Spotlight on Local Mental Health Organisations – Feeling Strong
Mental Health Awareness week this year is taking place between 18th and 24th of May and this year the theme is Kindness. There are lots of brilliant organisations in Dundee who provide support for mental health, and we have reached out to some of these organisations to ask them about their work.
One of the organisations we interviewed was Feeling Strong.
Can you tell us a bit about what your organisation does?
We exist to make sure that every young person in Dundee who has experienced a mental health or wellbeing challenge is supported to reach their full potential. We deliver projects, services and campaigns in the community to tackle stigma, build confidence, develop resources, create networks and most importantly support the positive recovery journey of our young people.
How have you had to adapt due to Covid-19?
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re continuing with our new services, providing community relief through ‘Food & Care Packages’, as well as moving our peer support service to a ‘Video/Text Chat’ model. We’ve also put together a one stop-shop site for COVID guidance, information, activities and local updates.
Feeling Strong are delivering ‘Food & Care Packages’ to those who are self-isolating as a result of COVID-19. These packages will provide vital products such as food, drinks and sanitary products that people who are self-isolating may not be able to get themselves, and the allocation of the packages will be conducted on a needs assessed basis. As an exception to Feeling Strong’s normal services, the food packages are available to all ages. At a time like this we need to come together as a community and help those in need!
Feeling Strong’s Text Chat or Video Chat Service is a chance for young people (8-26) who live, work or study in Dundee to:
Receive Peer Support from members of our team. Talk about the difficulties of isolation, and ask for a food/care package to be delivered to you. Talk about your mental health, recovery and self-care. Learn about our services and what other mental health activities are going on in Dundee. Meet other people who have lived experience of mental health and wellbeing challenges
We’re open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 1500-1800. Once you book an appointment we will send you a link with the details of how to join the video chat, which you can do here: book.feelingstrong.co.uk
Why is mental health important to your organisation?
We all have our own experiences of mental health and wellbeing challenges, so we understand what it’s like! We believe strongly in the power of peer support, and knowing that the person helping you has experienced their own challenges.
How can you be contacted?
You can email us at [email protected] or DM us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Food packages: http://foodpackage.feelingstrong.co.uk/
Booking a peer support chat: book.feelingstrong.co.uk
Covid-19 one stop shop website: covid.feelingstrong.co.uk