York woman sets up depression support group and charity

York Press: Chelsea-Vove Child, 21, who is setting up a new group called Progression to help people with depression Chelsea-Vove Child, 21, who is setting up a new group called Progression to help people with depression

THE stigma and lack of understanding facing sufferers of depression has prompted a York woman to set up a support group and charity.

Chelsea-Vove Child, 21, who also has the condition, said despite recent television information campaigns and help available on the NHS, there was still more support needed for those with the illness.

Miss Child, from Acomb, said: “I have been in and out of counselling myself and I didn’t feel as though I got as much support as I needed.

“I sometimes felt as though they didn’t have the time for me. I wanted to set up the group for people like me, with a history of the illness, to give support. Also, it’s not so much now about raising awareness, but about increasing understanding. One out of every three people will experience it, but so little is known about it.”

According to research by the Mental Health Foundation, mixed anxiety and depression is the most common mental disorder in Britain, with women more likely to have been treated for a mental health problem than men.

However, the research shows British men are three times as likely to die by suicide than women. Self-harm statistics for the UK show it has one of the highest rates in Europe at 400 per 100,000 population.

Miss Child said: “The group is for anyone who has suffered and may have come through the other side or for people who are still battling it. I want people to know it’s nothing to be ashamed of and it’s okay to talk about it.”

The first meeting of the group, which will be known as Progression, takes place in Cafe 71, Front Street, Acomb, on Sunday, February 17.

For more information, phone Chelsea-Vove Child on 07926 476 392.

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10:19am Wed 30 Jan 13

Matt_S says...

Dealing with depression is obviously a commendable aim, but I fail to see the need for a new charity to be established. What's this one going to achieve that 'Mind', the 'Depression Alliance', 'Rethink Mental Illness' or indeed the 'Mental Health Foundation' don't or can't do? Why not affiliate the support group with an established charity?
Dealing with depression is obviously a commendable aim, but I fail to see the need for a new charity to be established. What's this one going to achieve that 'Mind', the 'Depression Alliance', 'Rethink Mental Illness' or indeed the 'Mental Health Foundation' don't or can't do? Why not affiliate the support group with an established charity? Matt_S

10:25am Wed 30 Jan 13

chickpea says...

The larger charities seem more focussed on campaigning than actually helping sufferers these days. I think Chelsea's idea of a small local support group is a brilliant one and I will certainly try to attend the first meeting if I'm up to it.
The larger charities seem more focussed on campaigning than actually helping sufferers these days. I think Chelsea's idea of a small local support group is a brilliant one and I will certainly try to attend the first meeting if I'm up to it. chickpea

10:26am Wed 30 Jan 13

myselby says...

Unless the group can muster £5,000 a year income they will not be able to be a registered charity- I agree with Mat S – as to why the need to set up yet another group – it seems to be in vogue to set up ‘vanity’ groups / charities for a host of issues when there are existing well run charities already out there.
Unless the group can muster £5,000 a year income they will not be able to be a registered charity- I agree with Mat S – as to why the need to set up yet another group – it seems to be in vogue to set up ‘vanity’ groups / charities for a host of issues when there are existing well run charities already out there. myselby

12:12pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Ms. N. Watson says...

Best wishes to Chelsea and all those offering support to those who need help. However I have to disagree with Chickpea's comment regarding some of the larger charities: as someone currently attending a course run by MIND I find their caring support invaluable.
Best wishes to Chelsea and all those offering support to those who need help. However I have to disagree with Chickpea's comment regarding some of the larger charities: as someone currently attending a course run by MIND I find their caring support invaluable. Ms. N. Watson

12:51pm Wed 30 Jan 13

rothko says...

There are national charities, but there are not many local support groups and long waiting lists for NHS treatment. I think it is great that Chelsea-Vove has taken the time and effort to get a group of the ground.
There are national charities, but there are not many local support groups and long waiting lists for NHS treatment. I think it is great that Chelsea-Vove has taken the time and effort to get a group of the ground. rothko

3:27pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Richie H says...

Of course there are other charities and organisations but sufferers need to find something that works for them. They may be looking for another/additional avenue to try. If this support group helps just one person, it's been a success. Well done.
Of course there are other charities and organisations but sufferers need to find something that works for them. They may be looking for another/additional avenue to try. If this support group helps just one person, it's been a success. Well done. Richie H

3:32pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Jaxxy22 says...

Dear MySelby

Being the Boyfriend of Chelsea I can assure you that this charity is far from being set up in the name of Vanity not because it seems to be "vogue" as you so call it. This charity has been set up by Chelsea to help give support to people by them who have actually suffered from depression. I.M.O what she is doing is very honorable I like many others are backing her 100% because what she is doing comes from the heart....After all, the more help out there, the less suffer
??
Dear MySelby Being the Boyfriend of Chelsea I can assure you that this charity is far from being set up in the name of Vanity not because it seems to be "vogue" as you so call it. This charity has been set up by Chelsea to help give support to people by them who have actually suffered from depression. I.M.O what she is doing is very honorable I like many others are backing her 100% because what she is doing comes from the heart....After all, the more help out there, the less suffer ?? Jaxxy22

3:40pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Keeet Lemon says...

Just shows the stigma still exists.... Don't judge anyone till you have walked in their shoes!
Not sure why my last comment was deleted , it was not rude and was in a similar vein to this.
So again.... Well done Chelsea!
Just shows the stigma still exists.... Don't judge anyone till you have walked in their shoes! Not sure why my last comment was deleted , it was not rude and was in a similar vein to this. So again.... Well done Chelsea! Keeet Lemon

3:52pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Pete the Brickie says...

