Apr 30

World Mental Health Day Communities Can Be Crucial In Helping To Restore Mental Health

The drastic cuts in social care have made it an extremely hard year for those that provide mental health services. When budgets are reduced the role that the community plays in helping to support those vulnerable people becomes even more important.

As we celebrate World Mental Health Day today it is so amazing to see how communities all over the country come together to help provide support solutions for those with mental health problems to help them get back on their feet which not only benefits the person but also benefits the community.

The Sudley Collection story originated from an article which had been published in the local newspaper about a man in Bognor who took the decision to rent a massive warehouse from where he could take unwanted household items and convert them into sellable products.

This sounds like a highly original business idea, however what makes this idea different is the fact that he wanted the business to benefit not only himself but also the local community and for it to be run on a purely not-profit basis.

This publication was discovered by one of the senior support workers from United Responses Mental Health Outreach team, who along with his fellow employees decided to visit the site and come up with an idea to set up a furniture restoration business, which would be ran by people who had mental health needs. Richard Campbell was so pleased with the idea that he decided to offer them a rent-free space in the warehouse and items of furniture to start restoring.

The main thing that came out of that idea was the launch of the Sudley Collection which is a non-profit, furniture restoration business where people with mental health skills can acquire brand new skills in furniture restoration as well as putting together a fantastic selection of restored furniture. The furniture is then sold for a low price to vulnerable members of the community that may need those items. Any profits generated from the sale of these items would be reinvested into the project.

This project is just one of the examples of how local communities can work together to make a difference to the daily lives of vulnerable people. It is important to note that the project is not just about giving support to those with mental health problems but also about providing opportunities for people to make a real difference in their communities.

The statistics show that 25% of people are likely to have a mental health need at some point in their life; mental health is a community problem. We just to need to hope that more projects are setup to help tackle this growing problem.


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