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Captain Tom 100 Challenge

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We just wanted to let you know about the #CaptainTom100 challenge and how you can get involved and help support Hull and East Yorkshire Mind.


Friday 30th April would have been Captain Toms 101st birthday and to honor him and his amazing achievements, The Captain Tom Foundation would love everyone, of all ages and abilities, to take part in the Captain Tom 100 challenge. Everyone is invited to take on a challenge around the number 100 anytime and anywhere over Captain Tom’s birthday weekend.

It’s simple.

Here’s the four steps you need to take to get involved:


•Think up your 100 challenge. It can be anything you like – from walking 100 metres to baking 100 cakes or writing 100 letters.
•Take on your 100 any time between Friday 30th April and Monday 3rd May.
•Fundraise or donate to Hull and East Yorkshire Mind by visiting heymind.org.uk/donate or setting up a Just Giving Page.
•Share your 100 on social media using the #CaptainTom100 hashtag and tagging @MindHEY.

We cant wait to see what ideas you come up with and how you get involved!

Local mental health charity welcomes easing of lockdown

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The Rule of Six will be reintroduced outdoors and outdoor sport facilities re-open from today.

People on the Yorkshire Coast are able to do more things from today (Monday 29th March), as some Coronavirus residents are eased from today.

Measures will focus on relaxing more restrictions around social contact and will include the return of the ‘Rule of Six’ in an outdoor setting.

This marks the second part of stage one in the Government’s four stage roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions in England.

It comes after the first step of stage one was taken on 8th March when children returned to the classrooms, after school clubs reopened, care home visits were reintroduced and two people from different households could meet socially outdoors.

From 29th March the “rule of six” will be re-introduced alongside the two household rule.

The “rule of six” means that up to six people from different households can meet outside.

More people will be able gather together if they are only from two households, giving greater flexibility for families and friends. For example, this means that two families of four who live in two households could meet up outside.

The move means people’s mental health could turn a corner being able to socialise again but a local mental health charity says some may be feeling anxious.

Jack Moore, from Hull and East Yorkshire Mind, said:

“It’s going to be really difficult for people to be able to adjust to seeing people again but I think in relation to mental health, it’s going to be really positive. We as a charity know that social connections are crucial to our overall mental health and wellbeing.

“There’s no pressure to be meeting up with people if you don’t want to. But as individuals we have a responsibility to reach out to others and re-assure them that things are going to get better, and that there are people available to help if they are struggling.”

For support, call us on 01482 240133 or email [email protected] We are available 24 hours a day.

East Yorkshire resident uses personal experience of suicide to support local people going through similar situations.

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A local East Yorkshire resident is using her personal experiences to help influence key decisions, and support other local people who have been bereaved by suicide.

May (her name has been changed to protect her identity) sadly lost her son in 2016. He was 30 years old, and had taken his own life. He was described as being influenced greatly by his passion and love for music.

Since January 2019, May has supported the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership’s Suicide Prevention Programme, and is the Chair of their steering group. She uses her own personal experiences to help influence key decisions by working with local partners who support suicide prevention in the area, as well as ensuring that the right support services are in place to help support local people.

Over the last few years, May has also attended events such as Public Health Conferences, and spoken about her experiences at a suicide prevention event at the House of Commons. She is also involved with various initiatives with the Hull University, Oxford University and CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably.)

More recently in 2020, May supported the programme by been heavily involved in the design and launch of the Together Service – a service that supports local people who have been bereaved by suicide.

After working in roles such as bereavement and pastoral support, May now volunteers within the Together service, and helps support people who have had similar experiences to her, and whom have lost someone to suicide. This has helped May’s own journey and given her the opportunity to assist others in theirs.

May said:

When suicide touches someone, it changes their lives forever; you are not and never will be the same person you once were. Not only do you lose someone but you lose your very self. It takes time to become comfortable with the person you have become. It is not only families that are affected by this type of traumatic death, friends, colleagues, Blue Light services, etc. those who are all then become vulnerable.

I have had excellent support from all sorts of people, close family, friends, church and least of all, the magnificent people I have met through this work but that is not always available to everyone.

Working with the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership Suicide Prevention Steering Group, has enabled me to use the skill set I already had with the experience of being bereaved by suicide, to have an input into work that will reduce the numbers of people taking their own lives. The Together service is here to; help people build their resilience, to continue their journey and find the colours in their world again. I want it to be available to anyone who has a need for it, for as long as they need it. Hearts and minds affect by suicide require special care, having a service available for 1 to 1 support from someone who is not only trained but “gets it,” would have been invaluable to me. The grief doesn’t go away but those of us affected can experience joy again and this services aims to help along the way.

