PEOPLE with mental health problems had the chance to get help at a shopping centre.
Staff from You Trust were at their pop-up shop in Fareham shopping centre speaking to a range of people. And support worker Kate Large was on hand to give expert advice.
The 46-year-old, from Wickham, works for the service and also suffers from depression.
She is now in control after getting medical help.
Speaking to The News, she said: ‘For years I thought I could deal with all this, then one day it was like somebody had pulled a lead out of the back of a computer. I couldn’t do anything. You Trust has been absolutely amazing about it.
‘I’m on anti-depressants. I think I might be on them for the rest of my life.
‘People see me as bubbly, but maybe without my medication I wouldn’t be all this.
‘A lot of clients don’t want to take medication because of the stigma it used to have.
‘But there’s a lot of help out there if you know where to look.’
Kate got help from Time to Change, which raises awareness and campaigns to remove the stigma that exists around mental health.
Yesterday plenty of people came to get advice and to have coffee and biscuits with the team, led by manager Maria Stratton.
She said: ‘We’re promoting Time for Change.
‘People have been coming in to speak to staff not just about mental health issues, but general things such as housing and benefits.
‘People have felt comfortable just coming in, having a cup of tea, and talking about any anxieties they have.’
The drop-in was run yesterday as part of a national day to get people talking about mental health. The campaign wants people to talk about issues at work, in community centres and also at home.
Organisers say doing so could help save lives.
Maria added: ‘We’re here every day to help with housing-related issues.
‘That can be anything from people who are homeless, and anything around finances, budgeting and debts.’
And dockyard workers went to the shop yesterday to get advice on how they can claim benefit following BAE announcing it is to axe shipbuilding in Portsmouth.
For more information, see lifeyouwant.org.uk