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NCF Head Jayne Laidlaw's message to care-experienced people for Mental Health Awareness Week

NCF Head Jayne Laidlaw's message to care-experienced people for Mental Health Awareness Week

Posted by: JoeWallace | 19 May 2020| Categories: Case Studies , Events , Team News , Reports

Mental Health Awareness Week 18th – 24th May 2020


Here at the Forum people who experienced Institutional Care during childhood are always in our thoughts.

This is especially so during Mental Health Awareness Week as we know that many care-experienced people go on to have mental health concerns, often as a result of childhood trauma.

Over the last few weeks we have heard from participants of the Forum how difficult things are for them right now during lockdown.

Some people are experiencing flashbacks to their time in care; being shut in and having restrictions placed upon them, feeling invisible and overlooked, or feeling afraid and alone.

We want all care-experienced people to know that they are not alone. If you want to speak to us in confidence about your childhood in institutional care we are here to listen and support you.

You can call us Monday to Friday on 0800 121 4773 or contact us through our website.

Please remember to be kind to yourself. We are often our own worst enemy when we are alone with our thoughts and worries.

Don’t expect so much of yourself all the time and instead focus on your strengths and how far you have come.

Now more than ever before, it is important to be kind. Let that kindness start with how you treat yourself.

You are amazing and you deserve to be happy. 

With love from all the team at the National Confidential Forum

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