Time to Talk Day Events

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind staff were on the Mental Health & Wellbeing Bus in Coventry city centre during Time to Talk Day as part of the Coventry and Warwickshire Year of Wellbeing.

Never ones to miss an opportunity to promote mental health, Coventry and Warwickshire Mind staff were out on Time to Talk Day 2019 with the message ‘let’s get talking’.

Our kettles were boiled and tea bags and biscuits were on hand at our Time to Talk Day events, to help get conversations flowing on the day.

Thank you to everyone who came along to find out more about our mental health services and take part in Time to Talk Day activities at our Wellbeing Hubs in Coventry and Nuneaton.

The Coventry and Warwickshire Mind Mental Health & Wellbeing Bus was also parked in Broadgate, Coventry city centre, on the day as part of the Coventry and Warwickshire Year of Wellbeing, and was particularly busy with a steady stream of visitors of all ages stepping inside.

It was fantastic to see so many people engaged with the theme of this year’s Time to Talk Day theme, that it only takes a few ingredients to get conversations started around mental health.

While Time to Talk Day takes place once a year, Coventry and Warwickshire Mind is here every day to keep the conversation going around mental health, to be a listening ear and provide support.

If you missed our bus and would like to get on board, there are still plenty of opportunities throughout the year. Take a look at our bus timetable here.

Macdonald’s Promotes Mental Health

The Cameron Grant Memorial Trust, a mental health charity for young people, is working with CW Mind and PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide, to promote the message in three Macdonald’s in Rugby that there is always someone to talk to.

The Leicester Road, Market Place, and London Road restaurants are trialling a range of promotional materials to help increase public awareness around mental health. The materials include drink coasters, table tent-cards, window posters and collection boxes near the tills.

There are also information cards placed in all carry-out bags for takeaway orders. Coasters have been placed on all tables, with contact details for CW Mind, Papyrus and Samaritans.

Representatives from Coventry and Warwickshire Mind were among those at the launch on February 7. Staff from Rugby Wellbeing Hub also spent from 11am to 1.30pm on 11th, 12th and 13th  February at each restaurant, sharing information on the Hub service and other useful information to arm McDonald’s staff with signposting information for when the Hub staff and campaign are not around.

Fiona Palmer, a Coventry and Warwickshire Mind service manager, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this initiative thanks to the Cameron Grant Memorial Trust and thanks to Glyn Pashley, owner of the Macdonald’s franchise, as this opportunity enables us to reach out to the public through his restaurants.

We are keen to let people know about the free to access local services we offer to anyone who may be struggling or in need of support, including our drop-in services on Tuesdays and Saturdays and one to one support by appointment at our Wellbeing Hub in Cromwell Road, Rugby. Anyone is welcome.”

About the Cameron Grant Memorial Trust

The Cameron Grant Memorial Trust was founded in 2014 by Evan, Carol and Alastair Grant, whose son and brother Cameron tragically took his own life aged 21 after silently suffering with depression for many years. The CGMT was established in his memory, and to prevent this happening to others.

Evan Grant, Chair, Cameron Grant Memorial Trust, commented: “We are passionate about promoting the importance of good mental health, and highlighting local and national resources to help those with mental ill-health; there is always someone you can talk to. This is a fantastic opportunity for Cameron Grant Memorial Trust to work with Coventry & Warwickshire Mind and PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide to bring this message to the McDonald’s restaurants in Rugby. Very many thanks to Glyn Pashley and his team for their enthusiastic support”

Local franchisee Glyn Pashley, who owns the Rugby restaurants, commented: “The Cameron Grant Memorial Trust is a great charity which looks to protect youth mental health and we are delighted to help support them. Poor mental health can affect anyone, yet there is still a stigma around these issues which prevents many from discussing it and seeking help. We hope that spreading the message and signposting support, can help promote a charity that does such a fantastic job that helps the preservation and protection of good mental health.”

For more information about the Rugby Wellbeing Hub and other Wellbeing for Warwickshire services, visit https://wbw.cwmind.org.uk/ or call 024 7771 2288.

Children’s Mental Health Week 2019

Children’s Mental Health Week 2019, from February 4 – 10, shines a spotlight on the mental wellbeing of young people and we’re proud to support this awareness raising campaign.

This year’s theme is Healthy: Inside and Out to encourage children and young people to look after both their minds and bodies, as simple things such as sleeping, eating and being active have a positive impact on wellbeing.

 

Sleep well

New research from Place2Be, which spearheads the Children’s Mental Health Week campaign, suggests children with less sleep are more likely to struggle with worries.

