Mental Health Awareness Week 2020…what a week! Ordinarily many of our teams would be out and about in our local communities talking to people and promoting mental health awareness, this year we were faced with the challenge of promoting whilst unable to complete outreach activities.
Our staff, volunteers and service users did not disappoint! They embraced the challenge and have promoted #kindnessmatters within their staff teams, frontline service buildings, from home with the help of their families, producing videos and images for social media and our Children and Young People’s team have created a webpage to showcase all of their brilliant creations, it’s not too late to take a look!
Our Wellbeing for Warwickshire teams have also created a wall of kindness, you take a look at that here and even download your own to print and complete with colleagues, friends or family.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to all our staff, service users and supporters for your brilliantly inspired efforts this Mental Health Awareness Week, you have all been awesome!
We’ll leave you now at the end of Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 with a quote from Kay our Chief Operating Officer.
I believe that kindness improves our quality of life in the workplace as well as in the community,it brings people together as we’ve seen over the last few months. Doing good for others feels good. Showing kindness to others is just as rewarding as receiving it from someone else.Also never under estimate the effect and lasting impact of a random act of kindness-it will stay in the recipient’s memory for a long time and generate a “feel good factor” each time it is remembered. Kay St Clair
Coventry and Warwickshire Mind are very proud to have supported more than 27,390 people living with mental health issues and low mental wellbeing last year across Coventry and Warwickshire, we are dedicated to reaching more people year upon year.
This year the Coronavirus Pandemic has created an unsettled and extraordinary set of circumstances for us all to live through.
Some people will already have the resilience and tools in place to manage these changes and look after their mental health, others will need a helping hand from organisations like Coventry and Warwickshire Mind.
Fresh air and nature everyday is good for your mental and physical health they say, right?
Some of us manage our anxiety or low mood by getting outside and under normal circumstances we can do that as often as like, what other ways are there to get as much sunshine, fresh air and nature as we can whilst still adhering to the governments stay home guidelines?
Obviously, one thing available to some of us is our allowed once a day exercise outside of the home, whether that be a run, walk or cycle, alone or with members of our household. Find the detailed government guidance here
What else can we do?
Have a look at this list of ideas from National Mind, what could you try today?
- Spend time with the windows open to let in fresh air.
- Arrange a comfortable space to sit, for example by a window where you can look out over a view of trees or the sky, or watch birds and other animals.
- Look at photos of your favourite places in nature. Use them as the background on your mobile phone or computer screen, or print and put them up on your walls.
- Listen to natural sounds, like recordings or apps that play birdsong, ocean waves or rainfall.
- Get as much natural light as you can.
- Spend time in your garden if you have one, or open your front or back door and sit on the doorstep.
- If you have safe access to green space like a garden, you could bring some natural materials in to decorate your living space, or use them in art projects. This could include leaves, flowers, feathers, tree bark or seeds.
- You may be able to buy seeds, flowers or plants online for delivery, to grow and keep indoors. If you order items for delivery, ask to have them left at your doorstep, to avoid face-to-face contact.
Bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. It can improve your mood, reduce feelings of stress or anger, and make you feel more relaxed.
Mind, Coronavirus and your wellbeing
TEaM post a daily dose of nature on their
facebook and instagram pages,
click on their logo to check them out!
Wellbeing for Warwickshire
The Warwickshire wellbeing hub teams in Rugby, Nuneaton, Bedworth, North Warwickshire, Leamington, Stratford and Warwick will continue to provide telephone support on 02477 712288 throughout the coming Easter weekend.
Friday 10 April 8.30am-8pm
Saturday 11 April 10am-12 noon
Monday 13 April 9am-5pm
More detailed information on the services provided can be found here
Coventry Wellbeing Hub
The Wellbeing hub remains available for telephone support from 1pm-5pm 7days a week. Please call the team on 02476 224417.
You can find more information on their current service here
Warwickshire Safe Haven
Warwickshire Safe Haven provides telephone support to people across Warwickshire and is open 6pm-11pm Thursday to Sunday.
T: 02477 714554 M: 07970 042270 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Find more information on this new CW Mind service here
Children and Young People
Our children and young people’s team have been been busily updating their resources pages, if you are looking for support or information on supporting young people during the current coronavirus situation please check out their jam packed resource collection here
Current government guidance states that we should stay at home where possible and avoid being in close proximity to others.
It’s ok if this makes us feel worried or stressed, Mind have compiled some useful information pages to help us think of things we can do to maintain our wellbeing whilst still complying with government guidance.
CWMind services will remain available throughout this uncertain time although they may be functioning in a slightly different way for a while. The most up to date information on our services is available here.
