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High Chelmer shows it support for local mental health service

Helping to raise awareness for World Mental Health Day

High Chelmer will be showing its continued support of community initiatives this week, as it prepares to host a regional organisation, which will be at the shopping centre to raise awareness about mental health, as well the help and services available in Chelmsford.

 Wednesday 10 October is World Mental Health Day and Enable East – which operates as part of Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) – will be at High Chelmer to speak with shoppers about its ‘HeadsUp’ programme, which helps people with common mental health problems get back into work.

From 10am until 2pm, visitors to the centre will be able to find out more information on HeadsUp, which provides an invaluable service for those who have been absent from work due to anxiety and depression, or other mental health conditions.

Users of the service have the opportunity to develop their self-confidence, resilience and wellbeing, as well as receiving support with the practicalities of finding a job and connecting with potential employees.

Mick McDonagh, centre manager at High Chelmer, said he is delighted to be able to help raise awareness of the support available locally and further boost the profile of HeadsUp. “The more we talk openly about mental health, the easier it will become to break stigmas and for individuals to reach out for help without the fear of judgement.

“The HeadsUp initiative is an essential service in Essex and the teams across the county do a phenomenal job in empowering individuals to get back into work,” said Mick. “It’s not that easy to know where to turn when feeling vulnerable, and as a hub of the community, it’s important that we lend our support to worthy causes such as this to make sure people know they are not alone.”

Mick continued: “We hope to welcome many members of the public on World Mental Health Day and that friends, families and loved ones affected by, or experiencing mental health issues and even those who would just like to know more, find the event insightful and uplifting.”

HeadsUp is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund, as part of their joint ‘Building Better Opportunities’ programme.  Rachel Nedwell, HeadsUp Communications Manager at Enable East, said more than 200 people across Essex have been helped through the initiative since its launch in 2017.

“The support we offer helps people to face barriers they have to getting back into work, this might be raising confidence, setting achievable goals or simply offering reassurance at a pace that suits our participants,” said Rachel.“We’re delighted to have helped many people on their journey back to the workplace and look forward to continuing to do so.”

Enable East – part of Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) – will be at High Chelmer on Wednesday 10 October – World Mental Health Day – from 10am until 2pm to raise awareness about its ‘HeadsUp’ programme and the support services available in the area.

Find out more by emailing the HeadsUp team at [email protected] or by visiting its website at www.enableeast.org.uk/headsup. Follow HeadsUp on Twitter at @HeadsUpEssex for lots of great advice, tips and support about returning to work and staying happy and healthy while you’re there.

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