70 mile walk to provide free mental health support

by debbie rogers in Liverpool, England, United Kingdom

70 mile walk to provide free mental health support
We did it
On 25th December 2019 we successfully raised £1,150 with 52 supporters in 28 days

To walk for 70 miles to provide free mental/physical health sessions at Sean's Place to ensure support is accessible to all.

by debbie rogers in Liverpool, England, United Kingdom

What are we doing?

Tom and Tony are about to set off on a challenge to raise money for Sean's Place to ensure we can continue to provide free sessions in the new year. Their aim is to walk for 70 miles straight on 22nd December 2019 from Sean's Place, which is currently based at Connect Studios,  in Seaforth to the top of Moel Famau and back again. Tom has overcome his own challenges with mental health this year and is passionate about providing support to others who are currently fighting their own battle. Tony, is Sean's brother in law, having been a big part of Sean's life and supported him through his mental illness, he now wants to do something positive in his memory to help others. Both men want to end what has been a really challenging year by raising money that will help others to find much needed help and support at Sean's Place. 

Our Story

Sean's Place is being established due to losing my brother, Sean who was just 34 years old, in July this year after a long battle with mental health. Sean was the most amazing person who was kind and caring, hilarious without meaning to be and loved by so many. However, despite all of this Sean was socially isolated and had zero confidence and self esteem. Whilst counselling and medication helped him with symptoms of his illness, it didn't tackle the issues of being lonely, not having anyone who fully could understand how he was feeling and feeling like he had no value in the community. I searched for years for something that he could access but always found barriers such as his age, or the costs associated with it. There are so many men who feel this way and research told me that Sean's Place is wanted and needed in the community which is why I have took the step to create my own centre that has everything I was looking for to support Sean. I will now provide this service, in Sean's memory to help others.

Sean's Place is a mental health and wellbeing centre for men based in Sefton, Liverpool. Every person who is a part of the Sean's Place team have their own story with mental illness, this enables us to have a deeper understanding and empathy for those who are accessing Sean's Place and helps to demonstrate that we are "In This Together!"

Who else does this affect?

  • Just over three out of four suicides (76%) are men, with suicide the biggest cause of death for men under 35 
  • Men have measurably lower access to the social support of friends, relatives and community.
  • Mental Health resulted in 72 million work days lost per year
  • 70-75% of people with diagnosed with a mental health condition receive no treatment at all.

How we can help...

At Sean's Place we have carried out pilot tests and market research to identify the most suitable sessions to ensure the people who access our service get what they really need. Sessions are future focused and solution based to build a positive mindset and hope for the future. 

The sessions we currently offer are:

  • Art Therapy
  • Mindfulness 
  • Fitness,
  • Hypnotherapy 
  • Group talking sessions

We are also working towards providing gardening, forest school and cookery sessions through collaborations with local community groups. Additionally, we are aiming to bring in courses such as business and IT plus host mens health days with haircuts available plus weight and blood pressure checks available

At Sean's Place we recognise that mental illness isn't 9am-5pm, therefore we will also open evenings to ensure we provide a service that is accessible to all. 

Testimonial following our first pilot.

Support we have had so far

We have had lots of amazing support from our community with Connect Studios providing their building for free to pilot Sean's Place and our wonderful coaches giving their time for free to run their amazing sessions. Without them we wouldn't have made it this far in such a short space of time. 

We have had some fantastic media support from Radio City, Radio City Talk and the Champion Newspaper

Above- a recent article following the success of our first pilot day.

You can listen to our podcast with Leanne Campbell from Ladies of Liverpool here.. Podcast- Seans Place and also the Radio City Talk interview here

How can you help and get involved!

We aim to provide these sessions for free where possible so are seeking support  to cover the costs of the sessions for as long as possible. For example

1 x Mindfulness session costs £35 

1 x Art therapy sessions costs £50

1 x Hypnotherapy sessions costs £50

These services have proven to increase self esteem and confidence and connects others through talking and sharing their story, We do not want costs to prevent people from accessing these vital services which is why we need your help.

Business support

Why not consider hosting a Well-being Wednesday!! You could encourage your workplace to wear an item of green in support for mental health awareness and ask for a contribution of £1 each which will be donated to Sean's Place. This will not only create a platform to talk about your workplace mental health but shows your organisation to be supportive about the mental health of your workforce. Remember, 72 million workplace days were lost due to mental illness, with more support this number is likely to be reduced.

In return, we will give a big shout out to you on all our social media platforms to highlight that you actively support mental health in the workplace and in the community.  

Individual support

We appreciate that sometimes you may not see where your money goes when you donate to some organisations, at Sean's Place you will see exactly where your money is being spent through our social media pages with updates about the development of Sean's Place thanks to your support. You will not only be contributing towards the costs of the sessions but most importantly also to improving the mental health and well-being of those who access Sean's Place. 

Thank you!

We appreciate every bit of support, Sean's Place is being set up at a time that I am also grieving for my brother and coming to terms with losing him, however, Sean was such a huge part of our life that we have to make something positive come from our loss and what better way to do it than to help others who feel just like Sean did and to become a part of their story. 

 I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for every bit of support we have had and are still receiving.

Lets get behind Tony and Tom and support them through donating as much as you can or sharing their mission with Friends/Family/Colleagues and neighbours.

Best of luck guys!

Debbie xxx

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