December 2020 Newsletter

We welcome you to our End of Year E-bulletin with a sigh of relief – what a year it has been for us all – plus plenty of reasons to be proud of what we’ve achieved in 2020 and hopeful for a positive New Year.

We are celebrating two national awards to round off the year. At last month’s national Mind conference we were named overall winners of Mind’s ‘Influence and Engagement Award’. Meanwhile, our suicide prevention training with GPs and Primary Care Staff has won the ‘Best Targeted Mental Health Initiative’ award at the national ‘This Can Happen’ Awards.

These accolades recognise just some of the impact of our work – which is further highlighted in a very personal way in this edition through Kate’s story below. Kate generously shares her journey and how her life has been “turned around” by one of our Good Life Service Peer Support Groups.

In addition to reflecting on our achievements this year and shining a spotlight on our fantastic fundraisers, we will look ahead to some new initiatives for 2021 and share some winter wellbeing tips with you all. Remember that if you do need support this Christmas, there are mental health helplines available all year round and you can find our Christmas opening hours here.

If you would like to know more about our work, to access our services or maybe get involved in some other way, please see our website: or contact us on

Wishing you a safe, peaceful and joyous Christmas on behalf of all of us at CPSL Mind,

Aly Anderson
Chief Executive Officer

Winners of National Mind Excellence Award

We have been named as overall winners of national Mind’s ‘Influence and Engagement Award’ in recognition of the contribution that individuals with lived experience of mental health challenges have made to developing our local services.

This national prize recognises our journey to involve individuals with lived experience of mental health issues in everything we do and follows our success in the ‘Service User Influence and Participation’ category of these awards, announced earlier in the year. We were also Highly Commended in the ‘Service Design and Innovation’ category.

Read about Rhi and David’s experiences of being part of our Co-Production Team and find out how they have influenced the design of the Good Life Service which has directly supported in excess of 2,000 local people since its launch last year…

GP Suicide Prevention Training Wins National Award

Our fantastic Training Team were announced as winners of the ‘Best Targeted Mental Health Initiative’ award at the national ‘This Can Happen’ Awards for their suicide prevention training scheme aimed at GPs.

The award was presented via a virtual ceremony and recognises our achievements in providing ‘Connecting with People’ suicide mitigation training to more than 200 GPs and 250 Primary Care staff across the region over the past eighteen months.

Having been shortlisted alongside huge organisations such as Direct Line, Sainsbury’s and Shell, the award demonstrates the impact of our training which the judges recognised.

This initiative is part of our wider strategy at CPSL Mind to create suicide-safer communities alongside our award-winning STOP Suicide campaign which encourages direct conversations about suicide.

Find out more about our suicide prevention training and the reaction to our award…

“Peer Support Changed My Life”

We may have been physically apart during 2020 but we have still been there for each other and nothing illustrates this more than our Peer Support Groups at CPSL Mind which, like the majority of our services, have taken place online for much of this year.

For Kate, an attendee of our Wellbeing Peer Support Group, she says, “peer support has changed my life”.

Read Kate’s story…

Celebrating 1 Year of Good Life

October 2020 marked one year since the official launch of our Good Life Service at Art and Soul cafe in St Neots and we took the opportunity to celebrate this birthday virtually!

In honour of this milestone, staff and volunteers here at CPSL Mind came together with wider stakeholders (via Zoom) to acknowledge everything that has been accomplished over the past twelve months. Despite the challenges which have emerged this year, we were able to reflect on a successful first year which has positively impacted the lives of more than 2,000 individuals in our local community.

Read more about Good Life and the achievements of the past year…

Help Develop Mental Health Training

We are calling out to employers, HR Managers and those with responsibility for people development in the workplace.

At CPSL Mind we really value our relationships and work with our local businesses. The training we offer helps to ensure that employees are able to work in an environment that supports wellbeing and enables everyone to have honest conversations about any mental health challenges.

We are asking for just five minutes of your time to help shape further development of our training services by completing this short questionnaire…

Community Grants Available Soon!

We are pleased to share with you that our Good Life Fund will go live on the 11th January 2021 for the very first round of applications!

The fund will offer grants of up to £500 to local people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to help set up groups that connect people and enhance wellbeing – such as book clubs, craft classes or activities that encourage people to learn new skills.

Allan Hughes, our Co-Production Lead, says, “I am really excited about the Good Life Fund and looking forward to seeing different activities and ideas come to life. I love the fact that our volunteers will be involved and we hope to boost the wellbeing of our community and create a sustainable network of things to do with local people at the heart of it.”

Please visit our website to find out more and get in touch if you’re interested in applying.

Winter Wellbeing Tips

It is normal for cold weather or darker evenings to have an impact on your wellbeing. During the winter months, looking after your mental or physical health may feel more difficult which is why we’ve put together these tips to help you with your wellbeing this winter.

There are lots of things we can do to take care of our wellbeing but it’s not always easy to start. If you are finding these things difficult and these tips don’t feel possible it is ok to ask for help.

You can find our Christmas and New Year opening hours here and remember there are helplines available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Our Fantastic Fundraisers

We want to say a huge thank you to all our dedicated fundraisers, who have continued to make amazing contributions during the pandemic. Here are just a few:

Team Hakka Moy, a four runner team, braved terrible weather to raise an amazing £3685.44 by running a marathon around Rutland Water.

The team decided to undertake this challenge after the cancellation of the Virgin Money London Marathon.

Read more…

We continue to be grateful for the support of local estate agent Sharman Quinney.

During 2020, staff raised a fantastic £1,115 from a number of fundraisers including a raffle at their Top Achievers Ball and cake sales.

Read more…

If you feel inspired to raise funds to support our work please visit and get in touch.