Winter 2020 Newsletter

Feeling close to and valued by others is a fundamental human need which is key to our wellbeing. That’s why connecting people with others in their communities is such an important part of our work.

The stories shared in this edition highlight how connections with other people can positively impact our lives. After all, that’s why ‘Connect’ is one of the Five Ways to Wellbeing.

We’ll share how attending our Good Mood Cafes, joining our campaigns and seeking peer support have made a huge difference to the individuals who have been kind enough to talk about their experiences.

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: www.cpslmind.org.uk or contact us on enquiries@cpslmind.org.uk

Best wishes

Aly Anderson
Chief Executive Officer

Good Mood Cafes Creating Community Connections

Sipping on a cup of tea, John Willock is chatting candidly about his experiences of mental health challenges, grief and suicidal thoughts – “I didn’t talk about it for years,” he says.

Yet talking has now become a key part of John’s life, and our Good Mood Cafes are where he does a lot of it. “When I first heard about the cafes I thought, ‘Hmm… I might pop along,’ but I decided to give it a go. The first week I came I was really quiet, sussing people out, but it’s great.

“It’s a safe space with good company, where everyone can discuss whatever’s on their mind without fear of judgement. A lot of us share the same sort of mental health issues, so we can all find common ground, but it’s also nice to come and chat about things that are nothing to do with mental health.”

Our Good Mood Cafes are open to all regardless of whether you have experienced a mental health issue or not.

Read John’s story and find out more about our Good Mood Cafes…

“Having my boys was the best and hardest thing I’ve done”

Becoming a new Mum is a huge life event that can be both emotionally rewarding and challenging. Perinatal mental health issues affect up to 20 per cent of new and expectant Mums and here at CPSL Mind we offer essential support for those affected.

One Mum who has attended our Mums Matter group shares her story of perinatal mental health challenges and how seeking support and finding connections has turned her life around…

CPSL Mind & Peterborough United are #OnYourSide

CPSL Mind and Peterborough United Football Club have teamed up to raise awareness and funds for local mental health services as part of the national Mind and English Football League (EFL) #OnYourSide partnership.

On Saturday 29th January, our volunteers headed down to Peterborough United’s home game at the Weston Homes Stadium against Rotherham United to promote positive mental health and hold a bucket collection for over 7,000 supporters in attendance.

Read more here…

Fantastic Fundraisers

A big thank you to everyone who raises money for CPSL Mind and enables us to continue supporting mental health in the local community.

Here are some recent examples of our amazing fundraisers:

Massive thanks to Max York, Finn Morrison and Hannah Cox, who successfully organised a mega fitness session at the AlphaFit Gym in Landbeach, with workouts completed every hour for twelve hours. An incredible £3,115 was raised and important mental health issues were highlighted as part of the event.

You can read more here.

We were hugely impressed by a contribution of £1,069 from construction company Kier Regional Building Eastern, after colleagues from their Waterbeach office completed the 3 Peaks Challenge.

Our partnerships with local corporates make a massive difference and also help us to raise awareness of our work.

You can read more here.

We were delighted when Melbourn Football Club ran an amazing mental health awareness day in their village involving local businesses and community groups to raise funds for our work.

You can read more here.

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.