A mental health charity has launched a new support line to help North Staffordshire adults in need.
North Staffs Mind, which has provided a range of services to more than 10,000 adults, children and young people throughout the region, launched its new service ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week.
The week, which culminates tomorrow, aims to raise awareness of mental health as well as reducing the stigma of discussing mental wellbeing – something the charity has done for more than 40 years.
The new Adult Support Line, which was launched on May 15, will now run alongside the charity’s Young Person and Parent Support lines.
The charity also offers an instant messaging service for young people called Speak up Space and the ‘Be Excellent to Each Other’ support group which is available for men over 18 and accessible via Zoom.
Kate Boundy, interim chief executive at North Staffs Mind, said: “We continue to develop the services we offer during these challenging times.
“Our teams have responded magnificently to move from face to face services to remote delivery via telephone, webchat and online video within a really short timescale.
“The pressure on our mental health has never been greater, and we are working hard to ensure that we continue to provide a range of services that can help as many people as possible during lockdown.”
Emma Marks, Time to Change community equalities coordinator for West Midlands, said: “Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, but this week is a great opportunity to get as many people as possible thinking and talking about mental health.
“We would encourage the people of North Staffs and everyone to get involved and check out the work that North Staffs Mind do, including their current fundraising events, and help the charity continue with the vital work they do to support their local community.”
The Adult Support Line is available on Friday’s between 11am and 2pm. You can call 0800 0051 445 and speak to a practitioner free of charge.