We are looking for volunteers to get involved with our Community Adult Autism Support Service (CAASS) in Coventry and Warwickshire.
Coventry and Warwickshire Mind is delivering a pilot project
working with adults with autism. The
volunteer opportunities available are:
- To work alongside staff delivering six-week courses (2 hrs per week) and enable individuals to understand and come terms with and self-manage their diagnosis.
- To work alongside staff supporting service users to develop peer support groups, to decrease isolation and build social networks (2 hrs per week).
Induction and training opportunities will be provided.
The above volunteer roles are available in Nuneaton, Coventry or Rugby.
If you are interested, or would like to find out more,
please contact the CAASS team on 02477 714545 or email email@example.com
We are delivering a new community support service to offer a highly individualised and person-centred approach aimed at middle aged men who are in distress, have had frequent contact with emergency services or A&E and who may be at risk of suicide.
Holding You in Mind (HYIM) offers quick access to highly individualised support in order to build resilience and feel more stable. The service offers a quick response where individuals will be supported in the community to identify the barriers or issues preventing them from living a happy and fulfilled life. Support is flexible and can offer initially a high volume of one-to-one support in the community including daily contact via phone calls and texts to help reduce anxiety.
Many individuals use healthcare services frequently due to an escalation in their social, emotional, financial or family issues. By offering immediate support to resolve the issues and build coping strategies, the individual will quickly begin to feel more in control of his life.
For more information, please contact Suki.
Phone: 024 7601 7226
Time to Talk Day 2020 is on Thursday, February 6, and we will be marking the day with a public event on our bus in Coventry city centre with our CEO Steven Hill on board for a question and answer session.
Come on over for a cuppa and a chat!
Steven Hill, CEO of Coventry and Warwickshire Mind, has worked for CW Mind for 25 years and will be on board the bus with a difference as it features a range of mental health and wellbeing resources inside.
Find out more about the Mental Health and Wellbeing Bus here.
Our bus will be parked in Broadgate on Thursday 6 February from 10am – 4pm as part of the national Time to Talk Day campaign which runs every year to normalise everyday conversations around mental health and combat stigma.
If you have a question about mental health in Coventry and Warwickshire, Mind and our services, Steven will be taking questions from the public at the bus from 12noon – 1pm. He said: “Our message is that talking about mental health doesn’t have to be difficult, you can even talk about it while out walking with a friend, down the pub or on the bus.
“Join us on our bus if you want to discuss mental health and find out more about the free services we offer in Coventry and Warwickshire. I also invite anyone who wants to speak with me to come over between 12noon and 1pm when I’ll be on the bus to answer any questions you may have.”
Time to Talk Day is organised by Time to Change to give people a chance to talk about mental health, to listen and change lives.
Children’s Mental Health Week 2020, from February 3 – 9, is a national focus on the mental health and wellbeing of young people and we’re proud to support this awareness raising campaign. Did you know 1 in 8 children and young people have a diagnosable mental health issue?
This year’s theme is Find your Brave. Children’s mental health charity Place2Be, which runs the annual campaign week, says bravery comes in all shapes and sizes and is different for everyone. Bravery can be about sharing worries and asking for help, trying something new or pushing yourself outside your comfort zone. Finding your Brave can build your confidence, self-esteem and make you feel good about yourself.
We’re here for you
Here at CW Mind, we provide a range of support services to help children and young people with their mental health in Coventry and Warwickshire.
Click the links below for details of the one-to-one services, group sessions and support in schools we offer, including details of our autism support service:
CW Mind CYP resources
Staff from our Children and Young People’s services have created a series of helpful resources for children, young people, parents and professionals, They include information on useful apps to download and books to read, to help understand and support any child or young person experiencing mental health issues.
The resources can be found via the following links:
Find out more
Find out more about Children’s Mental Health Week via this link and follow our Children’s Mental Health Week activities on social media – on Twitter @cwmind and on Facebook /cwmind. We’ll be posting with the hashtag #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek.
To all the REDers who’ve completed their RED January 2020 challenge, you did it! Huge congrats.
You deserve a virtual pat on the back and a well-earned rest. It’s a fantastic achievement and we hope you keep up your move more every day activities throughout the year for improved health, mentally as well as physically.
Continue to challenge yourself. Check out the fundraising challenges we’ve already planned for 2020 here.
Our particular thanks go to all the RED January participants who’ve raised funds in support of the mental health services delivered by Coventry and Warwickshire Mind.
How was your RED January journey? We’d love to hear your stories. Let us know what activities you took part in and how much you raised for our charity by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your words and photos.