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Suffolk Mental health charity backs potentially life-saving campaign

Author: Patrick Lowman Published: 16th April 2018 13:06

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Suffolk Mental health charity backs potentially life-saving campaign

A wide-reaching campaign launched following a spate of suicides in a Suffolk community has received the backing of an influential mental health charity.

The Just Talk Campaign was launched by leading psychotherapist Glenda Roberts in 2016 following a number of suicides in the Sudbury area. The campaign, which recently received registered charitable status, holds free monthly drop-in sessions where people can discuss any problem they may have in confidence without needing to book an appointment. The campaign also offers affordable one-to-one counselling services.

To date the campaign has helped many people with a wide range of emotional issues, in some cases including those feeling suicidal.

The campaign is now being supported the Suffolk Users Forum (SUF), a service user led charity promoting emotional and mental health wellbeing. In 2016/17 it supported 3,846 people across Suffolk with mental health issues.

Wendy Shepherd, SUF's service user and engagement lead for west Suffolk, recently met with Just Talk leaders to discuss how she could support the campaign:

She said: "It was great to meet those running the campaign to learn about the fantastic work they are doing and how so many people with emotional issues are being supported as result of this work.

"I will now be supporting the campaign by introducing the initiative to other organisations which can provide advice on funding, grants, advertising and general guidance on charitable operations. Where appropriate we will also be signposting our members and partner organisations to the campaign so it is able to help more people suffering with mental health and emotional issues."

The next Just Talk Campaign Drop-in session is being held on Saturday, February 2018 between 10am and 2pm, at the Stour Valley Business Centre, Brundon Lane, Sudbury.

Ms Roberts, who also run the ExploringU Wellbeing Centre based in Sudbury said: "We are delighted to be receiving support from SUF, whose expertise, contacts and experience will help us to develop as a charity enabling us to help many more people. We believe everyone has the right to be heard and to have someone they can trust. We offer a safe and friendly environment where people of any age or background can come and talk freely about any issue they may have."

Further information about the Just Talk Campaign can be found at www.justtalkcampaign.co.uk. Contact can also be made by email info@justtalkcampaign.co.uk or by telephone 0330 120 0279.

 

 

 

 

 

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