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News Archive November 2018

Suffolk Mind launches mental health campaign, RED January

Suffolk Mind is warming up for RED January, a mental health campaign encouraging people to get active every day to beat the blues away.

In Suffolk, and across the UK, figures show one in four people will experience a mental health challenge in any given year. In England, one in six people report experiencing a common mental health issue, such as anxiety and depression, each week.

RED January is founded on research that shows physical activity can reduce symptoms of mental illness such as depression and anxiety. In the post RED January 2018 survey, 87% of people who took part reported feeling significantly better physically and mentally, after getting active every day.

To take part in RED January, all you need to do is register for free here, and then walk, run, swim (or anything you like) for however long you like – whether 5 minutes or 5k and beyond. Over 100 people have already registered for RED January in Suffolk.

You can also fundraise for Suffolk Mind as part of your RED January journey. The money raised supports our vital work in the local community, supporting mental health services and helping achieve our mission of making Suffolk the best place in the world for talking about and taking care of mental health.

Jon Neal, Chief Executive of Suffolk Mind is taking part again this year after raising £2,400 last year: “I was amazed when taking part in RED January last year, at the difference it made to my mental and physical health. I didn’t run far each day, but I was definitely a lot fitter by the end of the month and even managed to do a Park Run. I also lost a stone in weight, without changing what I ate.

“Typically some people struggle during January because of the dark nights, cold weather and Christmas being over, so taking part in RED January gives people a focus. A little exercise can be very helpful for staying mentally healthy”.

Author: Kristina Brinkley
Posted on: 23rd November 2018


MD of Beckett Investments, appointed Chair of Trustees at Suffolk Mind

A New Chair of Trustees has been appointed at Suffolk Mind, to oversee the governance of the board.

Ian White takes over from Nigel Suckling after joining Suffolk Mind in April 2016 as a member of the Board and the Finance Committee. Ian is a Chartered Accountant and the Managing Director of Becketts, a wealth management company based in Bury St Edmunds. 

Ian said: “I’m delighted to be associated with such an innovative organisation that passionately believes in improving everyone’s mental health. Suffolk Mind faces a unique set of challenges; to raise sufficient money to deliver world class services within Suffolk, but maintain within tight financial budgets.

“I am hoping that my business background will assist in getting more companies involved in both fundraising but also ensuring that their own employees are aware of what they need to do to maintain their own mental health.”

Suffolk Mind has a formal constitution and is governed by an unpaid Board of Trustees with day to day management delegated to the chief executive. The trustees are responsible for the governance of the organisation, the delivery of safe and high quality services, and keeping financial accounts and safeguarding the assets of the charity.

Jon Neal, Chief Executive of Suffolk Mind said: “Ian has been a valuable member of our trustee board over the last few years, providing astute business and strategic advice. I look forward to working with him as we continue to grow and work with more employers and statutory partners in making Suffolk the best place in the world for talking about and taking care of mental health.”

Author: Kristina Brinkley
Posted on: 14th November 2018


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