Archive for September, 2018

Learn radio production skills and raise awareness of mental health with Gaydio!

Friday, September 28th, 2018


LGBT or Q?

Interested in promoting awareness about good mental health?

Keen to learn new skills and meet new people?

Want to work with Gaydio?…  The worlds biggest LGBT radio station?

With daily news reports about the poor mental health all too often experienced in the LGBT community, Gaydio are keen to get more pieces talking about this issue on air.

If mental health is something you’re particularly interested in and you’d like to help make great quality radio raising awareness about it – please get in contact!

We’re running a weekly evening course which will start mid July 2019 – and we’d really like to hear from you – especially if you’ve struggled with poor mental health in the past.

As well as learning some radio production techniques we’ll be discussing, as a group, how to raise awareness and how to improve mental health amongst LGBT people. The course will take place in a safe space at Gaydio with like minded people. No radio experience necessary.

If you’re interested please email

Social housing and mental health – take the survey

Monday, September 24th, 2018

We know that where you live, and your ability to access advice and support has an impact on your mental health. Over the past few months we have been investigating housing in Salford, to try and work out which elements of housing provision have the biggest impact on local people’s wellbeing.

Housing is a broad and complex issue, which in itself is influenced by numerous interlinking factors around demand, population health and welfare support, to name just a few. However, as a national charity, Mind have been conducting research which has highlighted the extent to which many social housing systems fail to meet the needs of their residents – especially those who experience mental health problems.

Through our campaign activity we have spoken to mental health professionals, service users and local residents, who have expressed similar concerns around social housing and the welfare systems that intend to support people to live well.

At Mind in Salford, we believe this urgently needs addressing. Ultimately, we want to influence progressive change in the local housing and welfare systems, that ensures that no person’s wellbeing – whether experiencing a mental health problem or not – is compromised by where they live. However, in order to make this happen, we need to hear the real life experiences of people who currently live (or have previously lived) in social housing in Salford. By filling out the survey below – which should take no longer than 10 minutes – you will be providing valuable insight, which will help us focus on the key issues for Salford residents. We greatly appreciate your support.

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Debt and welfare advice with ‘BetterOff Salford’

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Changes in national welfare policy will this month will see the gradual transition of some Salford benefit claimants over to the new Universal Credit (UC) system.

In an effort to demystify UC and the general work and benefits landscape in Salford, the council have developed a new website, ‘BetterOff Salford’. The site aims to help people in Salford make sense of their benefits; understanding what they are entitled to and answering questions around conditionality, budgeting and signposting to advice services.

If you are a Salford resident that is unsure about your benefit eligibility, or would like some help trying to get a job, we suggest first taking a look at the BetterOff Salford website, where a wealth of useful information is all in one place. On the site you will find guidance on:

  • Universal Credit
  • Calculating benefits entitlements
  • Applying for benefits
  • Appealing decisions
  • Recording job search activity
  • Finding work
  • Interviews and CV building
  • Debt advice and personal budgeting

This site has been designed to be used without the need for additional help, but there are some people who may need extra support and assistance. Please contact the council directly if you:

  • are being forced to leave your home
  • are awaiting trial for a criminal conviction
  • have complex learning difficulties
  • have any difficulties with reading and writing
  • are a young person in care or are about to leave care

Visit BetterOff Salford here:



One in three social housing tenants with mental health problems unhappy with home, making mental health worse

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

On the back of the publication of the Green Paper, a major study by Mind emphasises need for Government to ensure mental health is at the heart of social housing policy.



A study by Mind, the mental health charity, has found that one in three (33 per cent) people with mental health problems living in social housing is dissatisfied with where they live. Social housing is provided by local authorities, housing associations or charities to people affected by issues such as low income or disability.

Existing research shows that one in three people who live in social housing have a mental health problem. However, newly analysed data from Mind has shown more than two in five (43 per cent) of people with mental health problems living in social housing have seen their mental health deteriorate as a result of where they live.

