A mental health support group in Knaresborough is raising awareness of the support it offers during the gap people face while waiting for therapy.
Project Bob, based at Gracious Street Methodist Church, runs weekly meetings and a 24/7 WhatsApp group offering support to people who are struggling.
The group’s founder, Chris Rawson, insists it isn’t a counselling service but instead calls it a “community”.
The volunteers are Christians but it isn’t a religious group: some members are suffering with current or past mental health issues.
Mr Rawson is aware more people are suffering lockdown anxieties and face widening delays in waiting to access professional help.
He has therefore invited people to reach out if they feel in need a boost.
“The gap between getting the help is getting wider. We wanted to set something up to support working age adults. It’s not an official service, its a community of support to anyone that needs it.
“Over lockdown we met over Zoom, which is difficult because a lot of people come to talk to us about their home. People lost their jobs or are wary of getting ill or feel stuck at home – these are the anxieties we can help with.”
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- Harrogate Samaritans is calling for people to reach out to family and friends following months of isolation .
The group offers a safe space for people to talk openly about their anxieties.
Mr Rawson added:
“We want to raise awareness that we’re there and have the space to help.”
Project Bob is suitable for people suffering with mild depression, anxiety and compulsive thoughts and behaviours.
The name is derived from St Robert of Knaresborough who was said to help vulnerable people.
To contact the group, click here.