Being there for everyone experiencing a mental health problem is fundamental to who we are at Havant and East Hants Mind. But the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus pandemic on racialised communities and the anti-racism protests during 2020/21, made us recognise where we had been falling short.
Yes. We have built services, campaigned for and supported people from racialised communities. However, individual projects and good intentions will only take us so far.
The deep-rooted inequalities in society and in the mental health system are also found within the Mind network. There are so many people we do not reach. Who do not see Mind as relevant to their lives. Who we have not listened to hard enough or worked with closely enough.
To change this, we recognise that we, as an affiliated charity to Mind, need to change – in terms of who we are as an organisation, how we support the mental health of people from racialised communities and how we acknowledge and challenge racism more widely.
“The term ‘hard to reach’ is quite stigmatising and diminishing. If we’re hard to reach, it suggests we’re the problem.” – Service user
Our ambition is to become a truly anti-racist organisation. We will be an unflinching advocate for racial justice and mental health. Our support will be engaging and effective for people from racialised communities. We will invest in building an inclusive organisational culture with diverse leaders.
Our new governance roles and senior leader roles will include responsibility to look to deliver greater racial equity in our culture, our values, our structure, our decisions, the support we provide, our partnerships, our campaigns and the way all staff approach our roles.
We will also be engaging closely with national Mind and local Minds around England and Wales who are working hard to develop the experience and expertise to transform the mental health of racialised communities.
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Adult Safe Haven - Open 6pm-10pm every night - Intervention, support and advice to de-escalate mental health crisis - Tips and tools to promote wellbeing - Mental Health Assessment if needed
Our free-phone line is also available during our opening hours on 0300 303 1560 Located within The Hub, Dunsbury Way, Leigh Park, Havant. Find out more easthantsmind.org/adults-safe-haven
What is the Adults’ Safe Haven? - The Adults’ Safe Haven is for any adult needing immediate support at a time of crisis. - At the Safe Haven individuals develop short term coping strategies. If you visit you will also build knowledge and understanding of other (longer term) support. ... See MoreSee Less
The rules for wearing masks have this week been relaxed for those of us in England. But it's still important to do what we can to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
We will all have different reactions to this change, but remember that:
- Not everyone can wear a mask - Not everyone is fully vaccinated - We all feel differently about this change - Some of us are still not comfortable to not wear masks
Remember to be kind and considerate towards others, and to not judge. We do not know why someone feels the way they do, or what they have experienced over the last 18 months.
If you are not sure how someone feels consider some of these questions to find out more.
- Would you like me to wear a mask? - Is it ok if I take my mask off? - Shall we spread out a little? - Shall we open the window? - Is it ok if I leave the door open? - Would you like some hand sanitiser?
Connect 5 training 🗣 Free training for charities, community groups and statutory agencies. This evidenced based training programme will: - Build capacity and capability to have more proactive conversations about mental health - Promote mental wellbeing, preventing mental health deterioration - Identify and take appropriate action to address mental distress