Southend MP supports work of Trust Links charity

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Local mental health and wellbeing charity, Trust Links, has expressed concern for the wellbeing of those self-isolating due to social distancing measures to slow down the spread of Covid-19 (Coronavirus).

The charity, which usually supports around 1,500 people every year with their therapeutic gardening programmes, counselling, work programmes, and mental health and wellbeing coaching, have had to suspend all face to face services and has expressed concern for those now isolated.

Chief Executive, Matt King, spoke with Sir David Amess MP in an online video interview at the weekend and he shared his admiration for the work the charity is doing to reach out and support people through free online resources, and commended the team for their efforts.

He said: “It’s a wonderful service you offer in normal times… It’s so good to hear you will be able to still offer a service online. Thank you to you and your team for what you are doing for people with mental health issues.”

The Member of Parliament for Southend West spoke openly about how worrying the situation is, reassuring viewers that he sympathised with the social distancing restrictions.

He said: “I really do understand the anxieties of each and every one of you,” and continued “On a wider basis, anyone who wants to contact me just email me on [email protected] or telephone me on 020 7219 3452. I wish everyone well.”

Mr King said: “It was great to hear that Sir David supports the work we are doing at Trust Links. We are being as creative as we can to ensure we reach out to those that are feeling isolated, and really hope people will continue to engage with us online.

“Our new Facebook page, Trust Links Live, is a free, interactive place for anyone to get wellbeing advice, and stay connected during these difficult times.”

For more information visit www.trustlinks.org or search for Trust Links Live on Facebook. There are live feeds 4 times a day and all are welcome to join in.

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Mick Ferris

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