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Weʼre raising £200 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

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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 Thomas8 months ago
    Rosie Thomas

    Rosie Thomas

    8 months ago

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

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  • Rosie Thomas10 months ago
    Rosie Thomas

    Rosie Thomas

    10 months 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 Thomas10 months ago
    Rosie Thomas

    Rosie Thomas

    10 months 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

10 months 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

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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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