Welcome to November’s ebulletin – watch out for our next one in February 2017!
As always, I hope you find it interesting and helpful but if you have any ideas about how we might improve it, do let us know.
Thank you for your ongoing support and interest in Mind in Cambridgeshire.
Sarah Hughes, CEO
News from the CEO desk
Well, here is our November ebulletin and I hope it finds our readers well. Winter has finally arrived and I know for some of us the dark mornings and early evenings can feel overwhelming. Please see later on in the ebulletin for some hints and tips about dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
This will be my last piece for the ebulletin, as I will be leaving Mind in Cambridgeshire at the end of January 2017. I will be taking up the post of Chief Executive at The Centre for Mental Health, which is a highly regarded research and policy organisation based in London. After 13 years this is a big change but we are in the fortunate position to have an amazing leadership and staff team who will ensure that this transition will be managed smoothly. Aly Anderson will take up the role of Interim Chief Executive and will be in touch over the coming months to tell you more. It has been a privilege to lead Mind in Cambridgeshire and I will always warmly remember my time with you. Thank you to all the staff and volunteers I have worked with over the years and I wish you all the very best – you are extraordinary and that is not going to change.
Goodbyes and hellos
We also said goodbye to Lynn Mars who had been instrumental in setting up both Sanctuaries in Cambridge and Peterborough – we wish her the very best in her future endeavours. We have also welcomed some new people to the organisation who you will hear about later on.
Back to the day job…as you know we continue to work with Peterborough and Fenland Mind and have taken the important decision to merge – we hope to have achieved this by the end of March 2017. We already work in this way and indeed are one organisation although not yet in name. We anticipate telling you more about this at our AGM on the 11 January 2017 (save the date). More details….
Rebranding and Refurb
All our services are working hard at the moment to meet the ever increasing demand and we have been developing better data collection systems to ensure we can more effectively demonstrate outcomes. Look out for our new feedback cards, which will be available soon. You will also notice that the decoration and rebranding of both our buildings is near completion. I have been particularly pleased with the new framed images, the beautiful STOP Suicide canvases and the most amazing new interpretation of our organisational values. We have also launched a new website and as always keen to hear what you think. You will see more updates about the services later on in the ebulletin.
Jeremy Hunt visits MiC
We also hosted an event in October for the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt, who came to speak to the partners involved in delivering the First Response Service. I felt we had a very successful visit and indeed Mr Hunt signed the STOP Suicide Pledge. We will be following the visit up by writing to Mr Hunt to reiterate the importance of sustainable funding tariffs and the importance of parity of esteem.
You will hear all about our services below, so I will leave it there but continue to give us your feedback – we love to hear from you!
The Wellbeing Service continues to provide support to individuals through one to ones, peer support within groups and our workshops.
We are currently exploring how our physical health impacts our mental wellbeing and will be piloting a new workshop linked to this theme in the New Year.
We are pleased to announce that Allan Hughes will be joining us from December as a Project Worker. Allan brings with him a sound knowledge of promoting positive wellbeing and will be a real asset to the Wellbeing team.
Changing Lives Primary Care Service
The Changing Lives service continues to provide high quality talking therapies to the community of Cambridgeshire, thanks to the hard work of our excellent team members.
An analysis of the data which we submit to CPFT showed that of all the clients who completed treatment with the Changing Lives programme (since April 2016), 98% achieved a ‘reliable improvement’ in their mental health, as reordered by psychometric tests.
Recently Alex Cox has accepted the role of interim manager and is busy concocting new ideas for the project.
Support2Recovery (S2R) has been very busy over the last few months. Our new manager Jillian Hall started in post on the 12 September and we have also welcomed seven new support workers to the team, who are either going through their induction at present or will be in post shortly.
We are also in the process of inputting all staff and Individuals onto Views Database and implementing a new rota system, which will help improve recording of information and organisation of the support worker rota. Finally, we are now supporting 73 Individuals and have eight new referrals – we are in the process of carrying out their initial assessments with the view to starting support for them before the New Year.
The SUN Network
The SUN Network has a new website and has launched a new Crisis Card to coincide with the new NHS 111, option 2 crisis support service.
We have volunteer positions available to facilitate the Recovery Cafes in Huntingdon and Cambridge. People can contact us for more info.
We have also been delivering training in collaboration with Recovery College East and are excited to be involved with the new PRISM service across the county.
September saw the successful opening of our second Sanctuary in Peterborough. This means we are now able to support even more individuals who are experiencing a mental health crisis.
Since the launch of self-referrals to the First Response Service (FRS), the Sanctuary has seen 198 referrals made to the service.
The Sanctuary continues to operate 6pm – 1am 365 days a year.
Anyone experiencing a crisis should call NHS 111 and press option 2.
For further information, please contact Hannah Turner, Sanctuary Manager, Mind in Cambridgeshire E. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Training and development
We run regular open MHFA courses in Cambridge and deliver the MHFA Standard, Lite and Youth in-house for a wide range of clients throughout Cambridgeshire. MHFA England have recently rebranded and updated their Standard 2-day course and published a new course manual.
