Yvonne’s Story: Self-help with her mental health
Take Off, based in Canterbury, Kent, supports people with mental health needs through a 100% service user led model – meaning anyone who works for the charity must have experienced their own mental health difficulties.
The group offers self-help groups that have either a ‘talking’ or ‘doing’ focus – all led by a person who has experienced that condition.
Yvonne Capel, a service user who has been accessing Take Off for a year said: “When you are dealing with something like psychosis you feel very alone and wonder why me? Every night, I was bombarded with negative voices.
When I joined the group, I felt it would never work - I could barely speak to anyone! But working with people who have had their own mental health issues makes all the difference as they can fully understand what I am going through.”
Funded by People’s Health Trust, using money raised by HealthWhole CIC through The Health Lottery, Take Off currently works with 3,500 users. Originating in Canterbury, the group now has groups in Thanet, along the South East Coast and Ashford.
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