Firstly, we’d like to wish you, your family and friends all the very best at this challenging time.
A lot has changed in the world since our last e-bulletin as coronavirus has led to social distancing and lockdown. However, what hasn’t changed is that we are still here to support you.
We have worked hard to adapt our services, in line with Government guidance to protect our staff, volunteers and those we support. As a result, the majority of our services are now being provided remotely. We have also been working with other partners across the Statutory and Voluntary Sectors to develop a new helpline service – Lifeline Plus – to provide additional support during this difficult period of lockdown and social distancing.
Our new Qwell service, which forms part of the county-wide Good Life Service, is also now available to provide online self-help, peer to peer and counselling support. All this has enabled us to continue supporting hundreds of local people each week.
You can read our full response to coronavirus here and find out all about our new services in this e-bulletin.
We have collaborated closely with organisations across the region to provide additional mental health support and you may have seen the launch of ‘Now we’re talking’.
This campaign encourages meaningful conversations to combat loneliness during self-isolation and aims to make people aware of the support available.
As we continue to support our community, many amazing individuals are doing inspiring things to support us, including Catherine who you will read about in this e-bulletin. We want to thank her and our other fundraisers for their determination and passion.
Chief Executive Officer
Lifeline Plus Helpline Launches to Support Community
Recognising the power of talking, we have partnered with Lifecraft and many other charities and services to develop and launch a new helpline to support our community during the coronavirus pandemic.
Lifeline Plus is available Monday to Friday, 9am-2pm (excluding Bank Holidays) on 0808 808 2121 to provide a listening ear for people to share how they are feeling or issues they are facing right now.
The helpline supports people by listening and supporting callers to manage their wellbeing, learn self-help skills or to access other specialist services for particular issues; such as bereavement, employment, money worries and carer responsibilities.
Lifeline Plus complements the existing Lifeline helpline. Lifeline has been run by Lifecraft for more than twenty years, providing confidential support for those in mental health distress. In response to the pandemic, it has extended its hours to between 2pm and 11pm, seven days a week. For more information see www.lifecraft.org.uk
Join Qwell – Our Online Support and Wellbeing Community
In April we launched Qwell, an online support and wellbeing community for adults in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
Qwell was always planned as part of our Good Life Service but social distancing and the way it has impacted our lives has meant this online support is more important than ever.Individuals can now access a range of materials to support and assist them with their wellbeing, including educational and self-help articles and peer-to-peer support via forums – with the option to contribute their own articles or forum entries. Support from qualified counsellors via drop-in or scheduled online chat sessions is also available.
Taking Good Life Online
We’re now offering a number of community initiatives online as part of our Good Life Service including Good Mood Cafes, Open Door calm spaces and Peer Support Groups.
Ordinarily these would take place in locations at the heart of our communities, such as cafes, so our team has been working hard to adjust our support for the online world.
We’re now excited to have weekly sessions in place via Zoom video calls to connect members of our community together, offer wellbeing advice and provide peer support.
There are currently spaces available on a number of our Peer Support Groups which include our Hearing Voices, Five Ways to Wellbeing and Personality Disorder groups.
Catherine Not Slowed Down by Marathon Cancellation
Catherine Keating, our new Community Fundraiser, overcame the disappointment of being unable to run the Brighton Marathon on Sunday 19th April by completing her own marathon from home!
Catherine ran the 26.2 miles on her treadmill whilst appearing on Instagram Live to share her progress with hundreds of people cheering her on.
Over £1,300 was raised to assist our work providing crisis support through our Sanctuary service and supporting new mums through our Perinatal service.
These are both causes Catherine holds close to her heart. She says, “I myself suffered with severe pre- and post-natal depression partly due to a high-risk pregnancy and complications and I was given intervention which saved my life.
This marathon has enabled me to give something back after the incredible help, kindness and support that I received.”
We want to say a massive thank you to Catherine and our other fundraisers who have shown great determination to continue to raise money to support our work at this challenging time where community events are no longer taking place.
You can get involved too through the 2.6 Challenge which people across the UK are joining in with. The idea is to raise money through challenges which can be done from home in order to support charities who will not receive fundraising associated with community events because of coronavirus.
Highlighting our Impact
In March we published our Annual Impact Report for 2018/19 which demonstrates the vital work which your fundraising helps support.
Please do take a look for yourself to read about the impact our services have had on incredible individuals, our community and even beyond our region.
Finally, we want to say a big thank you to everyone who raised money for us before the coronavirus pandemic as well, here are just some of our favourite memories from earlier in the year:
50 fundraisiers raised an enormous £23,000 to support our work by running the Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon on Sunday 8th March.
Big thank you to the University of Cambridge for gifting us the race entries.
For the second year running, Cam FM, the community radio station for students, staff and alumni of both Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin Universities, presented Speak Your Mind, an amazing 24 hour radio broadcast to raise over £800 for our work.
We admire their dedication and hope they got some sleep afterwards!
We were delighted to team up with Cambridge United Football Club on Saturday 29th February, as part of the national Mind and English Football League (EFL) #OnYourSide partnership, to raise £674.76 towards promoting positive mental health in our local community.
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.