A Honiton support group specialising in helping the parents and carers of children with mental health issues now supports over 40 families in the town.
Sarah Glover set up Parent+ Support Hub back in February of this year. The launch coincided with Honiton becoming a Mental Health Friendly Town, an initiative backed by Honiton Health Matters.
The group offers support plans, support calls and peer support groups all currently within a virtual capacity, but with the view to resume cafe-style meetings post Covid-19.
Sarah has worked tirelessly to get the group to where it is now, with lots of exciting plans to expand even further.
She told Honiton Nub News: “The response has been amazing. People have really embraced what we are trying to achieve and it has grown quicker than expected.
“We are looking for local trusts and businesses to support the work via Parental Minds CIC.
“Parental Minds create the much-needed resources in collaboration with Parent+ lived experience, published material and professional input.
“Parental Minds CIC is also working on other key areas where there are currently gaps in mental health support for young people.”
Sarah is keen to stress that the support offered goes beyond just parents and carers; it encompasses all family members, friends and colleagues who are supporting someone with mental health issues however old they are.
“We are currently providing support for someone looking after their elderly parents. The issues we deal with come in all forms and guises, so we encourage anyone who’s affected to get in touch.
“I also wish to thank a new movement in the town Honiton Forward for providing their full support.”