Archive for January, 2018

Help empower your community at Salford Citizen’s Panel

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

Do you live or work in Salford? Help shape future plans to reduce ill health in the City and empower communities to take control at Salford Citizen’s Panel.

The event will include:
– ENTERTAINMMENT
– PRIZE DRAW
– STALLS FROM LOTS OF LOCAL ORGANISATIONS
– FREE LUNCH!

When? – Tues, 13th March 2017, 10:00am – 2.15pm
Where? – The Lighthouse Venue, 12 Coronet Way, Salford, M50 1RE

 

 

 

To book, please email sandra.lindsay1@nhs.net or telephone (0161) 212 6278 with your name, address, contact details and catering requirements. Places are limited. Transport assistance available on request.

Debt, loan sharks and the impact on mental health

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

In the 21st century, the costs of modern living are abundant and ever-growing. Juggling life’s outgoings can be a tricky task for anyone, and financial struggles are a common occurrence not only in Salford, but nationwide.

One particular problem in the UK is the growing threat of loan sharks i.e. people that offer illegitimate, illegal loans. Typically, loan sharks will agree to lend money without any official paperwork or terms, leaving borrowers susceptible to dramatic increases in interest rates, which they are unable to repay. Loan sharks often use the threat of violence and blackmail to coerce victims in to keeping quiet and agreeing to their terms of repayment. Often but unjustly, loan shark criminals go unreported.

It is widely understood that debt and mental health are symbiotic. Research has revealed that 1 in 2 British adults with debt problems has mental health issues, and 1 in 4 British people with mental health conditions also have a debt problem (HCE Group, 2017). For those entrapped in agreements with loan sharks, the repercussions for their mental health can be severe. The stress, anxiety and fear instilled by growing costs and persistent threats enough to bring on a period of mental ill-health, or intensify someone’s existing conditions.

 

Stress, anxiety and mental health repercussions caused by loan sharks and debt

 

To clamp down on the prevalence of loan sharks, a new campaign designed to encourage victims to come forward and report loan sharks was launched this month. The ‘Why I Borrowed’ campaign, started by The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT), aims to expose loan sharking as a crime, tell real life stories of those who have been affected, and help people to free themselves from the illegal entrapment of loan sharks.

Nationally, Illegal Money Lending Teams have secured more than 380 prosecutions for illegal money lending and related activity, leading to nearly 328 years’ worth of custodial sentences. They have written off £72.5 million worth of illegal debt and helped over 27,500 people.

 

 

 

As the ‘Why I Borrowed’ campaign has highlighted, involvement with loan sharks can have a particularly hostile impact on mental wellbeing; a recent study by IMLT revealed that over 60% of borrowers said they were in a state of worry, stress, depression or severe anxiety because of their involvement with a loan shark. This said, poor mental health as a result of financial strain can manifest itself in many ways.

Here at Mind in Salford, we offer advice to those struggling with debt, as we recognise that tackling such problems alone can be overwhelming and potentially detrimental to mental health. We offer one-to-one, confidential support; helping clients gain perspective by looking in to their rights, and developing a plan for the future. Recently, our team have assisted a client with extensive debts to recoup thousands through recovering mis-sold PPI, and challenging a ruling on the client’s benefits allowance. As a result, our team secured thousands for the individual – a truly transformative amount – enabling the client repay their debts and regain control of their life once again.

If you’ve got money troubles, it’s important not to feel embarrassed about seeking help, because it really could happen to anyone. Our debt and welfare advice services revitalise many people’s ability to plan for the future – a freedom that should be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of their background, income or mental health.

GETTING HELP

  • If you live in Salford and have a mental health condition that as been either intensified or brought on by debt, click here to visit our advice page, where you can find out more about the debt, welfare and benefits advice we offer. Here you will also find a downloadable referral form.
  • If you or someone you know are being affected by loan sharks, visit stoploansharks.co.uk or call the hotline on 0300 555 2222 to report a shark.

