How we've been helping people through lockdown
This year has been difficult for everyone, but our clients have been some of the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Covid-19 has deeply heighted many of our clients’ anxiety levels, with a high proportion now experiencing deteriorating mental and physical health compounded by challenges including food and benefit issues, loneliness, bereavement, housing problems, anti-social residents and isolation. Meanwhile, some of our elderly clients do not have access to wifi i or smart phones and so are at greater risk of isolation and often unable to access online shopping and repeat prescriptions.
When lockdown began, we worked around the clock to ensure everyone had access to support either via the telephone or via online support groups, to help people stay connected with the community, to give information on how people can maintain their mental wellbeing and to signpost to other key local services if needed. Specifically, we provided:
1-2-1 Telephone support and peer support groups,
interactive Zoom groups including creative writing and art groups,
virtual groups and WhatsApp support for young people,
weekly support packs for young people,
computer support for with Universal Credit claims,
urgent welfare visits,
E-bulletins with tips about wellbeing,
signposting to other services such as Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB).
We were also thrilled to be able to deliver 1-2-1 face to face support for our most vulnerable clients. We achieved this by working in partnership with Crossways Community to deliver socially distanced face to face support at The Kitchen Table on Camden Road, which was adapted to meet government guidelines of safe working and social distancing.
Mayor's Charity of the Year
Mental Health Resource is delighted to be chosen by the new Tunbridge Wells Mayor, Cllr Chris Woodward as the Mayoral ‘Charity of the Year' for 2021-2022!
The high standing of the Mayor is one of honour and dignity rather than actual legal powers and this is a fantastic opportunity for us to shine a light on mental health awareness in our town. Now in our 28th year, we’re working harder than ever to support those in our community who are suffering from mental ill health.
We are really excited to attend fundraising events over the coming 12 months run in conjunction with the Mayor's office and to reach more people who might need our support at this time.
We're thrilled to announce that last year alone, we supported 1486 people with their mental health and emotional wellbeing across our 5 key projects. These projects fall into the category of 'Community Support projects', 'Advocacy support' and 'Mental Health Training'.
Like *Kate who says, "I was bullied at school and told off for crying – so I learned to hide my feelings. I started to have identity issues from my early 20’s & I became very anxious as a result. At the age of 53, I was given a formal diagnosis of Asperger’s & my mental health went downhill. But the Serenity Café has given me a safe space to come to and it makes my life better as I can spend some time with other people, which I have always found hard to do".
*not her real name.