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Fire walk and Family Funday Festival in Basildon

Fire walk and Family Funday Festival in Basildon

Help raise money and awareness for mental health and suicide

UNFORTUNATELY, most of us will have some experience of mental ill health or even suicide, whether it’s personal experience or supporting a friend or loved one who is struggling.

Fortunately there are a range of services and organisations in the area to help, including Reach Out for Mental Health and Basildon Mind. Reach Out for Mental Health are a new organisation who support individuals feeling suicidal buy providing drop-in hubs in Grays and South Ockendon. They have recently launched a phone-line, text and email support service for people who need help but are unable to attend the drop-in They are also training professionals who are in regular contact with high risk groups to become more aware of those at risk and then equip them with the skills in how best to support someone who is suicidal. Each week the drop-ins can support a minimum of around 40 people, giving them potentially lifesaving one to one support. Basildon Mind set up 40 years ago and support individuals living with a range of mental health conditions including bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia and depression. They have a number of services available such as counselling, a specialist telephone service and an allotment project and have become a lifeline for a number of people in the community.

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To help these projects continue their vital work the Hobart family have arranged a fundraiser in Basildon on 2nd June from 11am-6pm.
Richard Hobart sadly took his life TWO years ago. Richard was a very fit and successful 27-year-old man. Engaged to be married, on the cusp of becoming a home owner, well respected at work and had many things going for him. After straining his back at the gym Richard was prescribed Diazepam, something not recommended for people with any history of depression (He had previously suffered depression 5 years earlier). Within days his mood changed, he went back to the doctors and was given more antidepressants.

After just three weeks although his back was recovering well he was now seriously mentally unwell, unable to sleep, complaining of headaches and loss of emotions. Further visits to the doctors resulted in more sleeping tablets. Richard was still severely sleep deprived and finally took his own life by train. Each visit to the doctors lasted only around 5 minutes! He was not properly assessed for risk. His medical records were not available to locum doctors as people must give prior consent for this due to data protection.

He leaves behind a trail of broken hearts including his parents & brother, fiancé and family, a large extended family and very many friends. It has changed the lives of those who loved him forever leaving a big hole in their hearts.

The Hobart family now honour Richard’s memory by working to reduce stigma and raise awareness of the difficulty’s individuals experience when trying to seek help when they most desperately need it.

Debbie, Steve and Chris Hobart have kindly arranged a fundraising event for Reach Out for Mental Health and Mind. There will be a Fire walk, pony rides, fun fair rides, craft stalls, music, comedy and much more. Tickets are only £7 on the door (under 14’s go free) but the first 500 tickets bought in advance will be £3. To secure a place on the fire walk tickets are £30 or alternatively you can join the team via their Go Fund Me page, secure £50 of sponsorship and get your place for free.

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