Help close at hand for Swindon people in mental health crises

By Barrie Hudson - 28 July 2020

CommunityHealth

People who have lived through a mental health crisis are urging others to make use of the help available.

  • Timely support, even over the phone, can prevent troubles from deepenng

    Timely support, even over the phone, can prevent troubles from deepenng

Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group is promoting services across the region intended to relieve anxiety and tension.
It says that simply opening up and talking to somebody, whether, a friend, a loved one or a healthcare worker, can provide the support needed to avoid a more significant mental health crisis.
In Swindon, any person worried about having a mental health crisis can get help from the team working at the Junction which, although based in the former Town Hall in Regent Circus, is now offering one-to-one telephone support each day between 4pm and 11pm.
Caroline Mellers, who is working with the CCG to provide better support for people in mental health crises, said: "At times in my life, I have felt hopeless, worthless and like nobody understood me, but asking for help and sharing how I was feeling allowed me to unlock the help I knew I needed, and that gave me a sense of wellbeing again.
"These last few months have been tough for everybody, and some people might have been affected by dramatic changes to their physical, emotional and financial wellbeing, all of which can affect mental health.
"If this sounds familiar, it's important to know that it's OK to feel this way and that help is available.
"I know the importance of reaching out for support early on and would definitely not think twice about acting quickly if there was ever a next time."  
Further information about the Junction is available on 01793 286506.
 

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