Emerge work with young people attending A&E in hospitals across Surrey and who are in crisis with their mental health. In the evenings, volunteers visit A&E and children’s wards, chatting to those who want to talk. Not all do, but those who do and have mental health issues are offered follow-up support. Young people are also referred to Emerge by the hospital.
Emerge started to work in East Surrey Hospital in July 2021. The uptake has been good with up to 30 referrals per month and about half of these accept follow-up support. The HSYA award has helped establish the project and, most importantly, recruit and train new volunteers and staff.
Emerge met and started supporting Carly (name changed) in August 2021, when she was very low and struggling with various aspects of life.
Carly said, “Before I met Emerge, I was very lost, distrusting, lonely and I had a lot of fears that were holding me back. After I met Emerge, I feel so much more supported, motivated, and inspired to achieve and be kind and I am so grateful as I wouldn't be this happy if I didn't meet you. You have helped me more than I can imagine and I am deeply grateful.”
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