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A message from Kim, our CEO, and all of Team Cellar

Over recent weeks the stark reality of the disproportionate effect of Covid on BAME communities has slapped us in the face. Yet this, should in reality be no surprise, when the huge inequalities in our society have been presented to us time and time again, for as long as any of us can remember.

The deeply distressing death of George Floyd has rightly brought us together in our assertion that Black Lives Matter. For the majority of us, the fact that this statement is needed feels almost absurd. And yet before our eyes we see the violence unfolding, the hatred of people of colour and the disturbing levels of racism. But these overt displays show the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the covert, institutional racism as well as the everyday racism, dressed up as ignorance. These are the things which drive the pervasive inequalities which kill many more, every day.

So many of us devote much of our lives to social justice but what is clear is that doing this is not enough. If we care about health inequalities we care about anti-racism and it is not enough for this to be an implied message. We must all be explicit in our fight. Whatever the colour of our skin we need to pull together. The path is not straight forward. It is fraught with complexities. There is a need for us to educate ourselves, listen deeply to others, reflect on our thoughts, behaviours and actions, and be willing to learn. We must also be willing to acknowledge when we have been wrong or have fallen short.

As we look around us and feel sad, angry and sickened, we must turn these things into agency, passion and a collective drive to make things better.

Ignorance is not an excuse, helpless is not an excuse. There are no excuses.

I will do better, The Cellar Trust will do better, we all must do better.

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Our building on Farfield Road is now closed

but support is still available…

**Our Telehealth service is running as normal**

**Haven is providing over the phone support only**

**Our Employment service is offering over the phone support only**

**The Cellar Trust Shop is closed**
**The Cellar Trust Cafe is closed**
**Woodwork & Horticulture is not running**
**All volunteering activity is currently suspended**

If you have any questions please call us on 01274 586474 or email mail@thecellartrust.org

Our team are working hard to ensure you are kept as up to date as possible via phone calls, emails and messages. You can also visit our dedicated COVID-19 pages and we will be posting updates every day across our social media accounts so please keep an eye out.

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We’re here to help…

Health anxiety is a very normal and common issue. It can mean different things to different people but signs usually include spending a lot of time worrying you’re ill or worrying about getting ill. If you’re struggling with health anxiety around coronavirus and are struggling to cope, please remember that crisis services, such as Haven, are available and here to help.

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis or feel like your mental health is deteriorating, you can access our crisis support service by ringing First Response on 01274 221181 – trained professionals are waiting to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Welcome to The Cellar Trust

We are a registered mental health charity (No. 701982) that supports people with mental health problems, across the Bradford district to move forward in their recovery and live independent, fulfilling lives. 

We exist because mental health problems exist and because they are complex. We all have mental health and our state of health can change at any time. Mental health problems affect everyone in a different way and they can be devastating. Our purpose is to support people when they face these challenges, and to empower them to move forward.