Jo Kent, Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership Suicide Prevention Lead said:

“We are really grateful for all of the support received from May over the last few years. Her input has been invaluable, and with her help, we have successfully launched a number of different services and iniatives that enable local people to get the right support at a time when they need it most. It is also empowering to see how May is using her own experiences to help other people going through similar situations, and to offer hope at a time that they need it most.”

The Together service is here to support local people who have been bereaved by suicide. The service, which has been funded by Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership, offers free emotional and practical support to individuals of any age who have lost someone to suicide.

The service is available locally in Hull, East Yorkshire, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire, and is delivered by local mental health charities Hull and East Yorkshire Mind and North East Lincolnshire Mind.

Support can offer people with:

  • talking with an experienced bereavement worker
  • support creating memory boxes
  • funeral planning
  • attending inquests
  • help with financial matters

If you would like more information, please call Hull and East Yorkshire Mind / North East Lincolnshire Mind on Freephone 0800 1380990, local number 01482 240133 (between 8am – 8pm 7 days a week) or email [email protected] You can also text them on 07520633477.

The census is coming

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The census is coming. By taking part, you can help to inform decisions on services that shape your community, such as schools, doctors’ surgeries and bike lanes.

It’s important you fill in your census questionnaire because the information you share affects the life of every single person living in England and Wales.

Because these things matter to us all, everyone needs to complete the census. Do not worry, your information is protected by law. That means government officials dealing with payments or services you receive cannot see it.

Census Day is Sunday 21 March. You can fill yours in online as soon as you get your access code in the post. If your household circumstances change on Census Day, you can let The Office for National Statistics (ONS) know.

If you need help, you can visit www.census.gov.uk where there’s a wide range of support services available.

It’s Time to Talk Day 2021 – Where will you have you conversation about mental health?

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Today is Time to Talk Day and we wanted to share some tips about how to start a conversation about mental health – whether it be with a family member, a friend or a complete stranger.

Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet people are still afraid to talk about it. This years’ Time to Talk Day might look a little different, but at times like this, open conversations about mental health are more important than ever.

Having conversations about mental health helps to break down stereotypes, improve relationships, aids recovery and takes the stigma out of something that affects us all. At the moment, whether people experience mental health problems or not your mental health should be a priority and we should never feel ashamed to talk about it.

There are lots of different ways to have a conversation about mental health, and you don’t have to be an expert to talk. However you do it, make sure you have those all-important conversations about mental health this Time to Talk Day.

Here’s some tips for having a conversation about mental health:

1. Don’t wait to find the perfect moment

When we imagine conversations about mental health we might envisage something like a therapy session, but in reality, this isn’t the case. Just remember it’s far more important that conversations happen at times and in places that feel natural. Sometimes it’s easier to talk about our feelings when we are doing something else. The more typical the setting, the less unusual and uncomfortable the conversation can feel.

2. Ask twice

We know that people often say they’re fine when they’re not. So asking twice is an important way of starting conversations about mental health and letting people know that you really are interested. Sometimes we feel uncomfortable opening up if someone asks, “how are you?” because we think they’re just being polite. But if that person says, “no, really, is everything OK?” we know that they’re not just going through the motions.

3. Talk about yourself

If you want someone to open up to you it can help them feel safe and understood if you share your own feelings. You don’t have to disclose a mental health problem to them – you might not have any personal experience of one. It could be as simple as sharing that you get down sometimes or sharing something that you’ve been worrying about recently.

4. Approach the elephant in the room

If you know that someone has experienced poor mental health – maybe they took some time off work recently, or spoke about it in the past – don’t be afraid to ask how they’re doing. There are respectful ways to do this and it might not be appropriate to bring up specific details, but asking, “how are things now?” or “are you back at work?” shows that person that they have nothing to feel awkward about. 

If you think someone has been acting differently it’s OK to mention that too, if it is done in a kind way. “You’ve seemed a bit quiet recently, is everything alright? I’m here if you want to talk.” This shows that you care and opens the door for them to chat about things when they’re ready.

5. It doesn’t have to be face to face

Talking in person to friends and family isn’t possible at the moment, but there are still ways to make conversations happen. Send a text or email or ask if they would like to video call. Social media is a brilliant way of keeping in touch with people, but just because we’ve liked a post or shared a funny video doesn’t mean we’ve really connected with that person. 

If you or someone you know could do with a bit of support, please do get in touch. We are here for you. For information, advice or support – call 01482 240200, Freephone 0800138 0990 or email [email protected]. You can also text us on 07520 633 447 or message our Facebook page.

