Your gift could save or change people’s lives
By leaving a gift in your will to Buckinghamshire Mind you could save or change people’s lives. To find out how your support helps people coping with a mental health problem, please read the testimonials from our service users:
“Even though the sessions were ‘short term’ I have gained more from 10 sessions than I have with other ‘long term’ therapies.”
“This counselling period has been incredibly cathartic and hugely beneficial. Thank you.”
“I found my counsellor really listened and provided good coping strategies going forward.”
“My befriender has provided company and opportunity. I can see myself through someone else’s eyes and can check my thinking and whether my perceptions are reasonable.”
“I am back in work. Befriending helped me get out of a rut.”
“It’s something to look forward to and gives you a boost.”
“I’m getting more confident and helping to improve things for myself.”
“Befriending has given me confidence and changed my attitude.”
Sally experiences both physical and mental illness, leaving her feeling very socially isolated.
Now, several months into her befriending partnership, Sally is engaging in several of our services including; seeing her befriender out in the community once a week, joining a weekly walking group, receiving advise concerning Personal Independence Payments and is now attending a yoga/physical movement club.
Sally has gone from only leaving the house when she has appointments to attending social occasions up to three times per week.
The noticeable changes in Sally’s life have made a positive impact on both her physical and mental wellbeing. The exercise is helping her cope with the effects of her illness, while meeting with her befriender and meeting people through various groups is helping her to improve her wellbeing.
Education and Peer Support in Schools
“We learned all about what a peer mentor is and what mental health is and I’m going to go home and talk about it.”
“I liked learning different ways to sort situations out that I couldn’t have solved before. I liked doing a role play and seeing how arguments occur and how to fix it.”
“We all put our ideas into action and learnt how to help others. Another thing I liked was how we discussed our feelings and talked about mental health.”
“You delivered a powerful message and the staff and students will have gained a real understanding about what mental health is.”
– Head of PSHCE and Teacher of Science, Cottesloe School
“Thank you for sharing your assembly with us today. Mental Health is a key issue and I know the children learnt a lot.”
– Early Years Leader and Music Co-ordinator, Disraeli School and Children’s Centre
“Since I have been coming to Milestones and the Art Group, I have more confidence in myself and I enjoy interacting with other people. I didn’t realise how talented I was, which I find exhilarating. I feel more light-hearted and happy, whereas before I was depressed. I am so pleased I am getting out. Thank you very much!”
“Thank you to all the Bucks Mind staff, especially at Wings, for putting me forward as a volunteer and for getting me to where I am now. If it wasn’t for them I don’t know where I’d be. They’ve really helped me so much. If anyone is experiencing mental health problems and you need to come to Bucks Mind’s services then they definitely should come because it really will help.”
Marlow Feel Good Group:
“The support group has been so valuable. It has given me the opportunity to express any issues and talk through any problems. It gives me the chance to meet other people who are experiencing the same or similar as me and to find support.
One of the things I find so very valuable is that I can bring my children with me and they are looked after in the crèche. In the past, being able to travel somewhere to get support for my issues was a major problem because I was unable to bring one or both the children.
Another point that has helped me in the Wednesday group is that I am given space and time to do something creative, which since having children, has been impossible to do. I feel so much better when I have spent time being creative and I look forward to the sessions for this reason.”
Paul has recently undertaken a voluntary role with Buckinghamshire Mind in Chesham, with responsibility for banking donations and fees.
When he first started, Paul was rather nervous and anxious but was determined to help us with this task. Now he has been doing it for several months, he has grown in confidence and has stepped out of his comfort zone.
Through volunteering with us he has further developed his personal and work skills, while in a supportive environment, which will help him in the future when he feels ready to move in to employment.
Friends in Need
“If I hadn’t found Friends in Need, I would still be at home, shopping online, sitting and not washing my hair or showering for weeks. In May, I was suicidal but now I am starting a new job. Coming to FiN has given me back my self-confidence, got rid of my feelings of worthlessness and given my self-esteem a boost! Being open about my depression within the group has helped me to be open in my interview so my new employer knows about my mental health problems, which is a relief.”
“FIN has given me a sense of purpose and of being part of a community where my presence and contribution are valued. This, in turn, has helped alleviate my chronic feelings of low self-worth and low self-esteem, which are the main triggers for depression for me in the past.”
Mind the Gap
“I like Mind the Gap as they understand me.”
“I find it helpful and you can chat about anything that’s bothering you. I feel supported and not judged.”
“It does me good, I really like it. I like the activities and games but also just chatting, especially as I live on my own.”
Older Adults’ Service
“As a receiver of this service, my husband really likes attending and feels the staff are very experienced and caring. If I ever ask if there is anything he doesn’t like about it he says, ‘Nothing at all’. As his wife, I know he doesn’t like to miss any sessions, even if he is unwell. If any changes need to be made, I honestly don’t know what.”
“I am extremely happy with all aspects of the club; the staff are so caring and helpful.”
“The Strengths and Weaknesses exercise really helped me to realise my own worth and helped me focus on what job I want. I learnt about SMART goal setting and being realistic.”
“The ideas given help you cope and give you a different way of approaching problems. I will be putting into practice what I have learned.”
“I now have the confidence to change my job, write a C.V./covering letter, be more confident and more positive.”
“I have now got the confidence to attend the community yoga class.”