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Don’t suffer in silence with your mental health this year

Mental health holding you back from achieving what you want in life? Don’t suffer in silence – help is a phone call away.

That’s the message from Porchlight – the Kent-based mental health and homelessness charity.

Its ‘Aspirations’ service supports people aged 18+ who are unemployed and feel that poor mental health is having a negative impact on their day-to-day life.

It helps people (particularly those feeling lonely or cut off) find the right package of support to overcome difficulties they are facing.

“We all need a little support from time to time, especially in the winter months,” explains Porchlight’s Chris Thomas.
“A mental health issue or other negative feelings can affect your self-belief and your chances of feeling more able to tackle life’s challenges. Our ‘Aspirations’ service helps people who have not been able to find the support they need.”

Poor mental health can have a knock-on effect in many areas of life. Because of this the service provides support with everything from health and housing to budgeting and employment. Every person’s situation is unique, so the service’s approach to helping is unique to each person.

“Ultimately, we want give people the support they need to feel more confident and help them get into work, volunteering or education.”

Joe was struggling with his mental health and was helped by Porchlight’s ‘Aspirations’ service. “Now, the future is looking bright,” he says. “I’ve rebuilt relationships with my friends and family and I know what I want to do with my future.  Anyone who’s in the position I was in should reach out to the ‘Aspirations’ team. They have nothing to lose and everything to gain.”

Get in touch with the ‘Aspirations’ service:

Phone – 0333 880 2730

Web – www.porchlight.org.uk/aspirations

Aspirations is a Building Better Opportunities (BBO) Project, funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund.
The service is run by the charity Porchlight with delivery partners North Kent Mind, the education provider Runway Training and Sussex Community Development Association.

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