Body Image and Mental Health

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This mental health awareness week the theme is body image. This can be a difficult topic for many, and yet can affect any one of us.

Body image is how we think and feel about ourselves physically, and how we believe others see us.

During your life, your brain and body go through huge changes. Your body releases hormones which make you more aware of how you look, and more aware of other people’s bodies. These changes happen to everyone, and can sometimes make you feel out of control or anxious.

Many people feel insecure about the way they look at some point in their lives. It’s important to remember that there isn’t a single type of beauty – everyone sees it differently. And there simply isn’t a right or a wrong way to look. But if you’re struggling, here are some things you can do.

  • Be kind to yourself – try not to compare yourself to the many images you see online and in magazines, which are often digitally changed to make them look ‘perfect’ – they don’t reflect how people look in real life.
  • Focus on the things you like about yourself, and the parts of your body that you like.
  • Spend time with people who make you feel positive about yourself. It might help you to write down the nice things people say to you, and not just about how you look. Remember, people value you for many reasons.
  • Talk to someone you trust. It could be your parents or wider family members, like cousins, aunts or uncles. Outside home, it could be a teacher, a neighbour, close family friend or someone from a club you attend.

If you feel unable to cope, or particularly worried about one part of your body, talk to your GP about how you’re feeling. They can listen, tell you about local services and support groups or they may suggest specific treatment for the way you’re feeling.

If you would like more information about how Hull and East Yorkshire Mind can help, you can call our Information Line on 01482 240133 or email

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week!

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This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. This year, we are focusing on building confidence and supporting each other – with campaigns and events throughout the week highlighting the importance of appreciating others and yourself.

I wanted to take this opportunity to email you about the campaigns we have planned throughout the week and suggest different ways in which you can get involved to promote good mental health.

The campaigns and activities we have planned include:

  • ‘Tea & Talk’ events- where people will be drinking tea and eating cake, as well as talking about mental health in order to raise money and awareness for us. Local businesses, schools and individuals are getting involved.
  • Confidence Building Campaign – where we have packs available to help you get involved and spread positivity during Mental Health Awareness Week. There are two packs you can request, one for individuals and one for local businesses. Request yours


Fundraising and Awareness Stands – where people who either have a mental health query, or want to know more about our services, can speak to a member of our team.

Locations for the stands are as follows:

  • Monday 13th May, Awareness Stand at East Riding Leisure, Beverley (9:30am-4pm)
  • Tuesday 14th May, Fundraising and Awareness Stand at Asda Mount Pleasant (10am-4pm)
  • Tuesday 14th May, Awareness Stand at East Riding Leisure, Goole (9am-1pm)
  • Wednesday 15th May, Awareness Stand at East Riding Leisure, Bridlington (12.30-4:30pm)
  • Wednesday 15th May, Fundraising and Awareness Stand at Tesco St Stephens (10am-4pm)
  • Thursday 16th May, Awareness Stand at East Riding Leisure, Withernsea (9:30am-1pm)

We hope you will be able to get involved this Mental Health Awareness Week. It really does make all the difference to our community by being open and talking about our mental health.

Introducting Rebecca Parker as the new Chief Executive of Hull and East Yorkshire Mind

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Local mental health charity, Hull and East Yorkshire Mind, has appointed a new Chief Executive.

Rebecca Parker joined Hull and East Yorkshire Mind as Chief Executive in April 2019, following the departure of former Chief Executive David Smith in November 2018.

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind is a local mental health charity which has been supporting people with their mental health for over 40 years. It provides advice and support for people living in the Hull and East Riding areas who are experiencing mental health problems, as well as campaigning for improvements to mental health services, and to reduce the stigma and discrimination many people face.

Since graduating from Cambridge University with an MA in Law, Rebecca has worked for organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors across the UK, in areas such as audit, contract management, compliance, and project and programme management. She has recently run her own business, working with clients on public health, social care and criminal justice related projects and programmes.

Rebecca Parker joins at an exciting time for the charity which has grown and developed in the last 3 years. The profile of mental health and wellbeing has also increased locally, regionally and nationally, with Mental Health Awareness Week due to take place next month.

Rebecca Parker, Chief Executive, said “I am passionate about mental health and our local area and was keen to return to the voluntary sector to use my skills and experience to benefit an organisation which positively changes people’s lives. I am proud to lead Hull and East Yorkshire Mind which plays a critical role in changing opinions about mental health in our local community, and has a great track record of providing advice and support to empower and give hope to local people experiencing mental health problems. I am looking forward to leading the charity through the next phase of growth and development”.

Nick Smith, Chair of Trustees at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind, said “I am really pleased to welcome Rebecca as Chief Executive of Hull and East Yorkshire Mind at this exciting time for our organisation. With 1 in 4 people experiencing a mental health problem in any one year, the work that Hull and East Yorkshire Mind does is as important as ever, and I am pleased we have someone of Rebecca’s calibre to lead our organisation to enable us to support as many people as we can.”

New taster fitness sessions to improve mental health and wellbeing

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We are working alongside Active Humber to help local people to try new sports and activities, to help improve their physical and mental health. Through this work, We will be supporting people experiencing mental health problems – such as depression and anxiety – to build their confidence to join sports clubs, go to the gym or take up a new sport such as tennis, running or fitness activities to name a few.

As part of the project, Hull KR will be holding a taster session of mixed activity and cardio on Thursday 18th April, 10am at Craven Park. If participants enjoy the day, they will be invited to start a 12 week programme of activity at Craven Park the following week.

Hull Culture and Leisure will be also be holding a Yoga taster session on Friday 10th May at 12.30pm at Woodford Leisure Centre. Again, participants will be invited to start the 12 week programme of Yoga the following week.

