Suffolk Mind marks its 10-year anniversary ahead of World Mental Health Day
Ahead of World Mental Health Day on Saturday 10th October 2020, Suffolk Mind is celebrating its 10-year anniversary by launching a new fundraising campaign.
The independent mental health charity became Suffolk Mind in 2010 through the merger of East Suffolk and West Suffolk Mind.
Jon Neal, CEO of Suffolk Mind said: “We have achieved so much in 10 years, since the two organisations came together and started to work towards making Suffolk the best place in the world for talking about and taking care of mental health.
“Much has changed in the past decade and Suffolk Mind has moved with the times, adapting our services to the needs of the population as much as we can.
“Central to our work has been the Emotional Needs & Resources model that forms everything we do. We’re on a mission to enable everyone in Suffolk to learn about their emotional needs, and develop their innate resources to get them met in healthy ways. We’re now working in schools, communities and workplaces, making them better environments for mental health, and enabling people to help themselves and those around them.”
To mark the milestone, Suffolk Mind has launched a ‘10 for 10’ campaign where people are being encouraged to donate £10 to the charity so it can continue to support the community of Suffolk for another 10 years and more.
On World Mental Health Day, Suffolk Mind is also releasing ‘10 ways you can support your own mental health’, written by the Head of Mental Health Education at Suffolk Mind, Ezra Hewing.
Ginny Idehen, Head of Business Operations at Suffolk Mind said: “We would love to use our Birthday to create a real buzz around what we do, and encourage people to help us to do more.
“By making a donation to Suffolk Mind people are helping us to continue the work and services we provide to our local community.
“We run services that are helping people right now such as counselling and support over the phone day and night and we are constantly developing new services, training and resources in order to improve people’s lives in practical ways.
“We want to ensure we are here now and into the future to continue to provide this support.
Author: Kristina Brinkley
Posted on: 7th October 2020
Rail Operator speaks out about saving someone’s life on World Suicide Prevention Day
A GB Railfreight Rail Operator has saved the life of a man who was standing over the edge of a bridge towards a railway line, after mental health training from Suffolk Mind.
Harry, who is based in Eastleigh, was on shift at the end of August when he stopped to help the man; he ensured all rail services in the area were stopped and approached the man to talk him down from the situation.
Harry recently had mental health training from Suffolk Mind to understand the key link between emotional needs and wellbeing and how to communicate with people who may be experiencing distress.
Harry said: “Being trained by Suffolk Mind gave me the confidence to approach the man. I used the techniques to understand his needs and told him a personal story to inspire him to talk to me.
“It took about 10 minutes before he began speaking to me and an off duty British Transport Police Officer. We were chatting for about 15 minutes until help arrived from Network Rail and the police. I felt quite shaken after the incident, but pleased and proud I was able to assist in saving his life”.
Ezra Hewing, Head of Mental Health Education at Suffolk Mind, said: “This heroic incident just shows how important mental health training is for businesses and individuals. The fact that Harry had the confidence to approach this man in need was absolutely fantastic, and ultimately saved his life.
“People like Harry, who have gained the skills to support mental health, are able to make a difference at a critical moment. It really highlights the need for the wider population to understand the importance of emotional needs and how to meet them.”
For more details about our Workplace Wellbeing courses, click here.
Author: Kristina Brinkley
Posted on: 10th September 2020
The number of people stressed and at risk of slipping into mental ill health in Suffolk nearly doubled during lockdown
Independent mental health charity, Suffolk Mind, has released the results of a survey looking at the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on mental health in the county.
It reveals that during the lockdown period (March – June 2020) nearly half of people in Suffolk (46.3%) were not meeting their emotional needs on average, and therefore liable to stress and potential mental health issues. This compared to the year before lockdown when it was one in four people (24.2%).
Those that were unable to work, unemployed people and those who are gender non-binary were most likely to experience a significant decrease in wellbeing during the pandemic.
