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Local mental health charity working to reduce stress and anxiety in Bridlington and surrounding area

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Press Release 23rd June 2017

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Local mental health charity working to reduce stress and anxiety in Bridlington and surrounding area

Local mental health charity Hull and East Yorkshire Mind is running a course in Bridlington to help local people cope with stress and anxiety. The course is free to attend, funded by the NHS.

The course starts on 5th July and runs for 4 weeks. It is designed to help learn what causes stress and anxiety, how to manage it, and how to use techniques to manage stress in daily life.

Rachel Witty, who leads the local courses in Bridlington said, “Anyone can suffer with stress and anxiety at any point in their life. This course is designed to help anyone who is feeling stressed or anxious. We will help you with tools, techniques and coping strategies that you can use. This isn’t group therapy- we won’t ask anyone questions or for contributions in the course- it’s all about giving you the information and help you need to cope.

I have run this course many times, and it is always good to see how people come away with much more confidence about how to handle the stress and anxiety they experience in daily life. It really can make a big difference.”

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind are local mental health experts with 40 years’ experience of helping people in this area with their mental health.

We know this course works- previous participants have said it’s made them feel happier and has given them back their confidence; it helped them learn to break down their anxiety and turn it into a positive.

Anyone interested in booking onto this 4 week course can call Hull and East Yorkshire Mind on 01482 240200, or email info@heymind.org.uk

Calling all Businesses! How is your wellbeing culture at work?

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Press Release 16th June 2017

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Calling all Businesses! How is your wellbeing culture at work?

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind is calling on local businesses to think about their workplace wellbeing.

Lorraine Hamilton, mental health trainer at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind, said “With an average of 1 in 3 members of staff experiencing poor mental health, the wellbeing of staff is something that cannot be ignored.

“But there are lots of things we can all do to improve the mental wellbeing of staff in whatever organisation we work in- whether that’s private sector or public sector, small or large. It doesn’t have to cost a lot to improve the wellbeing culture at your workplace, but it can make a big difference.

“Having a good wellbeing culture at work can increase motivation and productivity as well as improving morale and reducing staff turnover.”

A recent survey by Mind showed that only 1 in 4 people felt they could talk openly with their employer about their mental health.

Stress and other mental health problems are the second biggest cause of sickness absence, accounting for 70 million lost working days every year. Taking both this and the fact that staff turnover as a result of employees leaving their jobs due to mental health problems costs £2.4 billion each year, it makes good business sense to set budget aside for supporting employee wellbeing.

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind can help businesses to look at their wellbeing at work and how they can improve the wellbeing of all their staff. For further information, contact mindworks@heymind.org.uk or call 01482 240134.

Local mental health charity to start working with people with long-term physical health problems to help them improve their wellbeing

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Press Release 19th June 2017

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Local mental health charity to start working with people with long-term physical health problems to help them improve their wellbeing

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind are launching a new service to support people aged 18-65 with long term health conditions.

Evidence shows that people with long term physical health problems, such as asthma, diabetes or epilepsy are more likely to experience problems with their mental health. In addition, having problems with both your mental health and your physical health can delay recovery from both.

Will Adam, Service Manager at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind said, “How you feel matters. Whether you’re feeling stressed, sad or frustrated, our groups will bring you effective tools to help you take control of your life.

“The sessions have been designed together by people living with a long term health conditions, and people working in mental health. The aim is to share challenges and opportunities so other people can benefit from this learning and experience.

“The team worked to create a six session course exploring how our health and happiness are inextricably linked. The course is filled with friendly lessons and top tips to help us bounce forward in tough times.”

We are looking for people who would like to sign up to share experiences of being diagnosed and living with a long term health condition to help other people cope with their diagnosis and along the way learn to be the best version of you.

The course is a combination of individual and group learning running for 6x 2 hour sessions on a weekly basis. The first sessions start in Goole from 10th August, and there will be further sessions in Beverley at a later date.

For more information, or to sign up, please contact Hull and East Yorkshire Mind on 01482 240200 or info@heymind.org.uk

This project is a result of funding from BUPA and a partnership between Hull and East Yorkshire Mind and Lancashire Mind in order to research and deliver how best to support people with long term physical health conditions to have better mental health.

