Foundation tackles mental health issues in the Upper Valley.

The Community Foundation for Calderdale has announced they are extending their mental health project which initially launched in Todmorden after the Boxing Day Floods 2015. Funding will be provided by the Community Foundation and the Environment Agency, to extend the project to Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Luddendenfoot, and Sowerby Bridge.

The extension to the project will mean people in flood-affected towns such as Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Luddendenfoot, and Sowerby Bridge will now have access to help to enable them to maintain their emotional health and wellbeing. 

Peer support groups will be running twice monthly. The support groups offer routine, social opportunities and mutual support for people who are working towards achieving or maintaining, recovery. 

The workshops and courses which have proven popular will also be available and are an easily-accessible way for people to gain support and develop their understanding of particular issues.
Information & advice drop-ins will also be offered, drop-ins have proven popular as they give people the opportunity to quickly access support and guidance in community venues.

Emma Woods-Bolger from the Community Foundation said ” We know that traumatic events can have a negative impact on mental health. The loss of homes and positions due to flooding has been incredibly difficult for many in Calderdale and the threat of future flooding events are never far from the minds of people living in the Valley”.

Emma continued “The project which is lead by local charity Healthy Minds has supported thousands of people already in Todmorden and will now help those in other flood-affected areas. These services will offer support, information and advice in an accessible, coordinated and holistic way that will contribute not only to mental health and wellbeing, but long term physical health, increased volunteering and economic activity, individual involvement in the local community, and increased social cohesion”.