Welcome to the Autumn 2019 edition of the CPSL Mind e-bulletin – an opportunity for us to share our news and highlight the impact of our work across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire.
Improving mental health and challenging stigma through community activity is at the heart of what we do. Our brand new Good Life Service, which had its formal launch across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough this month, is at the forefront of this approach.
In this edition, read about this new service which focuses on individual strengths and skills, peer support and community connectivity. As part of this activity we have partnered with 11 community cafes across the county to launch our weekly ‘Good Mood Cafes’ that are open to anyone interested in connecting with others and improving their wellbeing.
Also in this edition, find out how our newly national award-winning STOP Suicide campaign has reached individuals and organisations in our communities to raise awareness, promote suicide prevention skills and challenge stigma – particularly around World Suicide Prevention Day.
Read about our partnership with the University of Cambridge to create mentally healthier universities as well as the fantastic contribution to our communities of young Champions, as part of our Stress Less campaign, which was honoured in an evening to celebrate the work of secondary school and sixth form students.
Additionally, we share a personal story which highlights the impact of individual support, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, offered as part of our Changing Lives Service.
Chief Executive Officer
Launching Our New Good Life Service
We were thrilled to launch our innovative new Good Life Service on 1st October at one of our Good Mood Cafes hosted by Art & Soul in St Neots.
We hosted a gathering of funders, partners and individuals with lived experience of mental health problems to mark the launch of this county-wide service, funded by Cambridgeshire County Council, Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire & Peterborough CCG. We also attracted significant media interest and were featured on ITV News Anglia, BBC Look East and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire as well as in local newspapers and online media.
The Good Life Service responds to the belief that most people – with or without a mental health problem – would choose to have a ‘life’ over having a ‘service’ and it will be embedded in local communities, focused on individual strengths and increasing community connectivity.
STOP Suicide Partnership Wins National Award
Our partnership with gaming company Jagex has won the Corporate Community Local Involvement award at the national Charity Times Awards for our work on the suicide prevention campaign STOP Suicide.
At the awards ceremony on Wednesday 2nd October, which took place at Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge in London, we collected the award alongside representatives from Jagex.
The Charity Times Awards were the third national awards at which the partnership had been shortlisted this year following the National Fundraising Awards and the Third Sector Awards. This follows success at the Institute of Fundraising East Anglia Regional Awards, the Mental Health Blog Awards and the gameindustry.biz Best Places to Work Awards.
Creating Mentally Healthy Universities
The University of Cambridge are set to benefit as part of a new £1.5 million partnership between Goldman Sachs and national Mind, which will provide mental health support in universities.
In the first partnership of its kind, the Mentally Healthy Universities Programme will be delivered by national Mind and local Minds and will reach over 8,000 students and staff across the University of Cambridge and nine other universities in its first two years.
Creating Mentally Healthy Universities
At a STOP Suicide event, which we hosted alongside gaming company Jagex on World Suicide Prevention Day – 10th September – more than twenty influential figures in local organisations were equipped with life-saving skills as they came together to take the national Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA) training.
Attendees were then challenged to encourage all staff in their organisations to also take the training before World Mental Health Day on 10th October thus creating a suicide-safer community.
Celebrating Our Stress LESS Champions
Secondary school and sixth form students aged 14-18 across five schools in Cambridgeshire have been commended for their dedication to promoting positive mental health and tackling stigma amongst their peers.
At a celebration evening on Friday 5th July at The Cresset in Peterborough, we honoured the contribution made by the students to our Stress LESS campaign over the past academic year.
Tackling Anxiety and Changing Lives – Mike’s Story
The experience of anxiety disorders can be highly isolating and distressing, sometimes leaving people feeling hopeless or even suicidal. Providing one-to-one support in a safe environment can be life changing for those finding it difficult to cope with the negative spiral created by anxiety.
Our Changing Lives Service offers essential care through Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for people experiencing the effects of anxiety, along with other mental health issues.
Mike’s story shows the impact one-to-one Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can have in enabling individuals suffering with anxiety to come back from a dark place to live happy and fulfilled lives.
A huge thank you to everyone who fundraises for us and enables us to continue our work. We couldn’t do everything we do without your support.
Here are some recent examples of our brilliant fundraising contributions:
We’d like to say a big thank you to Yoga Studio Ely, who put on a free yoga festival attended by several hundred local people. The day was full of different yoga classes, delicious food and activities for children. An amazing £976 was raised.
We were delighted to be chosen by RCCG City of David Church as one of their charities to support in 2019. A fantastic £1,000 was raised from the profits of the LIGHT Cambridge Festival, which was held on Saturday 23rd June in the city centre at Parker’s Piece.
If you feel inspired to raise funds to support our work please visit cpslmind.org.uk/join-us/fundraise-for-us and get in touch.