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Somerset cricket legend supports mental health project

Somerset cricket legend Marcus Trescothick has featured in a new 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.”

The video can be viewed on Somerset Community Foundation’s Vimeo channel:

The Somerset Coronavirus Appeal currently stands at £700,000 and over £400,000 has been awarded in grants to 150 local charities and community groups in Somerset since it was launched in mid-March. Funds have been used to support a range of good causes including food banks, support for people with disabilities, help for the elderly and projects supporting disadvantaged young people.

Somerset Community Foundation is a local charity that works together with donors to provide funding and support to reduce disadvantage and build stronger communities. Last year SCF provided funding of £2.6m to almost 300 projects across the county, supporting 40,000 people.

The charity is appealing to local people, if they feel able, to pledge their support to the Somerset Coronavirus Appeal so it can continue to provide funding to help local charities and community groups recover from the financial impacts of Coronavirus and ensure they can continue supporting those in need in the future.

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

More information about SCF and the Somerset Coronavirus Appeal is available by emailing or telephoning 01749 344949.

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