Changing minds Kent are pulling together to raise money in aid of mental health awareness week.
Changing minds objective is to provide services to the local community that will result in improvement for better mental health for all.
Organiser of Changing Minds: Steve Migan said: “Changing Minds Kent was originally established as a support group offered to clients receiving Mental Health Support from Avondalecare in Thanet.
In 2017 we decided to branch out from our roots to become a CIC (Community Interest company) that would allow us to branch out and support people from all walks of life regardless of whether they were already receiving support from Avondale or not. As a service we have continued to run our already established support group, The Springways club, in Westgate-on-sea.
The club offers activities, social inclusion, access to training, education and voluntary opportunities for all those who need a bit of extra help along their journey to recovery.
Since breaking away as Changing Minds Kent we have also launched Mental Health First Aid training courses which aim to teach individuals how to support someone going through crisis, be this in a professional or personal capacity”.
Changing minds is holding it’s spring bazaar this coming Saturday at the Social inclusion centre in Westgate-On-Sea. They will be raising funds for individuals suffering from poor mental health in the community.
“We have a lot of exciting items for sale from clothing to furniture to art-work that has all been kindly donated to us by our supporters.
Alongside this we will also be holding a cake stall, a raffle, a tombola and a refreshment stall.”
“At last year’s event we raised just shy of £200. Personally I’m hoping to double this this year… actually let’s make that £500 as I’m feeling ambitious! I think we have a good chance since we have grown in size and have a much better venue this year!
“We aim to grow our audience simply by doing what we do best, supporting people. By reaching out to our local community by attending events (Like our Mental health awareness week outreach program that you may have seen on our social media this week) and providing advice, support and guidance we ultimately aim to tackle stigma and promote recovery for all.”
“We have several other exciting schemes planned for the future, watch this space”.
Changing minds want to raise awareness for mental health as it is still a sensitive topic.
Stevie’s biggest piece of advice to get help would be: “Do not be afraid to take that first step and talk to somebody, be it a family member, a friend or a support service. You are never, ever alone.
If we can get the message out to people that it’s okay to talk about mental health and break down some of the barriers and stigma surrounding it then we’ve done our job!”