Mental Health Awareness: Q&A with the CEO of Moodswings
Moodswings is a Manchester-based charity which helps people recover from a range of mental health issues. The Moodswings HQ is based just around the corner from MeadowSide and earlier this week we went to visit Linda, the CEO to find out more about what the charity does and how you can help – just in time for #WorldMentalHealthDay.
Moodswings does a lot within the community. They have recently sponsored an award-winning garden at Tatton RHS Flower Show. “Every Cloud has a Silver Lining” was designed to highlight the work that Moodswings does. Now the garden will be moved to Angel Meadow Park for generations to enjoy.
The charity is also due to open an affordable cafe. Thumbs Up will be ran by volunteers and Moodswings members which hopes to be a community hub and a safe place to socialise.
Who are “Moodswings”?
Moodswings has been around since 1999 supporting people in Manchester and over the country with mental health issues, mainly through our helpline. We aim to be the friends and family that some people haven’t got, and we want to help people lead ordinary lives and feel the best that they can.
Who do you help?
Most of the people we help are from Manchester, but we run a helpline that can be called from anywhere, so we get calls from people all over country and have even had people ring from abroad before.
We provide support to anyone who is suffering from what we call emotional distress, which can be anything from not feeling yourself anymore or not feeling very well and lonely to people who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or other psychotic problems.
We offer support to the friends and family of those who are suffering as well. We educate loved ones on how to provide the best kind of aid and we look after their emotional health because it can be quite distressing for them too.
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