Children and young people who usually get less than the recommended nine hours sleep on a school night are more likely to feel that worries get in the way of school work (32% vs. 22%), according to a survey of over 1,100 10-11 year-olds and 13-15 year-olds carried out by Place2Be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re here to help

Here at Coventry and Warwickshire Mind, we provide a range of support services to help children and young people with their mental health.

Click the links below of a quick rundown of the one-to-one services, group sessions and support in schools we offer, including details of our new Autism support service:

 

 

Find out more

Follow our Children’s Mental Health Week activities on social media @cwmind on Twitter and /cwmind on Facebook. We’ll be posting with the hashtag #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek.

Discover more about Children’s Mental Health Week 2019 here.

 

Coventry Does Strictly Tickets

Coventry Does Strictly 2019 tickets are available to buy.

We’re pleased to announce the details of Coventry’s answer to Strictly Come Dancing, a glitzy event with two dates in May.

Come along to the Citrus Hotel in Ryton-on-Dunsmore, near Coventry, on Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11, 2019 to watch Dancing Feet, Coventry, and the dancing contestants put on amazing performances following months of dedicated dance practise and meticulous event planning.

Proceeds from the show will go to Coventry and Warwickshire Mind.

 

A fun night guaranteed

The two dates are set to be memorable occasions as Dancing Feet, Coventry, takes 20 members of the public and teaches them to dance a Waltz and Jive over eight weeks, then compete against each other to win the coveted Coventry Does Strictly 2019 trophy on the show dates. 

Expect to be entertained by show dance and movie themed routines, along with a gospel choir performance.  

The ticket price includes:

  • a three course meal
  • a free drink on arrival and
  • a free bottle of red and white wine

 

Coventry Does Strictly is being held to raise funds to support the mental health services provided by Coventry and Warwickshire Mind.

Mark Jefferies, of Dancing Feet, Coventry, said: “Dancing Feet, Coventry, selected Coventry and Warwickshire Mind as the beneficiary for 2019 Coventry Does Strictly because it’s an ideal way to raise the profile of such a great charity and the work it does and with increased public awareness of the importance of good mental health for everyone, this is a great way of supporting a range of activities.”

 

Buy your tickets online

To make sure you get a place at this year’s show, go to the official ticket website here to secure your place.

Time to Talk Day

Time to Talk Day takes place on the first Thursday of February every year, and this year is on Thursday 7 February 2019. 

Here at Coventry and Warwickshire Mind, we’re proud to support the national campaign which is an opportunity for everyone to have a conversation about mental health, whether with friends, family or work colleagues.

We would encourage everyone to get involved as Time to Talk Day brings the nation together and gets people talking to break the silence around mental health problems.

 

Here’s why the day is so important…

Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet people are still afraid to talk about it. 

The purpose of the national campaign is to raise awareness that having conversations about mental health helps break down stereotypes, improves relationships, aids recovery and takes the stigma out of something that affects us all.

There are lots of different ways to have a conversation about mental health, and you don’t have to be an expert to talk.

Find out more about the campaign via the Time to Talk Day website.

 

 

 

 

 

Local events

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind will be supporting Time to Talk Day this year with a range of events across Coventry and Warwickshire on the day. Take a look at the table below and please watch this space as more details will be added.

You will also find us posting updates on our Time to Talk Day activities on Twitter and Facebook using the #timetotalk hashtag.

We hope you can join us on the day.

 

Event Details Where When
Mental Health & Wellbeing Bus in Coventry city centre Join us on our new-look Mental Health & Wellbeing Bus for Time to Talk Day resources and to speak to CW Mind staff about our services. Broadgate, Coventry city centre Thursday, February 7

11am – 3pm

Coventry Wellbeing Hub Join us at our Wellbeing Hub in Coventry to talk about mental health and discover ways to improve mental wellbeing. Coventry Wellbeing Hub, Wellington Gardens, Coventry, CV1 3BT Thursday, February 7

1pm – 5pm

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5.30pm – 7.30pm

 

Nuneaton Wellbeing Hub Join us at our Wellbeing Hub in Nuneaton to talk about mental health and discover ways to improve mental wellbeing. Nuneaton Wellbeing Hub, Newtown Chambers, Suite 3, Corporation Street, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, CV11 5XR Thursday, February 7

5pm – 8pm

 

 

Autism support service

The Autism support service aims to provide support to children, young people and families pre and post an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis.

Choir Spreads Festive Spirit

Silver Lining Chorus helped bring festive cheer to Hatton Country World near Warwick before Christmas, and raised £43.00 for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind with their fantastic voices.

Despite the miserable weather, the ladies choir kept visitors to the country attraction in the Christmas spirit with their singing.