Step into January – Exercise ideas at home

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We would just like to say a big thank you to everyone who signed up to take part in our Step into January campaign which launched last week. It’s all about getting active during January, focusing on its benefits and how this can improve our mental health and wellbeing. If you did sign up, we hope you are enjoying the campaign so far!

We know that with the new lockdown, you may feel a little stuck with what to do for Step into January so we wanted to give you some ideas.

There’s lots of things we can do to keep moving at home and exercise doesn’t just mean going to the gym or going for a run.

Here’s some ideas to help you get moving:

  1. Learn a dance and get the kids involved too! It’s great fun learning a dance and hard work. You’ll have lots of laughs and the more you practice, the better you get! You could also teach yourself something like salsa, there’s lots of information online to get you started.
  2. Play more with your pets – whether you have a garden or not, having a pet offers lots of opportunity to get active.
  3. Working from home? Every hour try to stand up and sit down again 10 times, it will raise your heart rate and get your blood moving.
  4. Create an obstacle course in the garden. You could use hoops, cones, sticks, balls, mats, mini trampolines, cushions and tunnels. Set them up so that it makes a course involving jumping, running and balancing and then do the course a set amount of times. This is a great one with the kids too, just make sure they help you tidy it all away!
  5. If you have stairs, use them! three 20-second fast stair climbs a day can improve fitness in only six weeks.
  6. Play Hopscotch. Either buy a Hopscotch mat or better still, chalk one onto the drive.
  7. Dancing to your favourite song gets your blood moving and releases endorphins into your bloodstream – lots of people are videoing themselves and sharing their moves on social media
  8. Wash and hoover the car, it will be gleaming afterwards and you’ll feel better for moving!
  9. Get creative – a suitcase with a handle, a pile of books, even bags of sugar or flour can all be used in home-based workouts.
  10. Skipping is a great activity for cardiovascular health – 10 minutes of skipping can burn over 100 calories. 
  11. Tidy up the garden. Gardening is a great form of exercise, if you are lucky enough to have a private outdoor space.
  12. Walk the dog! It’s still fine to be out of the house if you are walking your dog – a great excuse to spend more time bonding with your pet canine.
  13. Cleaning can be a great workout! Not only does it obviously help to keep your immediate environment as clean as possible, but activities like hoovering and scrubbing tough grime can burn up to 190 calories an hour!

We hope these give you some more ideas of how to get moving at home. We would love to hear how you’re getting on. Share your snaps on social media @MindHEY or in our closed Step Into January Facebook Group.

Lockdown and working from home

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Following on from the governments new guidelines to stay at home as much as possible, we know many people will once again be working from home.

We understand this can be difficult and can affect our mental health in many ways, so for this reason we wanted to share some resources we think you may find helpful whilst working from home for employers and employees.

Useful links to support working from home:

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/7-simple-tips-to-tackle-working-from-home/

https://www.mind.org.uk/workplace/coronavirus-and-work/tips-for-supporting-yourself-and-your-team/

https://www.mind.org.uk/workplace/coronavirus-and-work/tips-from-mind-staff/

https://www.humbergrowthhub.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Mental-Health-and-Wellbeing-Resources-Pack.pdf

https://www.mind.org.uk/media-a/5802/22078_work-from-home-wap-final.pdf

If you are struggling with your mental health and would like some information or advice, you can call 01482 240133 24 hours a day or email [email protected]. You can also use their Freephone 0800 138 0990 or text 07520 633447.

New online support service launched across Hull and East Yorkshire to help men with their mental health

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A free online mental health and emotional wellbeing support service has been launched to help men living across the Humber, Coast and Vale area.

Men aged 18+ living in North Yorkshire, York, Hull, East Riding, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire can now register to use Qwell for Men – a free, anonymous online counselling and emotional wellbeing service which can be accessed anywhere using a computer, smartphone or tablet device.

In England, around one in eight men have a common mental health problem such as depression, anxiety, panic disorder or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Around three-quarters of registered suicides in England and Wales in 2019 were among men (4,303).

Two out of every three people who take their life have not previously had contact with mental health services so the Partnership is investing in different ways to support people with their mental health and wellbeing before it gets to a point of crisis.

Men can access Qwell, which is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, to access one-on-one online sessions with qualified counsellors, receive and provide peer-to-peer support through moderated online forums, and read and contribute to articles.

Qwell for Men can also be used to keep an online journal and track your wellbeing via an interactive goal tracker. There are no waiting lists or thresholds for use, so men can use the free service as soon as they register.

