For 2017, we will be supporting Buckinghamshire Mind. Buckinghamshire Mind was specifically chosen in memory of village stalwart Jim Hawes, who tragically died during a spell of depression last year. Jim contributed so much to village events, including, of course, the Penn Seven and Super Fun Run.
Buckinghamshire Mind describe themselves as
"an independent charity which although affiliated to national Mind is responsible for its own governance and income generation. We do not receive any funding from National Mind. We work to support and represent people with mental health needs. We are committed to making sure our services are inclusive and meet the diverse needs of the people in the local community.
Working from three offices in Aylesbury, Chesham and High Wycombe we provide high quality services across Buckinghamshire including: activity groups and peer support, older adults’ dementia services, befriending, youth befriending, employment support, counselling, projects to prevent social isolation and wellbeing education and training.
1 in 4 people will experience mental ill health and one third of all GP appointments are related to mental health. Our counselling service provides high quality one –to-one support for adults with a variety of mental health needs e.g. depression, anxiety, domestic violence, self-harm, anger issues, all forms of abuse, Loss, relationship issues, recovery from traumatic life events etc."