New mental health support hub opens in Bay

Picture of two men helping with new mental health support hub

Offering help, the new hub has opened - Credit: Submitted

A new support hub has been launched in Torbay to help people affected by mental health issues and reduce the stigma surrounding it. 

Unmasked Mental Health launched the new weekly Torbay hub last week in partnership with HealthScape CIC an organisation that mirrors its message of offering social support within the community.  

The new local peer support hubs adds to eight additional hubs nationwide run by the Halifax-based charity. 

The groups are aimed at any individual aged 16 or above who is suffering from emotional distress. 

The free sessions are centred on individuals wanting to both offer and receive support, uniting together. Trained facilitators are on hand to encourage the group to develop conversations in a safe and non-judgemental way. 

The weekly hub will run as a drop-in session, with no commitment as to how many weekly sessions an individual needs to attend.  

The next session is this Thursday (March 4) from 7pm to 9pm at The Market Place in Market Street, Torquay. 

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The Unmasked Charity has also developed an  ‘Unmasked’ which is aimed at any individual over the age of 16 available on both Apple/Android devices and currently has been successfully downloaded in over 67 countries. 

The App provides an alternative avenue of support if individuals do not want to be in person, they have an option to be to be anonymous ‘masked’ on the App but still receive help.  

When they feel comfortable or have built a rapport, they are able to ‘unmask’ themselves. The concept is ideal for those who wish to discuss their issues with someone in a similar situation and equally is really rewarding for those who wish to help others using their own personal experience. 

A spokesman said: “The whole mission here at Unmasked is to have peer-support hubs that focus on relying on each other in tough times, whether that be a personal issue or the current situation regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic. It gives people the opportunity to come and share, uniting together and offering encouragement.” 

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