Just as the government announces plans to transform attitudes to mental health, we are gearing up to start our new project which aims to improve the emotional health of parents and children. With 30 years’ experience of supporting families, we understand well the impact of depression and anxiety especially if coupled with isolation. It is often a vicious circle that is hard to break out of alone.
Last year 83% of Bristol parents who felt isolated told us that they were also experiencing mental health problems.
Our approach is simple and effective – families are visited weekly by volunteers, who are parents themselves, and understand the challenges of family life. They work alongside families encouraging them and helping them to build confidence. They are no longer alone.
Of 182 Bristol families supported recently over 94% felt better able to cope as a result of this support.
‘The help from my volunteer was good because it provided a different voice – a motherly voice but one which was not judgemental. It helped me to have a different inner voice.’
The new project starting in April will be further enhanced by employing a Family Support Worker and providing additional training to staff and volunteers on mental health. Visit our website www.homestartbristol.org.uk for more information