Wanting to understand more about the relationship between housing and mental health, Mind surveyed 2,009 people across different housing sectors. Of these, 1,762 have mental health problems and 668 were living in social housing and had mental health problems. The survey also found that:

  • More than one in seven (15 per cent) experienced stigma from housing officials during the social housing application process
  • More than one in four (27 per cent) had problems with benefits such as universal credit or housing benefits.
  • Nearly three in ten (28 per cent) experienced stigma from neighbours or flatmates.

The charity wants to see a greater focus on mental health within social housing policy, with a particular focus on addressing stigma and problems with benefits.

Sophie Corlett, Director of External Relations at Mind, said:

“Social housing is meant to be safe, secure and low cost, making it a good option for those of us with mental health problems who need it. Yet our research shows that people with mental health problems who need social housing are being let down at every stage of the process and the current system just isn’t working for people with mental health problems.

“Given how many people living in social housing are experiencing mental health problems, it’s shocking to see how little attention is given to mental health and housing. At the moment, barely any data is collected on the mental health needs of tenants by local authorities. The recent Green Paper made little reference to mental health, but did mention the need to collect more information about how councils allocate their housing. The Government needs to start collecting data on the housing picture for tenants with mental health problems if it’s serious about properly meeting its ambition for improving support for people with mental health problems. We’d also like to see more training for those working for social housing providers to ensure they are well equipped to support tenants who have mental health problems.”

Nadia is 54 and living in Hackney, London. She is a single parent and currently shares a small studio flat with her 17 year old son. Just over a year ago she was living in a bigger home but struggled to keep up with the rent after her business went under.

She says:

I was privately renting a three bedroom house and was running my own business. Unfortunately, my company folded, and that’s when I felt the strain of making my monthly payments for council tax and other bills. I applied for housing benefit, but only received it for a limited time before it was cut off. After I was evicted, we were forced to move to a studio flat in another part of London, and all our possessions were destroyed by my landlord. As a direct result, I ended up in hospital in mental health crisis.

“My son and I both have severe mental health problems, worsened by our current housing situation. City, Hackney and Waltham Forest Mind has been great in offering me advice and support but the council haven’t been much help. We’ve been in temporary accommodation for ten months now. We’re on a waiting list for somewhere more suitable but even the waiting is causing a great deal of anxiety. My son’s been set back a year in his studies and I’ve been hospitalised form the stress of being placed in poor quality housing in an unknown and dangerous area. Finding new accommodation can’t come soon enough.”

Kathy is 47 and lives with her husband in Merseyside. She has lived in her current home -social housing provided by a housing association – for 20 years.

Kathy says:

“I have developed extreme depression and anxiety and I am prone to having panic attacks. Although I’ve had mental health problems for several years, they have worsened in the last two years, as a direct result of our neighbours. I work from home as a self-employed illustrator, so I’m affected by them 24/7. Our last neighbour regularly threatened us with a gun. Eventually he was moved on without having to go to court. Unfortunately, the neighbours that moved in two years ago are equally bad – noise and anti-social behaviour including threatened assault. The police have been involved.

“It’s affecting my income too. It’s extremely difficult to work as they constantly play loud music all day and all night and because they work shifts, there is always someone home. It’s now a vicious cycle – the more unwell and stressed I get, the less I am able to work, the less money I’m earning, and this feeds into my stress and poor mental health.

“Everyone deserves a safe place to call home and we are desperate to move. The Housing Association have said we just have to put up with it. They say they prioritise actual assaults over threatened ones, even though we are terrified to live here.”

The research also found that the housing system is incredibly difficult to navigate and understand:

  • More than two in five people (43 per cent) with mental health problems in social housing surveyed told us they had difficulty understanding their housing rights.

In response, the charity has launched a new guide which aims to assist people with mental health problems who want to understand how housing laws relate to them, available at