The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have launched a £2 million investment fund to help improve the nation’s mental health through technology.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have teamed up with Prince Harry to launch a £2million digital mental health scheme following the success of Heads Together.

The royal trio have revealed the money from The Royal Foundation – founded in 2009 by the threesome – will go towards “a start-up for digital mental health innovation” to help improve mental health in the UK by providing the public with more resources.

Speaking of a research project which measured the success of the Heads Together campaign that supported this year’s London Marathon, Prince William, 35, told HELLO! magazine: “I feel like it’s exam results day. This also shows that support at home is quite key, isn’t it? At the beginning, we were trying to understand why at home people weren’t sharing some of their problems.

“If we’ve at least made a big impression there we can work on the wider societal aspects. But I think it all has to start at home if you can’t even have a conversation with your loved ones, there’s no way you’re going to go to HR at work.

“The only thing, trying to extrapolate the data from this, is that these individuals who have spoken have probably got a reasonably good support network around them.

“Are we missing a whole set of people who have either been in care or who have had very bad experiences at young ages, who have bad mental health already? How do we affect that demographic?

“You’d struggle to find a parent out there who wouldn’t want the well-being of their child to be taken care of at school.”

The prince was shocked to learn that three quarters of suicides in the UK are men. He added: “That’s still a worrying statistic though, it really is.”

Paneltex raise over £5000 for Hull and East Yorkshire Mind

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On 16 July, Phil Carrick, Andy Murphy, Keith Drake and Gary Carmichael cycled part of the Tour de France route, raising the fantastic sum of £5091.25 for our Charity of the Year, Hull and East Yorkshire Mind. It was the 25th year of the Etape du Tour, which gives amateur cyclists the chance to try one of the mountain stages from the iconic route.

The ride of 125 miles (202 km) took just over 11 hours, and saw the guys climbing to 3613m. For Gary and Keith it was the first time they had attempted such a challenge. Gary said “It was a tough challenge, but very rewarding – and for a worthy cause” and Keith felt that “Briançon to the Col d’Izoard was the best bike ride of my life”. Andy and Phil completed the Etape in 2014 and knew how hard it would be. Andy described this year’s challenge as “the most difficult, but most rewarding thing I have done for a long time”. Phil said “I was just so happy that all four of us crossed the line in the end!”
You can find Phil’s experience of the ride at the following link:

A cheque presentation was made to Claire Thomas, Fundraising and Marketing Manager of Hull and East Yorkshire Mind at the Paneltex site in Hull. Claire said, “I want to say a big thank you to the cyclists from Paneltex and everyone who supported them on behalf of Hull and East Yorkshire Mind. One in four people in any year experience mental health difficulties, so this donation will help us to make sure we are there to support people in the local area. We can only provide that support with the help of local people who are so generous with their donations, so a big thank you to everyone who took part.”

Paneltex is delighted that so many people supported this fund-raising effort and wishes to thank all those who gave so generously.

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#5W2WChallenge – Week 3 – Take Notice

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Its week three of our #5W2WChallenge.You are half way through… keep going!

This week’s theme is Take Notice. Reminding yourself to ‘take notice’ can strengthen and broaden awareness. Studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your well-being and savouring ‘the moment’ can help to reaffirm your life priorities.

Heightened awareness also enhances your self-understanding and allows you to make positive choices based on your own values and motivations.

Take some time this week to enjoy the moment and the environment around you. Here are a few ideas:

  • Get a plant for your kitchen or workspace
  • Have a ‘clear the clutter’ day
  • Take a different route on a regular journey you make and notice what is around you.
  • Visit a new place for lunch.

Do keep us updated on social media by sharing your snaps and hashtagging #5W2WChallenge

Good Luck!


Katie McCreaddie

Community Fundraiser

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind

#5W2WChallenge – Week 2 – Be Active

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Its week 2 of our #5W2WChallenge.

This week’s theme is Be Active. Regular physical activity is often linked with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. Exercise is really good for positive well-being. But it doesn’t need to be particularly intense for you to feel good – slower-paced activities, such as walking, can have the benefit of encouraging social interactions as well providing some level of exercise.

This week, why not try some physical activity? Here are a few ideas:

  • Take the stairs not the lift
  • Go for a walk at lunchtime
  • Walk into work or wherever you are going – perhaps with a colleague – so you can ‘connect’ as well
  • Get off the bus one stop earlier than usual and walk the final part of your journey
  • Do some gardening or go dancing
  • Walk to someone’s desk instead of calling or emailing.