Mental Health Awareness Week- so we all improve our mental health

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Hull and East Yorkshire Mind is using Mental Health Awareness Week (8th to 14th May) to promote the fact that we can all improve our mental health.

For example Fred, who has been receiving support from Hull and East Yorkshire Mind. Fred suffered loss of his sight as a teenager and he experienced difficulties coming to terms with this. This led to feelings of anger, bitterness, loneliness, loss of self-esteem and as a young man loss of hope in his dreams for the future.

With help from Hull and East Yorkshire Mind, Fred says that he has regained his self-worth and is now able to acknowledge the positives in his life and looks forward to the future.

Fred says that being supported to be open about his condition and talking about the way it has made him feel, has been liberating and enlightening. He feels safer, happier and less angry. He is coming to terms with his loss of sight, the impact that this has on his life and learning that the most important thing is who you are as a person.

Vicky Anderson, Service Manager at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind, said “it’s so important that we are open about our mental health. Too many people don’t ask for help and yet there is support available for people who need it.

“Here at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind we are encouraging everyone to use mental health awareness week to talk openly about mental health, and to pledge to do something to improve your own mental health.”

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind is running a series of events for Mental Health Awareness week, including ‘Tea & Talk’ events, and a ‘Wellbeing Wall’ where people can pledge to do something to improve their mental health.

For more information about how you can get involved, contact fundraising@heymind.org.uk or 01482 240200

 

Local mental health charity to use Mental Health Awareness Week to encourage people to look after their mental health

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Hull and East Yorkshire Mind will be using Mental Health Awareness Week 2017- 8th to 14th May- to encourage everyone to look after their mental health.

This year’s theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is ‘survive or thrive’- highlighting that not only do people with poor mental health need help and support, but also that we all can do more to thrive with better mental health.

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind will be running activities throughout the week to highlight the importance of good mental health. These include:

  • A ‘Wellbeing Wall’, which will be touring the area at schools, supermarkets, and community facilities to promote good mental health. Look out for the wellbeing wall near you! When you see it, you can use it to pledge something you will do to improve your mental health this year. The wall will become a piece of artwork, including everyone’s pledges for better mental health.
  • ‘Tea & Talk’ events- where people will be drinking tea and eating cake, as well as talking about mental health in order to raise awareness and fundraise for Hull and East Yorkshire Mind. Local businesses, schools and individuals are getting involved.
  • Or join in with Hull and East Yorkshire Mind’s own Tea & Talk on Wed, 10th May, 1-4pm at their offices at Wellington House on Beverley Rd.

David Smith, Chief Executive at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind, said “We all experience mental health- sometimes our mental health is good, and sometimes it is poor. This mental health awareness week we are highlighting that there are things we can all do to improve our mental health.

“I hope that lots of people in the area will join in to talk about how to improve our mental health- whether that’s by starting a conversation at work, joining in with our ‘tea & talk’ events, or pledging with the ‘Wellbeing Wall’.

“By being open and talking about mental health, it helps to reduce the stigma sometimes associated with mental health problems, and means we can all support each other to improve our mental health.”

Local mental health charity working to reduce stress and anxiety in Bridlington

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Local mental health charity, Hull and East Yorkshire Mind, is running a course in Bridlington to help local people cope with stress and anxiety. The course is free to attend, funded by the NHS.

The course starts on 10th May and runs for 4 weeks. This is the first time Hull and East Yorkshire Mind has run the course in Bridlington.

The course is designed to help learn what causes stress and anxiety, how to manage it, and how to use techniques to manage stress in daily life.

Robin Pillar, Service Lead for Hull and East Yorkshire Mind’s stress control courses, said, “Anyone can suffer with stress and anxiety at any point in their life. This course is designed to help anyone who is feeling stressed or anxious. We will help you with tools, techniques and coping strategies that you can use. This isn’t group therapy- we won’t ask anyone questions or for contributions in the course- it’s all about giving you the information and help you need to cope.

This is the first time we have run this course in Bridlington, and I hope that local people will take up the offer to learn about how to cope better with stress.”

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind are local mental health experts with 40 years’ experience of helping people in this area with their mental health.

