New community hub to help open up mental health services

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A COMMUNITY hub has been established in Stratford to provide support, information and guidance on mental health.

It will be run at The Old Slaughterhouse on Sheep Street by Rise, Coventry and Warwickshire’s emotional well-being and mental health service for children and young people.

The first session takes place tomorrow, Monday, 21st May, with subsequent ones planned on 4th and 18th June, and 2 and 16th July, each between 9am and 1pm. Information sessions will include a presentation on topics such as anxiety, self-harm, emotional wellbeing, and emotional development, with a chance to meet other parents.

A team of professionals will also be on hand to discuss specific problems.

The Stratford hub is one of two, with the other one in Atherstone in the north of the county. Three more are planned, in Nuneaton, Rugby and Leamington.

The aim is to raise awareness of children and young people’s mental health, to provide families with the opportunity to talk to a professional around mental health for any emerging issues, through our coffee mornings, to provide training to families around prevalent mental health issues, and to help people access services.

There are also plans to take the Rise services into primary and secondary schools.