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Hope Cafe Opens In Lanark


Thanks to support from the family of Mandy Lindsay, the relatives have raised £10,000 in memory of Mandy for the charity that helps people cope with depression and mental illness.

The new Hope Cafe, to assist people coping with depression and other mental illnesses, has been officially opened thanks to the support of the family and raising money through the SuperMandy Fund.

Mandy was only 24 when she was found dead on the back road between Stonehouse and Kirkmuirhill in November 2009 after long battle with depression.

Her devastated family set up the SuperMandy fund in her memory and to date they have raised more that £60,000 to help people with mental illnesses.

The Hope Cafe opened the doors of its new premises in Wide Close, Lanark, last week and Mandy’s mum Sandra Lindsay said: “What we really wanted was face-to-face contact with people who are suffering from any type of mental illness.

“We wanted them to be able to go somewhere — in their own time, at their own pace — and be able to speak to someone without feeling stigmatised.

“And that to us is what the Hope Cafe offers. They can go in for a coffee, have a chat if they want, see what courses are available to them and also what therapies are also available because everything like this helps the mind.

“As a family we do not have the expertise to deal with depression or the deep knowledge of this illness but what we do have is the ability to raise awareness of the illness and to raise funds to enable the people who do have the expertise to further their research and help other sufferers.

“That is where the SuperMandy Fund comes into force – we promise that we will support the Hope Cafe financially and with volunteer work for as long as we possibly can.”

For anyone experiencing problems relating to low mood or depression, they can contact Breathing Space, a free confidential phone-line service, on 0800 83 85 87.