We know this course works- previous participants have said it’s made them feel happier and has given them back their confidence; it helped them learn to break down their anxiety and turn it into a positive.

Anyone interested in booking onto this 4 week course can call Hull and East Yorkshire Mind on 01482 240200, or email info@heymind.org.uk

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind and Grimsby, Cleethorpes and District Mind merge

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Two leading mental health charities serving Hull, East Yorkshire and North East Lincolnshire are to merge.

The two charities currently provide a wide variety of services and support for people of all ages. These include prevention activities, housing, counselling, group activities, one-to-one support and advocacy. Supported by volunteers, their 55 employees help more than 3500 people each year.

“Our intention is to create a single charity offering an extensive range of support for people affected by mental ill-health” said Peter Archer, Chair of Hull and East Yorkshire Mind.

“We have kept the merger process as straightforward and cost effective as possible. The first step of merging the charities has been completed and we’re now exploring how we can help more people experiencing mental health problems get the help, support and respect they deserve.”

Steve Wakefield, Chair of Grimsby, Cleethorpes and District Mind adds: “Like many voluntary sector organisations, we have been aware of the benefits of joining with other like-minded charities for some time. We are delighted that our discussions have led to a stronger and more robust charity for those who rely on us.”

“We see this as a route to helping more people get the essential mental health support they need.”

Questions & Answers for response to queries from members, volunteers, staff and media

THE MERGED CHARITY AND ITS SERVICES

Q1. What are the benefits of the merger?

  • We are creating a single, local charity as the lead provider of high quality voluntary sector mental health services.
  • With a turnover of more than £2,000,000 this enlarged mental health charity will be a major voluntary sector player within the Humber Coast and Vale STP area.
  • People who use our services, volunteers and staff will benefit from the enhanced status, security and authority of a larger organisation.
  • As one charity, we can campaign for improved services and act as a powerful voice on issues around mental health.
  • Each organisation has complimentary expertise that will help improve the standard of service provision across the whole area of operation.

Q2. What will the merged charity be called?

We understand how important it is for residents and stakeholders to feel a connection to their local Mind. The main charity will continue to be called Hull and East Yorkshire Mind and will trade as North East Lincolnshire Mind within the existing Grimsby, Cleethorpes and District Mind catchment area.

Q3. What will be the ethos of the merged charity?

Both boards of trustees intend that the merged organisation will incorporate the core values and ethos of both Minds, with early intervention, empowerment and campaigning being at the heart of the new organisation. The views of people with lived experience of mental ill-health will continue to be represented throughout all levels of the organisation.

Q4. Will the merger mean that some services will cease?

We intend to retain all current services, dependent on the availability of funding. In the current climate, we cannot give absolute guarantees.

In the medium term, we hope to expand services to meet unmet needs in North East Lincolnshire and surrounding areas.

 

STAFFING

Q5. Who will be the Chief Executive of the merged charity?

David Smith, Chief Executive of Hull and East Yorkshire Mind will lead the merged charity.

Q7. Will there be job losses at either charity?

No job losses are planned. One of our intentions is to help secure both jobs and services. Cost saving is not our primary aim.

Q8. Will staff terms and conditions of employment change in the merged charity?

No – everyone will be employed on their existing terms and conditions.

Q9. Will staff be consulted about the merger plans?

A consultation has been carried out with the staff from Grimsby, Cleethorpes and District Mind who have been fully involved in the merger plans.

 

PREMISES

Q10. Where will the merged charity be based?

Both Minds will continue to operate from their existing locations.

Q11. Will the merger mean the closure of the Mind office in Grimsby?

No. It is anticipated the Grimsby base will be used to host new services as they develop.

 

TRUSTEES, MEMBERS AND VOLUNTEERS

Q12. Who will be the Chair of the merged charity?

The new merged Board will have trustees from Hull and East Yorkshire Mind and Grimsby, Cleethorpes and District Mind. The chair will be Peter Archer.

Q13. What effect will the merger have on volunteers?

Both Minds are highly dependent on their volunteers who help in the provision of some key services. It is likely that the merged charity will be able to provide enhanced support and training for volunteers.

Q14. What impact will the merger have on Mind’s membership?

