Older people with mental health challenges in Bognor and Chichester are now able to get individual help and attend a range of support sessions, thanks to Coastal West Sussex Mind’s new-look service. But more funding for this much-needed support is still needed.
We will be available at Bognor and Chichester libraries during Mental Health Awareness Week where people can come to find out more about the new ‘Communities in Mind’ service. Coastal West Sussex Mind’s area manager Jo Bulis will be on hand to give advice and information to anyone looking for support for themselves, a member of their family or friend they are concerned about.
She will be at Bognor library, Monday May 13, 11am to 2pm, and at Chichester, Thursday May 16, 10am to 1pm. There will also be some relaxing mindful colouring for adults to enjoy.
Communities in Mind is for those aged 65 plus in the Bognor and Chichester areas who may be feeling low, depressed, anxious, have other mental health issues, or who are experiencing isolation which is affecting their mood.
In addition to one-to-one support, there are social meetings, art and craft activities, mindfulness and mental and physical well-being sessions. There will also be volunteer befrienders to support people who may be socially isolated and have lost confidence in getting out and about.
Coastal West Sussex Mind’s Jo Bulis said: “We know that depression affects about 22% of men and 28% of women aged 65 years and over. In West Sussex the number of people aged 65 plus increased from 2011 to 2015 by 12% in Arun and 11% in Chichester
“This ageing population, and the fact that 1 in 4 people experience a mental health problem, means there’s a significant need for support.”
She said: “It can be hard to make the first step and all someone needs to do is simply pick up the phone. We can have a chat or even visit someone at home.”
CWSx Mind chief executive Katie Glover said: “We were very pleased to receive some Public Health funding towards this pilot project in Bognor and Chichester but we’re actively fundraising so we can cover the full costs.”
To find out more about Communities in Mind, please call Jo Bulis on 07495 077341.
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