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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 fundraising@heymind.org.uk 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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*UPDATE*

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 vouchershttp://heymind.org.uk/wp-admin/edit.php?post_type=page
  • 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.

 

Take a little time for yourself and take part in Hull and East Yorkshire Mind’s Self Care Selfie Week

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During this year’s Self Care Week (13th-19th of November), Hull and East Yorkshire Mind want to encourage you to take time out to look after yourself. Self-care is key to good mental health, but can often be overlooked due to the busy and fast-paced nature of the modern world.

Their campaign is simple- during this year’s Self Care Week, the charity is encouraging people to do something to look after their mental wellbeing, take a selfie and share it using #selfcareselfie. They hope that this will spread the word that it’s important to stop and take a little time for yourself. Not used to putting yourself first? Here are a few ideas:

  • Have a soak in the bath instead of a rushed shower
  • Settle down with a good book or magazine
  • Talk a walk in the autumn air
  • Watch your favourite film again

Katie McCreaddie, Hull and East Yorkshire Mind’s community fundraiser and a passionate mental health campaigner said ‘Often people say that they don’t have the time for self-care, but very simply, you have to make the time. It is vital that we all do things that make us feel good and help us to recuperate from the stresses and strains of everyday life.’

So what makes you feel good and helps you to relax? Start thinking about what you could do this Self Care Week and don’t forget to share your #selfcareselfie.

#SelfCareSelfie – Share your self care snaps for better mental health

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Today we launch the start of our #SelfCare campaign.

In such a busy, fast-paced world, we often don’t take time out for ourselves. Self-care is key to good mental health, but how often do you do something just for you? During Self Care Week (13th- 19th November) we want to encourage you to take a little time for yourself. Not used to putting yourself first?

Here are a few ideas:

  • Have a soak in the bath instead of a rushed shower
  • Settle down with a good book or magazine
  • Take a walk in the autumn air
  • Give yourself a gaming hour
  • Watch your favourite film again
  • Put on a facemask and listen to some music

Share your #SelfCareSelfie with us on social media and tell us what you’re doing to look after your wellbeing this Self Care Week. https://lnkd.in/dmWtdaT

Report shows that up to 300,000 people with long-term mental health problems have to leave their jobs each year

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Up to 300,000 people with long-term mental health problems have to leave their jobs each year, a report says.

It also claims poor mental health costs the UK economy up to £99bn each year.

Prime Minister Theresa May, who commissioned the report, said it showed “we need to take action”. She is asking NHS England and the civil service to accept the report’s recommendations.

Paul Farmer, co-author of the Thriving At Work report, said mental health was a taboo subject in many workplaces.

Mr Farmer, who is chief executive of mental health charity Mind, said: “Opportunities are missed to prevent poor mental health and ensure that employees who may be struggling get the support they need.

“In many instances employers simply don’t understand the crucial role they can play, or know where to go for advice and support.”

The review makes 40 recommendations about how employers and the government can better support employees to remain at work, such as through creating an online wellbeing portal and using digital technology to support workers in the gig economy.

Companies are also being encouraged to include a section on employee mental health in their annual reports. Currently only 11% of companies do this, the report found.

The review says employers should:

  • Create a mental health at work plan
  • Build mental health awareness by making information and support accessible
  • Encourage open conversations
  • Provide good working conditions and ensure employees have a healthy work-life balance
  • Promote effective people management, with line managers holding regular conversations about health and well-being with their staff
  • Routinely monitor employee mental health

The review said that people with long term mental health problems were leaving jobs at twice the rate of colleagues with no such issues, although it did say that some people may be counted twice – if they left one job, returned to work elsewhere after a break but were then unable to continue in their new post.

The report also pointed out the cost to employers, estimating they were losing £42bn each year due to staff suffering from mental health problems.

Mrs May is asking NHS England and the civil service – which together employ more than two million people – to implement the recommendations.

She said: “It is only by making this an everyday concern for everyone that we change the way we see mental illness, so that striving to improve your mental health – whether at work or at home – is seen as just as positive as improving our physical well-being.”

The government said it is considering the legislative changes suggested.

#5W2WChallenge – Week 4 – Keep Learning

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Its week four of our #5W2WChallenge. We hope you have enjoyed the last 4 weeks of the challenge and are finding the challenge useful in improving your mental health and wellbeing.

This week’s theme is Keep Learning. Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the opportunity to engage in work or educational activities particularly helps to lift older people out of depression.

The practice of setting goals, which is related to adult learning in particular, has been strongly associated with higher levels of positive mental health and wellbeing.

Why not learn something new this week? Here are a few more ideas:

  • Sign up for a new class
  • Read the news or a book
  • Set up a book club
  • Do a crossword or Sudoku
  • Research something you’ve always wondered about
  • Learn a new language.

 

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

Good Luck!

 

Emma Dallimore

Operations Manager

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind

 

 

Update – Road Closure on Beverley Road

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*UPDATE*

Beverley Road is closed, but our offices are still open. Access to our car park is currently limited so we advise all visitors to park nearby.

For queries relating to parking please contact the Reception Team on 01482 240200

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause