Recently, we shared a survey from Headstart Hull to gather feedback from young people and their parents about their experiences of mental health during the Covid-19 lockdown. Below you can find the results:
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
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 email@example.com in the first instance telling us a little about yourself and what you can offer to the people who use this service.
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
We recently announced that our Information and Advice Line is now running 24/7 to support local people with their mental health and wellbeing. We thought that now would be a good opportunity to let local people know about the kind of things they can get in touch about.
The 24 hour information line, which is funded by Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, is for anyone in the local area that wants to talk about how they are feeling, what is happening in their life right now or just generally struggling with their mental health. Additionally, we encourage calls from people who are worried about family or friends who may be struggling with their mental health.
Here are some of the questions that we currently get asked regarding our Information Line:
Do I have to give my name when getting in touch?
No, our information line is completely confidential, but there are times we may have to ask for your name. This is likely to happen if you want to receive support, be signposted to another organisation or if we have reason to believe you may be at risk of harm to yourself or others.
Does my GP have to refer me for support?
• No, your GP does not have to refer you to receive support from us. If you do feel like your mental health is making everyday a struggle, or want to look at medication etc, then we would recommend speaking to your GP first, however if you want to chat about what is going on for you, give us a call and we can discuss possible options that suit you.
I am feeling lonely, can you help?
• Yes we can, give us a call and we can have a chat about support might be available. We have different options available to meet the needs of each person.
I am feeling isolated, what support is available?
• We recognise that isolation can have a really big impact on our mental health and often lead to things such as depression and anxiety. We have a range of support available designed to improve mental health and well-being and combat social isolation.
I haven’t talked to someone in over a week, I just want to chat. Can I ring the information line?
• Yes, give us a call, we are here for you. We can have a chat and see what support might be available for you in your area.
Does it cost to contact the information line?
• We have a number of different ways that you can get in touch with us. We have a Freephone number 0800 1380990 that is completely free or you can call our local number on 01482 240133 (charged at your standard network rate). You can also get in touch via email on firstname.lastname@example.org, by texting us on 07520633477 or messaging us on Facebook @MindHEY.
Is there an age limit for getting in touch?
• No we don’t have an age limit. We are here for everyone experiencing a mental health problem, their friends, family members or colleagues.
I’m worried about my friend, he/she is acting differently… What can I do?
• If your friend is acting differently, talk to them and tell them that you have noticed. Ask them if they would like a chat and listen to them with no judgement. Remember that you’re not an expert, sometimes a listening ear is all that is needed. If you don’t know what to say, you can call our information line for advice and pass on our number to your friend.
I’m worrying a lot because of Covid-19, what can I do?
• We know that the current situation around coronavirus is worrying for many. During these unprecedented times it might feel more difficult than usual to take care of your mental health and wellbeing – but it’s important to remember that you are not alone and there are people available to help. We have developed some tips online at www.heymind.org.uk/coronavirus. Alternatively, email email@example.com
I’m a professional, can I get in touch?
• Absolutely, if you would like more information on the work that we do for one of your own clients, please do get in touch on 01482 240133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have a monthly update email for professionals, let us know if you would like to sign up to receive these.
I thought Mind wasn’t really for the general public to use but more for people with disabilities?
• A lot of people think this. We are here for everyone in the local area – whatever your age, race, religion, gender or sexuality.
Will I be talking to someone local?
Absolutely, we know it can be a daunting experience calling a helpline and speaking to someone hundreds of miles away, but be reassured that the people you are speaking to are based right in the heart of the local community.
I’m thinking of ending my life, what can I do?
If you don’t feel you can keep yourself safe right now, seek immediate help:
• Go to any Accident & Emergency (A&E) department.
• Call 999 and ask for an ambulance to take you to A&E.
• Ask someone else to call 999 for you or take you to A&E.
If you need urgent support but don’t want to go to A&E, you could:
• call Samaritans on freephone 116 123 – they’re always open and are there to listen
• contact your GP surgery and ask for an emergency appointment
• contact NHS 111 (England)
• contact your local Mental Health Response Team on 01482 301701 (24/7)
You can contact our information line on 01482 240133 or via our Freephone number 0800 1380990. You can also email us on email@example.com, text on 07520633477 or message us on Facebook @MindHEY.
We are happy to announce that we are now working in partnership with our local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) to provide information and advice to young people, and their parent / carers 24 hours a day.
The Information Line is open 24 hours per day, 7 days a week to support local young people, their friends, family members or carers. You can contact us on Freephone number 0800 1380990 or local number 01482 240133. You can also email us on firstname.lastname@example.org, text on 07520633477 or message us on Facebook @MindHEY.
We believe that together, we can make great things happen.