Well done Chelsea, helping others with something like this may well improve your own suffering with the condition.
Well done Chelsea, helping others with something like this may well improve your own suffering with the condition. Pete the Brickie

6:23pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Matt_S says...

Jaxxy22 wrote:
Dear MySelby

Being the Boyfriend of Chelsea I can assure you that this charity is far from being set up in the name of Vanity not because it seems to be "vogue" as you so call it. This charity has been set up by Chelsea to help give support to people by them who have actually suffered from depression. I.M.O what she is doing is very honorable I like many others are backing her 100% because what she is doing comes from the heart....After all, the more help out there, the less suffer
??
As I said above, it's highly commendable that she wants to help deal with depression, but would it not make sense to form a group that's part of an established charity? That way she can use their resources and expertise, and may find it easier to help *more* people as they will have a lot of experience about what does and doesn't work.

It's important to use one's head, as well as one's heart. Good luck to her either way.
[quote][p][bold]Jaxxy22[/bold] wrote: Dear MySelby Being the Boyfriend of Chelsea I can assure you that this charity is far from being set up in the name of Vanity not because it seems to be "vogue" as you so call it. This charity has been set up by Chelsea to help give support to people by them who have actually suffered from depression. I.M.O what she is doing is very honorable I like many others are backing her 100% because what she is doing comes from the heart....After all, the more help out there, the less suffer ??[/p][/quote]As I said above, it's highly commendable that she wants to help deal with depression, but would it not make sense to form a group that's part of an established charity? That way she can use their resources and expertise, and may find it easier to help *more* people as they will have a lot of experience about what does and doesn't work. It's important to use one's head, as well as one's heart. Good luck to her either way. Matt_S

7:20pm Wed 30 Jan 13

chickpea says...

It doesn't say what time the meeting is?
It doesn't say what time the meeting is? chickpea

8:50pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Keeet Lemon says...

chickpea wrote:
It doesn't say what time the meeting is?
Er read the article properly!
[quote][p][bold]chickpea[/bold] wrote: It doesn't say what time the meeting is?[/p][/quote]Er read the article properly! Keeet Lemon

8:54pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Keeet Lemon says...

Sorry chickpea , your are correct! Please accept my apologies .. Looks like I'm eating humble pie.
Sorry chickpea , your are correct! Please accept my apologies .. Looks like I'm eating humble pie. Keeet Lemon

8:56pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Buzz Light-year says...

Any effort to help others and each other is more than welcome in a decent society.

Depression (and mental illness) are unseen. It's easy to feel sympathy for someone coughing and sneezing or with a leg in plaster but mental illness is mostly hidden. Often it's deliberately hidden, the suffering done alone and unspoken.

If this helps just one person and even if it's only the girl in the article then it was worth it.
Depression is no joke. It's debilitating.
Any effort to help others and each other is more than welcome in a decent society. Depression (and mental illness) are unseen. It's easy to feel sympathy for someone coughing and sneezing or with a leg in plaster but mental illness is mostly hidden. Often it's deliberately hidden, the suffering done alone and unspoken. If this helps just one person and even if it's only the girl in the article then it was worth it. Depression is no joke. It's debilitating. Buzz Light-year

9:01pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Buzz Light-year says...

chickpea wrote:
It doesn't say what time the meeting is?
It gives a day and a place and a phone number for more info. Presumably CVC would prefer people to ring up and enquire and then in return she might get an idea of how many might be attending.
[quote][p][bold]chickpea[/bold] wrote: It doesn't say what time the meeting is?[/p][/quote]It gives a day and a place and a phone number for more info. Presumably CVC would prefer people to ring up and enquire and then in return she might get an idea of how many might be attending. Buzz Light-year

9:11pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Keeet Lemon says...

Buzz Light-year wrote:
Any effort to help others and each other is more than welcome in a decent society.

Depression (and mental illness) are unseen. It's easy to feel sympathy for someone coughing and sneezing or with a leg in plaster but mental illness is mostly hidden. Often it's deliberately hidden, the suffering done alone and unspoken.

If this helps just one person and even if it's only the girl in the article then it was worth it.
Depression is no joke. It's debilitating.
I agree with everything you have said buzz, great post :-)
[quote][p][bold]Buzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: Any effort to help others and each other is more than welcome in a decent society. Depression (and mental illness) are unseen. It's easy to feel sympathy for someone coughing and sneezing or with a leg in plaster but mental illness is mostly hidden. Often it's deliberately hidden, the suffering done alone and unspoken. If this helps just one person and even if it's only the girl in the article then it was worth it. Depression is no joke. It's debilitating.[/p][/quote]I agree with everything you have said buzz, great post :-) Keeet Lemon

9:57pm Wed 30 Jan 13

chickpea says...

lol don't worry about it Keet :)
Buzz, I'm struggling with using phones right now, all part of the illness. Might be able to do it on a better day though.
lol don't worry about it Keet :) Buzz, I'm struggling with using phones right now, all part of the illness. Might be able to do it on a better day though. chickpea

8:51am Thu 31 Jan 13

Jaxxy22 says...

The meeting is at 7 pm on the 17th Feb @ Cafe71 Acomb front street guys, and thankyou for all your kind words and support x
The meeting is at 7 pm on the 17th Feb @ Cafe71 Acomb front street guys, and thankyou for all your kind words and support x Jaxxy22

3:32pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Jaxxy22 says...

PS if you are on facebook then hear is the following link to Chelsea-Vove's page where there is more information http://www.facebook.
com/ProgressionChari
ty?fref=ts

Many Thanks x
PS if you are on facebook then hear is the following link to Chelsea-Vove's page where there is more information http://www.facebook. com/ProgressionChari ty?fref=ts Many Thanks x Jaxxy22

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