Do keep us updated on social media by sharing your snaps and hashtagging #5W2WChallenge

Good Luck!


Jack Moore

Marketing Officer

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind


#5W2WChallenge – Week 1 – Connect

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Today is the first day of our 5 Ways to Wellbeing Challenge- #5W2WChallenge.

If you’re one of the people who has signed up to our challenge- thank you. I hope you enjoy taking part. If you’ve not signed up yet, it’s not too late. But if you want to get our emails through the month with ideas and tips, you need to sign up via our website here.

The first of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing is connect. There is strong evidence that relationships with other people are a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world. Social relationships- whether that’s with friends, family, neighbours or work colleagues- are important for promoting wellbeing and positive mental health for everyone.

With this in mind, try to do something different this week and make a connection.

  • Talk to someone instead of sending an email
  • Give an old friend a call
  • Put five minutes aside to talk to a neighbour
  • Give a colleague a lift to work or share the journey home with them.

Do keep us updated on social media by sharing your snaps and hashtagging #5W2WChallenge

Good Luck!


Claire Thomas

Fundraising & Marketing Manager



Sign up to our #5W2WChallenge for better mental health in October!

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To coincide with World Mental Health Day on 10th October, Hull and East Yorkshire Mind is challenging people in our area to look after their mental health this October.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing Challenge is simple: complete something from each of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing during the month of October. The five ways to wellbeing are:

  • Connect – Connect with people around you, workmates, friends, neighbours and family.
  • Be Active – Try a walk or a run. Swimming, gardening – anything you enjoy!
  • Take Notice – Be curious and notice the world around you; savour the moment.
  • Keep Learning – Try something new. Set yourself a challenge.
  • Give – Do something nice for a friend or stranger. Smile. Say thank you. Look out as well as in.

David Smith, Chief Executive at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind, said “Poor mental health is something that can affect any of us at any time. But there are things we can all do to look after ourselves. By adding the five ways to wellbeing into our daily lives, we can all improve our mental wellbeing.”

Sign up here

Calling all football fans! Help to improve match day experience for people with mental health problems

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The English Football League (EFL) are looking for fans with mental health problems to experience the entirety of the match day experience and to report on their experiences.

This includes:

  • enquiring about and purchasing tickets
  • travelling to stadiums
  • then everything that happens on the match day itself from arriving at the turnstiles to the catering and the visit to club shop.

Assessors are asked to report on their experiences, in return for having all of their match day expenses covered. The EFL have successfully run similar initiatives with families, female fans and people with disabilities and are keen to engage people with mental health problems in their feedback.

About the assessors

The EFL would like to recruit football fans who are regular/semi-regular match day attendees to buy tickets to attend a game at a club (or clubs) other than their own. This allows them to provide clubs with the most objective feedback possible by providing the fan with an experience they have not had before.

Once they’ve recruited assessors, EFL will email out all of the relevant documentation to them directly. Post-match once the fan’s completed report has been received the EFL will reimburse expenses which include:

  • cost of tickets for the assessor and, if necessary, a friend or carer
  • travel @30p per mile or standard public transport,
  • refreshments inside the stadium, (up to £20 per visit)
  • parking
  • a match day programme and;
  • a small retail purchase (up to £10).

The EFL are looking to visit 50 clubs this season from the Championship, League One and League Two.

Further information

For more information please contact

Applications are being accepted until the end of August 2017.

Calling all young people interested in mental health!

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Hull and East Yorkshire Mind is looking for young people aged 13-18 willing to get involved in shaping and planning their services.

We want young people to work as partners with Hull and East Yorkshire Mind, and have a voice to influence the way we support children and young people with their mental health.

There will be 2 ways to get involved- either by joining a mailing list to receive regular surveys to complete, or by attending a group to talk to us about your thoughts and ideas.

Young people who get involved will gain voluntary experience which can be used on a CV, or university application. They will also be supported to log volunteer hours to get certificates for the voluntary hours completed.

Lisa Wray, Trainee Children’s Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, said “It’s really important that we make sure we are delivering local services that young people want.

“There are many young people in our area who need support with their mental health, and we are here to help. This new initiative is all about making sure the help we provide is easily accessible for the young people who need it.

“I really hope young people will want to get involved with helping us design services that work best for everyone. Anyone aged 13-18 in the Hull and East Riding area is very welcome to get involved- whether or not they need, or have previously used, mental health support.”

The first group of young people will be meeting on Wednesday 16th August at 1pm, at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind offices on Beverley Road in Hull.