Abi a volunteer at Suffolk Mind found it a difficult few months: “Lockdown has been a complete struggle for me – I’ve not had anything to do, I can’t work due to a life lasting disability and I couldn’t see anyone. I struggle with the whole idea that there is something out there that can harm you, it panics me.
“I had nice things booked like holidays and events and they’ve been cancelled. I just don’t see the fun in life anymore, I don’t see joy; I feel as if I’m just existing in a world that is not very nice.
“I’ve never needed support for my mental health, but I am looking to access some through Suffolk Mind. I just need someone to talk to and discuss my worries.”
The research also showed that:
· 45% of people were not meeting the need for community, feeling connected to a group
· 46% of respondents were not feeling appreciated and valued
· 39% didn’t feel as if they had control and autonomy over their lives
Naomi Simons, Research and Evaluation Manager at Suffolk Mind, said: “As a county, our need to feel connected to a wider community, our need for status, and for control were, overall, the least well met on average during the pandemic.
“The fact that 45% of us that were not meeting the need for community could be explained by physical distancing measures, preventing us from meeting up with our friends and family, and leading to the cancellation of many organised group activities. This was particularly felt among younger people.
“Equally, 46% of respondents were not meeting their need for status or respect, which is about feeling appreciated and recognised. This could be due to the number of people not in active employment as a result of the pandemic; something which is also likely to have had an impact on meaning and purpose.
“Again, it’s perhaps not surprising that 39% didn’t feel as if they had control and autonomy over their lives, given none of us could predict what was going to happen next.”
Jon Neal, CEO of Suffolk Mind, said: “Nearly half of people in Suffolk struggled during lockdown and they could be knocking on the door of mental health services any day now looking to access support. But while this research highlights the great importance of mental health services in our county, it also points to some of the things we can all do to help keep mental ill health at bay.
“How can we get community groups up and running again, in a safe way, as soon as possible? What other opportunities can we create for people to get meaning and purpose in their lives, and to feel valued by their community? There is probably some unemployment on the horizon, what can we do to enable people to continue learning, and to be stretched and challenged so they meet the need for achievement?
“At Suffolk Mind we encourage people to look after themselves and others around them by meeting emotional needs. To help people who are struggling we are continuing to make available on our website free resources and advice.
“It is also important to continue working together across the system, with, for example, the Suffolk Says Thanks campaign. This is all about encouraging people to appreciate and thank each other for the small things in life.”
Have a look around our website or call us on 03001116000 if you are looking for support.
And visit SuffolkSaysThanks.com to join the campaign to show appreciation.
Access the full report here.
Author: Kristina Brinkley
Posted on: 21st August 2020
Budding 7-year-old DJ uses her new lockdown skill to raise hundreds of pounds for Suffolk Mind
Amelie Thurman from Felixstowe has raised more than £450 for local mental health charity, Suffolk Mind by DJing her own virtual ‘Glastonbury’ show.
Amelie used her lockdown time to learn the new skill of DJing and wanted to use it to raise money for charity.
The 7-year-old held her show online on Saturday 27th June 2020. On the day people bought virtual drinks for the festival by donating through JustGiving and Amelie pinned their drinks to a board behind her during her set.
Amelie’s original fundraising target was £100 which she has gone above and beyond.
Amelie said: “I love all the different types of music there is and dancing is my favourite thing to do! I can’t believe how much money we raised and I really hope it helps the charity.”
Amelie’s mum Lucy, said “We told her about the amazing work that Suffolk Mind were doing to support people through the Coronavirus and she decided that was the charity for her!
“Amelie’s Stepdad, Steve has been amazingly patient and creative whilst teaching Amelie how to DJ and it’s been a lovely opportunity for them to bond over music.”
Lizzy Tuthill, Community Fundraising Coordinator at Suffolk Mind said: “Amelie is just fantastic, and we can’t thank her enough for her support. Holding a virtual music show for people to tune in to is a great way to lift peoples’ spirits whilst also raising money for Suffolk Mind.
