Mental Health First Aid

Did you know poor mental health is now the main reason for staff absence in the UK? Mental Health First Aid training is an effective way to reduce absenteeism, enhance wellbeing and increase productivity.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course which teaches how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.

“MHFA will teach you to listen, reassure and respond; even in a crisis.”

Research shows that taking part in a MHFA course will:

  • Raise awareness of mental health, and increase mental health literacy
  • Reduce stigma around mental ill health
  • Boost knowledge and confidence in dealing with mental health issues
  • Promote early intervention which enables recovery

There are options of Youth MHFA or Adult MHFA; the adult courses are for everyone aged 16 upwards. Every MHFA course is delivered by a quality assured instructor who has attended an Instructor Training Programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health and is trained to keep people safe and supported while they learn. Learning takes place through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions. While there are options for half day and one day courses, please note that only the two-day course certifies you to become an accredited Mental Health First Aider.

The two-day course is designed to give you:

  • A deeper understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect people’s wellbeing, including your own
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to appropriate support.

As well as open courses to book onto individually; we also deliver in-house at your choice of location.

Please contact our Training team for pricing and enquiries:

T: 02477 714555

E: training@cwmind.org.uk

Amazon Smile

There’s a new way to donate to CW Mind while shopping online – at no extra cost to yourself.

Amazon gives you a chance to donate while you shop with a charity scheme called AmazonSmile. Through AmazonSmile, Amazon will automatically donate 0.5% of the net purchase price, excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees.

Simply choose Coventry and Warwickshire Mind and this money will automatically go to us.

It won’t cost you any extra and every penny will help us deliver quality mental health services to people of all ages across Coventry and Warwickshire.

For the donation to apply, you must always start your Amazon shopping at:

smile.amazon.co.uk/

The same ranges of products are available to buy as on Amazon and it’s a great and easy way to give to us this festive season.

What do I need to do?

It’s simple, takes a few seconds and will help make a difference to local people who turn to us for mental health support.

Step 1: Visit smile.amazon.co.uk/

Step 2: Type in the ‘charity to support box’ Coventry and Warwickshire Mind

Step 3: Read the terms and conditions and click the ‘I understand’ box.

What’s AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

For more information about Amazon Smile, visit this link

Adult Autism Support Service


CAASS is for adults living with Autism in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind is a new Community Adult Autism Support Service (CAASS) in partnership with Springfield Mind and Act for Autism.

CAASS support services available include:

Weekly Peer Support Groups

A safe space for adults with Autism to:

  • Meet with others on a regular basis
  • Socialise with people in similar situations
  • Plan and agree group activities
Days Location Time
Fridays Nuneaton 6.00-7.30pm
Fridays Rugby 1.00pm-3.00pm
Tuesdays Leamington 1.00pm-3.00 pm OR 6.00pm-8.00pm*
Fridays Stratford 10am-12noon OR 6.00pm-8.00pm*
Saturdays Coventry 10am-12noon

All places must be booked, this is not a drop in service. If someone is interested in the group they must contact us to check availability (see contact details below).

Some areas run male, female and mixed groups.

*Leamington and Stratford groups alternate weekly between daytime and evening sessions.

6 Week Autism Education Programme for Adults with Autism

Weekly 2 hour sessions will focus on:

  • Understanding Autism – what do we know about Autism?
  • Autism and positive wellbeing – working towards a more enjoyable, improved life
  • Understanding sensory needs
  • Communication skills – including social anxiety,
  • Friendships and social media
  • Anxiety management – coping with distress and managing emotions
  • Wider sources of support available
Start Date End Date Location Time
Fri 8th Nov Fri 13th Dec Rugby 10am-12noon
Mon 11th Nov Mon 16th Dec Nuneaton 10am-12noon
Thurs 28th Nov Thurs 9th Jan Coventry 10am-12noon
Wed 4th Dec Weds 15th Jan Stratford 10am-12noon
Mon 30th Dec Mon 3rd Feb Nuneaton 10am-12noon
Fri 3rd Jan Fri 7th Feb Rugby 10am-12noon
Mon 6th Jan Mon 10th Feb Leamington 10am-12noon
Thurs 23rd Jan Thurs 27th Feb Coventry 10am-12noon
Mon 10th Feb Mon 16th Mar Leamington 6pm-8pm
Mon 17th Feb Mon 23rd Mar Stratford 10am-12noon
Weds 19th Feb Weds 25th Mar Nuneaton 5.30pm-7.30pm
Fri 21st Feb Fri 27th Mar Rugby 5.30pm-7.30pm
Sat 7th Mar Sat 18th Apr Coventry 5.30pm-7.30pm
Mon 6th Apr Mon 18th May Nuneaton 10am-12noon
Fri 17th Apr Fri 22nd May Rugby 10am-12noon
Mon 20th Apr Mon 25th May Leamington 10am-12noon
Weds 22nd Apr Weds 27th May Stratford 6pm-8pm
Thurs 30th Apr Thurs 4th June Coventry 10am-12noon
Mon 1st June Mon 6th July Stratford 10am-12noon
Mon 1st June Mon 6th July Leamington 6pm-8pm
Fri 5th June Fri 10th July Rugby 10am-12noon
Mon 8th June Mon 13th July Nuneaton 10am-12noon
Thurs 18th June Thurs 23rd July Coventry 10am-12noon

