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News Archive June 2019

Busy weekend of raising funds and awareness for mental health charity, Suffolk Mind

A number of individual fundraisers across Suffolk are taking part in different activities this weekend (21st -23rd June), all to raise money and awareness for Suffolk Mind. For example:

·        Asmah Syed is walking 24 hours around Ipswich

·        Cllr James Finch is walking part of the Stour Valley Path

·        A group of people, including Suffolk Food Hall fundraisers are taking part in The Orwell Challenge

This Friday, Suffolk Day, commencing at 10pm (21st June) Asmah Syed will be doing a 24 hour walk around Ipswich. She is currently training in respiratory medicine and general medicine at Ipswich hospital and wants to do something challenging both physically and mentally to raise awareness of mental health.

Asmah said: “I find mental health a fascinating subject and feel that we should talk more about our state of mind, especially among health care staff.

“The idea behind the 24 hours was that not only does it sound physically demanding, but the element that will get me through will be my mind set. If you think about a 24 hour day, there are times when you are energetic, hungry, thirsty, working, relaxing, socialising and also alone. These moments are associated with complex feelings and emotions”.

Cllr James Finch, the Chairman of the Suffolk County Council has adopted Suffolk Mind as his chosen charity of the year. Over the next few months, starting this Saturday, he will be completing 10 walks along the Stour Valley Path, as well as taking part in many other activities to raise money for Suffolk Mind. The first walk is this Saturday (22nd June) starting from Newmarket Town Hall at 10am.

Cllr James Finch said: “One of the best things about being Chairman, alongside my duties of chairing meetings and representing the council at civic and ceremonial events is being able to champion and support a charity for the duration of my chairmanship. I have chosen Suffolk Mind, a charity very dear to my heart, and I have been overwhelmed by the support and endorsement I have already had in my first four weeks in my new role”.

On Sunday 23rd June, 12 people, including the team at Suffolk Food Hall, are getting involved in the Orwell Challenge. They are running or walking one of three main routes which range from 12 miles to 25 miles for Suffolk Mind.

Craig Bullard is the Suffolk Food Hall event coordinator and butchery supervisor: “Three of us will be taking part in the Orwell Challenge for Suffolk Mind running the 25 mile route this weekend. 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.”

Lizzy Tuthill, Community Fundraising Coordinator at Suffolk Mind said: “It’s fantastic that so many people are taking part in events in just one weekend for Suffolk Mind.

“Money raised from different challenges like these goes towards things like 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.”


Author: Kristina Brinkley
Posted on: 26th June 2019

Suffolk Mind releases video to highlight men’s mental health during Men’s Health Week

Suffolk Mind has released a video of four men who live and work in Suffolk talking about their own mental health during Men’s Health Week (10-16 June).

BBC Radio Suffolk presenter, Wayne Bavin, Suffolk Mind CEO, Jon Neal, Suffolk Mind volunteer Lambert Dangmaa and Suffolk Food Hall Butchery Supervisor and Suffolk Mind fundraiser, Craig Bullard have all spoken openly about their own experiences in the three minute video to highlight the importance of men’s mental health.

Craig Bullard said: “I feel men’s health is a subject that isn’t spoken of enough in the country let alone the county. I’ve had some help from Suffolk Mind before but not to the extent that others have. I think it’s important to have the opportunity to speak to someone as it can have a bigger influence than people believe.

“I’m proud to be from Suffolk and a proud dad and so I want our county to be the best it can be for talking about and taking care of mental health right now and for our future generations.”

Men’s Health Week is run by The Men’s Health Forum and this year the focus is men’s health by numbers. Suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 50 in the UK and 3 out of 4 suicides are by men (1). In Suffolk in 2017, 61 people took their own life through suicide (2).

Jon Neal said: “All too often, men’s mental health campaigns focus on encouraging men to talk. That can certainly help, but some men, and women for that matter, just don’t want to talk about their feelings.

“So instead, we try to educate everyone about the emotional needs we all have that must be met in order to stay well. Stress is nature’s way of telling us a need is not being met. If we know that, we can spot the first signs of stress in ourselves and those around us and then identify the unmet need and hopefully figure out a way to get that need met.

“By making this video, we want to highlight that everyone has mental health, just as we have physical health. And we can all look after our mental health better, if we can spot the signs of stress.”

Author: Kristina Brinkley
Posted on: 10th June 2019

Suffolk Mind and Fire Security Ltd nominated for national award

Suffolk Mind has been nominated for  an award  in recognition of its workplace wellbeing programmes at a national ceremony in London.

Suffolk Mind was shortlisted at the Employee Benefits Awards Ceremony alongside Haverhill based company, Fire Security Ltd who the charity has been working with on a Wellbeing Performance Programme.

As part of this programme, Suffolk Mind aims to increase and measure staff mental wellbeing to improve their performance, reduce absences and increase the motivation of employees. 

Jon Neal, CEO at Suffolk Mind said: “Research by Deloitte has found that employers who focus on creating a workplace culture that’s good for mental wellbeing see a return on their investment of 8:1. Fire Security Ltd is one of those forward thinking employers that puts the wellbeing of their team at the forefront of their priorities.

“Questionnaires were sent to each member of staff asking them to rate how well they are meeting their emotional needs. The questionnaire also asks for any environmental barriers and supporting factors to staff meeting their needs.

“Data is then presented back to the leadership team and together, we action it with the aim of creating cultural change. Change to better support their staff to meet their needs, by removing the environmental barriers and build on supporting factors.

“It’s an excellent programme, and we are really grateful to Fire Security Ltd for working with us on it.”

Fire Security is one of a number of organisations who are participating in Suffolk Mind’s Wellbeing Performance programme, as the charity works to influence the culture in Suffolk to make it the best place in the world to talk about and take care of mental wellbeing.

Richard Pipe, Director of Fire Security Ltd said: “Working with Suffolk Mind is a thoroughly enlightening and valuable process and one which provides a multitude of benefits for our staff on a professional and personal level. The Wellbeing Performance Programme has allowed us to gauge and support our staff’s wellbeing and to implement small and large changes to their working environment and culture.  This forms a major part of our company’s ongoing wellbeing strategy.

“We’re really proud to have been shortlisted for the Employee Benefits ‘best health and wellbeing initiative for small employer’ Award”.

Suffolk Mind and Fire Security Ltd were nominated for the ‘best health and wellbeing initiative for small employer’ at the awards ceremony in London on Friday 7th June. They were up against tough competition like Carlsberg UK and OneWeb.

Author: Kristina Brinkley
Posted on: 10th June 2019

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