Mental Health

New Year New Us – Healthy Minds Winter Taster Fayre – January 27th

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Healthy Minds Calderdale are excited to invite you in their open day, where they want to introduce you to all their amazing services!

Come chat with our volunteers and staff about what our NEW Warm Space Drop Ins, Volunteer-Led groups and Befriending Service can offer you or the people you work with.Enjoy some warming food and drink and take part in yoga, mindfulness, allotment and arts & crafts taster sessions.

You can also learn about our other fabulous projects, like:

  • Safespace – One-to-one support for anyone in distress (Ages 16+)
  • Link – Intensive support for people ‘stuck’ in a crisis loop
  • & Welfare Rights

Drop in anytime from 10am – 1pm on Friday, 27 January.

Yoga sessions will start at 10:30am and 11:30am; Welfare Rights service information talk at 12:30pm.

The event will be held at our main office: 1 King Street, Halifax, HX1 1SR

This is a unique opportunity for professionals to gain first-hand insight into our holistic mental health provision, services and activities so that you understand what patients and service users experience when referred to Healthy Minds. 

In particular, you can learn about:

  • Our new, volunteer-led Peer Support programme

  • Warm space drop-ins

  • Like Minds befriending service

  • Safespace – One-to-one support for anyone in distress (Ages 16+)

  • Link – Intensive support for people ‘stuck’ in a crisis loop

  • Welfare Rights
  • & more!

New ‘Choose Well for Mental Health’ guide helps local young people find the right support

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A new guide to help children and young people in Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield choose well for mental health has been launched by the local NHS.

The ‘choose well for mental health’ guide helps children and young people, under the age of 18, find the right service for their mental health and wellbeing needs. It supports them to look after their mental health and wellbeing, how to access the right services when needed, and lets people know what to do if they, or someone they know, experience a mental health crisis or emergency.

The new guide has been developed by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and co-designed by children, young people with lived experience, and specialist healthcare teams who work with them, carers and their families.

Parents, carers, families and friends can also use the guide to look out for children and young people close to them and help them get the right support and advice.

Information about support and services across Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield are covered in the ‘choose well for mental health’ guide. This includes, practical things children and young people can do to look after their own mental health, emotions and wellbeing, to how to access family help and support, and how to contact specialist mental health services.

Find out more : bit.ly/CYPchoosewellformentalhealth

You can download a copy of the ‘choose well for mental health’ guide for children and young people, and the version for adults, from the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust website: bit.ly/CYPchoosewellformentalhealth

Wellbeing Week 2022: 10-16 October 2022

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Wellbeing Week 2022: 10-16 October 2022World Mental Health Day (October 10th) is an opportunity to focus on our mental health and wellbeing and spread awareness about the importance of looking after it.  Research shows that there are five simple things we can do to boost our mental health and wellbeing, these are called the Five Ways to Wellbeing.

Connect || Be Active || Take Notice || Keep Learning || Give

The Links between Inequality, anxiety and stress – Professor Richard Wilkinson 10.30 -11.30amRichard Wilkinson is a researcher in social inequalities in health and co-founder of the Equality Trust. He is emeritus professor of public health at the University of Nottingham and co-author, with Kate Pickett, of The Inner Level: How More Equal Societies Reduce Stress, Restore Sanity and Improve Everyone’s Wellbeing.We are really pleased that Richard has agreed to join us today as we mark World Mental Health Day.  Please join Richard at 10.30am on the zoom link below as he talks about his research and the links between inequality, anxiety & stress.  Join here at 10.30amArt of Brilliance’s Andy Cope is facilitating a virtual workshop ‘Shift Happens be the change’ 2pm -3pmJoin here at 2pmState of Mind Sport – ‘Mental Health Awareness’Join here at 11amMeeting ID: 815 4839 5607 Passcode: 756227Wellbeing ‘Take 30 minutes’ We all have busy lives, but it is so important for our mental health and wellbeing to take time out and be active.  So, whether it’s a walk, wheel, ride, run or ramble we can all take an additional 30 minutes this week for fresh air and activity – to help us develop better habits and reduce our screen time.What did you do? Share a photo of your activity or the view you enjoyed Share your ‘Take 30’ views