“Fundraising such as this helps Suffolk Mind in our mission of making Suffolk the best place in the world for talking about and taking care of mental health.”
You can still support Amelie by sponsoring her here.
Author: Kristina Brinkley
Posted on: 1st July 2020
Suffolk Mind will not reopen Quay Place after lockdown restrictions end
The board of trustees and leadership team of mental health charity, Suffolk Mind, has taken the tough decision to close Quay Place heritage and wellbeing centre, in Ipswich.
The building was opened in November 2016 following an eight-year project with the Churches Conservation Trust to restore St Mary at the Quay church.
The project was funded mainly by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, but has been costly to run since its opening. A challenging location in the middle of the Star Lane one-way system, the building has grown income at more than 20% each year, but not quickly enough to cover the expensive running costs including maintenance of a medieval church, utility bills and staffing.
Once the remainder of the Lottery grant had been spent, Suffolk Mind was about to start subsidising the building out of its own income and reserves. Due to the impact of Coronavirus and the government lockdown, the board felt this was a subsidy the charity could no longer afford.
Jon Neal, chief executive of Suffolk Mind, said: “It’s really sad to have to make a decision like this. Quay Place has been part of Suffolk Mind for many years now, and it holds a special place in the hearts of many staff, volunteers and people who visited.
“We’re proud of what we’ve achieved, but also sad that we haven’t been able to get the costs and income to a place where we can keep Quay Place open.
“Suffolk Mind is, first and foremost, a mental health charity. We have a responsibility to help as many people as we can in a way that is financially viable and sustainable and that makes the biggest difference.”
Author: Jon Neal
Posted on: 15th June 2020
Suffolk Mind joins the #SuffolkSaysThanks initiative to help improve mental health as research shows two-fifths of people in Suffolk feel unappreciated
Independent mental health charity, Suffolk Mind have joined forces with other charities, along with the NHS and local councils to encourage the people of Suffolk to say thank you to each other for the small things in life.
The #SuffolkSaysThanks initiative is a community campaign launched as part of a wider project to support the mental health of the Suffolk community.
The new Suffolk Says Thanks website provides some fun, simple ways to enable every Suffolk resident to express their gratitude to other people in their lives. It includes posters, social media graphics and letter templates to recognise the brilliant work that family, friends, neighbours, postal workers, local delivery drivers, teachers and refuse collectors do for the community.
You can access the new website here.
Jon Neal, CEO of Suffolk Mind said: “In our research carried out to rate how well the community of Suffolk is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, we found that 43% of people are not meeting their emotional need for status. This means they don’t feel valued or appreciated for the contribution they are making to the world.
“Status is important for good mental health, and so we wanted to join the #SuffolkSaysThanks campaign to encourage people to recognise the small acts of kindness in their lives – however large or small.
“Why not write a letter to a friend just to check their ok and to thank them for being there for you in the past? Or create a poster for your kids to thank them for not falling out with each other today. Or create a social media post to thank your local school for staying in touch so well during lock down.
“This campaign is all about thanking those who don’t often get thanked.”
Author: Kristina Brinkley
Posted on: 4th June 2020
Suffolk Mind launches new fundraising campaign to plug £50,000 donations gap
Suffolk Mind has launched a new video fundraising campaign during Mental Health Awareness Week (18th -24th May) having missed out on around £50,000 of anticipated donations due to the Coronavirus pandemic so far.
The independent mental health charity, that receives no direct funding from the national Mind charity, has released a video featuring its CEO, Jon Neal, highlighting the impact of the lockdown, the support they are continuing to provide and how people can support the charity.
Since the coronavirus outbreak, vital fundraising events, including the London Marathon, Great East Swim and Orwell Challenge, have been cancelled. Events such as these provide important income to the charity that enables new services to be developed, helping more people across Suffolk, especially at such an important time like this.
Suffolk Mind predict that if fundraising events continue to be cancelled, they will lose more than £150,000 in donations this year.
