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The Big Mental Health Survey 2018

Monday, July 30th, 2018

Last year, Mind launched major research project, the Big Mental Health Survey. The survey explores people’s experiences of mental health support provided by the voluntary sector and primary care services (e.g. GPs). It also captures people’s experiences of discrimination.


Have you experienced mental health problems? Complete the Big Mental Health  Survey here

Results from last year

We received an incredible response last year. Over 8,000 people who had used mental health services took part, including 1,000 local Mind service users. This has provided important evidence to support our service delivery and influencing work. We found that participants had a better overall experience of care provided by Mind and local Minds (85%), than other voluntary organisations (78%) or primary care services (74%).

In particular, people felt that local Mind staff took them seriously, listened to their needs, gave them enough time to talk about their mental health, treated them as an individual, provided easy to understand explanations, and encouraged them to stay hopeful about the future.

In the North west, three quarters (75%) of respondents felt that primary care services met their mental health needs, this was broadly similar to respondents as a whole.


Furthermore, last year’s survey collected important demographic information from the North West around age, sexuality, ethnicity, disability and diagnosis. Collecting such data is crucial as it enables us to identify groups that are under-represented in our service delivery, and plan future services to meet demand.

This year’s survey

We are now launching the next wave of the research and we need your help again. Working closely with our expert research partners, the Picker Institute, we will be surveying up to 10,000 people and we want to hear from even more local Mind service users.

The survey is open to anyone aged 16 years or older, with personal experience of mental health problems. We will be collecting responses until the end of October 2018.

You can take the survey below and read the results from last year’s  report here.


Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 – Tackle stress with Mind in Salford

Friday, April 27th, 2018

14th May 2018 marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week. Originally conceived by the Mental Health Foundation, the ambition of the week is to bring individuals, charities and organisations together to raise awareness, and help identify and tackle some of the root causes of mental ill-health. This year, the focus of the week will be stress.

Why is it important to manage stress?

Leading a stressful life has been proven to increase a person’s risk of developing other forms of mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, and can often be a seed from which more severe mental health conditions can manifest.

Furthermore, stress can contribute to deterioration in physical health. Stress increases the risk of strokes, and has been linked with heart disease and even obesity.

From such a wealth of research, it is apparent that acute or prolonged stress can be detrimental to an individual’s mental health. Moreover, the impact that widespread stress and mental ill-health can have on business and productivity is staggering – but often goes unreported. In an effort to raise awareness of this issue, Mind CEO Paul Farmer – alongside former HBOS chairman, Dennis Stevenson – embarked on an independent review, hoping to change the ways employers think and act around mental wellbeing in the workplace. Amongst their findings, they concluded that the annual cost of poor mental health to UK employers was between £33bn to £42bn a year.



How we can help:

There is no quick fix for improving mental health; it requires sustained momentum and access to resources that not only help treat the effects of mental health, but enable people to successfully manage their day-to-day mental wellbeing. At Mind in Salford, we offer resources that will aid your understanding of mental health, and help you to lay the foundations of mental wellbeing. What we offer:

Mental Health Awareness Training:

Our mental health awareness training takes participants through mental health definitions, the needs of people with mental health issues and how to respond, myth busting and tackling stigma around mental ill health, plus how to look after our own mental health and wellbeing.

Advocacy and Rights Training:

The course is of particular interest to, those who come into contact with people with mental health conditions as part of their work; for the family or friends of people experiencing mental health conditions who would benefit from information and guidance; and for anyone with an interest in learning more about this subject.

To find when our next available training days are, click here.

Access to Information:

Improving starts with educating, so by making resources accessible you can begin to improve understanding of your own mental health and encourage others to learn and talk about it too. Mind’s national site is filled with free resources for both workplaces and individuals that are available to download, print and distribute far and wide!

You can downlod Mind’s ‘How to Manage Stress’ pack here.

Community and Corporate Fundraising Support

Organizing fundraising events is a poignant way to raise awareness at work or in your community. Our experienced staff can give you some advice on setting up and promoting your event, as well as talking you through other fundraising options such as ‘Charity of the Year’ and match funding opportunities. For an overview of fundraising for Mind in Salford, take a look at our fundraising pack.

Workplace Mindfulness Sessions

In order to help organisations promote and support the wellbeing of their workforce, we offer either one hour mindfulness taster sessions, or half day mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) sessions.


We have all had stressful experiences at some point in our lives, which is why it should be commonplace to talk about it in wider society. Without more awareness surrounding stress and mental health in general, individuals will continue to suffer and organisations will continue to feel the ramifications.

We want Salford to be a mentally healthy place to live, learn and work, so if you think our services would benefit you, don’t hesitate to contact us.

LISTEN: Mindfulness in everyday life – Unity Radio – 05/02/108

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Mindfulness doesn’t have to be hours of meditation or a Buddhist hillside retreat; everyday activities such having a shower or even drinking a cup of tea can contribute to personal wellbeing. In an increasingly hectic world, the importance of mindful living is becoming more widely acknowledged than ever before, helping many people to maintain calmness, resilience and awareness in their day-to-day lives.

In this recent interview with Unity Radio, qualified mindfulness practitioner and Mind in Salford Chief Exec, Markus Greenwood, provides an introduction to mindfulness and discusses how everyone can integrate simple mindfulness practices in their daily routines.

You can listen to the interview below, or to find out more about the mindfulness training we offer, click here.


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:

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




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

Mind In Salford’s top team at Salford University Sports Day

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Mind In Salford’s top team at Salford University Sports Day – big thanks to Salford University!

Coping With Traumatic Events – Manchester Arena Bombing

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

All of us at Mind in Salford would like to express our thoughts and condolences to all those effected by Monday nights incident.

Incidents such as this can have a huge lasting effect on how we feel, even if we are not in attendance. National Mind have put together an article signposting organisations and charities who could provide support and assistance at this time. Where to seek help and support

Further to this we wish to thank and show our appreciation for all the emergency services who have supported people through the incident, we understand that experiences such as can also be difficult for the emergency services. Here is a link to our Blue Light Programme which includes the Mind confidential Blue Light hotline where you can speak to trained staff who will provide information, advice and signposting around mental health and wellbeing.