I had the pleasure recently of talking at the event hosted by Ongo in Scunthorpe promoting supporting mental health within the community. A number of organisations attended the busy event including the police and crime commission.
With an intention of bringing together employers and individuals to share their projects and current work involving mental health. The event was fantastic with service users sharing their journeys and how Ongo had assisted them via their many layers of support that they offer and fantastic mental health services.
As someone who has struggled with their own mental health all their life it was a joy to see organisations like this really focused and committed to making a difference in the community.
After we watched some videos from service users with various talks in between from the committed team at Ongo explaining their services and how they are making a difference it was clear to me that this organisation is passionate about supporting mental health which gave me a great deal of hope for the future.
I presented a thirty minute talk at the event sharing my own intimate journey involving abandonment, child sexual abuse and attempted murder before the age of fourteen and the loss of my son to anencephaly and how this affected my mental health as a child growing up and opened the gateway to addiction for me.
Most notably how I believe if I had known about organisations like Ongo and their mental health support my life could have been very different.
This is what it is all about, sharing, listening and acting upon things to really try and make a difference. Getting into the world and seeing what others are doing and helping them raise awareness to their cause as we all have one common goal and that is a want for a better life for everyone.
This starts with communication.
There was an opportunity to network at the event and I got to speak to many people from other addiction services and campaigns to raise awareness which was great.
Hearing some of the many efforts that are being made I came to one clear conclusion that there needs to be a strong commitment to raise awareness to these campaigns to plant those all important seeds into peoples minds that there is help and support available and you can reach out with the right knowledge of what there is out there.
We were treated to a magician and comedian which was awesome and I have to say I really enjoyed and was certainly made for a fine end to a brilliant event.
All in all it was a fantastic day and I would like to say a huge thank you to Jan, Hayley and the rest of the Ongo team and for HSBC for funding the event. I look forward to seeing you all again and one day popping up to the allotment to see how John is getting on with the new shed.
Thank you for all that you do keep shining that light.