Mental health awareness week starts today and this year the focus is on relationships.
Good relationships are vital to maintain good mental health and across the county there are volunteers who create and maintain these relationships with individuals through their volunteering role with local charities and community groups.
Take for example the befriending role with South East and Central MIND. Volunteers provide support to people with mental health problems to rebuild confidence, self-esteem and self-sufficiency. Through this befriending, people with mental health problems can have improved wellbeing and can begin to make improvements to their lives.
Another example is the flexible mental health support role with the Essex Respite and Care Association. The role pairs volunteers with a mental health diagnosis and helps them to access activities in the Chelmsford area, helping them to feel safe and supported.
Opportunities like this are across the county, to find one close to you select Mental Health from the Activities list and Supporting people from the interests list in the Volunteer Essex search, along with your postcode or speak to your local Volunteer Centre who will be able to advise.