Charity raises awareness for better mental health


Tunbridge Wells-based organization Mental Health Resource has literally taken to the streets to promote wellness sessions for teenagers. The Times learns more about this new project…

Towards the end of last month, staff from the local charity Mental Health Resource set up near the clock tower in Tunbridge Wells town center to promote its ‘Reachout Youth’ project.

Mental Health Resource was founded in Tunbridge Wells in 1993 in response to the lack of mental health services in the area at that time.

“The aim of our recent event was to speak to young people about the service, which supports 13-19 year olds, with their mental health and wellbeing through free and fun sessions,” says Jen Williams, fundraising manager. funds and marketing of the association. .

Sarah Thomas, Mental Health Resource’s Reachout Project Manager, hosted the special pop-up with supporters Anna Skulczuk and Kaya Chew.

The team encouraged those who visited to write a ‘postcard of positivity’ – an encouraging message for community members struggling with their mental health.

The group takes place on Wednesdays and Thursdays after school during school terms and offers young people a confidential space to share things that might affect them.

Participants can take part in fun activities, such as slime making, games and discussions on topics such as body image and exam stress.

Reflecting on the recent event, Sarah Thomas said: “It was great to be able to meet people at the Tunbridge Wells center to raise awareness of how Reachout Youth can support young people who might be struggling.

“At a time when many young people are facing exam pressure, it is vital for them to be kind to themselves and take care of their mental health.”

Ms Thomas added: “Having a stand downtown has given us the opportunity to speak directly with these young people and remind them that they are not alone.”

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