Hi, I’m Maggie and as this is my first post on my new site, I thought you might like to understand why I wanted to start a service like this.
As you may imagine, I went through a very traumatic experience in my own life and it affected all our family for a very long time, and we still have to deal with repurcussions from this although we have certainly all come a long way, and I can say that there is hope – especially for those who receive the correct support at the right time.
The thing that struck me was when I met other individuals going through traumatic events, is that many seemed to suffer similar symptoms even though the circumstances were very different.
My image of getting help through a mental health service was like being handed a beautifully wrapped box of chocolates – only to be so disappointed when the box was revealed to be – empty! I do not decry any health professionals who work hard to help others in this field, but I’m sure they will also agree that this is an area where staff are stretched to the limit, with little resources or time to devote to the important things.
I decided that I would like to do whatever I could to help and thought it would be easier to use my own skills as a film maker to record the experiences of many different families and provide an online service so anyone could access at any time of the day or night – and did not need to wait for 6 – 12 months for an appointment. Often, when help is needed – it is needed right now, this day, this night, as this may be the only chance to help a person to survive.
We already have a number of families lined up who have volunteered to be interviewed either using audio or video and they will be posted on the site as soon as we have a few that can be viewed. We will also be designing training packages for others who need to provide these training skills to their staff e.g. hospitals, social services and police etc.
Please feel free to get in touch if you have any ideas you’d like to share and I hope you will share the journey with me as I am new to this but I hope it proves to be a beneficial service for lots of people.