By finding out about the difficulties you've faced in getting help we can learn from each other and help others to move forward.
You might have faced practical barriers like:
- Lack of transport to get to the support service
- Support service has inconvenient opening times
- Concerned about how confidential the support service is
- Unsure about what will happen once you contact the support service, etc.
Or, they might be more personal barriers:
- Not been treated well by the support service in the past
- Unsure how to explain the issue face to face or on the telephone
- Worried what your friends or family might think if they find out, etc.
For support to work, the options presented to you need to take into account your feelings and personal circumstances.
Step Finder brings together:
- Personal Stories - Read about other people's journeys to help you through your own. These are real-life, personal accounts that describe the kinds of worries and difficulties you can face when trying to get support and how these can be overcome.
- Discussion - Explore the obstacles people face when trying to get help and share your solutions. This is a consultation workspace where we'll be running one off online workshops to explore different issues that affect you. The next workshop is about support networks for mental health and you can apply to take part as a volunteer by following this link.
- Resources - Your ideas and advice. We'll work with you through online workshops and discussion to explore support from your point of view. You'll also find resources created by community members themselves in Your Support Ideas.