Our social passion project

A text which says “Goodbye”

In 2018 the Bounce Team discovered first hand the impact of poor mental health in our community.

One team member had a text from her partner saying goodbye - he was going to end his life. He was 27. The crisis was averted this time, but support from both health services and charities for those in this position seemed thin on the ground.

Another team member lost a friend to suicide in 2018. He was 46 and left a wife and an 8 year old son.

Whilst we were able to take some action to support our friends ourselves, we wondered how many people were out there struggling, unsupported with their mental health.

It was clear that we couldn’t help everyone on our own. As a business we wondered what we could do to help those in crisis and those who support them.

We call Discover Your Bounce Buddies our Social Passion Project. #socialpassionproject.

We created Discover Your Bounce Buddies as our Social Passion Project. We felt that people needed support and wanted to find out what was important, rather than make assumptions.

Mental Health Hackathon
April 2019

In April 2019 we called the people of Bristol and South Gloucestershire together to ask the question: “How can we solve the mental health problem in Bristol?

Not solve so that no-one ever has a challenge, but so that people have the right access to resources and never feel alone.

As a result of our findings we decided to focus on three key areas:

  • Male Suicide in Construction
  • Education
  • Community

Male Suicide

Did you know that every single working day two construction workers commit suicide? Neither did we. 

 

After much research we are introducing Toolbox Talks.

This is a Mental Health Awareness session, attendees are awarded the Bronze Award for Building Mental Health.

Each 45 minute session is free and available around the country.


Education

There is still so much to do to reduce the stigma around mental health and to share that it’s ok not to be ok! In 2020 we will be taking our Hackathons into schools, to help educate our youngest people around mental health.

Community

We have been holding monthly meet ups since February 2019. Each month we pick a pub or café for a two-hour, informal session. No agenda, nothing to do or be, just an opportunity to connect with other people and socialise.

We also have a Facebook community for those near and far.

Want to help?

Become a Bounce Buddy

We are looking for people willing to listen without judgement who can signpost resources to people with mental health concerns. This is a fully supported social group  - there is no medical training required. 

Sponsorship

Could you sponsor mental health first aid training for a Bounce Buddy? Could you provide help or resources for a group to get together or for the expansion of the resources directory

For more information contact: Sharon@discoveryourbounce.com

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    Nicky Marshall:  07760 483851 | nicky@discoveryourbounce.com

    Sharon Critchlow: 07775 930157  |  sharon@discoveryourbounce.com