***NEXT WEEK IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK***
In line with this, as promised, Without Wings has been working SUPER hard to develop
our initiative to provide swift and open ended counselling to all people living with
autoimmune arthritis, including loved ones.
Read on to hear all about our exciting plans, especially our
AMAZING new partnership with the
INCREDIBLE Lisa Lowe Foundation (previously Manx Cancer Help.)
Jackie is back on Women Today, (Manx Radio) May 9th to discuss her own
battle with mental health issues.
And happy May the 6th for anyone attending the last of the Pigs on the Wing Compass Tour this Saturday. If you haven't heard it on the airwaves, we are very excited to say that Without Wings is the nominated charity for this event! Many, many thanks to Pigs on the Wing, a fantastic, if not possibly an iconic local band. If you are able to make it, we’ll be there with our Without Wing’s charity buckets. Please come and say hello, even it we can't hear you :)
***MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK***
Without Wings is SO EXCITED! Over the last few weeks we have been working super hard to formulate our most prominent drive: to ensure the availability of swift, open ended counselling to all people in need who live with autoimmune arthritis. This includes loved ones who might find themselves in a supportive/ caring role.
Firstly, we are incredibly grateful to Dr Alex Allison MHK, for suggesting we hook up with the Lisa Lowe Foundation - previously Manx Cancer Help. This wonderful charity share many of our ideas and initiatives, - namely, a commitment to positive and compassionate living and the provision of excellent and swift support to those in times of need. They also have a powerful 10 year plan that will change the face of mental health support and provision on the Island immeasurably.
As well as being able to tap into their psychological support services, Without Wings are incredibly proud to say that we have been invited to be involved in their 'open door' programme in the perfectly named 'Hope Street' in Douglas. This will be a lunchtime project when anyone, with any ongoing stress/ distress issue - be it disease related or not, will be able to come and talk in a safe and comfortable environment with trained personnel. For sufferers of autoimmune arthritis, Without Wings hope to provide a once weekly presence where sufferers - and their loved ones, can come and voice any concerns they have regarding their illness, or indeed any other issue. No one needs to be experiencing severe difficulty to attend this project. It is available to anyone who just wants to chat or see a friendly face.
This partnership will of course have the added benefit of raising Without Wing's profile, which in turn will help us develop our all important business plan to prove our long term sustainability to Government. In doing so, our services can be recognised as part of a pathway of integrated care through GPs and the hospital, via the Department of Health.
Phew! It's been a lot of work but it is coming together! Please keep supporting us. Please keep liking and sharing our Facebook posts and if you're planning a sponsored event please keep us in mind. Every little helps and our next step is to raise serious funds to make sure that no sufferer of autoimmune arthritis need ever feel alone and unsupported.