There are multiple barriers to accessing mental health support for most people. These can include a lack of: funding for statutory and private healthcare, specialist support, and safe spaces for minoritised groups.
One way to minimise such barriers is for psychotherapists to take up their social responsibility and go into their communities to offer support, rather than expecting people to be able to navigate barriers to access appointments.
My work includes taking on projects for a reduced fee, or as a volunteer, within the community wherever possible. Examples are:
Finding Your Identity Amongst Trauma (closed Zoom workshops for survivors of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse)
Feel Better Leeds NHS Campaign: Trauma-Informed Stress Management
Guest speaker at Leeds Reclaim the Night Rally
Support for Survivors Workshop series: Female-Identifying Survivors of Sexual Abuse
Crossland Wellbeing: Guest speaker on ‘The Impact of Trauma’
If you would like to collaborate to support your local community, get in touch here.