How to get fresh air and stay home…

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.

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Easter Weekend Support

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: safehaven@cwmind.org.uk

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

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

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.

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.