News Archive May 2019
Suffolk Mind staff to become Dementia Friends during Dementia Action Week
Staff at Suffolk Mind are training to become Dementia Friends during Dementia Action Week this May (20-26).
Becoming a Dementia Friend means that you learn more about what it’s like to live with dementia. There are currently 850,000 people living with dementia in England. In Suffolk, it is estimated that 12,800 people are living with dementia (1).
Dementia Action Week is organised every year by the Alzheimer’s Society. Its aim is to unite people, workplaces, schools and communities to take action and improve the lives of people living with dementia. Suffolk Mind staff will be joining the 2.5 million people who are already Dementia Friends.
Dawn Williams works for Suffolk Mind and is carrying out the Dementia Friend training: “As a volunteer Dementia Friends Champion, I think it’s important for everyone to become a Dementia Friend to raise awareness. I am proud to be part of a growing network of people helping to create dementia friendly communities across England.
“The Dementia Friends sessions take just an hour, to learn about the small ways you can help. From telling friends about the Dementia Friend programme to visiting someone you know living with dementia. Every action counts”.
Suffolk Mind launched a new service in 2018 called the Suffolk Young Dementia Network to support people in Suffolk who have traits, or a diagnosis, of young onset dementia. Figures suggest that those who live with the condition may be up to 6-9% of all people with dementia. The charity currently facilitates monthly meet-ups for people aged between 30 and 60 who are living with dementia.
Author: Kristina Brinkley
Posted on: 20th May 2019
We want to make Suffolk the best place in the world for talking about and taking care of mental wellbeing.
This means creating environments that enable people to get their physical and emotional needs met in healthy ways; a county in which trauma is identified and treated early, professionals are highly motivated, and people who use services feel that they are taken seriously.
Suffolk has seen a genuine and concerted effort to shift the conversation around mental health over the last year. At the heart of this has been the pioneering engagement process to develop a Mental Health & Wellbeing Strategy for the future of Suffolk. The series of consultation events saw a broad range of organisations and individuals taking part in the conversation.
As part of that conversation, Suffolk Mind wrote a policy paper ‘Transforming Mental Health Systems in Suffolk Towards a mentally healthy culture: a shared agreement & basic principles’.
The paper reflects the emotional needs and resources model which sits as the heart of Suffolk Mind’s approach to mental health, and how it can promote clear-thinking around policy and service development. The paper was well received across mental health systems and has strongly influenced thinking and conversation. If you would like to read the paper yourself, or reference it for your own work, you can download it for free here.
Author: Kristina Brinkley
Posted on: 15th May 2019
Suffolk Food Hall staff run more miles for Suffolk Mind
Staff at the Suffolk Food Hall in Ipswich are running more miles for mental health charity, Suffolk Mind by taking on the Orwell Challenge this June.
Some of the team will be running 25 miles to raise as much money as possible. It’s after they completed their own challenge in January, where they ran every day for seven days to raise £1,268.84 for Suffolk Mind. They ran the distance on a treadmill in the exit lobby at the Food Hall in Wherstead.
Suffolk Food Hall has chosen Suffolk Mind as one of their chosen charities for 2019 and will be taking part in lots of activities throughout the year to raise money for the charity.
Craig Bullard is the Suffolk Food Hall event coordinator and butchery supervisor: “I’m so chuffed and proud that Suffolk Mind is our chosen charity for 2019. Three of us will be taking part in the Orwell Challenge for them, adding to the miles we have already ran for Suffolk Mind, with our overall aim of reaching 100 miles within the year. The Orwell Challenge is a great event where we’ll feel the benefits of exercise on our own wellbeing as well as promoting Suffolk Mind at the same time.
“We can’t wait to continue planning our other events throughout the year and create a special bond between Suffolk Mind and Suffolk Food Hall.”
The Orwell Challenge is being held on Sunday 23rd June 2019 and you can run or walk one of three main routes which range from 12 miles to 25 miles. If you’d like to get involved and raise money for Suffolk Mind, visit our website.
Lizzy Tuthill, Community Fundraising Coordinator at Suffolk Mind said: “We’re absolutely delighted that Craig and the team at Suffolk Food Hall are taking part in the Orwell Challenge to raise money for Suffolk Mind. It’s a fantastic challenge and we’d like to encourage others to get involved to feel the benefit of exercise and movement on your wellbeing. If you want to have a new challenge to look forward to, keep motivated and make new friends, then the Orwell Challenge could be for you.
“Money raised from challenges like this goes towards things like subsidising our counselling services, so they are available to people who can’t afford to wait or go private, and our GreenCare project, that get people out and about working on allotments, learning new skills and meeting up with likeminded people.”
The Suffolk Food Hall Team have also produced a Suffolk Mind sausage where £1 from each pound (lb) sold goes to the charity. It’s on sale from today (Friday 10th May), and is a camomile tea and ginger flavour.
Author: Kristina Brinkley
Posted on: 10th May 2019