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Tring mental health charity helping people suffering

Tring mental health charity helping people suffering

Published by Charlotte Fisher at 5:54am 20th August 2019.

Yesterday a Tring family shared their story with Mix96 after their son tragically took his own life.

The Stringers want to share what happened to them to help others and how their charity Hector's House can help.

Hector was just 18 when he took his own life in 2011.

After finding him in the shed, their life changed forever.

You can read more on their story here.

The Stringers always remained very open about what happened to Hec and because of that people turned to them for help.

Hector's House starts

Hector Stringer
Hector's death was incredibly shocking for his family

Their charity, Hector's House, initially just started as a website signposting people to where they can get help for mental health issues.

But, over many years this evolved and they have now been a registered charity for three years. 

The Hector's House website is a portal of information for people in need of help or advice including:

  • Self care tips
  • Signs to look out for if you're worried about someone
  • Helplines
  • Lots and lots of resources
  • Advice on how to listen if someone is in need
  • Support for those who are supporting someone with depression
  • Information on depression and anxiety.

But, they also offer help in many other ways.

Crisis Messenger

The Hector’s House Crisis Messenger provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK.

If you are in crisis, you can text Hector to 85258.

Trained volunteers will listen to how you’re feeling and help you think the next step towards feeling better.

Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.

The Hector’s House Crisis Messenger service is powered by our trusted partner, Shout and Crisis Text Line.

Hec-Tour Bus

Hec  Tour  Bus,  Hectors  House
The horse box which will soon be the Hec-Tour Bus!

They recently acquired a horse box from a kind donor and raised £6,000 to renovate it.

It's currently having all the work done so they can share their message of 'Eat, Move, Love' far and wide.

They will travel up and down the country in the Hec-Tour bus to offer a private space for people to talk and offer advice at events.

These are just some of the things the charity does to help prevent suicide and help anyone in crisis.

If you or someone you know needs help, please contact:

  • Samaritans: Call 116 123
  • CALM: Helpline for men on 0800 58 58 58
  • Childline: For anyone under 19-year-old on 0800 1111
  • Mind: Call 0300 123 3393 or text 86463
  • YoungMinds: Helpline for adults worried about their child on 0808 802 5544.

On Mix96 tomorrow, we'll be hearing more from mental health specialists.

You can listen here.

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