New self-harming support group in Pinchbeck

Johnson Community Hospital, Pinchbeck.  SG110113-148TW.  www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
Johnson Community Hospital, Pinchbeck. SG110113-148TW. www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

A new support group for victims of self-harming, their family and friends, is to open in Pinchbeck next week.

The group, run by national charity Rethink Mental Illness, launches with an information day at Johnson Community Hospital on Wednesday, June 3 between 2pm and 3.30pm, meeting every first Wednesday of the month from then on.

The stigma around mental illness makes it hard for many people to speak openly about what they are going through.

George Scott, group co-ordinator, Rethink Mental Illness

Each meeting will bring together different organisations across South Holland to provide support for people who self-harm, as well as their families and friends.

Group co-ordinator George Scott said: “One in four people in the area will have a mental health problem at some point in their lives and that can be a really isolating experience, both for them and their family.

“The stigma around mental illness also makes it hard for many people to speak openly about what they are going through.

“The focus of the group, run either by people with personal experience of mental illness or their families and friends, will be to signpost people who self-harm to sources of support.

“The group will also provide a sympathetic, non-judgemental listening space where people can share their thoughts and feelings as a lot of people find it really valuable to speak with others who have been through similar experiences to them.”

For more details, call Lauren Bate on 07436 562335 or email lauren.bate@rethink.org