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
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 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!
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.