A Suffolk Mind service to help people with mental health issues to gain or retain employment has been extended for a further two years
A Suffolk Mind service to support those with mental health issues to gain or retain their employment will continue to run for a further two years, thanks to funding from the National Lottery.
The independent mental health charity, Suffolk Mind launched Suffolk Work Well (SWW) in March 2019. It was funded to run for two years, however, due to the success and demand for the service, it has now been granted extra funding to continue until 2023.
Since its launch, Suffolk Work Well has supported more than 250 people to gain or retain their employment. The free service provides a supportive back-to-work system, one-to-one support sessions with a dedicated Case Worker and better in-work support through a Personal Wellbeing Plan.
Almost one in three people have experienced mental health problems while in employment and mental ill-health is the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK. (1)
Tony Wooderson, Suffolk Work Well Co-ordinator said: “We are so pleased to have received this funding from the National Lottery to continue running this much needed service in Suffolk. When we first launched the service, it was based in Ipswich and Felixstowe, but now with the help of online technology, we have been able to expand our reach to everyone in Suffolk.
“We know that appropriate work, combined with the right support, is good for people’s mental health. With everything that has happened in the last year, we want to ensure people feel supported in the workplace or whilst they are job hunting”.
To self-refer or for more information click here. You can also be referred through your Jobcentre, your HR Team, your GP, Support Worker, Care Coordinator, Psychiatrist or Mental Health Practitioner via our online referral form.
Author: Ellie Winch
Posted on: 6th July 2021
Suffolk Mind launches course for primary school staff to help them support the mental health of their students and themselves
Suffolk Mind have launched a new one-day course for primary school staff to help them to support their students’ mental health as well as their own.
Emotional Wellbeing in the Classroom aims to equip teachers, support assistants and leadership teams with the skills to talk to pupils, other staff, and parents and carers about their wellbeing. The training teaches techniques to support the whole classroom to stay mentally well.
The course includes:
- Mindful breathing
- How movement improves mental wellbeing
- A lesson in emotional needs and resources
- And the neuroscience behind why children may perhaps react differently to the same situation
Attendees will come away from the workshop with a wellbeing class culture action plan.
The course has been coproduced with a teaching focus group post-Covid and addresses the needs and issues that have been raised in classrooms across Suffolk during the pandemic.
Katie Hollis, Children and Young People Coordinator at Suffolk Mind said: “This course comes at a vital time when students and teachers may need some extra support with their mental wellbeing.
“It has been a challenging time for many, especially young people who have had to cope with many changes to their routines in the last year. We want to ensure school staff are equipped to be able to deal with the emotions of stress and worry that some may be feeling due to these challenges”.
Individual places are available on the course, which is being led by mental health experts at Suffolk Mind and takes place over Zoom on Tuesday 22nd June, Tuesday 6th July and Thursday 15th July. There are 12 places per course.
For more details about the course and to book a place, click here.
Author: Ellie Winch
Posted on: 26th May 2021
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: Ellie Winch
Posted on: 10th September 2020
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: Ellie Winch
Posted on: 10th June 2019
Suffolk Mind launches new service to help those with Borderline Personality Disorder who are employed
Suffolk Mind has launched a new service specifically designed for people with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) who are in employment.
Waves for Workers is a short term pilot project and will focus on life skills designed to help each person positively manage their diagnosis, while maintaining their employment. It aims to provide a safe and supportive environment that will enable each individual to reach their own goals and learn how to meet their emotional needs.
Borderline Personality Disorder is a mental health condition where your attitudes, beliefs and behaviours cause longstanding problems in your life. You may be easily overwhelmed by strong emotions such as distress, anxiety, anger or feelings of low self-esteem. You might avoid people or feel a lack of emotional connection with others.
Kobe Borich, Service Development Manager said: “Suffolk Mind currently has a service called Waves, which is designed specifically for people with Borderline Personality Disorder. It’s a service we are very proud of because we see how it can help individuals get their emotional needs met and improve their wellbeing.
“We realised that people were unable to join Waves because they would work during the day, which is when the service runs. This is why we sought a small grant fund from National Mind to launch Waves for Workers in the evenings, to enable those who were missing out, to have the chance to access to the services they need.
“Sessions will focus on anxiety management, self-harm, understanding emotional needs, boundaries in the workplace and many more.”
A current Waves user said: “What I mainly struggled with would be physical stuff with people, I wanted a relationship but I couldn’t physically do it. As soon as someone complimented me I would freak out, if someone tried to hug me I couldn’t cope with it. Now, because of Waves I’ve learnt that there’s a lot more I need to deal with before getting to that point, I’m definitely in a better place”.
The five month course will launch in November 2018 at Quay Place in Ipswich. Places are limited. To self refer, or for more information email [email protected].
Author: Ellie Winch
Posted on: 24th October 2018