Mental Health Awareness Week: Do you know where to turn to for help?
Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event which aims to highlight the importance of mental well-being and offer support to those in need.
By Kate Baxter
Posted: Wednesday, 17th May 2023 10:00 am
15 - 21 May is Mental Health Awareness Week and this year's focus is anxiety and the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on well-being.
Mind is a national mental health charity and is a partner of the Co-op. The charity provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem and campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
In 2022 the Co-op donated almost £6,000 to three local charities, all of which support mental health, either indirectly or directly.
Honiton Foodsave gives out free food to individuals in need and Cruse Bereavement Support provides mental health support to those who have lost a loved one. Winnie Cameron's Honiton Carers reduces loneliness and anxiety for unpaid carers with the group meeting regularly for group outings, creative activities and 'Cuppa and Chats' at Combe Garden Centre.
As well as the charities mentioned above, there are several other charities and organisations which offer support to people struggling with mental health issues, food poverty, loneliness or isolation.
- Citizen's Advice East Devon: The Citizen's Advice Bureau provides a range of support on a number of issues which may affect your mental health. This includes paying bills, benefits and welfare, debt and accommodation. You can find them at 118 High Street.
- The Women's Mental Health Recovery Library and Drop-in: This friendly meet-up takes place at The Thelma Hulbert Gallery where the group enjoy a relaxed craft activity - or you can simply come along for a chat and a drink. The group is aimed at women aged 18 or over who are living with or recovering from mental ill health and is run by trained peers. The session takes place at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery every Thursday from 10am – 1pm. There is no need to book and all materials are provided.
- Andy's Man Club takes place each week at Honiton Rugby Football Club. The group aims to help men cope with mental health challenges. It is a free, informal and supportive group. Every Monday at 7pm (closed on Bank Holidays).
- Parental Minds is an award-winning charity which provides support to families who are struggling with their mental health. Regular sessions take place, including their popular Crafty Minds support group. Help can also be received via phone calls or text messages.
You can help support local causes by becoming a member of the Co-op.