips on how to look after their mental health whilst being distanced from work, friends and family.”
Ways to support our work
During this uncertain time, any support would be hugely appreciated. If you are in the fortunate position of being able to make a donation towards our work, any amount would be most appreciated. Please click here to make a contribution towards our work.
To further support our community during this time, we will also be looking to launch (virtually!) Active April shortly too. Encouraging those who do need to stay at home, to engage in accessible and kind exercise activities throughout the month.
We will be sharing more information on this soon – please keep an eye out on our social media channels over the coming weeks for more information.
To help support you and those around you at this time, you may also find the following websites useful –
- Wellbeing support information during this current time
- Self care resources, including the Five Ways to Wellbeing
- Gentle, home workouts, which can be completed from the comfort of a chair
- Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself
Author: Hayley Coomber
Posted on: 19th March 2020