Mental health support video for Somerset

Mental health support video for Somerset

Somerset cricket legend Marcus Trescothick has featured in a video promoting Mindline Somerset, a confidential listening service with a 24-hour telephone service to give emotional support and counselling to anyone in need and help them find further support. The service is one of many local mental health projects funded by Somerset Community Foundation’s (SCF) Somerset Coronavirus Appeal.

Marcus said: “I’ve made no secret of the struggles I’ve had with my mental health over the years, and it’s important that people know there is someone to talk to when things get tough. We all have difficult days, but the support is out there, just a phone call away.  I'm really pleased to support this important initiative to help stop people suffering in silence”

The video also features staff, volunteers and service users from other local charities who are all working to provide mental health support in Somerset, in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. The other ‘talking heads’ featured in the film are from:

  • Age UK Somerset (Taunton)
  • The Balsam Centre (Wincanton)
  • Community Council for Somerset (county-wide)
  • Heads Up (Wells)
  • Mind in Somerset (county-wide, based in Taunton, Yeovil and Bridgwater)
  • The NHS
  • Somerset County Council
  • Spark Somerset (county-wide)
  • SWEDA (Shepton Mallet)
  • We Hear You (Frome)
  • Young Somerset (county-wide, based in Bridgwater)

Justin Sargent, Chief Executive at SCF said: “We’re hugely grateful to Marcus for helping us raise awareness of Mindline Somerset. We’re also very thankful to our supporters across Somerset. Their donations have enabled us to provide funding to many local mental health projects - including Mindline - from our Somerset Coronavirus Appeal. Their generosity has been truly humbling.”

To speak to someone confidentially 24/7, call Mindline Somerset on 01823 276892