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2 weeks until Time to Talk Day

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There are two weeks to go until Time to Talk Day – where will you have your conversations?

It’s easy to think that there’s no right place to talk about mental health. But we want to show that wherever you are can be the right place for a conversation , whether that’s at the coffee shop, by the water cooler or even up a mountain!

If you haven’t decided what your organisation is going to do to mark Time to Talk Day, here are some of the plans that other workplaces have shared with us to inspire you:

  • A staff video conference
  • A bake sale to encourage colleagues to leave their desk, have a chat, a coffee and a slice of cake.
  • Raising awareness and sharing stories on social media, the intranet and staff news.
  • Hosting a staff breakfast.

Need extra materials?
Head over to the Time to Change website where you can download and print everything from banner artwork to coasters and posters.

You will also find a workplace communications pack filled with templates, digital materials, social media graphics, and tips on running activities:

Download more resources now→

We’d love to hear your plans for Time to Talk Day. Share your activity on social media and include @TimetoChange @MindHEY and #TimetoTalk #BreakTheStigma

Ever wanted to volunteer at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind?

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Ever wanted to volunteer at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind?

There are many benefits to giving your time to volunteer for a mental health charity. Research has shown that volunteering improves your own mental and physical health, reduces anxiety and depression, and gives volunteers a sense of purpose.

Volunteering for Hull & East Yorkshire Mind means joining part of a team, meeting new people and learning lots about mental health. There are many different ways you can get involved from admin and reception roles, roles supporting mental health groups and providing one to one support to people who are having difficulties with their mental health.

If you would like to get involved with our volunteering and fundraising team, or find out any information about volunteer vacancies, please email

You can see a list of our roles available here

Middle 8 Singers raise £1200 for HEYMind!

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We would just like to say a massive thanks to The Middle 8 Singers who have raised an amazing £1200 for Hull and East Yorkshire Mind.

Middle 8 is an enthusiastic music group, formed in 2005, which raises money for local charities and good causes.
The Driffield based singers, whose repertoire is predominantly classic pop, have already helped to raise thousands of pounds for local causes.

During 2017, the group sang their hearts out all around Driffield and the surrounding areas.

We really appreciate their support!

Check out their YouTube page here


Billboards to go up in Hull – Let’s spread the message #ItsOKtoTalk

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We have some very exciting news.

From 17th January – 5th February Hull and East Yorkshire Mind have a billboard up situated near Hull Royal Infirmary and in St Stephens Shopping Centre.

The aim of the billboards is to encourage people, wherever they are, to talk about mental health.

Massive thanks to Hull City Council for their continued support.

Seen our billboards? Take a photo and share on social media @MindHEY hashtagging #BreakTheStigma


Chief Executive David Smith’s Mental Health Review of 2017

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As we come to the end of 2017 I wanted to take some time to reflect on what the biggest changes have been this year for mental health both externally with Government and the NHS and also for us here at Mind. This last twelve months have felt like the time things have finally started to change and the rhetoric we have heard so much of in recent years is finally starting to creep through into practical, positive changes on the front line. Make no mistake though, these are just first steps and there is still much more to be done before we can be sure everybody living with a mental health problem gets both the support and respect they deserve.

In no particular order, my top ten highlights of the year are:

1. NHS England’s Mental Health Dashboard. This might sounds like an odd choice to start with, a spreadsheet that is updated quarterly on the NHS England website but without doubt, this is the tool the will allow us to drive continued change. Finally having clear, open, transparent data that shows how, where and how much money the NHS is investing into mental health gives us the information we need when holding both commissioners and providers to account.

2. NHS England’s extra investment into Talking Therapies. We saw in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health the Government wanted to see more people getting access to talking therapies. Though there was some scepticism at first it’s great to see the starting to come into operation and even better, to know the targets are due to increase next year and the year after.

3. After a long campaign, with much public and media support NHS England awarded Humber NHS Foundation Trust the contract to build and run a new inpatient facility for Children and Young People with acute mental health problems. Though not due to open until next year, this investment should bring to an end to appalling situation of families being split up and children being put into hospital placements hundreds of miles away.

4. At the end of 2017 Government published its long awaited Green Paper on Mental Health for Children and Young People. Though it still leaves many unanswered questions it is at least a starting point and gives us all a clear focus going into 2018 on where we need to lobby for greater investment and support.

5. Locally, 2017 saw the opening of the Crisis Pad in Hull, a pilot project designed to test alternatives to A&E or an emergency admission for adults in mental distress. Evaluation from the pilot should will form the basis for long term project that in time may be scaled up to offer support to many more people who can benefit from it.

6. 2017 saw the launch of a pilot project between Mind and Humberside Police testing a new way of working in the police control hub with Mind staff on duty to help advise and support mental health related calls. Its initial success has led to continuation funding and a clear hope that once the final evaluation is in the project will continue on a long term basis.

7. Both Hull City Council and East Riding CCG have been developing new Mental Health strategies this year. Both are take a partnership approach a much clearer focus on the wider determinants of health, personal, community and systems resilience.

