We support the mental health of the young people (13-25yrs) in our community (Fleet, Hampshire) with a number of projects, one of which is running a crisis drop-in centre which is open throughout the night. Our Listening Volunteers are trained to support a young person through a mental health crisis, whether it is because they’re feeling suicidal or anxious or depressed. We also support parents, families and friends of a young person who might be struggling.
Part of our work involves outreach work, where are volunteers engage with young people on the streets of our local town.
At Christmas, we aim to give every young person in Hampshire who will be spending Christmas Day on a mental health unit, a Christmas Box full of goodies.
How does your organisation contribute to preventing suicide and supporting those affected by it?
We provide a safe space for any young person who is struggling with their mental health. We also work within the community to encourage suicide prevention training, and reduce stigma.
What are your current priorities?
We wish to expand the service that our drop-in centre provides, and we are also busy fundraising in order to raise enough money to open a crisis house.
What challenges are you currently facing?
Lack of funding and a shortage of volunteers