MindSpace Stamford sees increase in mental health referrals
Mental health charity MindSpace Stamford has seen a sharp increase in referrals to its services.
Its observations match those of health secretary Sajid Javid, who announced last week the proportion of adults with depression has almost doubled since before pandemic.
Beka Avery, MindSpace Stamford chairman of trustees, said data shows referrals by professionals to NHS psychological therapies services has almost tripled in some months between 2020 and 2021.
She added: "We are very pleased with the government’s decision to invest more in mental health support services.
“As a charity we have seen an increase in participation in our weekly activities and groups and have welcomed more people through our doors then ever who are in need of connection, a cuppa and to be listened to.
"We are here for everyone and you don’t need to mental health diagnosis or feelings of poor mental health or wellbeing to join in."
MindSpace aims to prevent poor mental health by helping people avoid social isolation. Its workshops and classes are run on a ‘pay what you can’ basis.
The charity relies on donations and will be a beneficiary of the Stamford Santa Fun Run on Sunday, December 5.
To enter the Santa run click here or to sponsor MindSpace founder Dr Dan Petrie visit www.gofundme.com/f/family-petrie-running-for-mummy