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Through us, you have a friend. We won’t tell you to “snap out of it” and we won’t think you’re crazy. We know that a whole host of things can trigger Depression and that if it matters to you, it is important.
Our mentors are all people who have experience of depression, they are there to support you and provide you witha friendly, understanding ear. The can’t offer advice or counsel you but they can listen and draw on their own experiences.
How it works
You will need to complete the mentor request form at the bottom of the page. We know it might seem as though we’re asking a lot of questions but this is so that we can match you more closely to a mentor.It will take up to 14 days for you to hear from your mentor once a mentor request has been submitted. This is because we take time to ensure we match a mentor as closely to the information you have provided as possible.
Your mentor will then make contact via email and the mentoring process with begin. All mentoring is carried out via email. Your mentor will be provided with a dedicated Blurt email address.
All our mentors are volunteers. They volunteer their time to Blurt which means they may have work commitments. We advise our mentors to reply to their emails within 72 hours and to let you know if they will be away on holiday.
How does mentoring help?
”Mentoring is an alliance, that creates a space for dialogue, that results in reflection, action and learning.”
- a confidential place where you can talk about all your thoughts and feelings
- a flexible mean of support
- someone on your side, fighting your corner, who is keen to help you
- that ‘knowing nod’ can be reassuring
- provides hope and helps to rationlise fears
- an opportunity to explore options and monitor progress
- can prevent isolation
A Blurt mentor will help a mentee to have belief – in themselves and in fighting depression. The mentor will ask questions and sometimes challenge beliefs, all the while providing encouragement and making suggestions based on their own personal experiences. The mentoring process will allow you, the mentee, to have a chance to explore their issues, dreams and needs. All Blurt mentors have experienced depression – directly or indirectly and as such, rely upon these experiences to provide empathy and understanding.
Is this a crisis service?
Our mentors are there to listen to you but they aren’t qualified to provide crisis support. If you are in crisis, feeling suicidal, having thoughts of self harm or worried about your safety, it might help to:
1. It might help to talk to someone over the telephone. Sane Charity provide crisis support between 6pm and 11pm, 365 days a year on 0845 767 8000. The Samaritans provide 24 hour confidential emotional support on 08457 90 90 90. You can also call NHS Direct for 24 hour health advice and information on 0845 46 47.
2. Contact your Community Mental Health Team. If you do not receive support from local mental health services, contact your GP.
3. Ask to be seen by the duty psychiatrist at your local A&E who will then be able to assess you and provide you with the appropriate help.
4. If don’t feel safe and are worried about an immediate risk of harm, then please either call 999 and ask for the police or ambulance service.
What if my mentor leaves?
Many of our mentors have been with us since the beginning but it is natural that some leave as their circumstances change and they find they may not be able to commit time to mentoring any longer. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that your mentor won’t leave, but we can guarantee that if this happens, you will be re-assigned to another.
With your permission, we can provide the new mentor with enough information that they can pick up where your old mentor left off.
So, what are you waiting for? Boil the kettle, pull up a chair, and talk to us. We will understand, and that’s a promise.
**IMPORTANT UPDATE – 27th November 2013
Due to the extremely high volume of mentor requests we’ve been receiving, we have had to temporarily suspend this facility. We’re extremely sorry that we’ve had to do so and hope to be back up and running again soon.**