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THINK CHARITY: Andover Mind continuing to help people maintain their well-being during lockdown

Andover Mind are still here to help people during lockdown, despite having to change how they normally operate this local charity are doing all they can to ensure local people get the valued support they need during this crisis.

Andover Mind was formed in 1984, after a group of mental health professionals identified a serious lack of support in the Andover area for people with mental illness. Starting out as a small support group called ‘Andover Mental Health Club’ it has gradually grown in size and membership. 

They became affiliated to national Mind in 1986 and subsequently obtained charitable status. Andover Mind as we know it has been in the current premises in Andover since 1994 and have made significant improvements to the building to make it a friendly and welcoming space. In recent years, they have considerably widened their reach to meet the needs of Hampshire residents and now run services county-wide .

Andover Mind recognise that 1 in 4 of us will experience mental health problems at some time in our lives and with the current lockdown this will especially difficult and it’s a tough thing to face alone. If you have a mental health problem, or a loved one has, you’ll want experienced and compassionate people in your corner offering advice and information and supporting your journey to recovery and this is exactly what Andover Mind are there to do.

“We don’t just help people suffering mental health distress; we are here for anyone who is interested in maintaining or improving their mental well-being.”

Like many organisations, Andover Mind have been doing thier best to respond to the situation facing us as a result of Covid-19. Although they are still providing their services, they have had to make some temporary adjustments to the way they are operating.

Andover Mind’s Well-being services are unfortunately currently unable to offer any groups or face to face meetings with service users. However, staff are still able to support you over the phone or by email or text. If you are an existing client to Andover Mind, someone will check in with you to see how you are. If you are a new client, and wish to speak with a member of staff, please contact us using the details below.

Andover Well-being Centre – 01264 332297 or well-being@andovermind.org.uk

Click here for Andover Mind website and look on the Andover Mind social media for updates.

The current updated services are outlined below:

Adult counselling

If you are an existing client of their adult counselling service, your counsellor will be in touch with you to continue to offer counselling either by telephone or online. If you are experiencing emotional or mental health issues please contact them by leaving a message on 01264 332297 and they will get back to you. We are checking the phones daily.

Youth counselling

If you are an existing client of their youth counselling service, then your counsellor will be in touch with you to continue that counselling either by telephone or online.

Springboard

They are not currently able to deliver their Friends resilience sessions in primary schools. They hope to resume these as soon as they are able.

Ugly Duckling project

The Ugly Duckling workshop and pop-up shop are currently closed. Please contact uglyduckling@andovermind.org.uk with any queries and keep an eye on their social media for updates.

Carer Support and Dementia Advice

Their Carer Support and Dementia Advice Service is unfortunately unable to offer any groups or face-to-face meetings with service users until further notice. However, staff are still available to support you over the phone or by email or text. If you are an existing client or carer and are known to their service, your usual Carer Support Worker or Dementia Advisor will be in touch with you via telephone, if possible, to carry out a welfare check and see how you are. If you would like to contact them in the meantime, or if you are a new client and wish to speak to a member of staff, please contact them using the details below, ensuring you leave a voice message with your contact details. A member of the team will then get back to you shortly.

Referrals and enquiries team – 01264 332297 (option 3) or enquiries@andovermind.org.uk

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