WELCOME DEVON MIND
A Message from our CEO, Olivia Craig
There are some really exciting changes ahead for our organisation. This month, we will also be known as Devon Mind. Why? We are committed to strengthening our offer across Devon. We want to reach communities who have little to no access to mental health support, increasing our reach to people at greater risk of isolation. We plan to grow our training portfolio across Devon with a focus on delivering work place wellbeing initiatives and mental health awareness training, as well as expanding our campaign against stigma and discrimination. We are in the process of developing a new website for Devon Mind – watch this space!
Change is a process and not an event – so we will be taking the development of Devon Mind step-by-step. We will spend the next 12 months finding out about the services people need in Devon, what partners we can work alongside, and how we can raise funding to expand our flagship Recovery College service across the county over the coming years.
It is important to note that we remain COMMITTED to our work in Plymouth and our services here will continue as ‘business as usual’. We will continue to work from our Greenbank centre. We aim to share the journey of Devon Mind’s development with all our service-users, partners, and supporters and we welcome feedback and advice on where people feel we should focus our priorities.
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK… FLASH MOB!
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme is body image. We kick-started the week with a flash mob to mark the occasion. The current statistic is that 1 in 4 of us will experience mental health difficulties at some point in our lives.
Body image is a topic of concern for many people, where it can affect self-esteem and confidence, and in some cases cause extreme distress and anxiety. There is still a huge prevalence of ‘expected’ body image in the media, with phrases like ‘beach body’ focusing on weight loss for women and muscle bulk for men. There is also pressure on people to fit into a male or female image stereotype, when some people don’t identify with either of these set genders or gender roles. We can spend a lot of time worrying about our physical appearance and body shape, but how often do we thank our bodies for all that they do for us?
Our flash mob was a ‘freeze mob’ where participants held the same pose for five minutes in the middle of Drake Circus, whilst looking into a mirror, with a sign on their back about a body image concern or related picture. It was great to be joined by students from Marine Academy Primary School. We hope that the flash mob will provoke conversation in the city around the topics of mental health and body image – both so common, but under-discussed.
What can you do to thank your body this week?
make a stand | break the stigma | be the change
JOIN OUR OUTDOOR SPRING CLEAN
Meet us at Plymouth Mind for our less traditional Spring Clean in partnership with Clean Our Patch. Come out into the fresh air with us to do something good! All equipment will be provided, including gloves and litter picks. The level of involvement you have is up to you, from moral support to picking up litter itself. You can litter pick as long as you like, but we hope you’ll stay for tea and cake at Mind afterwards. Meet at Plymouth Mind for 10.30am. Facebook event here.
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID (MHFA) TRAINING
MHFA is an intensive course that will provide an overview of common mental health problems, causes, symptoms and treatments. MHFA is perfect for those wanting to know more about mental health and how it affects others.
This 2-day course is accredited and usually costs £275 – we are offering heavily subsidised places at £77/person.
NEXT COURSE DATES: Monday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd September 2019 – book HERE:
One of our main funders, the Big Lottery Fund have refined their People in the Lead strategy. The latest step in this journey has been to look at how they can visibly demonstrate that The National Lottery and the communities they support are at the heart of what they do. We are pleased to announce that from today we will be referring to the National Lottery Community Fund rather than the Big Lottery Fund – and we will be using the new logo above! THANK YOU to all the National Lottery players who enable organisations like ours to do amazing things to support our community.
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS
We are so thankful for the time and energy given by our wonderful volunteers – if you would like to find out more about the opportunities we have for volunteering, please visit our Volunteer page here.
Elefriends – Join MIND’s Online Peer Support Community
Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, but now there’s a safe place to listen, share and be heard. Find out more here.