All places must be booked via https://caass.eventbrite.co.uk

The course is not a drop in.

Some courses are run with 6 sessions over a 7 week period.

Autism Workshop for partners/family members/carers

If you are living with and/or supporting an adult with autism, these 2 day workshops will offer a greater understanding of the person you are supporting, the opportunity to connect with others in a similar situation, and support and signposting to local community services near you.

Dates Location Time
Sat 8 & 22 Feb Nuneaton 10am-4pm
Mon 10 & 24 Feb Stratford 12.30-5pm
Weds 12 & 26 Feb Leamington 6-9pm
Tues 25 Feb & 10 March Rugby 10am-4pm

All places must be booked via https://caass.eventbrite.co.uk

How will CAASS support help?

Support is aimed at providing individuals with the opportunity to:

  • Understand what autism is and how it affects them individually
  • Increase self-help strategies to better manage their emotional and mental wellbeing
  • Feel more confident to engage with others and community activities
  • Positively move forward independently to a more fulfilling life

Who is it for?

CAASS is available to adults who have or are waiting for an Autism assessment, or those who believe they are Autistic and would like further support.

Where will activities take place?

All activities will be provided across a range of venues in Coventry and Warwickshire.

How to take part

You can either self-refer or a professional can refer you.

What to expect

We will ask you to:

  • Provide personal details about yourself and information on support already in place
  • Complete forms during and post activities to tell us how support has helped and what else you would have liked that wasn’t available

Contact us


For more information about CAASS support services, you can contact us and/or
leave a message in one of the following ways:

t: 024 7771 4545
e: caass@cwmind.org.uk
w: www.cwmind.org.uk

For us to contact you back, please leave a message with your:

  • name
  • contact details
  • postcode, and
  • service you are interested in


Places in all our activities are limited. To check availability, we advise you contact us in advance.
If our support is not for you, we will help with information on other support and/or community services to suit your needs as appropriate.

Recovery Centre Officially Opened

Our £3.5million mental health recovery centre has been officially opened by the Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands, John Crabtree OBE.

St Clair Gardens, a 24-hour residential recovery centre in Foleshill, Coventry, has achieved much success since opening in April last year, having already supported dozens of residents and been honoured with a series of awards.

The ceremony was also attended by the Lord Mayor of Coventry, Linda Bigham, along with staff and trustees of the mental health charity and residents of St Clair Gardens.

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind worked with city-based builders Harrabin Construction and architects IDP to design and develop the 14-bed residential recovery centre on the site of the former Livingstone Road Baths.

It was a double celebration for Kay St Clair, the charity’s first CEO after whom the centre is named. She marked 30 years’ service with the charity in the week of the official opening. She said:

“It was a pleasure to welcome the Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands and the Lord Mayor of Coventry to celebrate the official opening of St Clair Gardens, the jewel in our crown. It has been our charity’s dream for so long and is a valuable addition to our range of support services, from resilience building through to care and support for individuals with complex needs. I was hugely honoured by the decision to name our recovery centre St Clair Gardens and feel extremely proud of what has been achieved so far. My thanks go to all who have worked with us to make the dream a reality and our staff whose tireless efforts help people experiencing mental health problems on their road to recovery and greater independence.”

Kay St Clair, Coventry and Warwickshire Mind CEO

St Clair Gardens has won the Best Offsite Project category of the West Midlands Celebrating Construction Awards 2019 and was awarded Highly Commended in the national Building Better Healthcare Awards. St Clair Gardens was also shortlisted for the national Design in Mental Health Awards.

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind won the Embracing Opportunity and Harnessing Risk category of the national Charity Governance Awards in May this year, with the residential recovery centre key to this achievement.

