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.

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.

Nitin Skydives for CW Mind

A huge thank you to Nitin who took part in a charity skydive recently to raise funds for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind. He was happy to share his experience with us. Here is what he say as he wrote to show his appreciation to all his supporters who helped him raise a brilliant £1,165 for our services:

“I am very excited and relieved to let you know that on Saturday 15th June 2019, I completed my 10,000ft Tandem Skydive for the Coventry and Warwickshire Mind charity. I have to tell you, in the days prior to the skydive, the nerves were ridiculous!

“The experience of that morning, starting with the expert information from the instructors, to being pretty much petrified in the plane, to the exhilarating feeling of flying, and ending with the sense of total love for the flat ground beneath me, will be hard to forget. This skydive was something that I never thought that I was capable of doing –  your well wishes, good luck messages and the useful tips were all greatly appreciated, and helped me to keep focused in carrying out this challenge – THANK YOU!

“I am still totally overwhelmed by your efforts of generosity – the aim was to raise £650.00, but together we raised £1,165.00 – we smashed it! Your kind donations will go directly to the Coventry and Warwickshire Mind charity. The aim of this charity is to offer help, support and guidance to us, when our mental health is not balanced. If you would like to know more about the charity, please click on the link below: https://cwmind.org.uk/

Well done on your achievement, Nitin!

Mayor of Rugby Donation

We were delighted to welcome Cllr Tom Mahoney to our Wellbeing Hub in Rugby as he presented CW Mind with a £5,264.28 cheque raised during his time as Mayor.

The money donated by Cllr Mahoney was generated during his term of office as he had chosen Coventry and Warwickshire Mind as one of his charities of the year. A quiz night and Mayor’s Ball were among his fundraising activities that helped towards the total.

Cllr Mahoney visited our Hub in Cromwell Road on May 14 and met volunteers, clients and staff at the drop-in session during Mental Health Awareness Week as one of his final duties as Mayor of Rugby.

Fiona Palmer, Rugby Wellbeing Hub manager, said:

“I would really like to thank Cllr Tom Mahoney for his support of us throughout his year as Mayor of Rugby.  We are incredibly grateful for the money he has raised and it will make a huge difference to the people we help here in Rugby. His support means more than the money he has raised, as I feel the Wellbeing Hub has made a real friend, a friendship which will last beyond his term of office. He is welcome to visit us any time.”

Fiona Palmer, Rugby Wellbeing Hub manager

Winner: Charity Governance Awards

It is with great pleasure that we announce Coventry and Warwickshire Mind has been named winner of the Embracing Opportunity & Harnessing Risk category of the national Charity Governance Awards 2019.

The award was presented to Steven Hill, CEO of Coventry and Warwickshire Mind, and members of the Board of Trustees at the ceremony in London on May 22.

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind had been shortlisted for identifying the need for a residential recovery centre in Coventry, leading to the development of St Clair Gardens.

“The board of trustees and senior management team at Coventry and Warwickshire Mind are proud to receive this award for Embracing Opportunity & Harnessing Risk for the challenges we faced when building a new recovery centre for people with complex mental health needs.

“This was a first for our charity, borrowing money and building from scratch, but demand has been high and we are now full, four months ahead of schedule. Thanks again for your recognition.”

Steven Hill, CEO of Coventry and Warwickshire Mind

The ceremony featured a keynote speech by Nat Sloane CBE, England Chair for The National Lottery Community Fund, ahead of the announcement of the winners from the 21-strong shortlist. The shortlist also included fellow local Mind, Dorset Mind, in the Managing Turnaround category.

Michael Jarvis, who chairs the Awards for the organisers The Clothworkers’ Company, said, “Congratulations to all the winners – and the shortlisted candidates should also be proud – this was, yet again, a field of a very high standard. These creative, hard-working and inspiring trustees and their colleagues deserve to be celebrated.

“I would encourage everyone in the third sector to read the stories of our winning charities – these real-life experiences and innovative ideas could help any charity seeking to improve their own governance. It also reminds us all that by improving governance a charity can dramatically improve the lives of those it serves.”

For the Charity Governance Awards, The Clothworkers’ Company – a City of London livery company that supports trusteeship initiatives – is partnered with not-for-profit consultancy NPC (New Philanthropy Capital), sector recruitment specialists Prospectus, and trustee-matching organisation Reach Volunteering.

The expert judging panel boasts a wealth of experience in charity governance and the voluntary sector. Judges include Dawn Austwick (CEO, The National Lottery Community Fund), Vinay Nair (Co-founder, Lightful), Dan Corry (CEO, New Philanthropy Capital), David Gold (CEO, Prospectus) and Janet Thorne (CEO, Reach Volunteering) among many other notable names.

Stories of all of the winning charities, and the shortlisted entrants, can be found at www.charitygovernanceawards.co.uk.

