THE founder of Sean’s Place has welcomed a donation to fund ‘much-needed group sessions’ at its centre in Sefton.
Sean’s Place on Hertford Road in Bootle aims to improve men’s mental health and well-being across the Liverpool City Region through sessions specifically identified to improve confidence and self-esteem while reducing symptoms of stress and anxiety. Sessions are solution-focused and provide techniques that can be used to support users at home, in the workplace and in the community.
The volunteer-run facility was created in memory of founder Debbie Rogers’ brother Sean who lost his battle with mental health in 2019.
She has welcomed a sponsorship package from Greenhill Vista for ‘much-needed group sessions’ at its centre in Sefton.
The sponsorship will allow the team to support 75 men over three sessions.
Debbie Rogers said: “People say that men never talk, but at Sean’s Place that’s not the case. We provide them with a safe space and support to help them with a range of issues, and it’s so good to see them helping each other out too.
“With no funding yet available to the centre, donations and sponsorship is vital in allowing us to continue with this work, and we are truly grateful to Sandy and Julie of Greenhill Vista for their generous support.”
Every week guest speakers join the mental health support workshops to deliver sessions that are designed to improve self-esteem and confidence in the men, and reduce anxiety.
They also encourage the men to talk openly about their experiences and journey and share learning and solutions.
Other activities include guitar sessions, meditation, a fishing club, hypnotherapy and fitness.
Sandy Wilkie of Greenhill Vista added: “We decided to support the great work done by Debbie at Sean’s Place for two reasons. She is inspirational in her mission to honour the life of her brother, and she is channelling her energies and talents into making lives better for men who need compassion, understanding, support and development.”
Debbie added: “My brother Sean struggled to get the support he needed for his long-term mental health issues. “He was isolated, lonely, anxious and desperately needed to be around and talk to other men in similar situations.
“I am determined that his life won’t be wasted, and that Sean’s Place will continue to develop so that other men can receive whatever help they need to prevent them from spiralling into a crisis.”
For more information about the work of Sean’s Place, visit www.seansplace.org.uk