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Parents of children and young people, can you help us?

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We know that the current Corona Virus lockdown is impacting everyone, in particularly peoples emotional and mental health. We’re helping out Head Start Hull to understand what issues are having the most impact on your family and how this may change over time during the pandemic.

We’re asking all parents of children and young people aged 0-25 to complete the survey on the link below. The survey was developed with young people, is anonymous and should only take about 5 minutes to complete.

It would be great if you could share the survey with your friends so we can help Head Start Hull reach as many parents as possible and give the right support to children, young people and families if and when needed.

Click on the link to complete the survey:


Elephant in the room Campaign

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We’re today launching a brand new campaign, to encourage local people to talk about the elephant in room that is often described as our mental health. The expression “elephant in the room” is a symbolic phrase for an important or enormous topic, question, or controversial issue that is obvious, or that everyone knows about but no one mentions or wants to discuss.

Our #ElephantInTheRoom campaign has two parts, each with the aim of promoting positive mental health and to get people taking about their own mental health.

The idea for the campaign came about after Charlotte Andrews, our Information and Advice Worker, and our amazing volunteer Charlotte joined forces and took part in the 2.6 challenge earlier this year and decided to crochet elephants to raise money for us.

To take part in our campaign you can,

Crochet your very own Ele the Elephant

Craft kits have been put together to give you a helping hand, and these contain all the materials* and instructions needed to make a mini elephant. These kits will be offered on a first come, first served basis, with a suggested donation of £5. We are then asking you to share photos of your crocheted mini elephants on social media, with the best one receiving a prize of a large crocheted elephant.

Put an Ele the Elephant drawing in your window

The second part of the campaign asks you to show your support by placing pictures of elephants in your windows; at home, in your office or in your car. These can be hand-drawn pictures, or there’s a free elephant picture template available to download from our website here. Share your pictures on social media to help raise awareness. It is hoped that this will also encourage children and young people to get involved in the #ElephantInTheRoom campaign.

To get your own craft kit, to make a donation or to download a free elephant photo template, please click here.

We really hope you can get involved in the #ElephantInTheRoom campaign.

*Crochet hooks not included for safety reasons

Volunteering Opportunity- Bereavement Support

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We have a new volunteering opportunity available and we are looking for people in the local area to help us to support people who have been bereaved by suicide. We will be supporting individuals with emotional and practical support at this very difficult time in their lives.

Below is some more information on the volunteering opportunity:

The role involves helping people to cope with their grief and move forward in their life, using onward signposting where relevant. You would also be offering coping strategies and provide practical support such as creating memory boxes, funeral planning, attending the inquest and guidance with finances

The skills and experience needed is a personal experience of bereavement by suicide and an understanding of the organisation. You would need to have an understanding of mental health, bereavement, and strategies to support individuals and the ability to build trusting and supportive relationships with the individuals who use our service.

You will gain knowledge of bereavement, theories, recovery-based support, and short-term interventions through relevant training which is provided. You will also gain the satisfaction of being part of a new and essential service supporting those bereaved by suicide. You will also be gaining experience of working in the mental health sector with the potential to become part of our workforce in the future.

For more information click here, or if you are interested in this volunteering role please email in the first instance telling us a little about yourself and what you can offer to the people who use this service.

Lydias Blog

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Lydia has wrote a blog giving us an insight into a 21 year-old during lockdown, she speaks about how she has managed her mental health and what others can do to help manage theirs. To read Lydias Blog follow the link here.

Can you help us?

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We’re currently in the process of updating our website and would love to hear from you. We’ve put together a short survey to help us with the planning and development. We would really appreciate your feedback.

It will take around two minutes to complete. If you would like to complete the survey, please click here or scan the QR code below.

Thank you for your continued support,

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind

Funny Feeling Poem

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Steph, one of our amazing Young People Wellbeing Ambassadors, has written a poem called ‘Funny Feeling’.  It describes the funny feelings Steph encounters in her head and that, if you look around you everyone is touched by these funny feelings too. Its normal and we all experience them.

Read the poem here.