Updated Wellbeing PagesGood mental health is essential to living happy and healthy lives.  Our Wellbeing pages have been updated with new workshops, resources, new ‘Midday Me Time’ dates and venues.  All aiming to support everyday wellbeing themed under the Five Ways to Wellbeing and running through October and November.   For more details, dates, times, links or booking instructions please go to our wellbeing page on the intranetDon’t miss:Health drop-ins – Nurse-led clinic for basic health checks, advice and guidance on a range of issues whether mental health or physical health. 12 October 9.00am – 12.30pm & Monday 17 October 13.00 – 16.30pm both drop-in  ​​​​​​​Princess Buildings, John Leeming room Andy’s Man Club 12 October meet Andrew Greenway Project Development as he talks about the vital support work Andy’s Man Club facilitateJoin Zoom Meeting 10am 12 OctoberMeeting ID: 832 9678 0383 Passcode: 305124 Menopause, Cognition and Mood sessions – Interactive group session on managing changes to mood and brain fog symptoms. It will also provide an opportunity to find out what has/hasn’t worked for people.  18 October 10 am and 28 October 10am please book on through ITRENTArt Of Brilliance ‘Brilliant strengths’ 4 November is a journey of self-strength-discovery. In our signature fun and interactive way, we will re-kindle inherent strengths – and uncover new ones.  The result is revitalised and re-energised individuals who are able to operate as a high-performance team.  Book on through ITRENTMeet the Staff Networks – an opportunity to drop in and meet representatives from the staff networks, chat, and find out a bit more about the inclusion work staff led networks focus on.  Click here to join the meetingGo to our Wellbeing page for our full updated programme.

World Mental Health Day October 10th

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World Mental Health Day is on the 10th of October 2022 and the theme for this year is ‘Make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority’.

[ Source: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/our-work/public-engagement/world-mental-health-day ]

We, at Staying Well, know that mental health is just as important as physical health, and there are things that can be done to help prevent mental ill-health.

Staying Well truly understand the importance of being open and challenging the mental health inequalities faced by our community. In these turbulent times protecting the mental health of ourselves, our families and our communities must be a priority.

One way that Staying Well hope to positively affect the mental health of the community is through our telephone befriending scheme. The telephone befriending scheme was created at a time of great isolation and loneliness and has developed and grown to be a way for people to connect to share their thoughts and feelings and have a good chat. The befriending client and volunteer both benefit from the relationship; “I feel befriending is one of the most enjoyable ways you can choose to volunteer your time. Opening up lines of communication between people can make such a huge difference to both people’s lives.”

About Staying Well Telephone Befriending

We are currently recruiting for volunteer befrienders and if you would like more information, please contact Carrie Stoker on carrie.stoker@nhpltd.org.uk.

 

What we’ve learned from the Community Get Together at Hove Edge Bowling Club

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On Tuesday 13th of September, Staying Well and Focus4Hope, arranged an event at Hove Edge bowling club.  The aim of the event was to provide information to local residents of Hipperholme and Hove Edge on services are locally available to help them lead a healthier and happier life.

On the day the following groups and services attended; Hipperhome Christ Church, Memory Lane Cafe, Active Calderdale, Better Living Service, Invictus Wellbeing, Calderdale Dementia Hub, Vita Minds, Cromwell Bottom Wildlife group and our very own NHP Neighbourhood team and Sure Start Children’s centres.

All these organisations offer fantastic opportunities to meet others, gain support around dementia, move more indoors and out, access emotional wellbeing services, achieve a healthier weight, access excursions and other local events. Many of those we endeavour to publish in our online blogs to which you can sign up to.

We enjoyed refreshments and cakes.  Focus4Hope delighted us with their culinary skills providing delicious hot food of Vegetarian Chili and Sausage casserole, Crust and Crumb offered delicious woodfired pizzas made on the day.

As well as valuable networking, we had a unique opportunity to listen to a talk from West Yorkshire Police about personal safety at home, out & about and current scams.  The event concluded with a meditation session from Tai Chi Tigers, concentrating on breathing and gentle stretching exercises.

 

The Hipperholme and Hove Edge residents who came, gave our Staying Well workers very positive feedback, saying they enjoyed the day, as well as encouraging requests for more such events in the future. People signed up for various services and there was active interest in taking up Tai Chi, while West Yorkshire Police received numerous requests for home safety visits following their talk on crime prevention.

Thank you to all for your contribution into making this event a success and thank you to all who visited.

For more information on the services available, please find links to the participating organisations below.

