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    Weʼve raised £110 to pay the hall hire for a Mental Health support group. currently I am forced to charge a fee to cover costs. I want to offer the sessions free

    Wells, UK
    Funded on Friday, 5th October 2018

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    Helping through support.

    For much of my life I suffered with debilitating depression & anxiety, including a 17 year vitual imprisonment through agoraphobia. I spend long traumatic periods in hospital which affected not only me but my young family. Mental Health illness wrecked great swathes of my life. It was a horrendous experience that I wouldn't wish on anybody.

    I was fortunate that I eventually found help, initially through a Rethink Support group until it was disbanded due to financial cuts. Later I found a wonderful therapist. Talking through my worries helped me in a way that medication couldn't. Since being given the all-clear a few years ago I have dedicated my life to helping others who are struggling as I did. I became a mental health Champion & write about & talk openly & honestly about my experiences. But although I've made a diffence, it's been minimal .More practical action was required.

    Since the severe cutbacks in Mental Health funding, much of the support & help that was once offered has now diminished , yet the need for it hasn't! People are now being forced to cope alone. This is wrong!

    I have set up a Mental Health Support Group in Wells, Somerset which will be open weekly to anyone who needs to talk. I can't solve mental health problems, but by offering friendship & group support, those having difficulties will find it easier to cope. They will have the opportunity to talk & share their worries, or simply listen, over a cuppa & cake. Isolation is one of the biggest hurdles to cope with, since many people find it near impossible to share how they are feeling. A Support group offers a safe space where noone will judge or critisize & can be a lifeline to many.

    I don't believe that my experiences should be wasted, hence setting up S.E.O (supporting each other) group. Unfortunately I am forced to charge a minimal amount to cover hall fees & refreshments. I am a pensioner with limited income, so can't cover the cost personally

    . The amount I'm charging is small, yet when money is very tight, even a couple of pounds might prove to be too much for some. I want to offer this as a free service. But to do this I need to raise awareness & enough money to cover the necessary costs. If I was able to raise at least £800 it would keep the group running without a fee for about a year.

    If you are able to help, even by just a small amount, it could make the difference between offering a vital service, or it failing. Over 1-4 people will suffer with Mental Health difficulties at some point in their lives. You or a loved one might be one of them. Please, please help me make a difference. Thank you

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    • Rosie Thomas1 year ago
      Rosie Thomas

      Rosie Thomas

      1 year ago

      Still struggling to cover costs for the mental health supportgroup venue. Please help if you can x

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    • Rosie Thomas1 year ago
      Rosie Thomas

      Rosie Thomas

      1 year ago

      I'm having difficulty in posting updates, so apologies, especially to those who have donated. The group is growing, but as expected, people are unable to pay the dues. I am having to cover the hall rental personally. This isn't sustainable. Please help me offer this service free. All donations, however small will help us reach the target & hopefully help get nearer the actual amount needed. These people need help. I need help to pay the costs. Together we can make a difference.

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    • Rosie Thomas1 year ago
      Rosie Thomas

      Rosie Thomas

      1 year ago

      I'm having difficulty in posting updates, so apologies, especially to those who have donated. The group is growing, but as expected, people are unable to pay the dues. I am having to cover the hall rental personally. This isn't sustainable. Please help me offer this service free. All donations, however small will help us reach the target & hopefully help get nearer the actual amount needed. These people need help. I need help to pay the costs. Together we can make a difference.

      Share this update to help us raise more

    1 year ago

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    Page last updated on: 12/17/2017 8:03 PM

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    • Lisa P

      Lisa P

      Oct 19, 2017

      Hope it goes well.-good luck from Australia

      £10.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Oct 8, 2017

    Great people make things happen

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    Rosie Thomas

    Rosie Thomas

    Wells, UK

    Being 65, disabled & in constant pain doesn't diminish my drive to help others. I teach Tai Chi for Health & am a Mental Health campaigner. I write & give talks about my experiences. I am also a mental health Champion for Time to Change. I live alone in Somerset with my bossy cat

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