The Anthony Seddon Fund
We are a peer-support mental health charity, providing support to people in our community who are living with mental health issues. We provide a range of activities including arts & crafts, music sessions, Reiki, Tai Chi and meditation as well as targeted support groups such as Hearing Voices, Suicide Bereaved Support and Who Cares? for family & friends of a loved one with mental health issues.
How does your organisation contribute to preventing suicide and supporting those affected by it?
We offer a drop-in support service 5 days per week & operate an open door policy. The majority of staff & volunteers have lived experience and have undergone Suicide Prevention training. We work closely with our local mental health services both primary & secondary care and have a mental health worker from the Liaison team based in our centre twice a week. We run a Suicide Bereaved Support group and the facilitators have both Suicide Prevention and PABBS training.
What are your current priorities?
Our priority is to provide a safe place and a listening ear to people living with mental health issues, with no waiting lists.
To support the families and friends of people living with mental illness.
To support people who have been affected by the loss of someone to suicide.
What challenges are you currently facing?
Increased demand for our services and a lack of core funding.