National Mind has been consulted throughout on the merger process and is supportive of the outcome. The two previous memberships will be merged into one.

 

 

Local mental health charity launches new help for people suffering from stress and anxiety in East Yorkshire

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Local mental health charity, Hull and East Yorkshire Mind, is launching a new course to help local people cope with stress in East Yorkshire. The courses are free to attend, and are funded by the NHS.

The first courses will run in Beverley from 15th March.

The courses are designed to help learn what causes stress and anxiety, how to manage it, and how to use techniques to manage stress in daily life.

Lorraine Hamilton, who delivers the training, said, “Anyone can suffer with stress and anxiety at any point in their life. This course is designed to help anyone who is feeling stressed or anxious. We will help you with tools, techniques and coping strategies that you can use. This isn’t group therapy- we won’t ask anyone questions or for contributions in the course- it’s all about giving you the information and help you need to cope.”

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind are local mental health experts with 40 years experience of helping people in this area with their mental health.

We know this course works- previous participants have said it’s made them feel happier and given them back their confidence; it helped them learn to break down their anxiety and turn it into a positive.

Anyone interested in booking onto this 4 week course can call Hull and East Yorkshire Mind on 01482 240200, or email info@heymind.org.uk

Let’s get Hull and East Yorkshire talking about mental health!

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A local mental health charity is calling on people in Hull and East Yorkshire to get talking about mental health for the national ‘time to talk’ day on 2nd February.

Time to talk day is all about starting conversations about mental health- at work, at school, at home- wherever you are, whatever the time.

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind is encouraging local organisations and individuals to get involved.

Peter Henry, Senior Wellbeing worker at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind said, “Mental health problems can affect anyone at any time. It’s important that we are all able to talk about it- even a short conversation can make a big difference. That’s why we’re asking people to take ‘time to talk’ on 2nd February to reduce the stigma around mental health, and make sure anyone suffering with mental health problems can talk about it and get the help they need.”

On 2nd February, Hull and East Yorkshire Mind will be out across the area, starting conversations about mental health. We invite you to join us.

Activities include-

  • We will be in the ‘chill out’ zone at St Stephens shopping centre (1st floor) starting conversations about mental health between 10am and 4pm
  • Time to talk drop in at our offices at Wellington House on Beverley Rd, Hull 1pm to 4.30pm so that anyone can pop by to have a chat with one of our staff to get advice and support about your mental health.
  • We will be at the new Coop store on Lincoln Way in Beverley between 10am and 12pm.

As well as incorporating time to talk in all of our regular activities that week.

HEYMind to hold video launch in Hull

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On February 1st, Hull and East Yorkshire Mind will be celebrating the launch of DiggDeep, an anti-bullying video made by young people in partnership with iLearningUK, and funded by Hull CCG.

The project captures the real experiences and stories of young people around bullying, with the aim of promoting a message of online safety and anti-bullying.

The young people involved wrote a story about bullying and how to protect yourself online, and they filmed this story within the online world of Minecraft.

The project was winner of The Health and Wellbeing Award 2016.

They are holding an event on Wednesday, 1st February where young people will showcase what the young people’s group has been working on over the last 6 months, where staff, young people, volunteers, families and professionals will attend.

The event runs between 7:00pm and 8.30pm at Kardomah 94, Alfred Gelder Street, Hull HU1 2AN and everyone is welcome to attend.

It will include information about the project, a screening of the film, along with some live music and guest speakers.

One young person commented about the project, “It’s been a great way to meet people, learn and tell our own stories.”

Lisa Raddings, project worker for the young people’s group, said “it’s been great to see how the young people have worked together to make this project a success- bullying can be very difficult for young people, and can have a real impact on a person’s mental health, so learning how to stay safe online through something fun like Minecraft has been great.

Joel Mills from iLearningUK said, “Minecraft is a great way to engage people with mental health issues and through Hull and East Yorkshire Mind, young people have found a voice. They have told their stories and worked together to write, design, create and film their own story using Minecraft. It has been a privilege to work with this creative and lively group of young people.”

Everyone is welcome to the launch event- we are just asking people to let us know if they are able to come. You can get in touch with us by calling 01482 240200 or emailing info@heymind.org.uk.