Nottinghamshire Mind opens Newark services in the Buttermarket
A mental health charity has welcomed all after moving its facilities to Newark town centre.
Nottinghamshire Mind, a merger of the county’s local Mind groups, has launched a Newark branch in unit 17 of the Buttermarket.
The chief executive officer of the mental health charity, Nic Roberts, said the location gave a chance to offer numerous forms of support for those in need.
“We know that people respond well to seeing something on the high street, they like to see a presence and see familiar faces, so, for us, it is a fantastic opportunity to be where we are, right in the heart of the community,” said Nic.
“We are here to support whatever is going on in a person’s life and as Nottinghamshire Mind builds, there will be more services.”
The current services available can booked online, with Mind setting a long term goal of staffing the Newark branch between accessible hours.
Nic said: “We have opened this hub as a point for information for people, so if they want advice on various conditions there will be people and literature available for that.
“We have supportive listening groups here and we run our counselling service and our one to one support from this hub.
“Our role is to ultimately provide information, give guidance on mental health issues in whatever shape that takes, and support those that need it.”
Nic paid tribute to Stuart Critchley, from Newark, a long-standing service user who has died.
“We want to honour this in his name and create a therapeutic environment,” she said.
Nottinghamshire Mind started its service in April and is looking for more volunteers to help run it.
A client, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "I personally suffer with anxiety, depression with waves of suicidal thoughts — I lack energy and going about to do simple tasks and chores means when I return I end up going to bed, I really was struggling and it’s not always easy to talk with my partner.
"Nottinghamshire’s Mind supportive listening service saved my life.
"Without them I would not be here today, they do a wonderful job, they really listen and, for me, that was important and I know I can trust the person I am talking too."
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