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Trowbridge Mental Health Support in Safety

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Trowbridge Service Users Group is a Peer run and lead mental health support group. We have never really had any support and the group was set up due to the lack of mental health support in Trowbridge.
Many of those suffering from mental illness where "Purged" from the mental health teams back to GP services basically due to lack of funding. leaving us with out support and once again isolated.
I always believed that mental health treatment should not be based on out comes and this includes charities that gain funding to get people back to work or into treatment based therapy.
Because they miss the 1 thing that those living and recovering from mental ill health is relearning to participate in life safely. I used to be able to go to work and look normal but once away from that situation i used so many poor coping skills to get me to be ready for the next day and over many decades this pattern has cause major damage to the quality of my life.
So with lived knowledge of mental ill health  i look back at the damage that was caused and could see the one thing i needed.... which was a support network that was not going to vanish after 10 weeks, one that made me feel like a paid member other than a wanted friend.
So i created Trowbridge Service users group and used free spaces i could wangle building the free service in to a weekly art session, a weekly social group, a monthly men's group and a monthly mindfulness and meditation session and a group in Westbury and i would like to provide more local groups.
But due to Covid 19 none of my space are what i would describe as places that social distancing can take place.
So i have been looking at bigger spaces but i can book any till the government releases dates to open. But i have been looking and have options but i can get a definite until booking dates open.
My plan was to get the space and then look for funding but if i wait I will not have the funds to book the space so i going to ask now.
And to let you know all current members are being supported online via our private group and social media.
So i just going to ask for some help as i am not getting it from anywhere else and your support will help to help those in your local community with our free self referral service.
That means we dont ask questions we dont collect names as we know that admitting to the public your mental health is under pressure so come along to our group once reopened and find out yur not alone


Mark Marshall

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