Suicide Prevention Day

Suicide Prevention Day is a worldwide awareness raising day dedicated to highlighting how to spot the signs and support someone who is feeling suicidal to prevent suicide. Every year organisations and communities around the world come together to raise awareness of how we can create a world where fewer people die by suicide.

Each year has a different theme and focus, to bring to light a specific aspect of suicide prevention, this year it will take place on Seprember 10th and Coventry and Warwickshire Mind is showing our support as we do every year.

It also helps promote the mental health services available to ensure those in need of support always get the help they need. Figures from the World Health Organisation show a person dies every 40 seconds by suicide globally and many more make a suicide attempt.

We say one suicide is one suicide too many.

It Takes Balls to Talk

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind is a proud partner in the delivery of It Takes Balls To Talk, a mental health awareness campaign launched in Coventry and Warwickshire to encourage people, particularly men, to talk about how they feel. The campaign uses sporting themes and key messages to direct people to help and support, when they need it. Coventry and Warwickshire Mind and It Takes Balls to Talk are working together to ensure we are giving people the help they need when it comes to suicide.

National Suicide Prevention Alliance

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind is also a member of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance and we’ll be sharing their World Suicide Prevention Day messages on the day via our social media channels. The focus of their messages will be around 5 key areas:

  • Starting conversations
  • Taking time to listen
  • Creating supportive workplaces
  • Helping people find support
  • Supporting people bereaved by suicide

CW Mind events

Come and join us at our scheduled Suicide Prevention Day events across Coventry and Warwickshire. Take a look at the table below for details of our activities.

Mancetter

Event:   North Warwickshire Wellbeing Hub Peer Led Drop-In
Why come along?   Raising awareness of suicide prevention, with activities focussing on early warning signs, coping strategies and encouraging conversations. Share experiences and pick up tips on
looking after your wellbeing.
Date:   Monday 9th September
Time:    9am-12noon
Venue:   Mancetter Memorial Hall, Old Farm Road, Mancetter, CV9 1QN
Event:   North Warwickshire Wellbeing Hub Outreach
Why come along?   Raising awareness of suicide prevention, focussing on early warning signs, coping strategies and encouraging conversations. Information on local services and support  will be available, as well as Five Ways to Wellbeing information and support on mental health for anyone
aged 16+
Date:   Thursday 12th September
Time:    9am-12noon
Venue:   Coleshill Town Hall, High Street Coleshill, Coleshill Town Hall, Birmingham B46 3BG
Event:   North Warwickshire Wellbeing Hub Peer Led Drop-In
Why come along?   Raising awareness of suicide prevention, with activities focussing on early warning signs, coping strategies and encouraging conversations. Share experiences and pick up tips on
looking after your wellbeing.
Date:   Friday 13th September
Time:    1-4pm
Venue: Mancetter Memorial Hall, Old Farm Road, Mancetter, CV9 1QN

Coventry

Event:   Coventry Wellbeing Hub
Why come along?   Raising awareness of suicide prevention, with activities focussing on early warning signs, coping strategies and encouraging conversations. Shareexperiences and pick up tips on
looking after your wellbeing.
Date:   Tuesday 10th September
Time:    1-5pm
Venue: Coventry Wellbeing Hub, Wellington Gardens, Windsor Street, Coventry CV1 3BT
Event:   Lower Precinct event
Why come along?   Raising awareness of CW Mind’s Children and Young People’s (CYP) services, CYP mental health, emotional wellbeing and Suicide Prevention Day. We will also have a tombola for members of the public to participate in.
Date:   Tuesday 10th September
Time:    9am – 5pm
Venue: Lower Precinct, Coventry city centre

Nuneaton

Event:   Nuneaton Wellbeing Hub Outreach
Why
come along?  
Raising awareness of suicide prevention, focussing on early warning signs, coping strategies and encouraging conversations. Information on local services and support will be available, as well as Five Ways to Wellbeing information and support on mental health for anyone aged 16+.
Date:   Monday 9th September
Time:    2-5pm
Venue:   Asda, Nuneaton
Event:   Nuneaton Wellbeing Hub Outreach
Why come along?   Raising awareness of suicide prevention, focussing on early warning signs, coping strategies and encouraging conversations. Information on local services and support will be available, as well as Five Ways to Wellbeing information and support on mental health for anyone aged 16+.
Date:   Tuesday 10th September
Time:    1-4pm
Venue:   Ropewalk Shopping Centre, Nuneaton
Event:   Nuneaton Wellbeing Hub Peer Led Drop-in
Why come along?   Raising awareness of suicide prevention, with activities focussing on early warning signs, coping strategies and encouraging conversations. Share experiences and pick up tips on looking after your wellbeing.
Date:   Tuesday 10th September
Time:    5pm-8pm
Venue:   Nuneaton Wellbeing Hub, Newtown Chambers, Corporation Street, Nuneaton, CV11 5XR
Event: Nuneaton Wellbeing Hub Peer Led Drop-in
Why come along?   Raising awareness of suicide prevention, with activities focussing on early warning signs, coping strategies and encouraging conversations. Share experiences and pick up tips on looking after your wellbeing.
Date:   Thursday 12th September
Time:  5pm-8pm
Venue:   Nuneaton Wellbeing Hub, Newtown Chambers, Corporation Street, Nuneaton, CV11 5XR