The chorus was formed in 2000 with nine members and has grown rapidly to 45 members over the years. We are extremely grateful for their support, particularly as they have chosen Coventry and Warwickshire Mind as their charity of the year.

As part of their commitment to raising funds in support of the mental health services our charity provides, Silver Lining Chorus held a fashion show in September 2018 in which they raised £180.

Keep up with the excellent singing, ladies. You’re all doing fantastic work.

 

Mental Health & Wellbeing Bus

 

L – R Mental Health & Wellbeing Bus driver, Dave Allen, Cllr Kamran Caan, Chair of Coventry Health and Wellbeing Board, Steven Hill, CEO of Coventry and Warwickshire Mind, and Adrian Collins, Year of Wellbeing blogger outside Coventry Cathedral.

Our Mental Health & Wellbeing Bus is back on the road for 2019.

Come and meet our new-look wellbeing resource on wheels which displays Coventry and Warwickshire Year of Wellbeing logos for 2019.

Its bright new colour scheme has already been well received by health officials when the bus was parked at Year of Wellbeing events, the first of which took place outside Coventry Cathedral.

There has also been an event outside Shire Hall in Warwick where Year of Wellbeing pledges were signed and people were encouraged to get on board our bus.

 

Visit our bus

With stops across Coventry and Warwickshire starting in January, members of the public also have the opportunity to visit the bus at various scheduled locations and events throughout the year.

The bus timetable for 2019 can be found via this link and new dates will also be added.

Please check the CW Mind Twitter account @cwmind for the latest bus updates and feel free to step on board to access mental health support and a range of wellbeing resources.

 

Here to help

L- R Councillor Les Caborn, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health, and Councillor Izzi Seccombe, Porfolio Lead for Wellbeing, with the Coventry and Warwickshire Mind Mental Health & Wellbeing Bus outside Shire Hall in Warwick.

The bus is one of the many ways we reach out to communities in Coventry and Warwickshire to promote positive aspects of mental health and wellbeing, in addition to the support services we provide through our free to access Wellbeing Hub services.

We hope to see you on our bus soon.

 

Book our bus

If you’re having an event, we may be able to bring our bus if you can accommodate it (it’s rather large!). If you are interested, please email bus@cwmind.org.uk

RED January on the Radio

 

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind ambassadors and REDers Dee Hodgson and Emily Bunce

RED January participants for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind have been on the radio to talk about the move more challenge.

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind Ambassadors, Emily Bunce and Dee Hodgson, have been interviewed live on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire by presenter Vic Minett, to explain why getting involved in the move more in January campaign is beneficial to mental as well as physical wellbeing.

Three years ago, Dee weighed 26.5 stones, experienced extensive mental health issues and could only walk 100 metres. Now she has lost 14.5 stones and feels the positive impact of exercising more.

She explained how research has shown the connection between increased physical activity and improved mental health.

Emily said: “If you don’t consider yourself a runner, we’re not asking you to run, we’re just asking you to move every day.”

About RED January

RED January is for people of all abilities to get involved with an activity of their choice. Whether it’s running, walking, jogging, swimming, or star jumping, the choice is yours. It’s the ideal opportunity to start the new year with a positive challenge, your way.

We are delighted so many people across Coventry and Warwickshire have already pledged to take part in RED January in aid of our charity, and it was lovely to hear our ambassadors talking about their RED January journey so far in such a fun and engaging way. Well done Emily and Dee!

You can listen to their interview online from 1hr 20mins in here.

Get involved

Don’t forget it’s not too late to become a REDer if you haven’t already. Let’s all get moving more this month.

Find out more and how to sign up FREE here.

New Year Jobs Fair

 

 

Are you considering a new job for 2019?

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind has vacancies in a range of rewarding roles supporting local people experiencing mental health issues.

We invite anyone interested in working for our charity to join us at our jobs fair in Coventry in January, to find out more about Coventry and Warwickshire Mind and discuss our current vacancies.

Please join us if you’re keen on one of the roles listed below, or spread the word among those who you think might be interested.

 

Current Vacancies:

  • Intensive Recovery Support Workers, Coventry
  • Registered Nurses, St Clair Gardens, Coventry
  • Support Staff, Coventry Wellbeing Hub
  • Maintenance Worker, Coventry
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Trainer, Nuneaton and Bedworth
  • CAMHS LAC Practitioners, Coventry and Warwickshire

 

Jobs fair information:

 

When: Saturday 5 January 2019, 12noon – 4pm

Where: St Clair Gardens, Livingstone Road, Foleshill, Coventry, CV6 5AR

Contact: For more information about the jobs fair, please call St Clair Gardens on 024 7655 5387.

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