Our CEO to run 100 miles in 100 days
The CEO of Suffolk Mind will be taking on 100 miles for Suffolk Mind – in 100 days to raise money and awareness for the mental health charity, as well as supporting his own mental health and wellbeing.
Jon Neal is taking on the popular challenge, from January 1, 2022, to motivate himself to get moving throughout the winter months. Jon will be running a mile a day to get him to the springtime.
Jon said: “Like with many people, lockdown has led to my physical activity disappearing from my day-to-day life…not that it was particularly present before. So I need to motivate myself to get up off my chair, away from my desk and out in my trainers.
“A challenge like this – running a mile a day for 100 days – is the perfect way to spur me on to doing something whilst also raising funds to support people in our community.”
Research from Suffolk Mind shows that since the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns, more than half of us in Suffolk are still not, on average, meeting our emotional needs, which means we are experiencing stress and are at risk of mental ill health. Our report also shows that we have all been exercising and moving less.
Jon continued: “Movement and exercise is key to good mental wellbeing. Just 30 minutes of brisk walking three to four times a week – getting our heart rate above its resting level – is enough to trigger endorphin release which is equivalent in its effect to anti-depressant medication.
“We want to encourage people to get moving as part of our 100 miles for Suffolk Mind – in 100 days challenge to help people feel better during the winter months, whilst raising money to support our vital services.”
For more details about the 100 Miles for Suffolk Mind – in 100 days challenge, click here.
You can also sponsor Jon here.
Author: Ellie Winch
Posted on: 14th December 2021
Oddfellows donates £5,000 to Suffolk Mind
The Oddfellows friendly society are presenting Suffolk Mind with a cheque for £5,000 at an event to bring people closer together this weekend.
The Family Friendship Garden Party has been organised by the Oddfellows society as part of their friendship month. The aim is to bring people around the county together, to build friendships and tackle loneliness. It is being held at the Redwood Centre in Stowmarket on Saturday 18th September between 2pm and 5pm. As well as the cheque presentation there will be live music and entertainment for the whole family.
Each year the society makes donations to various charities; in 2020 they raised over £184,000 for charities across the country.
David Randall, Immediate Past Grand Master of the national Oddfellows society said: “We are pleased to be in a position to assist a number of charities each year in our area and it gives us great pleasure this Friendship month for Oddfellows Nationally, to make this donation to Suffolk Mind in the sum £5,000.
“We understand how important it is to care for our own members, friends and family and we recognise the outstanding contribution that Suffolk Mind has played, in our community in the support and wellbeing of venerable members of our society, particularly as we continue through these most difficult of times.”
Lizzy Tuthill, Community Fundraising Coordinator at Suffolk Mind said: “Our CEO, Jon Neal and I are really looking forward to attending this event on Saturday. We are so grateful to the Oddfellows for donating an amazing £5,000 to Suffolk Mind, which will help us in achieving our mission of making Suffolk the best place in the world for talking about and taking care of mental health.”
If you’d like to donate, visit our Giving Site.
Author: Ellie Winch
Posted on: 16th September 2021
Members of the Suffolk Fire and Rescue service to take part in the Great East Swim in memory of teammate’s brother
Members of the Suffolk Fire and Rescue service will be taking on the Great East Swim on Saturday 19th June 2021 in memory of their Group Manager’s brother, who took his own life in 2016.
Sally Hammond will be joining 10 of her team to swim one mile across Alton Water to raise money for independent mental health charity Suffolk Mind. She will be remembering her brother Carl who had struggled with depression.
Sally said: “I’m supporting Suffolk Mind because one in four blue light workers suffer mental illness at some time in their career and need support which Suffolk Mind offer.
“My brother was a police officer who suffered poor mental health. Part of the reason he didn’t seek the help he needed was due to the stigma attached to his illness.
“It’s important for us to be proactive, have empathy and be more understanding of mental health illnesses which can be very debilitating”.
This will be the 5th Great East Swim Sally and her team have taken part in since 2015.
Lizzy Tuthill, Community Fundraising Coordinator said: “We’re so pleased Sally and her team will be taking part in the Great East Swim for Suffolk Mind. Money raised from events like this goes towards helping us in our mission of making Suffolk the best place in the world to talk about and take care of mental health.”
Suffolk Mind still have free charity places available for either the half or one-mile swims. The event will be following strict covid-secure procedures, ensuring the safety of participants, spectators, and Great Swim crew.
To sign up for one of Suffolk Mind’s charity places, click here.
Author: Ellie Winch
Posted on: 7th June 2021
Ipswich Town Football Club promotes the importance of mental health for charity match day takeover
Suffolk Mind will be joining Ipswich Town on Sunday 9th May 2021 for a special match day takeover to promote the importance of mental wellbeing.
The charity hopes mental health-themed match days like this will raise awareness and encourage conversation among football fans about their mental health, and raise vital funds for the services they provide in the local community.
Though the charity and its volunteers won’t be able to interact with fans face-to-face at the match, they hope that by working with the club to do a virtual takeover they can raise awareness about the support they offer and raise funds at the same time.
As part of the takeover, Ipswich Town players have appeared in a video highlighting the importance of mental health support during a difficult year for many people.
Players will also be sporting Suffolk Mind t-shirts while they warm up. They will be using their platforms to promote mental health, and Suffolk Mind will be making a special appearance in the match-day programme, including support information.
A dedicated Ipswich Town giving page has also been set up for people to make any donations here.
The virtual charity match day comes as part of Mind’s partnership with the EFL (English Football League), which has already seen the squiggle of Mind’s logo appear on the shirts of Ipswich Town’s players. Over the course of the partnership Suffolk Mind has built closer links with the club by delivering training and support to help bring a lasting legacy around mental health in football.
