Focus on: Mind

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Mind The Mental Health Charity

Yes I know the featured image is out of date.  However since that was last week, I felt that the charity Mind would be a good fit for my Focus On series.

We really need to stop all the Stigma and misunderstanding behind mental health.

It is  just as, if not more important,than your physical health.

Just because you can’t see it does not mean it’s not there and not causing issues for that individual.

It is just like those people who say to those that have a blue badge, ‘you don’t look disabled.’  Before you pass judgement just ask yourself this question for a minute ‘what exactly does someone have to look like to be disabled’  Not all physical disabilities are visible, any more than mental health is.

I like Michael McIntyre as he is one of those comedians who can have me in stitches, partly I think because he is an observational comedian.

On one of his televised shows (think it might have been Hello Wembley!) he does a section about disability, and what he says is very true of people and what they have to put up with when they park in a disabled space.   There are many disabilities that are invisible, be they physical or mental or both, please think before you comment.

MIND

The charity Mind was founded in 1946 as the National Association for Mental Health.  It celebrated its 70th Anniversary in 2016.  Mind offers information and advice to people with mental health problems and lobbies government and local authorities on their behalf.

(source: wikipaedia)

Mind are the mental health charity.  Their slogan is this:

We won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect.

About us

We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.  We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and  promote understanding.

Mind can help you make choices about treatment, understand your rights or reach out to sources of support.

Having looked at their website I was very pleased to see that it was very easy to navigate.  There is a very useful list of the A-Z of mental health problems/issues which gives you a range of information and adviice on a huge range of mental health topics.

There is also training to help you better understand and support people with mental health problems.  There are useful links, such as Stress, Workplace mental health, Depression, PTSD, Crisis services and an introduction to mental health problems.

Strategy

Because of Mind millions more people have access to advice and support, thanks to our inormation and services nationally and locally, in England and Wales.  We’re building on change but we know there is much more to be done.

The introduction to Mental Health problems explains what mental health problems are, what may cause them and the many different inds of help treatment and support that are available.  It also provides guidance on where to find more information and tips for friends and family.  At the top of every page including this one are three buttons – talk to us – I need urgent help- and the Donate button.  Please click here if any of these would be useful.

Mind’s achievements to date are as follows: Over more than 60 years Mind has worked to improve the lives of all people with experience of Mental health problems.  Through public campaigns, government lobbying and more than 1,000 services our local Minds have delivered in communities across England and Wales, we have touched millions of lives.

Policy Work

Our policy work influences governent so that people with meantal health provlems can get the support they need and the respect they deserve.

Workplace.

Whether you’re an employee worried about your own or a colleagues mental health, a company looking for a charity partner, or an HR professional interested in improving mental wellbeing in your organisation – we’re here to help.

Mental Health at Work

At least one in six workers experiences common mental health problems including anxiety and depression.  Our research shows that work is the biggest cause of ‘stress’ in peoples lives, more so than debt or financial difficulties.

Stress can stop people working at their best. We are here to help.

Mind also have an influence and participation toolkit – available here.  Which will help you to understand why and how the active participation of people with mental health problems can have a positive impact on your work, as well as on the people we support.

This toolkit has been developed by Mind, but it is recognised as a valuable resource for anyone whose organisation or workplace want to engage with people with menatl health problems in a meaningful way.  It is available publically and anyone can use it.  its aim is to enable you to meaninfully involve people with lived experience in the development of your work and organisation.  We encourabe you to use the templates and tools included as well as creating your won to support your work.  It can all be found here.

Celebrity support

Mind has support from these celebrities, not least of which is their president  Stephen Fry.  He is our figurehead and our leading ambassador promoting our causes and advocating on our behalf. Our president embodies our values: Credibility, trustworthinss,and authority.  Minds Ambassadors support our president by promoting our work as widely as possible and encouraging more people to support Mind.  They are committed to our cause and to raising awareness of mental health problems.  The Ambassadors are:  Frankie Bridge, Beverley Carlisle, Fearne Cotton, Matt Johnson, Nicholas Pinnock, Duke McKenzie MBE, Stuart Semple, Ruby Wax OBE, Denise Welch, Anna Williamson, and Zoella.

Zoella (real name Zoe Sugg) is Minds first digital Ambassador.  With over 12 million followers on YouTube Zoe is known for regularly vlogging about beauty, fashion, ad lifestyle. 

To find out more click here.

(source: Mind UK)

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