Our Projects

At Plymouth & District Mind, we engage in a variety of project work at local, regional and national level. All our projects focus on promoting positive mental health. Our current projects include:


We know that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in any given year. But our independent research shows that the estimated quarter of a million people who work and volunteer in the emergency services are even more at risk of experiencing a mental health problem than the general population, but are less likely to seek support.

Mind developed the Blue Light Programme to provide mental health support for emergency services staff and volunteers from ambulance, fire, police and search and rescue services across England and Wales.

Please visit the programme page to find out more.


The project, known as PONToon (Partnership Opportunities using New Technologies fostering sOcial and ecOnomic iNclusion), will target socially excluded women who are far removed from the labour market and who may face challenges such as single parenthood and mental health issues. Find out more…

Community Champion Training Programme

The Community Champion Training Programme is a 30 month Erasmus+ funded partnership project which aims to create an NVQ level 3 training programme to improve skills for third sector workers in helping those with disadvantaged backgrounds to develop self-efficacy, confidence and self-belief. Find out more…

Side by Side – Peer Support Project

We have received funding from National Mind and the Big Lottery to promote the value of peer support to people with experience of mental health problems, service providers and commissioners. As part of this project, we will be seeking to support peer support groups in the area with expert advice and support. Please visit the project page to find out more – Side by Side Project.

Deliberate Self-Harm (DSH): Positive Choices

DSH Positive Choices is an Erasmus+ project coordinated by Plymouth & District Mind. The project will deliver a series of workshops around the promotional of emotional awareness, confidence building, and self-exploration for young people, and self-harm awareness. The project partnership includes 6 organisations from all around Europe. Please visit the project page to find out more.

DAUPR – Discourse Analysis from a position of Unconditional Positive Regard

The aim of this project is to create a continuous professional development (CPD) training programme to improve competences of those (social workers, psychologists, therapists, trainers) working with vulnerable adults. DAUPR will create a training programme specifically designed to improve the workers’ competences in key areas: discourse analysis, unconditional positive regard and self-reflexivity. DAUPR will look at social constructs in general that can lead to stigmatisation and social exclusion of those that practitioners most seek to help.

5 day training program and best practice for practitioners working with isolated vulnerable adults to cover:

  • Social constructionism & Political theory
  • Feminist theory /gender identity
  • Working with vulnerable people
  • Working with survivors of sexual violence
  • Safeguarding adults
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
  • Application of discourse analysis
  • Self reflexivity
  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • UPR

Open access training and resources will be created and available online for 5 years to enable delivery locally by those attending practitioner training.

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