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Article published on: Thursday, 03 December 2020

2020 has been a year of challenges and uncertainty and more people need us than ever before.

Will you donate this Christmas and help us be there for those who need us in 2021? Please click here to donate.

This is not going to be a normal Christmas. But then again, 2020 hasn’t been a normal year.

The pandemic has affected our lives in so many ways; the loved ones we’ve lost, redundancies, months of lockdown, social isolation, loneliness – so much has changed, and none of us know what will happen next.

However, throughout it all Bucks Mind has been here for our community and continued to provide our mental health services for people in Buckinghamshire and East Berkshire.

Cheryl, a user of Bucks Mind’s Befriending Service, told us: “I am someone already struggling with mental health problems and very isolated. I have definitely seen a plummet in mood and heightened anxiety since the start of the pandemic. I have also seen it in others as well.”

Bucks Mind was able to continue to support Cheryl throughout the pandemic by providing Befriending over the phone.

“I was provided with a lovely lady who has phoned me every week,” says Cheryl. “We have wonderful conversations about books and what food we’ve eaten. Just normal everyday things, which takes my mind off my own thoughts for a while. These weekly calls have been the highlight of my week and have kept me going. I am so grateful to Bucks Mind for being creative and finding other ways to work in what are very challenging times.”

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, Buckinghamshire Mind has been there for people like from Cheryl – through our wide range of services, including Befriending, Children & Young People’s Services, Community Based Support, Counselling, Crisis Support (Safe Haven), Employment Support, Older Adults’ Service, Peer Support Groups, Suicide Bereavement Support Service, Training and Wellbeing Services.

We need your help to continue to be there for everyone who needs us.

Please, will you send a gift of £5, or whatever you can afford, today for Buckinghamshire Mind and help make 2021 a year where nobody has to face a mental health problem alone?

Please click here to make a donation.

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