A unique, service user led drop-in group for people with mental heath problems will be officially opened on Saturday 19th July at the Quaker meeting house on Thornhill Street in Wakefield. Everyone is welcome to attend.
The launch event will take place between 10am and 6pm. There will be activities and entertainment throughout the day and refreshments will be available. Information on mental health and other services around the district will also be offered.
Local women Tam Tiffany and Dawn Bland, who both have personal experience of using mental health services, set up the group, obtaining funding for it from the local authority.
The group will meet at the Quaker meeting house on Thornhill Street, Wakefield twice a week. The group has been named ‘Positive Thinking’ and the sessions will involve various activities such as arts and crafts but will remain casual and unstructured. Anyone with experience of mental health problems is welcome to attend.
Tam Tiffany who set up the group said, "Isolation is a common problem among people with mental health problems and a big part of the reason for people isolating themselves is because they don’t know where to go or what to do. We wanted to provide people with a support network, somewhere to go to meet and talk to fellow service users."
Lynn Fowley from South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust helped Dawn and Tam set up ‘Positive Thinking’ and said, "Dawn and Tam recognised a real gap in services and took it upon themselves to do something about it for the benefit of their fellow service users. It just goes to show that having a mental health problem doesn’t stop people achieving great things!"
To find out more about the group and other local support available, freephone 0800 5872108.