Jon Neal, CEO of Suffolk Mind, said: “We have adapted our services and provided more resources over the past two months to ensure those who need it are continuing to receive vital support.
But nobody is running marathons, climbing mountains or hosting bake sales at the moment. So we are asking for the support of the Suffolk community to enable us to continue providing as much support as possible, both now and for many more years into the future when we’ll be needed even more.”
Suffolk Mind has recently launched a new service to provide counselling to our fantastic frontline NHS staff and care workers, over 70’s support and counselling for men.
Lizzy Tuthill, Community Fundraising Coordinator at Suffolk Mind said: “Donations and support are especially important right now to help us maintain and keep developing these services in response to the changing needs of our community. Taking on a home fundraising challenge or making an online donation will help us support Suffolk people, through this challenging period and beyond.
Author: Kristina Brinkley
Posted on: 22nd May 2020
More than half of Suffolk residents are not getting good sleep during the COVID-19 pandemic
During Mental Health Awareness Week (18th May – 24th May) independent mental health charity, Suffolk Mind has released the results of a survey looking at the impact the coronavirus pandemic on mental health.
The research suggests 53% of us are not feeling rested after sleep. Groups who are most affected are:
- 87% of under 25’s
- 85% of those in full time work
- 78% of people unable to work
Sleep is key to emotional wellbeing and we all need the right amount and quality in a 24 hour period – about eight hours for the average adult, and less as we get older.
Naomi Simons, Research and Evaluation Manager said: “Sleep is often the first thing to go when someone is struggling with their mental health. Getting the right balance between dream sleep and other types of sleep, including deep recuperative sleep, can be affected by how well you are meeting other key emotional needs.
“Our research shows nearly two-fifths of people are not meeting their need for meaning and purpose at the moment. That could be due to losing work or being furloughed, which could lead to worry and in turn, poor quality sleep. Many people are also struggling to meet needs for community, status and receiving attention.”
Suffolk Mind has put the following five top tips together to help you get a better night’s sleep:
- Work on addressing unmet emotional needs – so that there is less to worry about! Use the Emotional Needs Audit here.
- Have regular times for going to bed and getting up – and stick to them
- Cut down on caffeine in the second half of the day
- Avoid watching TV or internet surfing in the two hours before we go to bed
- Use blackout blinds and/or eye masks to block out the light
The research has been conducted by Suffolk Mind to help inform the county’s response to Coronavirus. Other findings include:
- 53% of people are not meeting their emotional need for community
- 43% are not meeting their need for status
- 38% don’t feel they receive enough attention
Jon Neal, CEO of Suffolk Mind said: “It’s really important we capture this data, so we can work on resources and services to help people with their own mental health – and not just now, but in the future when things change again.
“It is a difficult time for many at the moment, so we have been creating online blogs, videos and activities for children and adults to encourage them to meet their own emotional needs.”
“We have also launched new services including counselling for our vital NHS and care workers, support for over 70s and men.”
Author: Kristina Brinkley
Posted on: 18th May 2020
Four Suffolk charities work together on campaign to keep fundraising within the county
Suffolk Mind, Home Start in Suffolk, Survivors in Transition and 4YP have come together to create a campaign video to encourage fundraising to stay in Suffolk. Figures from Suffolk Community Foundation show an estimated 78% of funds raised in Suffolk leave the county to support large national and international charities, with very little of it coming back.
A light-hearted video with the support of Home-Start in Suffolk Patron Anthony Horowitz OBE, has been created to highlight how each of the four local charities are supporting the community of Suffolk during the COVID-19 pandemic. They have all adapted services to ensure those who need it are continuing to receive vital support, while also creating new services to meet changing demand.
The four charities work with some of the most vulnerable people in the county: Suffolk Mind is an independent mental health charity offering support services to help the mental wellbeing of adults, families and children; Home Start in Suffolk offers vital support to struggling families; Survivors in Transition supports those in who have experienced any form of sexual abuse in their childhood; and 4YP improves the social, emotional, and physical health and wellbeing of young people in Suffolk.
