Hope you’re all well!
It feels like FOREVER since I put hand to keyboard to actually write a blog post.
As many of you will know, I recently restarted my Instagram from scratch and what with starting my new job and running Festival Queens, I have had what feels like zero free time to actually sit down and write. Which is a shame because I LOVE to write but hey, sometimes life gets in the way and that’s totally a-okay.
The catalyst to this post is an incredibly important one and I can’t think of a better reason to re-jig my blogging mojo than this one.
Back when I had more free time, I looked into volunteering with a local charity and decided on Sheffield Futures, a charity I’m sure many of you are familiar with.
They do some incredible work with young people, helping to support them to achieve their dreams, make friends, and give young people a voice in Sheffield.
Like most of us, my own teenage years were full of confusion and angst around who I was and what I wanted to be. I wish I could go back and give myself a hug and say that things will pan out okay and that nothing that feels like the end of the world actually is.
But I can’t do that, so imparting advice that my (slightly) older self has learned and helping young people is kind of the next best thing (though the term “young people” makes me feel slightly anxious as, does that mean I’m not “young” anymore?! ?)
Anyway, age anxiety aside, today I want to talk about an amazing new initiative by Sheffield Futures and one that I KNOW will help so many young people in the local area.
It’s just the kind of thing I could have done with growing up but, coming from a small village and tiny neighbouring towns, it’s not always as possible compared to a big, thriving city like Sheffield.
Introducing Door 43
Door 43 is the name of Sheffield Futures new mental health and support service that offers confidential support and guidance for young people aged 13-25 (hurrah, I am still young)!
From Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm, Tuesday until 7pm and Saturday from 9.30am – 12.30pm you can drop by, anytime and access support in a friendly, welcoming environment.
This in itself is such an amazing thing because as a graduate straight out of Sheffield Hallam University, I was so frustrated that the range of mental health support whilst AT university was so high and yet, as soon as you leave, there was nothing available to you in a time that many graduates will need it the most. Door 43 can bridge the gap between leaving university and finding your feet.
The service works closely with other healthcare professionals to help you, and make referrals where necessary.
The most common topics they help with are mental health, emotional well-being, sexual health, housing, substance misuse, money advice and benefits, education and employability, bullying and difficulties at home.
Other than drop-in support, what else does Door 43 do?
There are also a number of services within Door 43.
On Tuesdays, they run a Wellbeing Cafe from 5pm-7pm. The cafe offers a chance for people to come and socialise and have fun in a supportive environment.
Also every day that they are open (Mondays – Saturday lunchtimes) they offer a sexual health drop-in service and a sexual health clinic on Tuesdays from 3.30pm – 5.30pm.
Sounds great – where can I access Door 43?
I’m sure you’ve probably walked past Door 43 many times and never even noticed!
Door 43 is held at Sheffield Futures Head Office, Star House, 43 Division Street, Sheffield, S1 4GE.
How can I support Door 43?
You can support Door 43 in two main ways.
Number 1 is simple – tell your friends, family and people you know about it! The more people who know, the more people who can access and benefit from the service.
Each item has been designed in-house by the Sheffield Futures team specifically around encouraging the wearer to start talking more candidly around mental health and 100% of sales go towards making the service and bigger and better.
What’s not to love?
Please remember that there is never any shame in asking for help – it can be scary and intimidating, but when you’re feeling low or worried, it’s the best thing you can do.
So spread the word and be sure to let your friends and family know that support for them is available anytime at Door 43.
Until next time,