“It is with great sadness that we, the trustees, have to announce the closure of Mind in West Cumbria. From the end of September, Mind in West Cumbria will no longer offer any services in the area. We are no longer able to operate due to a number of factors including the changing climate for the voluntary sector. This means we are not able to provide services to the standards we’d like with the resource we have available.

“We understand that this is an incredibly difficult time for everyone affected, particularly our service users, volunteers and members of staff, who are at the heart of everything we do. We’d like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere thanks to all the people involved in projects, past and present. The current projects, supported by our incredible staff and volunteers, who have worked tirelessly to support our vulnerable clients at our drop-ins across the region, family project, counselling services and gardening project. We are also incredibly grateful to the local stakeholders, too many to list, for their generous donations to support our work and to the many individuals who have raised funds and helped to sustain our work. We have agreed that, following the closure, if there are any remaining, funds these are spent in the local area on mental health support.

“We are supporting our staff and volunteers directly affected by the closure. We are also working hard to try and make sure our clients aren’t left without the services they need but are signposted to alternatives wherever possible and appropriate. In the longer term, we are working with other local Minds in the region to put in place a sustainable plan for providing mental health services across Cumbria. Anyone concerned about the closure can get in touch with Rod Earl, Chair of Mind in West Cumbria by emailing: admin@mindinwestcumbria.org.uk.

“If you’re feeling suicidal, and don't feel that you can keep yourself safe, seek immediate help. Go to any hospital A&E department, or call 999 and ask for an ambulance if you can’t get there yourself. If you are worried about a loved one, watch out for warning signs and stay with them if you think they may take their own life. The Samaritans provide a free, confidential, 24-hour phone support available by calling 116 123 or emailing jo@samaritans.org and you don’t have to be experiencing suicidal feelings to call them.”


Rod Earl

Chair of Mind in West Cumbria

16 August 2019

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