Weʼve raised £810 to Help feed vulnerable families and individuals over Christmas whose lives are affected by mental health & major challenging issues
- Funded on Thursday, 7th March 2019
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Alone Behind Closed Doors (ABCD) was birthed out of my own journey and battle with clinical depression. The program started in 2016 as a simple idea to reach out to a few families and individuals who for various reasons abhor the thought of Christmas due to loneliness, financial difficulties, loss of loved ones and other challenging circumstances that trigger mental health disorders or depression.
I suffered from acute depression for some 35 years and very much aware not everyone has the mental capacity to leave their home, brace themselves and put on a brave face in order to spend Christmas with a friend, some people have no family or friends. There are those for whom attending a soup kitchen for Christmas dinner can heighten their predicament, making them feel worse upon returning to an empty home, this increase mental torment triggering longer bouts of depression.
Being surrounded by TV campaigns, shops, advertising and the like all centered around the festive season, when you have very little or nothing and struggle to see the bright side of the day can make Christmas, can make the festive season a very, very tough time for some, it was for me.
It is for this reason, every Christmas I choose to support as many families and individuals with the gifts and talents that I have been graced with. As a qualified Chef I provide loaded home cooked hampers with enough food, drinks, and snack to last up to a week for a single person and 2-3 days for a family. In some cases, we have been able to include supermarket food vouchers as a means to see the recipients into the New Year.
Each hamper is tailored made to the individual's or families dietary needs and ethnic background. Recipients are nominated by the general public who are familiar with the individual/family circumstances. We have had school and social services nominating families and individuals as well as independent friends and well-wishers.
The main purpose is to eliminate any areas of depression brought on by the stress of being unable to provide for themselves or a family over the festive period or individuals themselves who due to mental health are not looking forward to Christmas, therefore are not in a position physically ,mentality, emotionally or financially to support themselves.
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Dec 23, 2018
Jemz ...your doing an amazing outreach...love it!
Dec 22, 2018
Giving this worthy cause another push. I have worked with so many people this week who are destitute, or have or are coming through the other side of depression just because someone showed they cared.
Dec 20, 2018
Hi Sis. Continue the good work Sis.God bless you always.
Dec 20, 2018
Hi Sis Jemma. Keep up the good work. God bless . PMc
Dec 19, 2018
Dec 14, 2018
Fantastic work you're doing Jemz xx
Dec 6, 2018
This is such an amazing campaign and your heart for others is truly something special. May God bless you and your home that you will always have in abundance ❤
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Jemma Regis is a mental health advocate like no other. Having battled with depression for over 35 years, she knows too well the emotional pain it can cause all year round, in particular over the Christmas period, the lead up to new year and birthdays.