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Mental health charity Mind West Cumbria to stop services

Mind West Cumbria say they can no longer provide services to the standards they aim for with the resources they have available. Credit: Mind West Cumbria

The mental health charity Mind West Cumbria has announced it will close at the end of September.

The charity is described as a lifeline to many people in Copeland and Allerdale who are feeling suicidal or have been affected by suicide. Services include counselling, drop-in sessions and family support.

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Rod Earl, Chairman of Mind West Cumbria, broke the news on Friday.

It is with great sadness that we, the trustees, have to announce the closure of Mind in West Cumbria.

From the end of September, Mind in West Cumbria will no longer offer any services in the area. We are no longer able to operate due to a number of factors including the changing climate for the voluntary sector. This means we are not able to provide services to the standards we’d like with the resource we have available."

– Rod Earl- Chair of Mind in West Cumbria

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The closure of Mind West Cumbria comes after other mental health services announced a 'mental health crisis' in the area.

On average, one in five Cumbrians have suicidal thoughts, one in fifteen will attempt suicide and one person dies from suicide every week, which is much higher than the national average.

The West Cumbrian branch is not the first in Cumbria to close, South Lakeland Mind also stopped their services earlier this year.

The charity are encouraging anyone experiencing signs of depression to seek help at A&E. Credit: PA

The charity, which largely relies on volunteers, is partially funded by members of the community who have raised thousands of pounds over the years.

Mr Earl went on to thank everyone for their donations and fundraising efforts, and to assure people that any remaining funds will be spent on alternative mental health services in the area.

We’d like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere thanks to all the people involved in projects, past and present.

The current projects, supported by our incredible staff and volunteers, who have worked tirelessly to support our vulnerable clients at our drop-ins across the region, family project, counselling services and gardening project. We are also incredibly grateful to the local stakeholders, too many to list, for their generous donations to support our work and to the many individuals who have raised funds and helped to sustain our work.

We have agreed that, following the closure, if there are any remaining, funds these are spent in the local area on mental health support.

– Rod Earl, Chairman Mind West Cumbria

Anyone feeling depressed or suicidal is strongly advised to go to A&E.

People who may be struggling can also seek confidential, free support from The Samaritans by calling 116123 or by emailing jo@samaritans.org.

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