Stevie's plea for mental health sufferers

Stevie's plea for mental health sufferers

THE founder of a mental health support group says more needs to be done to help those suffering. Stevie Oliver, left, launched Dewsbury-based Take Ten last year having suffered mental health problems all her life.

Volunteers from the group have been out in the community in the past few months trying to “reach out to those who may not be able to get to us”.

Stevie said they’ve spent time at the Greenway bridge on Westgate in Cleckheaton, Scammonden bridge in Huddersfield, and North Bridge in Halifax, where they managed to calm a distressed woman who had just lost her friend days before at the same site.

Stevie’s plea comes after a man in his 40s was found dead in the Tesco Extra car park in Batley on Sunday (see Page 5). Two other men died in Wakefield over the weekend.

She said: “There isn’t enough being done. We need to get the word out that we are here to help.”

Stevie is meeting with Kirklees Council’s commissioning manager for mental health, Tony Bacon, next month and wants people to get in touch with their stories to emphasise why more help is needed.

Take Ten meet every Wednesday from 10am-2.30pm at Dewsbury Town Hall. 

The group is also re-branding its junior section as Take Ten Youths. Launching in the next few weeks, there’ll be separate meetings for eight- to 11-year-olds and 12- to 18-year-olds at the adventure playground in Crow Nest Park on Friday evenings.

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