Hi! I’m Jo I manage the Gig Buddies for good mental health project in Sussex. We support vulnerable adults with mental health challenges to get out of their houses and to go to Gigs and Events – being able to access creative things is wicked and life affirming, connects us with our communities and helps us to understand other people’s stories and the world and is a right brilliant laugh.
Think how you feel right now today, in the time of the corona virus where everything is shut, there is nowhere to go and all the gigs, pubs, shows, comedy venues, theatre have been cancelled! How gutted do you feel that the gig that you had already booked in to go and see next month, at the weekend with your mates, heading to an open mic night, to see some comedy at the Komedia, a band at Chalk – all the things you have been looking forward to that we can’t do at the moment as we are on lockdown. For a lot of our participants, this is everyday life – missing out on creative things that can boost our mood, help us feel together and connected. Opportunities to escape into another world, to inspire us. Being connected to others socially is a fundamental human need—crucial to both well-being and survival.
Gig Buddies loves working alongside Grassroots Suicide Prevention, we have a similar ethos and believe in the power of creativity, community and talking and sharing, we need to keep talking and supporting each other, it’s not about being an expert or always having answers. Many people are not getting the support they need and losing their lives to suicide. Organisations like Grassroots put the conversation about suicide and mental health firmly at the centre of the map. You can’t leave it someone else to start this conversation; it starts with each and every one of us. Looking forward to reconnecting with community when we are on the other side of the lockdown. Keep the faith lookout and after each other and massive big up to Grassroots for all the amazing work they do.
– Jo, Gig Buddies