 

Hipperholme Christ Church 21
Brighouse Rd, Hipperholme, Halifax HX3 8EA

 Memory Lane Cafe

Active Calderdale

Better Living Team Service

Invictus Wellbeing

Calderdale Dementia Hub

  Vita Health Group – Calderdale

  Cromwell Bottom Wildlife group

North Halifax Partnership (NHP)

Sure Start Children’s centres

Crust and Crumb 77

Tai Chi Tigers

West Yorkshire Police

 

Reminder of the Event – look out for future events!

Join the Healthy Minds Volunteer Team!

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Charities in the voluntary sector are facing more and more challenging times, and we need our incredible volunteers now more than ever.We have THREE different volunteering opportunities at Healthy Minds, one of them could be right up your street!💭 Befriending Volunteer for our Like Minds Peer Support Project, supporting a peer to improve their mental health.💭 Walk Leaders for our Walks for Wellbeing programme💭 Volunteers for our Time Out project for children and young people, helping to deliver mental health education workshops in schools.Interested? Please pop Cath an email or call/text:cath@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk07960 972685

Become a Volunteer for Healthy Minds!

     

VitaMinds – a free and confidential NHS service

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Vita Health Group works in partnership with the NHS to provide mental wellbeing services to support local residents in various districts throughout the UK. Known as IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies).
VitaMinds is a talking therapy service designed to support individuals by providing the tools needed to get things back on track. It’s a free service. We offer a range of short-term psychological therapies to adults 18-years and over, who live and are registered with a GP in Calderdale.

We all experience times when we feel like we can’t cope, sometimes this can start to affect our everyday lives and prevent us from doing the things we normally do.

Depression affects around 22% of men and 28% of women aged 65 years and over, yet it is estimated that 85% of older people with depression receive no help at all from the NHS. “This figure doubles in the presence of physical illness and trebles in hospitals and care homes”.  In relation to those who don’t access support, this could also be enhanced with “People aged 65+ have an overall recovery rate of 64% following treatment, compared to 51% of adults aged 18-64.”

If you are suffering from depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, excessive worry or low mood, then VitaMinds can help.

VitaMinds works in partnership with the NHS to provide talking therapy services, known as IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) and we can provide advice and guidance on the best options for you.

How we can help

We aim to help improve the mental wellbeing of people suffering from:

 

 

Start now by using our digital referral assistant. This will guide you through some questions and take up to 15 mins. Call us on 0333 0153 494 during these hours 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday 9am – 12.30pm Saturday.

Request for Insight: Mental Health, Neurodiversity, Autism and Learning Disabilities

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NHS Calderdale CCG is undertaking a mapping exercise to understand what insight we have of peoples experiences of services that provide support around mental health, neurodiversity, autism and learning disabilities. This includes services provided by the NHS, other health providers and voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations.

If you have collected any insight, or are aware of any engagement / consultation activity that has taken place or reports developed across Calderdale about these services, please could you share this with kirsty.wayman@nhs.net by Monday 30 May.

Click Here To Email Insight

 

 

WY Community Mental Health Transformation Co-Production Videos Projects

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Through funding from Higher Education Establishments, Forum Central are looking to work in partnership with six organisations from across West Yorkshire to co-produce videos with people with lived experience of complex mental health issues. A partnership has been developed between Forum Central, University of Leeds and the West Yorkshire Integrated Care System (ICS) (formerly West Yorkshire & Harrogate partnership) to work with organisations to co-produce these videos. The content made as a result will be used as part of staff inductions for the Community Mental Health Transformation workforce, as well as being used to raise awareness amongst the wider Health and Care workforce around mental health.There is up to £1500 available to six organisations to get involved in these co-production videos. Organisations can apply for this funding by completing and submitting the attached Expression of Interest (EOI) by 2.00pm, Tuesday 30th May and e-mailed to hello@forumcentral.org.uk. The attached EOI also provided additional background and information about this project, if you have any questions about completing the EOI please contact gary.blake@nhs.net.

Download the Expression of Interest Form Here

Being Well Together – A health project for Calderdale

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verd de gris arts are asking for your help in putting together a series of short films around the region’s experiences with Annual Health Checks for those who live with or are affected by severe mental illness.

If you have lived in experience of that, they’d love to hear from you!

Download flyer here

If you or someone you know may be interested or if you would like more information please contact:
Jeff on 07926 978651
Email: jeff.vdg@btinternet.com

You may earn some money for sharing your experiences.