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Our primary aims are to raise awareness of emotional and mental health problems, get people talking about what they think of local services, and sign-post those in need to existing services that can offer information and support.

 

It is clear that many people, particularly young people, struggle to know where to look for help when feeling anxious about a ‘life’ problem causing them emotional stress. 

LOST FOR WORDS?
is an un-incorporated association with a constitution and committee made up of parents and residents. This campaign, aiming to raise awareness of emotional and mental health problems and services, was spearheaded following the tragic and sudden deaths of several young people in the Melton community. We aim to focus on improving the way people talk about, work with and support those suffering emotionally and mentally in some way.

A voluntary organisation with the people’s voice at heart, we give our time to  liaise and share information and opinion with a multi-agency group of professionals in the community representing local schools, Police, Council, Medical and counselling services. We do not provide any kind of face-to-face or telephone counselling as a group, as we sign-post to the existing, well-established and respected charity The Samaritans, who offer a professional and confidential 'talk' service that is available to anyone 24/7.  Funding so far is by donation and voluntary input from local community groups, local businesses, and individuals.

Aims of LOST FOR WORDS COMMITTEE:

Immediate aims & action (Updated January 2013):

  • Update our website by March 2013, sign-posting people to information and support services if suffering from emotional health problems and mental illness.
  • Offer on the website, through market stalls, presentations and health fares, information about existing services relating to a range of ‘Life’ issues which could lead to poor emotional health (such as addiction, bullying, bereavement and worklessness, to name but a few).
  • Circulate a set of free COMMUNITY books to BORROW, READ & RETURN relating to emotional issues from regular quarterly market stalls.
  • List on the website a recommended book list relating to issues such as bereavement, loss, depression, parenting and growing up for public information and support.
  • Distribute posters, pocket cards and flyers yearly to raise public awareness of the LOST FOR WORDS website and of the SAMARITANS and CHILD-LINE support services.
  • Keep a regularly up-dated Face Book page sharing information, initiatives, support services, literature and health publications relating to emotional and mental health.
  • Find out how local people feel about the provision of GP services in the community and counselling provision by conducting a comprehensive online survey.
  • Join community emotional health and well-being committees and forums relating to patient care in the community and school programmes relating to emotional health awareness in young people, in order to share public opinion, needs and concerns relating to emotional and mental health issues and services in our community with relevant professional services and sign-post professionals and public to our website service.
  • Rally support from local businesses and work places, and community funds to help raise funds to support the campaign initiatives. 

Longer Term aims & actions: 

  • Try to support the aims and objectives of the Local Authority group.a
    These are:
  1. Help parents recognise signs of poor emotional health, feel confident to respond to their children’s needs and know where to get further information and support as needed.
  2. Support children and young people to feel increasing emotional resilience and develop an understanding of their own emotional health needs.
  3. Help young people to feel more confident about how to access help services in their community and to be able to self refer. They will also be able to identify and gain support for a vulnerable friend.
  4. Help young people to feel involved, consulted and informed in the way emotional health services are shaped.
  5. Identify GAPS in services and work to make sure that these services are available at each level of need:
    i. Prevention
    ii.Early intervention
    iii. Crisis
  6. Help professionals and people in the community working with children and young people to identify those in emotional distress/at risk of suicide and support/refer them, in accordance with their need.

 

Need to talk? Call the Samaritans T: 08457 909090  |  Childline: 0800 11 11

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