It is estimated that 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health condition in the course of a year with an estimated 70 million working days lost every year in the UK due to mental ill health. 1 in 5 people take a day off work due to stress, of which 90% feel they are unable to be honest about the reason with 9 out of 10 people with mental health issues feeling that they will experience stigma and discrimination if they are honest about the cause of their ill health. Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health issues experienced, with a cost to the economy as a whole of somewhere between £74bn – £99bn. Suicide remains the leading cause of death for both men and women aged 20-34 years old in the UK and it is estimated that people with severe mental illness die between 10-20 years earlier than the general population.
With the right support, most people with mental health problems will get better. Charities that support people with mental ill health in Surrey come under the umbrella Community Connections (www.communityconnectionssurrey.com) with Catalyst’s The Welcome Project being the leading provider of support in North West Surrey, Guildford and Waverley and Surrey Heath. The Welcome Project works in partnership with Cornerhouse, Sunbury Accord, Voluntary Action South West Surrey, Oakleaf, Guildford Action and Camberley District Open Mind Association. The charities offer support groups, walking groups, drop in services, art groups, mindfulness sessions, confidence building sessions and social events to help people who need help with their mental health. Anyone (of working adult age) can approach these charities if they need help to improve their mental health and wellbeing.
VSNS specifically run the Amigo Project (which is funded by Catalyst). The project is designed to help people who are on their recovery path from mental ill health. Our volunteers support people who need encouragement to move forward on their journey of recovery from mental ill health. They help people to make connections within the local community and enable them to take up interesting activities to help boost confidence and increase motivation. The project covers Runnymede, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, West Elmbridge and Woking and is open to anyone from 18 years and upwards who can either self-refer or who is eligible for referral from a statutory organisation. For further information please contact either Lynnette or Laura on 01276 707565 or email: email@example.com.
The next public meeting for the Surrey Heath Clinical Commissioning Group will take place on 15th May between 1.30 and 4.30 pm at Camberley Theatre. Take the opportunity to hear from key leaders, including the Chief Office of Surrey Heath Clinical Commissioning Group and meeting the newly appointed Chief Executive for Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust. Visit the website to see the agenda and to register.
The Surrey Heath Show has made a huge impact on the local community over the past 11 years. As well as putting on a fantastic community event each year, the Surrey Heath Show supports local charities and community groups by inviting funding applications after the show.
This year the Surrey Heath Show will have a BBQ, a Classic Car Show, a Miniature Railway, a Companion Dog Show and many more activities. For more detail visit the Surrey Heath Show website.