New mental health charity to be set up

New mental health charity to be set up

New mental health charity to be set up

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A YOUNG woman whose boyfriend took his own life after suffering from depression is setting up a mental health charity.

Emma Greatrex, 25, of Skipwith, has founded Together Opening Minds, which is awaiting charitable status and aims to raise awareness of the prevalence of mental health problems and to fund more mental health nurses in the area.

Emma’s boyfriend Thomas John*, a company director, died last year at the age of 28 having begun to suffer from mental health problems.

She and a team of friends have taken part in a 15,000-foot skydive to raise nearly £3,000 for the fund.

Emma said: “Sadly, this is just one of a plethora of stories that are contributing to ever-increasing figures every year.

“Be this from mild depression to an acute mental illness, but when the world loses a chap like Tom, then it’s time to make a change.

“Depression in men is not necessarily the issue; it’s getting people to talk about their problems that is. No-one should suffer in silence – and this is where we come in.

“We plan to bring this issue to the forefront of people’s awareness, and demonstrate that we all have a part to play in eradicating this problem.

“We want people to talk about their issues be them minor or something that affects their everyday life.”

Tom, who was known for being very sociable and outgoing, had become withdrawn and showed other symptoms of depression.

Days before Tom died, he started to open up to his parents and Emma and began to take steps rectify some of the issues that he was experiencing but very tragically committed suicide soon afterwards.

The charity hopes people will share their own experiences of mental health problems to help raise acceptance and awareness of the prevalence of such problems.

Visit www.togetheropeningminds.com

Other funds have been raised through donations and events at Saks in York and the Drovers Arms in Skpwith.

* Not his full name

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8:57am Wed 7 May 14

Yeahbutno says...

Well first of all a huge congratulations to Emma and her friends and family for putting their hard work and effort into such an important issue in Tom's memory. They must have been through an incredibly difficult time, and its great to see them being so passionate in trying to raise awareness of depression and its impact.

However, the one thing I would question is whether this charity is simply duplicating the work of other mental health charities such as Mind, Rethink, Time to change etc. In my view we actually probably need a lot fewer charities in the UK, to cut down on the costs and admin that they all inevitably incur, so that a greater percentage of the donations raised can be spent on the charitable work, rather than rent, heating, etc.

This is not a personal criticism by the way, and if this new charity is actually tacking an area of need which isn't currently being addressed by the other charities, then that's a different matter. Unfortunately though, we have already seen two local mental health charities being forced to merge in the last few years because neither was sustainable as a separate entity, so it does raise the question of whether forming another one is necessarily the best way to go?
Well first of all a huge congratulations to Emma and her friends and family for putting their hard work and effort into such an important issue in Tom's memory. They must have been through an incredibly difficult time, and its great to see them being so passionate in trying to raise awareness of depression and its impact. However, the one thing I would question is whether this charity is simply duplicating the work of other mental health charities such as Mind, Rethink, Time to change etc. In my view we actually probably need a lot fewer charities in the UK, to cut down on the costs and admin that they all inevitably incur, so that a greater percentage of the donations raised can be spent on the charitable work, rather than rent, heating, etc. This is not a personal criticism by the way, and if this new charity is actually tacking an area of need which isn't currently being addressed by the other charities, then that's a different matter. Unfortunately though, we have already seen two local mental health charities being forced to merge in the last few years because neither was sustainable as a separate entity, so it does raise the question of whether forming another one is necessarily the best way to go? Yeahbutno
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9:17am Wed 7 May 14

anistasia says...

After been through and worked in mental health any thing set up is a benefit to people in need of such services someservices are really rubbish in york so iI hope this charity takes off and all the best to them please send me your email I will let you know my story and how mental health is in york.
After been through and worked in mental health any thing set up is a benefit to people in need of such services someservices are really rubbish in york so iI hope this charity takes off and all the best to them please send me your email I will let you know my story and how mental health is in york. anistasia
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9:44am Wed 7 May 14

asd says...

anistasia wrote:
After been through and worked in mental health any thing set up is a benefit to people in need of such services someservices are really rubbish in york so iI hope this charity takes off and all the best to them please send me your email I will let you know my story and how mental health is in york.
You are so correct mental health services especially adults is pathetic. I have daughter accessing CAMHS and that is not as bad as adult which I am accessing. My ex-wife was a counselor from USA (LACP) and UK (BACP) and couldn't get job in mental health as they were not funding adequately, she also stated UK compared to USA was roughly 10-15 years behind USA in mental health treatment and services. Article on main BBC news website where woman from York had mental health problem , no bed in York so they took her in ambulance to London!! that's so ridiculous.
[quote][p][bold]anistasia[/bold] wrote: After been through and worked in mental health any thing set up is a benefit to people in need of such services someservices are really rubbish in york so iI hope this charity takes off and all the best to them please send me your email I will let you know my story and how mental health is in york.[/p][/quote]You are so correct mental health services especially adults is pathetic. I have daughter accessing CAMHS and that is not as bad as adult which I am accessing. My ex-wife was a counselor from USA (LACP) and UK (BACP) and couldn't get job in mental health as they were not funding adequately, she also stated UK compared to USA was roughly 10-15 years behind USA in mental health treatment and services. Article on main BBC news website where woman from York had mental health problem , no bed in York so they took her in ambulance to London!! that's so ridiculous. asd
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12:28pm Wed 7 May 14

Digeorge says...

Anything is welcome news in York as the Trust is so inadequate in providing counselling etc, I have mine privately and should have had it a long time ago. The adult services are just appalling. They do not even provide services for those who have lost children through bereavement from natural causes and yet have had to face Inquests.

There is only so much that York Mind can do and there is an awfully long waiting lists or waiting lists that are closed plus the activities are vastly over-subcribed like months.


Good luck
Anything is welcome news in York as the Trust is so inadequate in providing counselling etc, I have mine privately and should have had it a long time ago. The adult services are just appalling. They do not even provide services for those who have lost children through bereavement from natural causes and yet have had to face Inquests. There is only so much that York Mind can do and there is an awfully long waiting lists or waiting lists that are closed plus the activities are vastly over-subcribed like months. Good luck Digeorge
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