Mental Health issues have never been more relevant than they are today.
Although the NHS offers a good range of quality services relating to Mental Health throughout the county, there are certain services that have extremely long waiting lists or are simply too oversubscribed to take on any more cases.
Thankfully there are a handful of well established Mental Health charities that are focused on providing the people of Buckinghamshire with a variety of well-researched services which aim to fill the gaps that the NHS inevitably leaves behind.
Relate is the largest provider of relationship support in the UK. They offer a number of services to pretty much the entirety of Buckinghamshire (except Milton Keynes), Windsor, Maidenhead and Slough. Modern lives are full of complex relationships that can suffer over an extended period of time, it takes time and patience to work through these, though it’s often the case that we need a helping hand in the process, that’s where Relate can help. Sex Therapy, Relationship Counselling and Couples Therapy are just a few of the services that they offer to people of all ages and backgrounds.
They have an extremely open and inclusive approach to helping out anyone who is in distress as a result of being in a relationship, whether past or present and charge £60 for each counselling session which usually lasts around 50 minutes. For those that cannot afford this, they also offer reduced rates for those who meet certain criteria.
The people at Lindengate have a rather different approach to tackling Mental Health. Conceived of in 2012, the 5-acre site (adjacent to the Wyevale Garden Centre in Wendover Lindengate) opened it’s doors in 2014, offering a huge variety of horticultural activities for those who might not have access to them. Through regular Gardening Therapy sessions, the volunteers at Lindengate help those with Autism and Dementia to complete gardening tasks that help stimulate the mind and build self-esteem. Lindengate runs a self-referral scheme as well, allowing essentially anyone to apply to take part.
Getting outside in the fresh air, in combination with the therapeutic activity of gardening, has been proven to be incredibly helpful for people living with a variety of conditions in the Buckinghamshire area.
One of the oldest charities in the UK, Buckinghamshire Mind has been operating for over 100 years, striving to support and represent people with mental health problems across the county. They’re taking a proactive approach to Mental Health by raising awareness for Mental Health issues, offering service user the opportunity live safe, purposeful lives as part of their communities as opposed to being outside of them. The services they run include Activity Groups (such as Arts & Crafts, Open Discussions and Bingo), Employment Support and Befriending.
Mind Buckinghamshire have long existed as a source for high-quality mental health services, which has ensured that thousands of Buckinghamshire residents have been able to get to grips with their Mental Health, without feeling excluded from their own community.