Alternatively you can sign up to the survey emails to provide feedback through sending a blank email with the subject ‘participation’ to

The first survey can be found and completed at:

If you are interested in attending the group, receiving emails or you would like more information please contact Lisa Wray on 01482 240200, or email

Government promises an extra 21,000 NHS mental health staff

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The mental health workforce is to gain 21,000 new posts treating an extra million patients a year to help deliver Theresa May’s promised “revolution” in the sector, the Government has announced.

Jeremy Hunt today reveals his plan to redress the “historic imbalance” between physical and mental health by 2021, which has seen rising numbers of patients being treated miles from home.

The health secretary is promising round-the-clock, integrated psychiatric services for the first time, including an additional 4,600 specially trained nurses working in crisis centres.

Today is the first step to address this historic imbalance in workforce planningJeremy Hunt

Around 2,000 new staff, made up of nurses, consultants and therapists, will be dedicated to child and adolescent mental health, while nearly 3,000 posts are to be created for adult talking treatments, such as cognitive behavioural therapy for people with depression.

Health leaders last night welcomed the plan, but said it will only work if methods are found to limit the high attrition rate of staff working in mental health.

The Government will attempt to lure back some of the 4,000 psychiatrists and 30,000 trained mental health nurses no longer practising the discipline in the NHS, as well as encouraging more GPs to undergo psychiatric training.

A campaign will also be launched encouraging more trainee doctors to specialise in mental health.

“We want people with mental health conditions to receive better treatment, and part of that means having the right NHS staff,” said Mr Hunt.

“We know we need to do much more to attract, retain and support the mental health workforce of the future.

“Today is the first step to address this historic imbalance in workforce planning.”

Jeremy Hunt
Jeremy Hunt will try to redress the ‘historic imbalance’ Credit: Telegraph

Parity of esteem, the principle by which mental and physical health are given equal priority, has been a legal duty in the NHS since 2013, but in many areas the reality has not matched the ambition.

Last month new figures showed almost 6,000 mental health patients had to be sent out of their local area in 2016, a 40 per cent rise in two years.

Meanwhile the Care Quality Commission recently criticised the current “Victorian” approach to mental health, revealing that 3,500 patients are being locked up in secure wards when they should be receiving treatment.

The new posts will be funded from a £1 billion package for mental health up to 2020 announced by David Cameron in January 2016.

During this year’s general election, Theresa May pledged to scrap the “flawed” Mental Health Act as part a drive to revolutionise the sector.

Spokesman for the British Medical Association, Dr Gary Wannan, said: “The government rightly recognises that mental health services will not be able to cope with the increasing demand for talking therapies, child and adolescent mental healthcare and crisis treatment if they cannot hold onto existing workers and attract new trainees.

“This must be welcome to those who use and provide services who have experienced first hand the effects of recent cuts.”

Read more on The Telegraph Website

Danny Slaughter completes gruelling 36 hour solo run in aid of Hull and East Yorkshire Mind

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Danny Slaughter completed a gruelling 36 hour run, back and forth across the Humber Bridge and raised a huge £4055 for Hull and East Yorkshire Mind. He covered over 100 miles during his challenge.

Danny said ‘Having a very close friend suffer with mental health problems for a number of years and several family members experiencing anxiety and depression at different times in life, it seemed like the right choice to raise some awareness and vital funds for Hull and East Yorkshire Mind.’

‘Having completed several Hell on the Humber events over the years, the format was easy to replicate. I completed the 24 hour version two years ago in aid of the M S society, so decided to up the challenge to 36 hours running back and forth across the bridge.’

When asked how he coped with the physiological challenge of the attempt, Danny said ‘Back in 2014 doing the 6 hour Hell on the Humber, I met a young lady called Cat and we started dating. Two years later, during a trip to Paris we got engaged, so was it hard up there in the heat and keeping going for 36 hours? Yes! Yet however low I got or when I wanted to give up, I remembered this is how Cat and I met- that will always carry me through when running endurance events on the bridge.’

‘I wouldn’t have been able to do it without Cat and her brother Gary crewing me for the full 36 hours and I certainly wouldn’t have achieved the total if it wasn’t for the support of Halmshaws where I’ve worked for 21 years. I’d like to thank all of the staff and customers for their support.’

Katie McCreaddie, Fundraiser at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind, said “I would like to thank Danny for completing this amazing challenge and for fundraising for Hull and East Yorkshire Mind. We support 5000 people each year with their mental health- all in this local area- but we can only do this with the help of Danny, and others like him, who help us to raise the money we need.”