We have recently attended a number of Health & Wellbeing events run by local MPs, corporates and the Chamber of Commerce and our client base continues to grow in all sectors. In 2015/16 the average number of working days lost for stress, depression or anxiety was reported to be higher than for musculoskeletal disorders* for the first time and mental ill-health costs UK employers an estimated £15 billion a year in lost productivity**. Employers are therefore increasingly keen to invest in improving mental wellbeing in the workplace as it makes good business sense.
Currently our most popular bespoke courses are Managing Mental Health in the Workplace and Managing Stress & Building Resilience. We are exploring the possibility of running ‘Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World’ as 90-minute workplace sessions and would like to hear from clients who would be interested in offering a taster session to staff.
For further information about our training services, please email Ruth Brown, Training Manager.
*Health & Safety Executive **Source: Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health
Blue Light Programme
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Blue Light Network continues to go from strength to strength. There are now 100 Champions signed up from Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Fire and Rescue, East of England Ambulance Service, Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue and St John Ambulance. The Champions are now coming together to form service-specific networks, to share good practice and ideas that can then be rolled out.
Champions have also been attending training days comprising a Mental Health Awareness workshop in the morning, followed by our STOP Suicide workshop in the afternoon. So far, 47 Champions have been trained, with further dates planned for the future.
For World Mental Health Day on 10 October, we designed pledge boards for staff to choose an activity that they could do to improve their wellbeing (photo above). This gave Champions an opportunity to discuss mental health with their colleagues. There have also been some fantastic local initiatives that Champions have started themselves.
We have recently been awarded some funding by Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Collaborative Outreach Network (CPCO) to deliver FREE one day ‘Student Wellbeing’ workshops for teachers and support staff working with students aged 15 and above. Staff will be trained and equipped to deliver a Stress LESS workshop to help students to manage stress and to promote prevention work by recruiting student ‘Stress LESS Champions’ for their schools and colleges. They will also be trained in how to respond to students in mental distress, especially those who self-harm or experience suicidal thoughts.
- 2 Dec 2016, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm – Cambourne
- 9 Dec 2016, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm – Huntingdon
- 17 Jan 2017, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm – Wisbech
- 25 Jan 2017, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm – Peterborough
If you work with young people in schools/colleges in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough and are interested in attending the training, please book your free place now.
The STOP Suicide campaign team have had a really busy couple of months!
Activity to mark World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September was a huge success, kicking off with the Clinical School hosting a screening of ‘The Stranger on the Bridge’ film and Q&A with Jonny Benjamin and Sarah Hughes. This was followed by community stands in St Neots, Wisbech and Peterborough, where our brilliant team of staff and volunteers got an overall 84 Personal Pledges and had 110 conversations around mental health and suicide. On top of this, eight organisations displayed our STOP Suicide banner on their websites and others shared it via their social media channels.
Alongside this activity, STOP Suicide has attended various public events including Cambridge Regional College (CRC) and Peterborough Regional College (PRC) Freshers’ Fairs, CPFT’s Live Annual Members’ Meeting, the Shelf Help launch and a World Mental Health Day stand at South Cambs County Council.
As the campaign enters the next stage, we are looking to focus our work on particular groups for a real targeted approach. Recent figures have found that barbers, taxi drivers and bar staff are the most likely to have contact with those who might be suicidal. We are currently carrying out research into these groups’ experiences in Wisbech and Peterborough and will report our findings and recommendations on next steps by the end of the year.
Resilient Together has been focused on building social connection and empowerment amongst residents in both Wisbech and the Southern Fringe of Cambridge through our Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) approach.
Our ABCD approach and commitment to building trusting relationships with residents has been key to enabling community activities to take off in the Southern Fringe of Cambridge, with two successful events organised by two different groups of residents between July and September.
Our focus on asset mapping, building trusting relationships, finding out residents’ motivations and connecting residents to one another continues to result in powerful examples of residents coming together to organise events and activities in their community, by using and connecting to local assets as well as each others’ connections and skills. The outcome has shown that residents feel empowered and motivated to continue to contribute to their community, while social networks and strong friendships have formed.
If you’re a resident within the Southern Fringe of Cambridge, or Wisbech, and would like to get involved with raising mental health awareness and/or to learn more about how you can help build resilience in your communities, please get in touch.
Newly appointed Jillian Hall tells us about her role as Support2Recovery Manager, her work history and what she likes doing in her spare time!
A Day in the Life
This time we take a peek into ‘A Day in the Life’ of Resilient Together Project Lead, Rachael Walsh.
What does your typical day look like? If you’d like to feature in the next ebulletin, please email us.
In the spotlight this month is…
…Trustee, Litsa Biggs.
The Bigger Mental Health Picture
Important links, news and surveys in the wider world of mental health
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) – Mind
- SAD – The Seasonal Affective Disorder Association
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) – Symptoms – NHS Choices
- Don’t be Sad: how to beat seasonal affective disorder – Guardian
- Young, successful, busy yet lonely: A generation empowered by the internet and plagued by loneliness – The Independent
- Additional funding for Mind’s Blue Light Programme – Mind
- ‘Teachers are in a strong position to help children with mental health issues’ – Times Educational Supplement
- What to say to your friend if they’re depressed – The Tab
- Technology is revolutionising mental health care, not undermining it – iNews
- Mind calls for an end to the use of police cells for people in mental health crisis – Mind
- Keep up to date with Mind news and Time to Change