8. With the closure of Grimsby and Cleethorpes Mind in April 2017, Hull and East Yorkshire Mind stepped in to help create the new North East Lincolnshire Mind. Though still early in its development, NEL Mind is already offered an information service across the area and has plans for early 2018 to introduce both 1-1 and peer support activities.

9. Whilst looking at how best to meet the needs to people with mental health problems it became clear there was a need for specialist support to help people with more acute and complex mental health problems to live more independently at home. To meet this need, Hull and East Yorkshire Mind have developed a new trading subsidiary called Wellington Care that registered with the Care Quality Commission and is ready to start delivering from the beginning of 2018.

10. Finding the right housing for people is a real challenge and is one of the reasons Hull and East Yorkshire Mind became a Housing Association in 2016. In 2017 we took on the ownership of two properties with the second being a building project for four new one bedroom apartments. Completion of these is expected by Easter 2018 and the people who will be living there getting involved in both the design and construction of will become their new home.

Of course, there were many, many more developments in 2017 and 2018 is already shaping up to be an exciting year. On the horizon we have the building work on Hull and East Yorkshire Minds 14 bed residential unit about to start, the STP Mental Health Delivery Board plans for improving Urgent Care, Community Mental Health Care and reducing Out of Area Placements about to start bearing fruit and within the Mind network a push to make sure community support and community services are at the forefront of delivering good mental health support.

As always, there will be some bumps along the way with the most worrying at the moment being Hull City Councils reprocurement of its Housing Related Support contracts. Whilst it’s still a little unclear what this means the messages we’re hearing have raised a few concerns and we’ll be lobbying hard to make sure the voice of people with lived experience is heard loudly and clearly as the specification is finalised and procurement begins.

It’s going to be interesting to see where we are this time next year!

You can follow David Smith on Twitter @David3012 or follow his blog here

New staff member Mike reflects on his first week at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind

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Last week Hull and East Yorkshire Mind welcomed Mike to the administration team.

Mike joined as part of the apprenticeship programme via MacArthur Dean Training – He will be with Hull and East Yorkshire Mind for the next 12 months assisting the team with a variety of different tasks.

On reflection of his first week Mike said  “Like any first day at a new work place, you expect it to be difficult, getting on with work, meeting people, knowing what you have to do; but Hull and East Yorkshire Mind was the complete opposite.

Of course at first it’s tricky at first, learning to talk to people and who they are, but they all made me feel so welcome that I didn’t feel any pressure on myself at all. Each day it grows on me and I get more involved every day. So far it has been a wonderful experience!”

We are sure that Mike will make a huge contribution to the team!


Hymers College – Charity of the year 2018

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Hull and East Yorkshire Mind are delighted to be announced as one of Hymers College chosen charities for 2018.

We are excited to be a charity partner along with ‘Bundles of Joy’ and hope the year will bring lots of jam packed fundraising events.

Thanks for the support guys!

For more information on Hymers College visit here

Festive Volunteering – Can you help?

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We know it’s only November, but here at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind we’re getting our plans in place for the Christmas season.

We have lots of fun activities booked up to help us raise money for the important work the charity does, and we’re looking for volunteers to help out.

All of the following dates will include giving out information about our work, bucket collections to raise some money, and hopefully Ellie our elephant will make a cheeky appearance. As well as getting into the Christmas spirit!

  • 1st & 2nd December – Bucket Collection at ASDA Kingswood
  • 8th December – Festive Vintage Sing Along in St Stephens Shopping Centre
  • 14th & 15th December – Bucket Collection in Tesco’s at St Stephens Shopping Centre
  • 22nd December – Christmas wrapping station in St Stephens

If you’re able to help at any of these events, whether it’s for a couple of hours or longer, please do let us know by emailing or calling 01482 240200.

Let’s hope we can spread some Christmas cheer, and raise money for a good cause at the same time.

IT Issues – Update

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We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with our servers. This has caused our email system to go down.

Our IT company AbilityIT is currently working very hard to resolve the situation.

Our emails will hopefully be back up and running w/c 20th November.

If you require an urgent response please call the reception team on 01482 240200. For information and advice please call our Information Line on 01482 240133

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Christmas Raffle – Prizes 2017

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It’s Christmas Raffle season again! Here is a list of our Christmas Raffle Prizes 2017

Top Prize – Weekend Break at Heron Lakes

Other prizes include:

  • Village Farm Skipsea bed and breakfast
  • Sewerby Hall family pass
  • Burnby Hall family pass
  • The Deep family pass
  • Aquarius day spa vouchers
  • Bridlington Spa family ticket to panto
  • North Yorkshire Moors Railway family pass
  • Vino Pronto Wine Tasting Evening for 6
  • Sledmere family pass
  • Ghost Walk in York
  • Wold Top Brewery gift pack
  • Cole’s puddings – Christmas Pudding

Please do sell or buy or sell our raffle tickets. Request your raffle tickets today and we will send you them in the post.

All tickets stubs need to be returned to Hull and East Yorkshire Mind by 17th December. Please return to Wellington House, 108 Beverley Road HULL HU3 1YA.

If you would like some raffle tickets to sell just let us know.