IT IS often said that one in every four people will have experienced mental illness at some time in their life.
The most common mental illness is depression that can induce states of anxiety and panic attacks.
The subsequent withdrawal from society can gradually lead to lack of confidence in public, and anxiety when confronting everyday situations or mixing with crowds of people.
Most people recover from bouts of depression or anxiety, and some even look back on it as a useful experience which forced them to take stock and make positive changes in their lives.
I co-ordinate a group called the Give, Gain and Grow Volunteers, funded by the Big Lottery, which provides a friendly and non-judgemental environment.
Adults from Gosport and Fareham with mental health issues or a disability who are on the road to recovery, can support each other in carrying out volunteering tasks to help others in the community, while enjoying the company of like-minded people and having fun.
We undertake a wide range of activities allowing exploration of individual skills and hidden talents and the gradual building of confidence and self esteem.
Most members then move on in time to get involved in volunteering on an individual basis or part-time work on their roads to recovery.
New members are warmly invited to a new group that meets weekly on Wednesdays from 11am to 1pm at the Royal Naval Association Club Lounge, Fareham Road, Gosport (near to the Gosport Business Centre) from 11am to 1pm.
Buses E1, E2 and 11 stop nearby. Contact me on 07910 875079 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.