Image credit: Kate Darkins Photography

Maternal Mental Health Week

Maternal Mental Health Week takes place this year from 29th April to 5th May. It is a week-long campaign dedicated to talking about mental illness during pregnancy or after having a baby and signposting to support for all mums.

The focus is on advocating for mums affected by maternal mental health issues and helping them to access the information and help they need to enable recovery. This year’s theme for the third annual UK Maternal Mental Health Week is Mums Matter.

Mums in Mind

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind’s Mums in Mind service provides support for pregnant women and mums who are experiencing mental health issues, emotional distress and/or those who feel lonely and may lack the support of family and friends.

For many women being pregnant or a new mum can be an overwhelming, frightening, and stressful time especially for those experiencing mental ill health and/or who lack support of family and friends. 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.

We offer as part of this service:

  • Befriending
  • Peer Support/Short Courses
  • Baby Massage

Mums in Mind is for women who:

  • Are experiencing antenatal or postnatal depression or anxiety
  • Feel lonely or isolated
  • Lack the support of close family and friends
  • Are single
  • Are young
  • Have suffered with anxiety or depression in the past
  • Are in a difficult/abusive relationship or have been in the past
  • Have low self-esteem/ confidence

To find out more about our Mums in Mind service, click this link

For more information about Maternal Mental Health Week 2019, visit this website

Charity Governance Awards 2019

We are thrilled to announce that Coventry and Warwickshire Mind has been shortlisted for the UK-wide Charity Governance Awards 2019.

We are in the running for the Embracing Opportunity and Harnessing Risk category of the awards which comes with a £5,000 unrestricted grant. Coventry and Warwickshire Mind is one of 21 charities from across the UK that complete the full shortlist.

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind joins the shortlist of charities representing a diverse range of activities that include mental health care, family support, disability sports, heritage conservation and the arts.

The 21-strong judging panel have shortlisted the entries and will select a winner in each of the seven categories. The winners will be announced at the official awards reception at the historic Clothworkers’ Hall in London on 22nd May 2019, featuring a keynote speech by Nat Sloane CBE, England Chair for The National Community Lottery Fund.

Among Coventry and Warwickshire Mind’s recent achievements has been the development of St Clair Gardens, a residential recovery centre in the Foleshill area of Coventry which opened in May 2018. The multi-million pound 14-bedroom development was designed to the charity’s specifications by Coventry-based architects IDP and built by Harrabin, a building company based in the city.

“We are delighted to be shortlisted for this prestigious UK-wide award in the Embracing Opportunity and Harnessing Risk category.

“It has been a long-held dream of Coventry and Warwickshire Mind to develop a recovery centre, and while the St Clair Gardens project came with challenges along the way the board of trustees worked together and was absolutely determined to see it through to completion, drawing on the knowledge and expertise of each trustee.

“St Clair Gardens is a much needed resource for the people of the area and it was a carefully considered risk, but we never lost sight of our ambition to see those of us experiencing mental health problems and in need of help to live independently supported in a ground-breaking home from home environment.

“It is a great source of pleasure to us that St Clair Gardens is enabling people to travel their recovery path in five-star but homely surroundings and we look forward to celebrating all that has been achieved so far with other charities at the forthcoming awards ceremony.”

Pat Allen, Chair of Coventry and Warwickshire Mind

Michael Jarvis, who chairs the Awards for the organisers The Clothworkers’ Company, said: “Congratulations to all these successful shortlisted candidates. The Charity Governance Awards may be in their fourth year, but we continue to hear about new and exciting initiatives from our entrants each year.

“Charities exist in a challenging climate, so successful governance stories from the frontline can provide powerful examples for the whole sector to follow. Our shortlisted candidates have proved that low budgets, limited resources and other pressures need not be an obstacle to digital innovation, building diverse and vibrant boards, or turning around the most difficult of situations.”

Commenting on the judging process, panellist Tesse Akpeki, lead consultant for Onboard with Bates-Wells-Braithwaite, said: “The process was robust, constructively challenging and engaging, which uncovered the dynamic nature of governance. I was struck that these Awards continue to demonstrate that rewarding good governance is an area that continues to evolve. Models of governance are reshaped and refreshed as new movements and networks emerge: this empowers people and stimulates social change.”

The expert judging panel boasts a wealth of experience in charity governance and the voluntary sector. Judges also include Dawn Austwick (CEO, The National Lottery Community Fund), Vinay Nair (Co-founder, Lightful), Dan Corry (CEO, New Philanthropy Capital), David Gold (CEO, Prospectus) and Janet Thorne (CEO, Reach Volunteering) among many other notable names. (See www.charitygovernanceawards.co.uk/judgesfor a full list of judges).

You can follow the awards on Twitter via @CharityGovAwards or by using the hashtag #charitygov19. Winners will be announced on the website following the ceremony in May.

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