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

A full overview of the opportunity including a FAQ section and how to apply is available on the Get Active Group or alternatively 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.”

Wellington Court – Public Consultation

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Mental Health Charity Hull and East Yorkshire Mind is proposing to demolish some of the existing buildings on the site of 108 Beverley Road and replace them with a new-build residential care home for adults living with various disabilities including mental ill-health, learning disabilities or autism. The new development will meet the growing local demand for high quality complex residential care services. The building will compromise of two 5 bed units with ancillary accommodation and 4 independent living apartments.  The proposed development is part two storey and part single storey within beautiful landscaped garden settings.
We are keen to engage with as many local residents as possible to enable people to understand and support both the development and the service once operational. We will subsequently hold an open day for local people to come and view the facility once completed.

The proposed site, is located at 108 Beverley Road in Hull and accessible via Providence Row. The site was formerly occupied by office space and storage owned by Oughtred & Harrison with several extensions and modifications associated to business use and covers a total of 0.39 acres. The new facility will have a gross internal area of 834sqm.

The Design of the facilities has been heavily influences by the progressive model of care. Mind will deliver care and support that enables people to be as independent as possible.

  • Two 5 bed units for complex care and support
  • A central hub provide areas for residents, visitors and staff
  • Four one bed apartments for people to develop and gain independent living skills

Pre-planning application discussions with Hull City Council are progressing well and meetings have been held with local stakeholders.

We would now like to invite anyone who might be interested to a public open morning to be held on Thursday 13th July from 9am to 12pm at Mind Offices, Wellington House, 108 Beverley Road, Hull, HU3 1Y – Design proposals will be on show and your views and comments will be very welcome.

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

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Press Release 23rd June 2017


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

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

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Press Release 16th June 2017


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 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


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

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 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.”