If you are interested in attending these sessions, call 01482 240200, email or DM us on social media @MindHEY

Hessle panto raises record amount for Hull and East Yorkshire Mind

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At a recent presentation held at All Saints’ Church Hessle the local Saints and Sinners group made a cheque presentation for £1100 to the mental health charity Hull and East Yorkshire Mind. The money was raised from their very successful pantomime production of “Cinderella”, held in February, and represented a record charitable donation for the group

Marie-Louise Robinson, Community Fundraiser at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind said: “We are so grateful to everyone involved in the Saints and Sinners pantomime for this generous donation. It’s a fabulous amount to have raised, and putting on a pantomime is a great way to have fun whilst fundraising!

“Hull and East Yorkshire Mind provides support and advice to local people who are experiencing mental health difficulties, and this donation will help us to continue our work to raise awareness, and help them to get well and change their lives.”

Mental Health Awareness Week is coming!

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Mental Health Awareness Week is next month. During 13th-19th May we want to raise awareness about mental health issues and to promote better mental health to everyone.

We just wanted to use this as an opportunity to let you know what you can do to promote positive mental health and get involved this Mental Health Awareness Week.

You can get involved by:

  • Hosting a Tea and Talk event – raise money and talk about mental health at the same time. Hosting an event will help us to challenge the stigma, and to raise vital funds so that we can continue to support more people living in our area. You can request a pack by emailing or visit
  • Getting active on social media – Follow us on social media and share our posts to get the nation talking about mental health. Share on social media @MindHEY tagging #MHAW
  • Volunteering at one of our events – during Mental Health Awareness Week we will be out in the community talking about mental health and raising money so we can help more people. If you could give some of your time, let us know. We’d really appreciate your support.

We hope you will be able to get involved this Mental Health Awareness Week. It really does make all the difference by being open and talking about mental health, it helps to reduce the stigma sometimes associated with mental health problems.

We are often out in the community raising awareness and fundraising for better mental health. Get in touch if you want to get involved on 01482 24000 or email

Tea & Talk Week is back! Get involved for Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

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For Mental Health Awareness Week we have re-launched our ‘Tea & Talk’ campaign which will take place 13th – 19th May 2018.

The idea behind the fundraising campaign is simple, it’s good to talk; it’s even better with a cuppa.

We are encouraging people to host a tea and talk event, to raise money and talk about mental health. Hosting an event will help us to challenge the stigma, and to raise vital funds so that we can continue to support more people living in our area.

Why not host your own tea and talk event for better mental health? Some ideas for your tea and talk event could be:

  • Hosting a bake sale
  • A coffee morning
  • Afternoon tea

We hope that all the events will start lots of conversations about mental health. It’s good for all of us to talk about mental health, and so this is a good opportunity to start those conversations.

To request your free Tea & Talk pack click here.

Have a natter, raise money and change lives…

Mental Health in the Workplace – Free taster training

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FREE Mental Health training for businesses

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind in partnership with Hull City Council are running taster mental health at work training sessions- free for Hull businesses.

Want to know more about how to support staff with their mental health over a cuppa and some breakfast? This taster training is for you!

The training will cover how to create a positive workplace wellbeing culture for mental health, and how to support staff and colleagues. It will also introduce you to the time to change pledge and how it can help you to break the stigma of mental health in the workplace.

Please note: this training is for businesses within the Hull City Council boundary only. Places will be allocated on a 1st come, 1st served basis. If places become over-subscribed we will limit places to 2 per business.

Places are free and a complimentary breakfast will be served.

Book early to secure your place – Various dates available. Please book here

We are also supporting local Hull businesses to sign up to the Time to Change pledge for workplace wellbeing. For more information or to sign the pledge visit

Local video marketing company Squideo raises money for Hull and East Yorkshire Mind!

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Last month, local video marketing company Squideo held a fun packed games night to raise money for Hull and East Yorkshire Mind.

A spokesperson for Squideo said “The team here at Squideo wanted to support local charity Hull & East Yorkshire Mind and celebrate the awesome work they do in a fun and engaging way. Hull and East Yorkshire Mind is an incredible organisation, dedicated to supporting people with mental health problems, their families and carers.

We have all been touched by mental health issues in one way or another, whether that be through our own experiences or those of our friends, our families or colleagues. By opening up about mental health and raising awareness of it, we are all contributing to the destruction of the stigma.

As a team of young professionals ourselves, we wanted to raise money for a cause that not only affects other people our age, but an issue that people our age are often afraid to open up about.

So, we opened up our office and hosted an epic gaming night. From board games to Mario Kart Wii, there was something for everyone to enjoy. Plus, we have managed to raise almost £400 in just one night. Here’s a look at what we got up to!

By raising money for charities like MIND, we are all able to help those who are in need of help, advice and support in their time of need.”

Thank you so much for the support Squideo! To find out more about who Squideo are and what we do, please visit

Our weekly information and advice drop-in sessions

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We are happy to be holding some free weekly drop in’s for people who are unsure about what steps to take next to for advice or support for their mental health, or to ask for advice on behalf of a friend or family member.

The new sessions, which are being run from our offices in Hull are very informal and you can pop in and have a chat. We can help you to find out what support is available – both from ourselves at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind and the wider community.

We can also provide you with some guidance and give you some of our handy information booklets to take away with you – to support you in your recovery.

There is no need to book a place at these drop ins, just turn up!

Drop ins are running:

  • Tuesdays – 5-7pm at Wellington House, Hull, HU3 1YA
  • Thursdays – 1-3pm at Wellington House, Hull, HU3 1YA

We are also planning to run some more of these in other locations across East Yorkshire. Keep an eye out on our website to find out more information.

If you can’t make our drop-ins but would like some information and guidance, you can also call our Information Line on 01482 240200 or email