Mental health support group re-launches popular badminton sessions

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A badminton group for people who have been affected by mental health illness will be re-launched in Chesham tomorrow.

Mind The Gap Bucks Badminton Group has proved to be popular in the past, and there will be free taster sessions taking place tommorow and on Saturday

Mind The Gap was formed in 2009 by two Chesham residents. When they were discharged from the NHS mental health services they both felt that there was still some way to go between what was classed as ‘being well’ by mental health services and actually being well enough to fully engage with the world again.

Group secretary Emma Page said: “Most support on offer requires some kind of referral, or for various criteria to be met, and this means that people often find themselves falling through the gaps, sometimes to the point that they can become seriously unwell again and end up in a cycle of treatment.

“This is why Mind The Gap Bucks was formed. We plan social and activity groups at an affordable price that anyone would be able to access without referral and we have successfully provided this to the local community for five years now.

“We are a self-help group that offers an understanding and welcoming environment where members can support one another intheir recovery.

“People are often referred to us either by their GP because they are too well to meet the criteria of a lot of the services offered, or by the mental health services once they have recovered enough to no longer need their help.

“Some people come to us by themselves as we do not need any kind of referral. Members help run the group as much as they are able and decide upon the direction the group takes.”

The badminton session are likely to be very popular, and it is advised to reserve a place in advance

“It has been found that regular exercise can help improve mental health and our members have found this group to be hugely beneficial,” added Emma.

“The badminton groups are for people of all abilities and we provide all equipment, although people are welcome to bring their own rackets if they wish.

“We have a fun and friendly atmosphere that offers the chance to meet people and chat and socialise as well as play.

“The Thursday group sometimes decide to play table tennis instead of badminton, so feel free to contact us if you are interested in this.”

Please contact Mind The Gap Bucks at mindthegapbucks@googlemail.com or visit www.mindthegapbucks.com for more information.