My intention was to design a service to take the treatment of mild depression and anxiety to young people who would otherwise be reluctant or unwilling to seek it out for themselves. A service that is designed, staffed and managed by young people from the local area, which will allow us to communicate with young people in a language they can understand. To align itself closely with the local music scene and, using the medium of music, reach those who it is our intention to reach. To align the discussion of these issues with creative, artistic and musical circles, rather than the traditional ‘GP waiting room’ approach.
I spent months applying for funding and, after a few setbacks, was awarded sufficient funding to put the idea into practice and make The Open Door Centre a reality. So here we are today. A vibrant, modern and innovative service that aims to support those who might not be feeling the best now, but also that lets young people know that there is nothing wrong, and it is not a sign of weakness, to access support should they need or want it in the future. It is supplemented by a diverse range of activities, services and events unique to this sector. There really is no other service just like ours.