Time to talk day 2018 – 1st February

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Help make a difference to mental wellbeing in your workplace

Since Time to Talk Day first launched in 2014, it has sparked millions of conversations in schools, homes, workplaces, in the media and online. The campaign, run by our partners, Time to Change, has already dispelled much societal stigma surrounding mental health, and is aiming for 2018 to be its biggest year yet.

At Mind in Salford, we share this ambition. In order to help individuals manage and overcome mental health challenges, it is imperative that the subject becomes widely acknowledged and free of prejudice. In recent years, the prominence of mental health issues has rocketed in public awareness – something that we should all be proud of. Nonetheless, thousands of people across the UK still do not feel comfortable talking about the topic, particularly in the workplace, where employees often fear for the repercussions of disclosing their mental health problems.

Last year, responsible business charity, Business in the Community (BITC), commissioned YouGov to conduct a study of more than 3,000 workers, collecting their experiences of mental health in the workplace. The findings stated that although 84% of employers acknowledged their responsibility towards employee’s mental health, around three quarters of affected workers chose not involve work in the issue. This ratifies the notion that mental health stigma is still prevalent in many workplaces to date.

Despite this, 76% of managers said they had not received any mental health training, and 35% reported not having any workplace services to support employee mental health and wellbeing. For us, this is a fundamental problem; counselling and advice infrastructure should be a part of every workplace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the build up to Time to Talk Day, we want to hear from employers in Salford about what they are doing to support mental wellbeing. What systems are in place? What has the impact been? Why not even go the extra mile and run a campaign in your workplace? The Time to Talk website has loads of great advice and resources that can help you do so.

It’s #TimetoTalk, let’s make mental health a priority for workers in Salford.

A massive thank you! Local fundraiser, Ethan Evans, raises £1,411 for Mind in Salford

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

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We would like to say an overdue thank you to fundraiser, Ethan Evans, who has been tirelessly helping to raise money for Mind in Salford over the last year, amounting to an incredible total of £1,411!

Ethan’s endeavours have seen him raise funds for charities all over Salford and Greater Manchester such as, St Anne’s Hospice, Narrowgate Homeless Shelter and Emmaus Salford, collecting thousands of pounds and making a real difference to the lives of people in his community.

In recognition of his achievements, Ethan has received a British Citizen’s Award (BCA) in the category of ‘Young Achievers’ – a well-deserved accolade and display of appreciation for all the hard work that he has put in over the years.

We feel privileged that Ethan selected us as one of his charities, and can assure him that the money raised is contributing to providing vital mental health services in Salford. We wish you the best of luck for your future, Ethan, thanks so much!

Mindline Trans+ 0300 330 5468

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Mindline Trans+ is a new helpline dedicated to supporting those who identify as trans, non-binary or gender fluid, providing a safe space for users to express their concerns and seek support surrounding mental health.

We provide a safe place to talk about your feelings confidentially. We don’t record calls nor ask for any personal details. Our listeners will try understand the multitude of feelings concerns, that may be going on for you to listen and offer  support.

Want to know more about Mindline Trans+?  Join the community on Facebook.

 

 

The Mindful Living Show – Time for the mind. 2nd & 3rd February 2018

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

The Mindful Living Show is happening on Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd February 2018 at the Manchester Central Complex (Windmill Street) behind the Midland Hotel, M2 3GX.

The Mindful Living Show is a unique event dedicated to the practice and benefits of mindfulness and meditation.

The Mindful Living Show features over 70 leading names in mindfulness and meditation including our very own Markus Greenwood, who will be speaking at 12:40pm on Friday 2nd February and our Mindfulness Teacher Suzanne will be leading a mindful movement workshop on Saturday 3rd February 12:40pm.

Special Mind in Salford Discount

There is a 20% special discount on tickets (regular price £37.50 for one day) for anyone who is interested in coming along. Here is the 20% discount offer code and link: Mindful Living Show 20% OFF. Code – MIND18MIS20. (The discount code is automatically applied if you click the link above).

Mindful Living Show Event details

For details on the timetable of events and speakers, please go to the Mindful Living Show site. Markus is speaking in the Health & Science Theatre on Friday 2nd February at 12:40pm: