IMAGINE: What it feels like to want to die because the pain and bleakness of living is too excruciating to bear.
IMAGINE: Being constantly on edge, afraid and anxious of everything around you. Every situation presents itself as a danger zone. Every conversation you have you replay in your mind over and over again, in fear that you said the wrong thing.
IMAGINE: The endless voices in your head insisting that you are worthless.
IMAGINE: Being in a crowded room but feeling that you are completely alone and that no one can or wants to hear you.
IMAGINE: You are one of the 1 in 4 people suffering from mental illness.
The Hardy Appeal is about bringing more help to those who live everyday with some of these thoughts – to do that, we need to raise £296,000
The Hardy Appeal hopes to raise the funds to support the following projects:
- Armed Forces Family Support Project – This project, in partnership with HMS Heron, would support the families of serving personnel. Service families are often forgotten next to serving personnel who may suffer from PTSD or other combat disorders. However, their families experience loneliness, isolation, anxiety and stress.
- “Bump in the Road” Pregnancy and maternity support – A project to support women who are struggling with their mental health both during and after pregnancy. Women with young babies or children can find it difficult to leave the home or attend groups, so a support working coming to their home can be the lifeline needed to help them and their families. Working in partnership with Health Visitors, this programme would embed into Doctors’ surgeries and then be rolled out across the area.
- Farming Support – In our rural area, farmers are seven times more likely to take their own life than other professionals. One contributing factor is a lack of time to fulfil their work. Groups are therefore not an option. Increasing triggers are financial and linked with bovine TB. Tailored Support Workers are needed on the farm to help while the Farmer goes about their work.
- Mental Health Community Day and 1-1 Service – This grant would fund South Somerset Minds work for Service Users in Yeovil, Somerset. Their Mental Health Community Day is attended by 72 people each month and runs from 9:30am – 3:30pm every Wednesday. In addition, this group work is complemented by up to 9 private one-to-one sessions with experienced Support Worker throughout the week. One Support Worker and four volunteers run this day. Currently, South Somerset Mind receive no funding for this project and it will have to close in September 2017 if they cannot obtain funds.
- Youth Matters – This project supports 16-25 year olds with their mental health, through a weekly drop-in session and 1-1 counselling. Funding for this project ended in June 2016 and since then South Somerset Mind have been supporting young people through their core funds, which is unsustainable beyond September 2017. Some of their young service users are making excellent long-term progress.