VANESSA’S OWN STORY
NO ONE SHOULD FEEL THAT THERE IS NO OPTIONS
Lesbian blogger and mental health warrior, Vanessa Unsworth, 40, from Stockport talks about what it is like to be failed by services leading up to her own suicide attempt.
Recent suicide survivor, Vanessa opens up about what it’s like to be in the mental system. She starts by explaining that she; like a lot of sufferers, seemed to have a well-balanced life. Mother of three children; business owner and a good network of friends.
However; no one can ever really predict illness and Mental Health illnesses are no different.
Vanessa explained, “I started planning this project in January of this year. COVID has delayed some of the exciting things I had planned like my documentary. So I have used the time in lock down to set up the bones of the service. COVID has had a huge impact on community mental health and an already stressed system. It’s really hard to ask for help, as the stigma behind mental health is still very real.”
Vanessa goes on to talk about how she felt ashamed to ask for help and eventually, things spiralled and were beginning to affect her personal and professional relationships.
Dedicating her year of recovery through volunteering her talks and time to services like Greater Manchester Police; Cheshire Police; North West Ambulance services providing a platform for a better understanding of Mental Health in these services.
Vanessa explained; “I have had a fantastic response from a number of people, and am really excited to be working on a training programme with an Inspector, putting a human face to mental health for crisis negotiators”
Vanessa goes on to talk about how, setting up this advocacy and already being able to support people in communities has been a feeling that can not be explained. She goes on to talk about her work with a Hostage charity and how she supported a family, getting the right help to get their loved one released alive.
Vanessa explained “When you get that call from the family to say that their loved one was safe, it is like nothing you can put words on, I get the exact same feeling when someone messages to say that I have helped them with their mental health”
The Time2Talk Mental Health Advocacy service is now being rolled out across Greater Manchester initially. If you would or a loved one is needing mental health support, you can send an email to info ( @ ) t2tmentalhealthhub dot co dot uk and there will be someone waiting to help dot
If you would like more information about the talks that she offers; would like to know more about what Vanessa is hoping to achieve contact her on vanessa ( @ ) t2tmentalhealthhub dot co.uk or via their website www.t2tmentalhealthhub.co.uk