We are delighted to welcome Angela Samata as a new patron. Angela presented the BBC1 BAFTA nominated and winner of the Mind Media Award for Best Factual TV documentary, ‘Life After Suicide’. The film encouraged discussion and exploration of mental health issues, challenging the stigma of suicide. Describing her own experience and that of her children after her partner took his own life 15 years ago, Angela travelled the length and breadth of the UK talking to others who had experienced the same loss. The documentary was aired as part of the BBC’s Mental Health Season #InTheMind and was watched world-wide by over 4.5 million viewers.  Angela represents the views of those bereaved by suicide and was for 4 years, Chair, and is now Ambassador, of the Survivors of the Bereaved by Suicide, a nationwide charity offering a unique and distinct free service with online, face to face and telephone support to bereaved adults across the UK. Under her Chairmanship and together with a 10-strong Board and 150 volunteers, the number of support groups doubled, with over 60 free support groups currently throughout the UK, offering support to over 7,000 people bereaved by suicide each year. Angela is also an invited attendee of the All Party Parliamentary Group looking at Suicide Prevention in England and Wales.  Co-author of the NHS70 Parliamentary Award winning #SeeSaySignpost training, which has to date been accessed by 110,000 people globally, her charity work, together with the making of the documentary was recognised as Angela was named as the Merseyside Woman of the Year 2016 and awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Liverpool John Moores University.  As a freelance Arts professional for over a decade, Angela continues to work with individual artists and arts organisations, while also speaking publicly about mental health issues.  Often her work in Mental Health and the Arts come together and in 2018 she will complete a Winston Churchill Fellowship to the USA and Japan looking at both disciplines.

2019 Liverpool Cathedral Abseil 10 Aug

A little bit blowy and wet!

Many thanks to the individuals who braved the rain and wind to raise funds for MCTC, the latest figures show we are near £4,000 which is amazing. Thanks to Lynne, Carmel, Emma S and Emma F, Brendan, Charlotte and Andrea. This is a great event, please let us know if you’d like to take part in 2020.

Our Garden!

Our garden is now finished due to the splendid efforts of numerous individuals, including but not limited to Will Parks, James Smith of JS Construction, Pab’s Gardening Services, Gabor and Frank Tormasi, Sam Bilton, Jen Griffiths and Ollie, Gill Davies, Glynis Bennion, Liam of ABI Electrical and Andrew Cousins of Tile Fire, who have all given generously of their time. Last but not least, Angela our Director for driving through the project with the support of our Trustees.

WIRRAL COASTAL WALK 2019 – A BLESSING IN DISGUISE!

Thurstaston, Wirral Coast 2019

Firstly a BIG Thank You to all those who took part or supported those who took part. We raised approximately £2,300.00 which is amazing and equates to over 100 counselling sessions for people in need. It was a good day for walking – a little warm perhaps but a light, cooling breeze most of the way. This year it was nice to be stopped and questioned about the charity we were walking for and below is an account of a little happening that occurred at the end of the walk when we were tired and not a little sore! It is written here by one of our long-time supporters who witnessed it first-hand, as did I. It was truly a blessing so please read on and, if you are already a friend or supporter of MCTC, perhaps you will gain a deeper understanding of why we do what we do and how your contribution really does make a difference…
“Having been a supporter of MCTC since it started, I have always been proud to do the Wirral Coastal Walk wearing the MCTC tabard as a small way of promoting the Centre, and I was pleased that we got several enquiries this time during the walk.  The most memorable moment, however, undoubtedly came after the end of the walk:  I was – slowly and stiffly – getting out of the car when I saw a youngish man approaching on the pavement, and as I had the car door open across the path I expected that he might have difficulty getting past or be impatient as he drew level.  So I was astonished to see him point to the tabard and hear him say, quietly and respectfully, “may I say that I think MCTC is a really worthy cause, as I would not be alive now if it had not been for the help I received there”.  The encounter was brief, but it struck me as powerful in a number of ways – here was a witness who could give authoritative testimony on the importance and impact of the work which MCTC does at the Centre; far from being negative or impatient, the man went out of his way, by his positive remarks and evident gratitude, to give something back; here too was a timely reminder to us that the walk which had tired us out was worth every ounce of effort because the Centre preserves and improves lives, and in that sense I experienced his remarks as a blessing for us after our exertions; and, last but not least, it was a much-needed reminder to me that angelic messages do not always – indeed perhaps very rarely – come via people that look like angels.”

June 2019 – Our Garden work has finally begun.

We’re delighted our garden work has finally begun after the dreadful weather.

Hopefully towards the end of July we’ll have a brand new facility to share with our clients

Schools Project 2018-19

We’re looking forward to rolling out our schools project later this year. It is our aim to bring a greater awareness of mental health to schools through the Wirral. Get in touch with us if you think we can help.

Wirral Scouts and Guides

Our heartfelt thanks to Wirral Scout and Guide Christmas Post who have donated £1,000 towards the completion of our Nature Nurturing Nature Garden Project which we hope to complete this year. Well done to all the Scouts, Guides, Badgers, Beavers, Brownies and Rainbows (and their helpers!) for all their hard work. Thank you so much.