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Update – Road Closure on Beverley Road

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*UPDATE*

Beverley Road is closed, but our offices are still open. Access to our car park is currently limited so we advise all visitors to park nearby.

For queries relating to parking please contact the Reception Team on 01482 240200

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause

#5W2WChallenge – Week 3 – Take Notice

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Its week three of our #5W2WChallenge.You are half way through… keep going!

This week’s theme is Take Notice. Reminding yourself to ‘take notice’ can strengthen and broaden awareness. Studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your well-being and savouring ‘the moment’ can help to reaffirm your life priorities.

Heightened awareness also enhances your self-understanding and allows you to make positive choices based on your own values and motivations.

Take some time this week to enjoy the moment and the environment around you. Here are a few ideas:

  • Get a plant for your kitchen or workspace
  • Have a ‘clear the clutter’ day
  • Take a different route on a regular journey you make and notice what is around you.
  • Visit a new place for lunch.

Do keep us updated on social media by sharing your snaps and hashtagging #5W2WChallenge

Good Luck!

 

Katie McCreaddie

Community Fundraiser

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have launched a £2 million investment fund to help improve the nation’s mental health through technology.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have teamed up with Prince Harry to launch a £2million digital mental health scheme following the success of Heads Together.

The royal trio have revealed the money from The Royal Foundation – founded in 2009 by the threesome – will go towards “a start-up for digital mental health innovation” to help improve mental health in the UK by providing the public with more resources.

Speaking of a research project which measured the success of the Heads Together campaign that supported this year’s London Marathon, Prince William, 35, told HELLO! magazine: “I feel like it’s exam results day. This also shows that support at home is quite key, isn’t it? At the beginning, we were trying to understand why at home people weren’t sharing some of their problems.

“If we’ve at least made a big impression there we can work on the wider societal aspects. But I think it all has to start at home if you can’t even have a conversation with your loved ones, there’s no way you’re going to go to HR at work.

“The only thing, trying to extrapolate the data from this, is that these individuals who have spoken have probably got a reasonably good support network around them.

“Are we missing a whole set of people who have either been in care or who have had very bad experiences at young ages, who have bad mental health already? How do we affect that demographic?

“You’d struggle to find a parent out there who wouldn’t want the well-being of their child to be taken care of at school.”

The prince was shocked to learn that three quarters of suicides in the UK are men. He added: “That’s still a worrying statistic though, it really is.”

#5W2WChallenge – Week 2 – Be Active

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Its week 2 of our #5W2WChallenge.

This week’s theme is Be Active. Regular physical activity is often linked with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. Exercise is really good for positive well-being. But it doesn’t need to be particularly intense for you to feel good – slower-paced activities, such as walking, can have the benefit of encouraging social interactions as well providing some level of exercise.

This week, why not try some physical activity? Here are a few ideas:

  • Take the stairs not the lift
  • Go for a walk at lunchtime
  • Walk into work or wherever you are going – perhaps with a colleague – so you can ‘connect’ as well
  • Get off the bus one stop earlier than usual and walk the final part of your journey
  • Do some gardening or go dancing
  • Walk to someone’s desk instead of calling or emailing.

Do keep us updated on social media by sharing your snaps and hashtagging #5W2WChallenge

Good Luck!

 

Jack Moore

Marketing Officer

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind

 

Paneltex raise over £5000 for Hull and East Yorkshire Mind

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On 16 July, Phil Carrick, Andy Murphy, Keith Drake and Gary Carmichael cycled part of the Tour de France route, raising the fantastic sum of £5091.25 for our Charity of the Year, Hull and East Yorkshire Mind. It was the 25th year of the Etape du Tour, which gives amateur cyclists the chance to try one of the mountain stages from the iconic route.

The ride of 125 miles (202 km) took just over 11 hours, and saw the guys climbing to 3613m. For Gary and Keith it was the first time they had attempted such a challenge. Gary said “It was a tough challenge, but very rewarding – and for a worthy cause” and Keith felt that “Briançon to the Col d’Izoard was the best bike ride of my life”. Andy and Phil completed the Etape in 2014 and knew how hard it would be. Andy described this year’s challenge as “the most difficult, but most rewarding thing I have done for a long time”. Phil said “I was just so happy that all four of us crossed the line in the end!”
You can find Phil’s experience of the ride at the following link: https://www.relive.cc/view/1087108907

A cheque presentation was made to Claire Thomas, Fundraising and Marketing Manager of Hull and East Yorkshire Mind at the Paneltex site in Hull. Claire said, “I want to say a big thank you to the cyclists from Paneltex and everyone who supported them on behalf of Hull and East Yorkshire Mind. One in four people in any year experience mental health difficulties, so this donation will help us to make sure we are there to support people in the local area. We can only provide that support with the help of local people who are so generous with their donations, so a big thank you to everyone who took part.”

Paneltex is delighted that so many people supported this fund-raising effort and wishes to thank all those who gave so generously.

Visit paneltex website on http://www.paneltex.co.uk/

#5W2WChallenge – Week 1 – Connect

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Today is the first day of our 5 Ways to Wellbeing Challenge- #5W2WChallenge.

If you’re one of the people who has signed up to our challenge- thank you. I hope you enjoy taking part. If you’ve not signed up yet, it’s not too late. But if you want to get our emails through the month with ideas and tips, you need to sign up via our website here.