Bedworth

Event: Bedworth Wellbeing Hub Peer Led Drop-In
Why come along?   Raising awareness of suicide prevention, with activities focussing on early warning signs, coping strategies and encouraging conversations. Share experiences and pick up tips on looking after your wellbeing.
Date:   Wednesday 11th September
Time:  5pm-8pm
Venue:   Bedworth Wellbeing Hub, CAB, 25 Congreve Walk, Bedworth, CV12 8LX
Event:   Bedworth Wellbeing Hub Outreach – Journey Bus
Why come along?   Raising awareness of suicide prevention, focussing on early warning signs, coping strategies and encouraging conversations. Information on local services and support  will be available, as well as Five Ways to Wellbeing information and support on mental health for anyone aged 16+.
Date:   Friday 13th September
Time    10am-3pm
Venue:   All Saints Square, Bedworth
Event:   Bedworth Wellbeing Hub Outreach – Journey Bus
Why come along?   Raising awareness of suicide prevention, focussing on early warning signs, coping strategies and encouraging conversations. Information on local services and support  will be available, as well as Five Ways to Wellbeing information and support on mental health for anyone aged 16+.
Date:   Friday 13th September
Time:    10am-3pm
Venue:   All Saints Square, Bedworth
Event:   Bedworth Wellbeing Hub Peer Led Drop-in
Why come along?   Raising awareness of suicide prevention, with activities focussing on early warning signs, coping strategies and encouraging conversations. Share experiences and pick up tips on looking after your wellbeing.
Date:   Friday 13th September
Time:    5pm-8pm
Venue: Bedworth Wellbeing Hub, CAB, 25 Congreve Walk, Bedworth, CV12 8LX

Rugby

Event: Rugby Wellbeing Hub Outreach – Journey Bus
Why
come along?  
Raising awareness of suicide prevention, focussing on early warning signs, coping strategies and encouraging conversations. Information on local services and support  will be available, as well as Five Ways to Wellbeing information and support on mental health for anyone aged 16+
Date:   Tuesday 10th September
Time    10am-1pm
Venue:   Outside Rugby Art Gallery & Museum and Rugby Library
Event: Rugby Wellbeing Hub Peer Led Drop-in
Why come along?   Raising awareness of suicide prevention, with activities focussing on early warning signs, coping strategies and encouraging conversations. Share experiences and pick up tips on looking after your wellbeing.
Date:   Tuesday 10th September
Time:  1pm-4pm
Venue:   Rugby Wellbeing Hub, 28 Cromwell Road, Rugby CV22 5LY
Event: Rugby Wellbeing Hub Outreach
Why come along?   Raising awareness of suicide prevention, focussing on early warning signs, coping strategies and encouraging conversations. Information on local services and support will be available, as well as Five Ways to Wellbeing information and support on mental health for anyone aged 16+.
Date:   Wednesday 11th September
Time:    8.30am-12.30pm  (8.30-10.30am – work coaches only, 10.30am-12.30pm – general public)
Venue:   DWP Jobs Fair/Market Place, Benn Hall, Newbold Rd, Rugby CV21 2LN
Event: Rugby Wellbeing Hub Peer Led Drop-in
Why come along?   Raising awareness of suicide prevention, with activities focussing on early warning signs, coping strategies and encouraging conversations. Share experiences and pick up tips on looking after your wellbeing.
Date:   Saturday 14th September
Time:  10am-1pm
Venue: Rugby Wellbeing Hub, 28 Cromwell Road, Rugby CV22 5LY

House Music Fest

Nuneaton’s first indoor and outdoor House Party takes place at Griff and Coton Sports Club, Nuneaton, on Saturday 24th August 2019 from 12pm until late. It is a family friendly music festival and aims to bring the Nuneaton community together while raising funds and awareness for mental health. We are delighted the organisers have generously chosen to raise funds for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind.

