Can you help us to support local people experiencing a mental health problem?
Buckinghamshire Mind has launched an appeal to raise £10,000 to help us tackle the increase in mental health problems caused by the pandemic.
Please make a donation of £5 today, or whatever you can afford, to help fund our vital mental health services.
Why are we doing this appeal?
Before the Covid-19 pandemic, it was estimated that 1 in 4 people would experience a mental health difficulty at some point in their lives. According to a recent Mind survey, around 50% of the UK population is now experiencing a mental health difficulty.
In Buckinghamshire, a quarter of people surveyed by Public Health reported high anxiety, while nearly 1 in 10 wanted help from mental health services.
Why support Buckinghamshire Mind?
Since the first national lockdown in March, Buckinghamshire Mind has remained open by adapting new ways of working. Since then, we have helped thousands of people in Buckinghamshire and East Berkshire through our high quality mental health services.
Many of these services had to be delivered remotely, so we found new and innovative ways to reach out and be there for those who needed us.
For example, our CYP service provided support during lockdown to children, parents and school staff with online mental health education assemblies, workshops and training sessions as well as videos and weekly wellbeing newsletters.
Emma Barnes, Year 2 Class Teacher and Mental Health Lead at Burford School in Marlow Bottom, which benefits from Bucks Mind’s Peer Support in Schools Services, says:
“The Buckinghamshire Mind weekly wellbeing newsletters were a fantastic resource to share with our children and parents whilst at home and we received brilliant feedback on these from our school community.”
Now that schools have fully reopened, Bucks Mind’s Peer Support in Schools Service is likely to play a vital part in helping schools to support the mental wellbeing of students.
“The Peer Support in Schools Service has played and continues to play a pivotal role,” says Emma. “Now that we have made a full return to school, it is evident that a number of children are feeling increasingly anxious due to the disruption of the last twelve months. At Burford, we believe that the support of a Peer Mentor could make all of the difference to some of our pupils.”
This is just one example of how our mental health services will support people over the coming months. But we need your help to do this. Please give £5, or whatever you can afford, to help us be there for everyone who needs us.
Thank you very much for your support.