The first of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing is connect. There is strong evidence that relationships with other people are a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world. Social relationships- whether that’s with friends, family, neighbours or work colleagues- are important for promoting wellbeing and positive mental health for everyone.

With this in mind, try to do something different this week and make a connection.

  • Talk to someone instead of sending an email
  • Give an old friend a call
  • Put five minutes aside to talk to a neighbour
  • Give a colleague a lift to work or share the journey home with them.

Do keep us updated on social media by sharing your snaps and hashtagging #5W2WChallenge

Good Luck!

 

Claire Thomas

Fundraising & Marketing Manager

 

 

Sign up to our #5W2WChallenge for better mental health in October!

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To coincide with World Mental Health Day on 10th October, Hull and East Yorkshire Mind is challenging people in our area to look after their mental health this October.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing Challenge is simple: complete something from each of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing during the month of October. The five ways to wellbeing are:

  • Connect – Connect with people around you, workmates, friends, neighbours and family.
  • Be Active – Try a walk or a run. Swimming, gardening – anything you enjoy!
  • Take Notice – Be curious and notice the world around you; savour the moment.
  • Keep Learning – Try something new. Set yourself a challenge.
  • Give – Do something nice for a friend or stranger. Smile. Say thank you. Look out as well as in.

David Smith, Chief Executive at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind, said “Poor mental health is something that can affect any of us at any time. But there are things we can all do to look after ourselves. By adding the five ways to wellbeing into our daily lives, we can all improve our mental wellbeing.”

Sign up here

Claire’s Blog

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My name is Claire and I’m 41 years of age with two young children. I had my children when I was 34 and 38 years old. I got married in 2004 but earlier that year I had ECT and had been catatonic. In my 20’s I had pushed myself a lot with my education and seeking qualifications. After a four year degree I stayed on at university for more study, for a further three and a half years. However during the postgraduate years I didn’t take enough breaks from work, split up with a long term boyfriend and did a lot of travelling which has its upsides of course. However over the course of 3-4 days I spiralled into depression and psychosis in 2000, something smaller triggered nightmares and my sleep pattern was lost. I spent just less than 3 months in hospital, I was treated with antipsychotics and antidepressants. I had paranoia and crazy thoughts until the medication kicked in, I was suffering from mental and physical exhaustion after a prolonged period of self-imposed pressure and of simply trying too hard. It was difficult returning to university after this period in hospital, I had some counselling and besides a huge weight gain I was generally better. At this time in my life I was living in Ireland and relocated to England in 2002, whereupon I met my husband.

I had taken up a job about an hour’s commute from home in 2004 and I had not taken the break I needed after a final thesis submission in January of 2004. When I started the new job, I found myself attracted to a colleague and also developed a physical health problem that threw off my sleep pattern. My mental health quickly nosedived. I tried to get help from a GP, from A&E but at that period access to services was difficult and my notes from my previous episode were not sent over from Ireland. I found myself lost and suffering from severe panic attacks. Within about a week I was seen by a psychiatrist who prescribed unlimited Valium, but it was having no effect and soon I was helpless and in need of physical and mental care. After admission to hospital I became catatonic and this was deeply distressing to close family and my partner. Eventually though I was lucid – communicative at times I was given a course of ECT and luckily for me I suffered only memory loss of the period of treatment. Though since then I have learned that ECT was not the “only option” as was presented to my family and partner. Talking and communication was still possible during lucid periods and this is worth knowing.

During my recovery I felt re-assured that I was going to get better, I had a somewhat spiritual experience of hearing my grandfather who had passed on some years before say to me – “You’re the luckiest girl in the world, you’ve got all the help you need” and he was right. Afterwards I eventually took the time out that I was long overdue, and let the dust settle in my mind. I gathered my thoughts over the coming months and figured out that I didn’t want to work with computers or in academia anymore. I wanted to help people and that’s what I set about doing. I changed my career to working with long term unemployed people with disabilities and this led to rewarding work which filled me with a sense of usefulness and pride. After 2004 there were re-current episodes of depression and psychosis but I was treated at home and these days I stay on a low dose of medication and generally keep well. I took up gardening since about 2003 and that is a great therapy for me especially if I’m struggling. I also keep a diary and talk more openly with others about anything I’m struggling with. I do Reiki on myself which helps to tune me in to my own wisdom and a friend used to do a healing energy technique with me too which helped enormously. I also find guided meditations particularly therapeutic when I’m unwell. I also get a lot more rest and take life at a slower pace. Someone once said to me – “When God made time, he made plenty of it” and this is so true, I no longer rush through life at quite the same intensity or pace as I once did.

HEY Mind’s statement on Humber NHSFT CQC Report

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CQC inspection report for Humber NHS Foundation Trust

 

“The publication today of an overall rating of ‘Requires Improvement’ for Humber NHS Foundation Trust (http://www.cqc.org.uk/sites/default/files/new_reports/AAAF6776.pdf) masks a mixed picture that shows yet again the stark inequalities between mental and physical healthcare. The reasons for the poor ratings in mental health services will no doubt be debated at length with a combination of funding, recruitment difficulties and increasing demand being the obvious culprits.

These factors are just symptoms of a wider problem. Treating mental health in isolation from physical health and wellbeing is a failed experiment compounded by the inability of our public sector as a whole to undergo essential structural and cultural changes. This not only impacts on us as a community but on individuals themselves who are unable to get the right help when they need it the most. People deserve to have mental health services they can be confident in and this inspection report gives us all serious cause for concern.”