Sheffield mental health support centre to reopen after two years of closure

5 May 2022

Sheffield Mind’s mental health wellbeing centre is reopening on Monday after closing due to the covid-19 pandemic.

The wellbeing centre is open for people who struggle with mental health issues, so they are able to get support from the charity.

Margaret Lewis, CEO of Sheffield Mind, said: “The wellbeing centre is used for art therapy sessions, dance movement sessions, one to one counselling and drop in sessions for people with mental health needs.

“We also have fundraising events and host volunteers who help us with things like keeping our garden tidy so that our users can enjoy it.”

An open day is being held on Monday to mark the reopening of the centre five years after the original opening in 2017.

Ms Lewis said: “The open day is a way of celebrating the fact that as a community we have got through the pandemic, despite personal losses and difficult circumstances. We’re inviting everyone including staff, volunteers, service users and local residents to join the celebration.

“The day will also give us chance to tell people what Sheffield Mind does and what we can offer to people with mental health needs .”

Lisa Curtis, a trained mental health first aider, said: “There needs to be more easily accessible help and it needs to be more advertised as a lot of people don’t know or understand the help they can get.

“Places like the wellbeing centre provide people with somewhere to go when they really need it. They may never be cured from depression, but there are things like this that can help them learn to live with it and make their own and their families lives better.”

She believes that the pandemic has worsened some people’s problems.

She said: “A lot of people have had a lot more time to reflect on what is negative in their lives and not being able to do things which are normal to them has made them feel lost and low.”

The centre is located on Sharrow Lane in Highfield and will be fully open once again from Monday. Click here for more details.

 

Written by Dylan Oakley

I am a trainee journalist at the University of Sheffield originally from Derby.

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