Mind’s national charity partnership with the EFL launched at the start of the 2018/19 season and has since been extended to run until the end of the 2021/22 season. Working with all 72 EFL clubs across the country it aims to:
o raise awareness of mental health with fans, clubs and staff
o raise funds to deliver life-changing support
o help improve the approach to mental health in football working with other partners in the game.
Lizzy Tuthill, Community Fundraising Coordinator said: “Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. That could be one person in every family, hundreds of football players and many thousands of football fans. The effects of the pandemic have undoubtedly made things more challenging.
“We know that many fans have been particularly affected by the pandemic through missing out on the camaraderie and community spirit felt by being together on match days. Through this virtual charity match day, we want to let fans know that although we can’t all be together for the match, we are still here for them if they need support.
“We are proud to be working with Ipswich Town over the course of the partnership to raise wider awareness about mental health among fans and within the local community, as well as raising vital funds for our services.”
Dan Palfrey, Ipswich Town’s PR manager said: “We’ve worked closely with Suffolk Mind for three years now, and are delighted to continue supporting them and raising vital awareness of mental health amongst our fans through initiatives such as their matchday takeover against Fleetwood.”
For more information about the charity match day and to donate, click here.
Author: Ellie Winch
Posted on: 6th May 2021
RAF serviceman to virtually travel to Lapland to raise money for Suffolk Mind
RAF serviceman and Suffolk Mind volunteer, Declan O’Keeffe is joining a number of service members to cover 2,200 miles – which is the distance to Lapland – to raise money for Suffolk Mind and the RAF Association.
The 12 days of Christmas Event will run from Tuesday 1st December until Sunday 13th December. The service members will each travel more than 100 miles by walking, running, cycling or rowing to help a virtual Father Christmas get to Lapland ahead of the big day.
Declan, who is from Bury St Edmunds, explains why he has chosen to support Suffolk Mind: “I volunteer for the Suffolk Night Owls telephone support line as I have had experience of mental health issues myself.
“Recently I have had friends that have taken their own lives because they were struggling and did not know who to turn to for help. I want to help people in a similar situation where all they need is to talk to somebody.”
In September, Declan conducted a wheelchair marathon with an ex-serviceman to raise awareness of the charities he supports: “During this challenge, I raised £150 for Suffolk Mind and have kept my fundraising page open to continue to raise money and awareness through this next challenge.”
Lizzy Tuthill, Community Fundraising Coordinator at Suffolk Mind said: “This fundraising event sounds so exciting, and a great idea in the run up to Christmas.
“The fact that Declan not only volunteers for us but fundraises for us too is fantastic. People like Declan help us in our mission of making Suffolk the best place in the world to talk about and take care of mental health.”
You can support Declan on his JustGiving page here.
Author: Ellie Winch
Posted on: 26th November 2020
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: Ellie Winch
Posted on: 7th October 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: Ellie Winch
Posted on: 1st July 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: Ellie Winch
Posted on: 22nd 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: Ellie Winch
Posted on: 27th April 2020
Suffolk Business Leaders to walk over hot coals for Suffolk Mind
A number of Suffolk business leaders are walking over hot coals on Wednesday 26th February 2020 to raise money and awareness for Suffolk Mind.
The independent mental health charity and The East of England Co-op are hosting a Fire Walk at the Ufford Park Hotel in Woodridge where people will be walking barefoot over hot embers for charity. But, don’t panic, they’re using specialists to do this – the person in charge has broken the Guinness World Record for the ‘Greatest fire walking distance’ twice.
Ginny Idehen, Head of Business Operations at Suffolk Mind and a Director of the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce is getting involved: “Fire Walking is a challenge designed to help transform fears and encourage participants to do things they didn’t think possible. It is the perfect event for Suffolk Mind to promote and I am very excited, yet apprehensive to take on the hot coals on 26th February.
“We have lots of big business names taking on the challenge for Suffolk Mind, but registrations are open to anyone, so you can come along to test and challenge yourself.”
Doug Field, CEO of The East of England Co-op said: “There are a number of reasons why I wanted to do a firewalk and play a small part in supporting the excellent work of Suffolk Mind in talking about and taking care of your emotional well-being. One of those reasons was to help my two boys, aged 10 and 7, develop a growth mindset and see what is possible.”
Suffolk County Council Chairman, Councillor James Finch is also taking part in the Fire Walk. As part of his Charity of the Year partnership with Suffolk Mind, Cllr Finch has already completed 10 walks across the Suffolk countryside and the Fire Walk will be his 11th and final walk.
Cllr James Finch, said: “I am really looking forward to my sponsored fire walk as it is something I have never done before.
“Over the summer I completed my 10 sponsored walks for Suffolk Mind along the entire length of the Stour Valley Path, walking with groups of family, friends and fellow fundraisers from Newmarket to Cattawade. It was a truly wonderful experience to share the fresh air and stunning views with others, whilst at the same time raising funds for Suffolk Mind and awareness of the real benefits of physical activity to improve mental health and wellbeing.
“I wish all my fellow fire-walkers the best of luck for the event, if you would like to sponsor me please visit my fundraising page on the Suffolk Mind website.”
Other business leaders include Carole Burman, Managing Director of MAD-HR; Ian White, Suffolk Mind Chair of Trustees and Managing Director at Becketts; and Andrew West, Managing Partner of Gotelee Solicitors LLP.
To support people taking on the Fire Walk, click here.
Author: Ellie Winch
Posted on: 26th February 2020