A Royal Opening of the Alexandra Wellbeing House

On Wednesday 5th July the Alexandra Wellbeing House was officially opened by the Countess of Wessex.

Shaun Clee CEO of 2gether Trust & The Countess of Wessex unveiling the plaque

The Alexandra Wellbeing House opened its doors to the first guests in April and provides five bedrooms where guests can recover from a mental health crisis and prevent admission to hospital, or to act as a path back into the community following a hospital stay.

It was a lovely hot sunny day and we had numerous guests enjoy the day with us.

Les Trewin (2gether Trust), Paul Farmer (National Mind), Donna Lovel (Swindon Mind) & Jane Melton (2gether Trust)

For more information and highlights of the Countess of Wessex visit to Gloucestershire on 5th July, see news article: http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/health/royal-visit-gloucester-open-two-168717

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Public consultation around Places of Safety in Swindon & Wiltshire

A public consultation regarding the future of the Place of Safety in Swindon and Wiltshire is being held on

Tuesday 4th April at 0930 – 1230 at
The Pilgrim Centre, Regent Circus, Swindon, SN1 1PX.

If however, you are unable to attend and wish to have your views and opinions heard you can complete an online survey as detailed below or forward concerns and comments directly to AWP at email address below.

By online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SP8Z3V8

By email: awp.placesofsafetyfeedback@nhs.net

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When the dogs visited Sanford House

On March 20th we were very lucky to have some special 4 legged visitors to Sanford House as they popped in to say hello at one of our drop-ins.  We are very pleased to say that as the visit went well and it put a lot of smiles on people’s faces that Elsa and Maisie will be visiting us once a month on a regular basis.

For more information about Therapy Dogs Nationwide please see the link: http://therapydogsnationwide.org/

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1 MARCH 2017 – Self Injury/Harm Awareness Day

This is an international event which helps to raise awareness and understanding of self harming, which is often stigmatised and misunderstood in the mainstream.  This can lead to isolation and loneliness for the people who self harm and a feeling they cannot reach out for help.

People self-harm for a number of reasons and are expressing deep distress which cannot be articulated verbally.  It might be as a result of something they have done or had done to them, or because of issues they cannot cope with; there is no rule of thumb.  It is a coping strategy to manage emotional hurt & psychological distress.

Self Harmony @ Swindon Mind offers 1:1 counselling in a non-judgemental, confidential and safe environment.  Our specialist counsellors help to empower clients by building their self-esteem.  They can help resolve emotional and psychological distress enabling clients to lead a better quality of life.

For more information of how to access this service, please visit http://swindonmind.org/self-harmony-counselling/ and complete the self-referral form.

 

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Big Thanks….

Swindon Mind were very pleased to accept a cheque for £500 from James Sweetman from SPODE in Swindon (part of the Priory group).  James and his colleagues have kindly raised the money for Swindon Mind and James and Dave came to visit us on Friday at one of our groups at the County Ground.

James handing the cheque to Donna of Swindon Mind 

Big thanks also goes to Peter and Barbara from Alcoholics Anonymous who came along and did a talk for us, and to James one of our Peer Support Mentors who organised the talk.  It was a full house and we really appreciated the time that Barbara and Peter spent with us, telling us there story.  For more information about the AA across Wiltshire, please follow the link: http://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/members/Regional-&-Local-Websites/South-Midlands-Region/Wiltshire-Intergroup/Meetings

And finally, we would like to say a big thank you to Swindon Town football club who have let us use the community room at the County Ground for nearly 2 years now.  We had our last group at the County Ground on Friday and it is now time to move on.  We have very much appreciated the space and the time that we have spent there.

THANK  YOU to all and everyone of you that supports us 🙂

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Amy fundraising for Swindon Mind

This week we were very pleased to meet  Amy Hadland who will be running the London marathon this summer.  Amy will be raising money for Swindon Mind and we will be following Amy’s progress.  To support Amy and Swindon Mind please donate through the following link: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/amyhadland1

Be Active Coordinator Lewis meeting Amy at Sanford House.

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Become a Peer Mentor Volunteer with Swindon Mind

We are currently looking to expand our team of Peer Mentor Volunteers to support Swindon Mind members in the community with things like travel, accessing activities, attending appointments, or simply being a friendly ear for someone by listening.

Volunteers should have some personal lived experience of mental health difficulties, and be ready to be there for people who are going through their recovery, often on a one-to-one basis.

Full training, supervision and support is available to those who become a peer mentor.

If you are interested in finding out more, please call the office on 01793 432031 and ask to speak to Luke.

