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Water bottles helping to improve mental health awareness in Coventry


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A Mental Health Charity that aims to raise awareness about suicide prevention and offers help to younger people with mental health issues has joined with Coventry City Council to test out a pilot scheme with rough sleepers.


The Cameron Grant Memorial Trust was set up to mark Cameron’s life after he tragically took his own life in November 2014 – aged just 21.


The Trust is providing dozens of refillable water bottles, one side of which includes a list of mental health support services in the city. The bottles are being given out to rough sleepers in Coventry by the Outreach Team on Outreach walks and at the Steps for Change drop-in centre and through other service providers such as Turnaround, Kairos, Langar Aid and ARC.


Evan Grant, Cameron’s father and Chair of Trustees, said: “We believe there is always someone you can talk to, and our goal is to direct those in mental distress to support.


“Water bottles became our ‘signpost’ for rough sleepers to help combat dehydration and worked through Coventry City Council with partner organisations to agree on the services most important for those sleeping rough in Coventry city centre.”


 About ¾ of suicides are male, and it is the most significant cause of death in the UK for boys and men under 50.  


Cllr David Welsh, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities at Coventry City Council, said: “We are delighted to be able to support Carol and Evan and the Cameron Grant Memorial Trust. Despite the difficulties they have been through, it is to their credit that they are putting so much energy and time into the well-being of others.


“Many rough sleepers experience complex health issues, and the Council’s outreach team are very aware of the need to engage and talk sympathetically with them. The charity provides an excellent way to highlight how working together, we can help people access the appropriate agencies.    


“Our Outreach Team have been spending time face-to-face with rough sleepers on a daily basis throughout the pandemic, working hard to encourage them into accommodation.


Not only that, but we have successfully moved 260 people into permanent residencies.”




Written by: David Watkins

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