Mind In Salford - For Better Mental Health

Take on a new challenge with Firewalk UK and Total Fitness

February 19th, 2018 by James Skipper

Are you looking for a unique way to challenge yourself and contribute to mental wellbeing in your community? The Mind Firewalk is just the opportunity.

Total Fitness Gym in Whitefield has teamed up with Firewalk UK, to give people in Greater Manchester an opportunity to take part in an unforgettable event. Participants will be taken through an afternoon of training, team activities and motivational speeches before running the hot coal gauntlet.

Training will be provided by Scott Bell – one of the world’s leading Firewalk experts and twice holder of the Guinness World Record for the greatest fire walking distance.

The experience will be completely safe and pain free.

The £15 registration fee – which you can pay via this link – will go straight to to Mind HQ in London, via event coordinator, Adam Green. After that, we ask participants to aim to raise at least £100 – with every penny going towards helping those who have been afflicted by mental ill-health and helping to tackle stigma. Alternatively, why not make a difference in your community and fundraise for a local Mind organisation? If you are interested in completing the firewalk in aid of Mind in Salford, contact our Fundraising Manager, Lawrence, by emailing lawrence@mindinsalford.org.uk or calling on 0161 212 6454.

To find out more about the event, visit the Facebook page. Here you can join the conversation and invite friends to take part too!

* Registration fee = £15
* Fundraising commitment = £100

Open to anyone aged 14+ 


Please email mindcharityfirewalk@gmail.com to register your interest or for Mind in Salford fundraisers, contact Lawrence on the details above.

 

WATCH: Mindfulness and Metta in Mental Health – Talk at the Mindful Living Show 2018

February 6th, 2018 by James Skipper

A talk by Mind in Salford’s CEO and Mindfulness Lead, Markus Greenwood, about how mindfulness techniques can be used in mental health and wellbeing practices. Delivered on 02/02/18 at the Mindful Living Show, Manchester.

 

My Mental Health Story – Martin O’Doherty

February 1st, 2018 by James Skipper

Hello everyone, my name is Martin and I was diagnosed with OCD when I was 27. Having lived with what I knew were bizarre thoughts, silly fears and avoiding the things that set off my anxiety for 17 years already, I just thought I was a little weird, or different! I never quite understood why I’d get ‘bad thoughts’ or ‘weird thoughts’ and just considered myself some random anomaly. I’d never heard of the term ‘intrusive thoughts’ until I became unwell myself. If you too haven’t they are very unpleasant, unwanted and involuntary thoughts that are ego dystonic in nature. Ego dystonic means that the content of the thoughts is contrary to who you are! They are distressing, terrifying and awful to live with.

I grew up in the north west of England, where I struggled with school, work, friends, you name it! My ‘thoughts’, or OCD as I now realise, had a knack of getting in the way of everything. That was until I applied to train as an Occupational Therapist in 2006. University had been therapeutic for me. I was immersed in studies about something I was passionate about (helping others) and I was so engrossed that my ‘bad thoughts’ didn’t seem to plague me as much. I graduated with first class honours and was proud as punch in my achievement too, having been told I would never amount to anything when I was school! Now I was going to be a mental health professional! Boy was I in for a shock when I realised I was going to end up being referred to as a “service user” rather than a mental health professional.

 

In 2010, my career crumbled. I became ill! I never thought this would happen to me. I thought that it was the kind of thing that happened to the ‘service users’ I’d planned to be the therapist for, or other people. Or just people who failed in life…Jeez I can’t believe I used to think that way! But I did!

My intrusive thoughts all centred upon harm coming to others, and me being directly responsible. It manifested through doubts on whether I’d contaminated friends and my family’s food or drinks. I couldn’t cope with the thoughts, or the doubts. They were always there. I’d only have to look at a bottle of household bleach and I’d be convinced I’d poured it into people’s food. The fear was paralysing. The last thing I’d ever want to do is harm someone, so why was I getting these awful thoughts in my head? I never heard of the term intrusive thoughts, and I certainly didn’t know about their ego dystonic nature, so I would get so anxious that I would throw away any food or drinks I was concerned about. I would shake, cry and rock back and forth, trying to figure out whether the thought of poisoning someone was a real memory, or my mind playing tricks on me. It eventually became easier to avoid food and drinks altogether.

Fast forward to 2013 and I started to make progress in my recovery. I began to open up about the intrusive thoughts that were keeping me in a state of fear and exhaustion. Doing this helped immensely, and I had no idea just how much it would!

The power that you can gain from disclosing what’s going on your head is truly remarkable. I went from being petrified of telling anybody my intrusive thoughts to enjoying the shock on the faces of those who I would open up to! They weren’t shocked because of the content of my thoughts, they were shocked because they too had been living with similar, and different intrusive thoughts. They thought they were the only one who had them! How wrong were they!

How do I manage my mental health now?

I am a believer that through using the power of disclosure, we can end the stigma associated with having ‘mental health’. Through it we can help others who struggle alone too. How many times have you worried what people will think if they could read the content of your thoughts? If people knew you were ‘mentally ill’ or couldn’t work for reasons associated with mental health! My guess is that you’ve lost count, as I had previously to disclosure!

In 2013 I decided to dedicate my life to helping others who had experienced OCD and lived with the terror of intrusive thoughts. I began running a support group for others who lived with OCD, and I for one can attest to how much it has helped, not only me but the many people I have met over the last 5 years of running it. I think everyone should join a support group. They can be so powerful! Just being around others who understand what you are going through, and have been there themselves is so reassuring. I’ve made lifelong friends along this journey and we support each other through the good and bad.

One of the most important aspects of my recovery journey though has been getting involved with Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

I was fortunate to meet my manager one day just by chance. She was setting up what she referred to as “the Recovery Academy”. She explained to me that it was a college of sorts where courses would be cofacilitated and coproduced by experts by experience and mental health professionals! It was all aimed at combatting stigma, breaking down misconceptions and educating anyone who wanted to know more. As soon as I heard this I committed to working for her and wrote a whole course about my experience of living with OCD. In it I openly discuss the content of my intrusive thoughts and how it affects me on a day to day basis alongside a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. This course has been a platform for sharing my message of hope to hundreds of people across the north west. It has enabled me to use my experience of despair for a greater good, and that’s what I think we all should do. Use your story to inspire others and shape a new understanding of mental health. Tell people that everyone experiences odd thoughts, and they don’t mean you are odd! Experiencing intrusive thoughts and ‘mental health’ doesn’t mean you’re weak, it doesn’t mean you’re a failure…it means you’re human! We all have mental health and we all get intrusive thoughts, so let’s stamp out this stigma associated with it!

 

We would like to say a massive thank you to Martin for sharing his story with us for #TimetoTalkDay 2018. Martin also runs a great blog called ‘Overcoming Anxiety‘, where he talks about his personal experiences and gives others advice on coping mechanisms. You can also find Martin’s Facebook page here, and his Twitter here.

Help empower your community at Salford Citizen’s Panel

January 24th, 2018 by James Skipper

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

January 22nd, 2018 by James Skipper

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

January 19th, 2018 by James Skipper

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

January 18th, 2018 by James Skipper

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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

January 9th, 2018 by James Skipper

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

January 4th, 2018 by mindlogin

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:

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

July 4th, 2017 by mindlogin

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

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0161 212 4880
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