This week’s Charity in Focus is Hull and East Yorkshire Mind

Published: Monday 4th December 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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With one in four people experiencing a mental health problem every year, HEY Mind’s work is invaluable.

The mental health charity has been established for over forty years, providing expert mental health services for people across Hull and the region. Supporting 5,000 people each year, its main aim is to intervene at the early stage of mental illness in order to improve the wellbeing of the community. Mind also strives to destigmatise diagnoses in order to empower those who live with mental health problems.

“The impact of mental illness, particularly severe and enduring mental illness, can be devastating. Not only for those directly affected, but also their families, friends, colleagues and loved ones,” Chief Executive David Smith tells us. “It can destroy employment, housing, financial stability, relationships, physical health, friendships, hope and ambition. We support people that we work in various ways so that they can live as independently as possible.”

HEY Mind offers a wide range of services, spanning from one-to-one sessions to group counselling, as well as additional support in order to help people live more independently.

“Mind can help individuals manage relationships and finance, find employment, make friends and reduce isolation, as well as manage the symptoms of mental illness,” David continues. “We campaign to ensure that people with mental health issues are treated fairly and not discriminated against.”

The charity, which works both with young people and adults, tailors its support to suit the individual’s needs, whether they need counselling or just some advice.

“Not only do we want to help people to improve their mental health, but also raise their aspirations and confidence. By creating awareness and educating, we can help people avoid mental ill health, challenge the stigmas and promote positive wellbeing,” he adds.

The HEY Mind website is a vital resource for those with concerns about their own mental health or that of a relative or friend. It has key information about how you can access their services, as well as an extensive list of crisis support in the Hull and East Yorkshire area.

Meanwhile, the National Mind site provides a wealth of information about types of mental health problems, legal rights and tips on how to help yourself or someone you know.

“We are determined to not give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect,” David affirms.

HEY Mind is continuously looking for volunteers to donate their time to a wide range of roles across the organisation. In the meantime, the team is always grateful to those who are able to fundraise, as this enables them to improve and continue to their much-needed services.

To find out more about HEY Mind, please visit their website or call their information line on 01482 240133.

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Published: Monday 4th December 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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