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Mind in Harrow: Supporting mental health in the borough

Mind in Harrow is an independent local mental health charity, part of the Mind network, that has been serving the borough since the 1960s to support Harrow residents experiencing emotional distress.

The charity offers multiple services and support initiatives with the aim “to not give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect” and help people with mental health support needs: make new friends; to take steps back to work, for example through volunteering, helping to achieve a qualification or complete a course; help to rebuild self-confidence; help to reintegrate back into society and to regain their lives and self-esteem.

2000 Harrow residents use and rely on Mind to help with mental health issues through talking therapy sessions and workshops. 75% of residents were from ethnic minority backgrounds and 87% were able to live more independently in the community as a result of the charity’s vital work.

Helpline volunteer, Sobia, has been volunteering with Mind for three years, describing her role she said: “On the helpline, volunteers provide listening support and signposting for Harrow residents who are over 18. Issues faced by our service users include: needing counselling for mental health concerns, problems with housing and debt, and a variety of other matters.

“Volunteering for Mind in Harrow enabled me to connect with different members of the Harrow community and consequently increased my confidence.

“As a Muslim, it was nice listening to experiences of people from my community as well as those from the Hindu community.”

Another initiative established by the charity is Harrow Side by Side, which supports people through befrienders. Thomas, a befriender for over a year, said: “Myself and my befriendee have overcome so many obstacles and accomplished so many milestones, it has been an absolute pleasure throughout. The sense of pride you get from supporting your befriendee towards an improved state of wellbeing as well as the support you get from the team is brilliant.

“You really feel the importance and necessity of your role in this increasingly connected yet isolated society in supporting those who otherwise wouldn’t get genuine human contact, which is so essential for everyone.”

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