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PCC visits charity supporting young people with mental health illnesses


Jo Clement and PCC Sue Mountstevens

Making ‘invisible’ illnesses visible is the aim of In Charley’s Memory, a charity set up to support 16-25 year olds suffering mental health illnesses, visited by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens on her latest community day.

Joanne Clement, Charley’s mum, founded the charity after her son sadly took his own life after struggling with a mental health illness for four years. Jo is now driven to find a way for society to better recognise and treat young adults battling many of the same issues as her son.

The charity seeks to raise mental health awareness through education, training and by reaching out to young people across social media channels. PCC Sue Mountstevens met with Jo to hear Charley’s story and find out more about the services on offer to young people affected by mental health illnesses.

Speaking after the visit, PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “It was inspiring to meet Jo and the staff at the charity and to hear how they are offering hope to our young people troubled by mental health issues before it is too late.  We need to move away from institutions and deliver a service for people who are vulnerable and suffering from mental health to ensure they get the suitable care they need.”

A variety of services are currently offered by the charity to young people including bereavement peer support groups, educational workshops, mental health first aid courses, networking with mental health organisations and counselling.

The charity is also focused on expanding theses services into local schools and universities in order to reach young people who are affected by mental health, all of which is achieved through fundraising and the generous support of volunteers.

Jo Clement said: “I am honoured to have had the chance to meet PCC Sue Mountstevens and get the chance to tell her Charley’s story. It’s great that she’s so positive in spreading the word about mental health and supporting the improvement in services offered to young people affected by Mental Health illnesses.”

To find out more about In Charley’s Memory visit www.incharleysmemory.co.uk

Posted on Wednesday 9th March 2016
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