Qwell for Men, delivered by Kooth, the UK’s largest provider of online mental health services – has been commissioned for use by the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership. This marks the first time a digital mental health service has been commissioned specifically in response to male suicide.   

The Partnership is made up of NHS organisations, local councils, health and care providers and voluntary and community organisations, who are working together to improve the health and wellbeing of the 1.7 million people living in Humber, Coast and Vale – an area which includes the cities of Hull and York and large rural areas across East Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire.

Recent data from Qwell has shown the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on adult mental health. One in five (21.3%) are presenting with suicidal thoughts, more than half (54.6%) are presenting with anxiety and 27.10% are presenting with sadness.

Jo Kent, Suicide Prevention Programme Lead at Humber, Coast and Health Partnership said:

“We are really pleased to announce that Qwell for Men is now available to men in the local area. We know that men can often find it difficult to talk about their mental health and the way that they are feeling. With free access to Qwell, we can ensure that they have access to the right support, wherever and whenever they need it.

Qwell for Men is available 24 hours a day and those accessing support have the option to remain completely anonymous. This service is crucial and we encourage men from all walks of life to use it.”

Dr. Lynne Green, Kooth’s chief clinical officer added:

“We’re very pleased that Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership are looking at new and innovative ways to support adult men.  Our national data is showing an increase in suicidal thoughts amongst adults and Qwell will support the Partnership’s strategy to help tackle this issue. We encourage those struggling to use our self-help tools to connect with others who may be experiencing something similar. Our qualified counsellors are on hand to provide support and guidance 365 days of the year.’

Qwell for Men can be accessed by visiting https://www.qwell.io/hcv – you can also find local support near you at www.talksuicide.co.uk/get-help

Get motivated for Step Into January – Dan’s Story

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We wanted to share some stories from people within the company about their take on fundraising, getting active and Step into January. Read Dan’s story below.

Why I run

As a child I loved running.

I ran to school. I ran in the garden. I ran when I was told to walk.

My nose ran a lot too.

I ran cross-country through choice and not as a punishment. I was never fast or first, but I always smiled.

I ran on the beach during my summer holidays at Primrose Valley with my Mum, Dad and my sister Sophie. We raced each other, we had competitions, but mostly we just ran and smiled. A lot.

As I grew older, running became less frequent and only when absolutely necessary. I occasionally ran for a bus and always ran for last orders at the bar. Lots of other things took over. And I smiled less.

Years passed and a form of depression arrived. Coming and going, mostly with no rhyme or reason. No warning of its arrival. I call it ‘my fog’ and it took away my smile.

I didn’t know what would help.

As time passed and my life improved I wanted to get fitter and healthier, so I ran. Well I jogged to begin with. At first 400 metres, then a pause, catch my breath and then another 400 metres and repeat until I couldn’t. Weeks passed and I set myself goals. 800 metres before the pause. Cracked it. What a sense of achievement. Satisfaction. What a smile. My face hurts. (So do my legs)

As I progressed in distance so I also noticed my mood was much improved each time I went for a run. This is great. Where have you been? What’s next? A race. Done. BIG smile. Another race, another big smile.

Then suddenly like a horrible storm ‘the fog’ appears, ruining everything.

I don’t want to get up and go for a run. In fact I don’t want to get up. I want to stay here. I need to stay here.

I indulge ‘the fog’. And it hurts. It hurts me. It hurts my relationships.

One day my rock at home says to me “Do you think you should go for a run?” So I do. And I smile.

Lots of races now ticked off. The distances have increased but I always remember those first 400 metres. I always will. They started everything.

The fog still comes and I still indulge it, only this time I run.

I used to think I was running to get away from it but actually I’m running towards it. To embrace it. To own it. To smile.

That’s why I run.

To sign up to Step Into January, click here.

Get motivated for Step Into January – Gayes Story

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We wanted to share some stories from people within the company about their take on fundraising, getting active and Step into January. Read Gayes story below.

Whether I’m feeling lethargic, stressed, bored or just generally fed-up there’s nothing that makes me feel better than getting outside, preferably in a natural environment, and getting my body moving.

It doesn’t need to be especially athletic; running can give me the world’s best buzz but some days it just feels too daunting to run. So a brisk walk, just round the block or all day long, is often just as good. Breathe in the fresh air and feel your body coming alive.

And perfect if done with friends and with the opportunity to experience nature in all its glory too. Our long walk this weekend took in a sunrise and a sunset plus bird-spotting, singing and even a bit of dancing – total bliss!

To sign up to Step Into January, click here.