In the day

There are two parts to this music event. During the day the fun will be outdoors with live DJs, craft stalls, DJ workshop, ariel hoop demonstration and raffle prizes. There will also be dance shows and entertainment indoors during the day. The price of entry is £3, under 12’s go free. All under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

In the evening

During the evening the House Party continues indoors with DJs playing from 6pm until late. Entry is free with your wristband from the day time or £5 on the door. For over 18s, ID is required.

More information

Come along and join the fun to help raise awareness and funds for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind through music.

For more information click this link.

Young Black Men

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind has received funding from Mind to develop a Young Black Men’s project. The Young Black Men’s project will target our services to young people between the ages of 11 and 30 years old who live across Coventry and Warwickshire and identify as being a young black man growing up in today’s society.

Why young black men?

We know that young black men (YBM) are one of the most overrepresented BME groups in inpatient mental health services and are overrepresented in the criminal justice system. YBM are also massively underrepresented in asking for help, speaking about mental health or seeking out services and we want to work to see this change.

Could you help?

The project needs a group of black men to help shape the future of the service, to help understand the things that impact on building better futures so that we can work to bring about positive change. We need YBM to help with promotions of the project as well as with delivering and leading the service.  We also need black parents, to help us understand what parents need, how they can support their YB boys and men. Together we can ensure that no-one goes through a mental health problem alone.

More information

For further information please contact Alethea on 024 7655 2847 or email alethea.balbuena@cwmind.org.uk

Family Fun Day

You are invited to join us for a Family Fun Day in support of our Mums in Mind service.

Mums in Mind supports new and expectant mums, and the fun day takes place at Cooper’s Lodge in Coventry on September 14th, from 10am – 2pm, to raise funds and awareness of the service.

Here are some of the activities:

  • Live vocals from volunteers
  • A yoga demonstration
  • Raffle
  • Tombola
  • Face painting
  • Bouncy castle
  • Reptile display
  • Craft stalls
  • Refreshments
  • Games 

Come along and join the fun!

About Mums in Mind

Becoming pregnant or being a new mum is a life changing experience for any woman. Pregnancy and new motherhood is often imagined to be a time of great joy and happiness. However, the reality for many mums is often far from this. Mums in Mind are there to help pregnant women and mums to increase their social and support networks, improve their confidence and self-esteem, and to help improve their emotional wellbeing.

To find out more about Mums in Mind please visit https://cwmind.org.uk/mums-in-mind/

Thank You Supporters

The phrase ‘thank you’ was said often as CW Mind staff, trustees, volunteers and supporters met to celebrate at the Butts Park Arena in Coventry in July 2019.

Earlier in the day, our staff had gathered for charity-wide staff conferences focused on wellbeing, and left hand written messages to say thank you for the work of our volunteers and supporters, including fundraisers and corporate partners. These were read by dozens of individuals at the evening Volunteers and Supporters celebration.

Displays were also created for each CW Mind service to illustrate the wide range of support our charity provides, from housing to training and children and young people’s services.

It was also lovely to hear from our keynote speaker, national Mind’s Chief Operating Officer, Paul Ward, who spoke glowingly of the contribution CW Mind makes to the Mind network of over 100 Local Minds and the important role of volunteers.

Did you know:

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind benefits from the hard work and support of

204

volunteers…

Who give an astonishing

25,000

hours of their time

A big thank you also goes to all who came along to our Volunteers & Supporters event, as well all at Butts Park Arena for helping us to host a brilliant day of activities for our staff and supporters.

Would you like to volunteer for CW Mind?

We have a range of opportunities. Just click this link to find out more.

Want to fundraise for us?

Find out how to get involved here or email fundraising@cwmind.org.uk

Summer Rural Offer

Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Bus travels Coventry and Warwickshire including, Nuneaton, Rugby, Bedworth and Mancetter.

And we are delighted to announce our new Rural Offer for the summer in which our bus will be heading out to more rural locations in support of Rise and our Children and Young peoples service to offer support and information.

While at these rural locations we will be running activities to take part in, including stress ball making, a wellbeing lucky dip with sweets and questions attached around mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Staff members will also be attending each event to offer support and information to young people and their families.

Dates and Locations

Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Bus will be attending the following locations:

Saturday 3rd August, 12pm – 5pm – Dassett Country Show.

Tuesday 6th August. 10am – 2pm – Kingsbury Water Park car park.

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