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Time to talk day – time to change

It’s Time to Change – Time to Talk Day on Thursday 2nd February. Come along and join Swindon Mind Staff who will be ready to have a chat at Sanford House 10.00am till 2.00pm Thursday, 2nd February 2017.

Mental health is nothing to be ashamed of and neither is talking about it. Take 5 minutes to come and chat to us about mental health.

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Swindon Mindful Employers Network News

News

 Why it’s good business to pay attention to mental health

One in four people suffers from mental health issues in their lifetime, yet the stigma still attached to discussing it in some circles means it remains a delicate topic.  Those circles very much include places of work, where the fear of being labelled weak, incapable or hysterical by colleagues means many struggle in silence, rather than seek help.

Read more here

DoubleTree by Hilton Swindon to host workplace stress event for Swindon Mindful Employer

The recently rebranded DoubleTree by Hilton Swindon is to host a session of the highly successful Swindon Mindful Employer Network which features top mental health trainer Adrian Embling of Mindset Wessex on Monday March 13.

Read more here

Theresa May promises mental health care overhaul

Theresa May is pledging to help schools and companies in England deal with the “hidden injustice” of mental illness.

Read more here

 Stress in the City: ‘At first, I thought my depression was a heart attack’

Geoff McDonald knows a thing or two about the January blues. For many, the start of the new working year is a gloomy period, with the third Monday (this year, 16th January) purporting to be the most depressing day on the whole calendar, what with broken resolutions, bleak weather and the post-Christmas/pre-pay day strain on the purse strings.

Read more here

 Isabel Hardman: When my mind stopped working, I realised just how badly we treat mental health

A few years ago, a fellow political journalist asked me, quite sincerely, whether depression “really is an illness”. In 2016, when I decided to speak out about the mental illness that had forced me off sick for two months, the reaction could not have been kinder or more enlightened. I was inundated, not just with messages of support, but with people who I had admired for years telling me that they had been there too.

Read more here

 Ruby Wax on mindfulness and why she doesn’t like the term ‘mental health’

She’s not, by the way, a fan of the term “mental health”. “Mental is physical,” she says, frankly. She’d like to get rid of the term, she admits, but is not sure what could replace it. “Brain health,” she ponders. “Like, you’d say liver health.”

Read more here

Wake up to the link between poor sleep and work performance

Traditionally, organisations that seek to enhance effectiveness have focused on developing leaders, managing talent and streamlining operations. However, research published in July 2016 by Hult International Business School suggests improving employees’ poor sleep may not only boost their health and wellbeing, but may give businesses a competitive advantage.

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 Why are millennials stressed and what can we do about it?

Contrary to the perception that they’re the generation that’s been handed a free ticket to success, millennial workers were the most stressed. Ninety per cent of the millennials admitted to having been distracted by stress at work in the past year, with over a third (32%) regularly experiencing stress, and 6% being constantly distracted by stress.

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 ‘I walked my way back to sanity’: Bryony Gordon on starting a support group to beat mental illness

Sometimes, when I look out at a sea of smiling faces walking behind me, or wander off for a coffee with a group of people who an hour earlier were complete strangers, I laugh. I laugh because it seems faintly ridiculous that just under a year ago I didn’t know any of this existed.

Read more here

 

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S136 Place of Safety – changes affecting Swindon

 Consultation to close Sunday 4th December

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is consulting on changes to its place of safety suites, for a six week period from Monday 24/10/2016 to Sunday 04/12/2016. The Trust has a number of units across the region including Bristol, Wiltshire and Swindon.

We are proposing to relocate the places of safety suites at Fountain Way (Wiltshire) and Sandalwood Court (Swindon) to Green Lane based in Devizes, increasing the current number of suites from 3 to 4. There are currently 3 suites (beds) one at each site and we intend for those to be relocated to Green Lane and increase the number of suites to 4 (beds).

Have your say: 

         By email: PlacesofSafetyfeedback@nhs.net
         By completing the feedback form available on the Trust’s websitewww.awp.nhs.uk/placesofsafetyconsultation/form
         By telephone: Swindon 01793 836800
         By writing to: Deb Hart,  Avon and Wiltshire Partnership Mental Health NHS Trust, Sandalwood Court, Highworth Road, Swindon, SN3 4WF
         By attending the two consultation events at Sandalwood Court and on at Green Lane Hospital hosted by Newlands Anning, interim Managing Director of Swindon Local Delivery Unit and Carol Bowes, Managing Director of Wiltshire Local Delivery Unit, respectively. Further details of the consultation events will be announced on the Trust’s website.

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