Support group launches in Huddersfield to un-mask mental health stigma

A new support hub is being launched this week in Huddersfield to help people affected by mental health issues and to try and reduce the stigma surrounding this.

‘Unmasked Mental Health, which is a Halifax based charity, are launching the new weekly Huddersfield hub this Thursday which is in addition to 8 other hubs across the region. The groups are aimed at anyone aged 16 or above who is suffering from emotional distress. 

The sessions are led as ‘peer support’ groups which means it is an opportunity to give and receive support from each other. 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. Participants do not need to register for the service. 

“I know that I fit in there. I don’t have to try and be something I’m not, I can just be me.” – Hub user from a different location.

The first session begins this Thursday from 7 – 9PM at Union Bank in the Town Centre which is also where The Basement Recovery Project is based.

Alternatively, the charity has also developed an incredible app where you can use peer support to virtually connect and chat with other users who are in similar situations. 

As part of the app, you can search and connect with individuals either anonymously (masked), or if you build up a rapport and feel able to show them your profile – you can unmask yourself.  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. 

The app is called ‘Unmasked Mental Health’ and is available to download for free on IOS and Android devices.

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