This edition’s Profile features Scott Milnes, treasurer of Mental Health Action Group Sheffield, a user led drop in centre that has provided a lifeline for socially excluded people for more than 20 years. Scott gives us an insight into what’s involved in running the centre and talks about how engagement with MHAGS has helped him and others improve self-confidence through developing new skills and embracing new experiences. These themes are echoed by Trish Chester, who reflects on using lived experience in mental health training “as a springboard from which enlightenment and hope can be born”, thereby enriching her own life as well as the lives of course participants. Other highlights include news of SAGE Greenfingers’ impressive new ‘shed’ plus an invitation to their Open Day on 16th August; and a feature on Designing Out Suicide, a new zine created to raise awareness of suicide in women.
We recently received a letter expressing concern about the possibility of Your Voice becoming an online only publication (see p.11). I'd like to reassure readers that thanks to continuing support from Sheffield City Council and new grants from the South Yorkshire Community Foundation, Sheffield Town Trust and J.G. Graves Charitable Foundation we'll be able to produce the magazine in printed form until the end of the year at least. The Your Voice management committee is taking active steps to secure the funding that will enable us to continue to produce a print version of the magazine in the long term. We’re also working to develop our website and social media presence to ensure that we'll continue to exist in some form whatever happens with our funding.
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