Note: The following article contains discussion of themes including suicide.
Cast members of the BBC One soap are set to muck in and help to complete a new building for the Butterfly Effect Well-Being project, which aids those with mental health struggles.
The initiative was set up by Angela Hannibal after she lost her mum to suicide, with the founder deciding to leave her career as a pharmacist to try and help people like her.
Butterfly Effect Well-Being operates out of a portacabin at the moment, and while the local council recently gave them an empty building, it is in a poor state and needs extensive work.
Yet-to-be-announced cast members from EastEnders will come together with Nick Knowles and the DIY SOS team of volunteers to help turn the building into "a warm and welcoming hub, where anyone in the community can go for help, support and company when they most need it".
The project's initiatives currently include a men’s meet-up, as well as a singing group, ‘Chill and Chat’ teen sessions, cooking and crafts workshops and holistic therapy classes.
The new building will no doubt be a huge boost for the project, and the DIY SOS team are also calling for local volunteers to help, with a Trades Day on Tuesday, October 3 in Harlow. The build itself will take place between Wednesday, October 25 and Tuesday, October 31.
“This is a special project that does so much to help the community in Harlow and I can’t wait to get stuck in with our EastEnders friends and see this amazing build come together," Nick said.
"As always, we wouldn’t be able to deliver such important projects without the generosity of our brilliant volunteers, so if you have a trade or can help us with materials then get in touch!”
Catherine Catton, BBC Head of Commissioning, Factual Entertainment & Events, added: “This is a fantastic collaboration between EastEnders and DIY SOS which will transform a truly deserving project.
"We are so looking forward to seeing the build come together for Butterfly Effect Well-Being and helping Angela and her team provide support to even more people.”
DIY SOS: The Big Build's EastEnders special will air later this year. EastEnders airs on Mondays - Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One. The show also streams on BBC iPlayer.
We encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. Information about how to access support is available via the NHS, and organisations who can offer help include Samaritans on 116 123 or Mind on 0300 123 3393.
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