Lizzy Tuthill, Community Fundraising Coordinator at Suffolk Mind said: “We are so pleased to have this opportunity to work with other local charities to raise awareness and inform our community about what we all do and how we can come together to help support people in Suffolk. At Suffolk Mind, we are adapting and developing new services for those in our county, including our fantastic frontline NHS staff who now have access to counselling and online support from our expert team. Donations and support are especially important right now to help us maintain and keep developing these services in response to the changing needs of our community. Taking on a home fundraising challenge or making an online donation will help us support Suffolk people, through this challenging period and beyond.”
Alison Watson, Marketing and Fundraising Manager at Home Start in Suffolk said “We are so pleased to have been part of this collaboration and to show the Suffolk community how our charities are working together to support our local community. At Home-Start in Suffolk we are continuing to support vulnerable families across the county with regular telephone and video calls from our amazing team of volunteers. Whilst physical distancing is important at this time, emotional support is vital and staying connected is hugely important for our supported families’ emotional well-being. During this uncertain time our organisations need the support of Suffolk people more than ever and any donations will help us to continue to support our Suffolk Community now and in the future.”
Georgia Memory, Business and Marketing Coordinator at 4YP said: “Collaborating with three other fantastic local charities has been great to raise awareness and inform Suffolk that we are still here to listen, support and help where it is needed. 4YP are adapting and developing as many services as possible to ensure vulnerable young people in Suffolk are not forgotten about, which is why we appreciate the community of Suffolk donating to ensure Suffolk people get the support they need.”
Fiona Ellis, Co-Founder & CEO at Survivors in Transition said: “SiT are so pleased to be joining these other amazing Suffolk charities in both reassuring the public that we’re still here, still open and still supporting our respective service users and also to encourage Suffolk residents to think local when donating to a charity. We’ve got you – but we need you to support us too and you can do this by donating to one of our amazing charities #supportussuffolk”
Author: Kristina Brinkley
Posted on: 27th April 2020
New service offers NHS Staff mental health support during the Coronavirus pandemic
A new mental health service has been launched, offering telephone support to all NHS and care staff in Suffolk and North East Essex during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Suffolk and North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Groups together with independent mental health charities Suffolk Mind and Mid and North East Essex Mind, have come together to open this dedicated telephone support service. The teams will offer help and practical solutions during this challenging period. Counselling will also be offered to those who need extra support through Suffolk or Mid and North East Essex Minds depending on their location.
Staff will be able to access the service whether they are based in a hospital, GP surgery or in the community setting, as well as those who work in care, voluntary sector organisations and Hospices within Suffolk and North East Essex.
Suffolk Mind have also been commissioned to provide online support to NHS and care staff during the pandemic. Qualified emotional needs trainers will be hosting interactive group sessions using the Emotional Needs and Resources model. ‘Meeting Emotional Needs in Practice’ and ‘Keeping Calm (Mindful Breathing)’ sessions will support people to enable them to maintain their own emotional health by reducing stress.
Jon Neal, Chief Executive of Suffolk Mind said: “We’re proud and honoured to be in a position to support NHS workers in our area – whether frontline or those, like many of us, getting to grips with a new way of working.
“Whatever role people are playing in the health system, they are crucial to tackling the pandemic, keeping people safe, and ensuring we provide the best care possible to those who need it.
“At Suffolk Mind we will do all we can to enable people to be aware of their emotional needs and how to get them met in order to avoid stress.”
Lisa Llewelyn, Director of Workforce for the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System said ‘We know our health and care staff are providing tremendous support, not just to the patients they’re treating, but to each other, across the health service. As the pandemic continues, our workforce will face new and growing challenges on a daily basis, and it’s therefore more important than ever that all our NHS and Care staff are able to access the support service we have developed with our partners Mind, to help them manage their wellbeing, in a way that suits their needs.
Author: Kristina Brinkley
Posted on: 21st April 2020