We are partnering up with Maidstone-based mental health charity Mid Kent Mind to provide a drop-in space for women in Maidstone who may be looking for additional support when it comes to either their mental health, or domestic abuse.
The drop-in session will take place at Mid Kent Mind’s building on the 7th of December between 10am and 1pm – with trained domestic abuse and mental health support staff on hand to provide advice and guidance to anyone who may be looking to access a safe space where they can learn more about the support services which are available within their communities.
This drop-in has been organised as a part of the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence – an initiative which is designed to raise awareness in our communities and encourage people to come together in solidarity to tackle gender-based violence. By partnering up, both organisations hope that the event can be used to encourage greater awareness about the intrinsic connections between domestic abuse and mental health.
People who experience domestic abuse may have lower levels of emotional resilience – and there are ongoing studies which suggest that the connection may even lead to higher rates of suicidal ideation in women who experience domestic abuse.
This shows that the connection is very real – and shouldn’t be ignored. By coming together to mark this event and provide a safe space to the local community, we hope to provide support to people who may not otherwise feel confident accessing it.
To summarise – if you are someone who is experiencing domestic abuse, and would like to seek support, then please come and see us on the 7th of December. We are here to support you with your first steps towards accessing support and will be able to provide advice and guidance on the services which you can access to ensure you are safe.
We will also be able to signpost you towards additional mental health support services – helping you to take steps forward.