During Mental Health Awareness Week we were delighted to visit workplaces, sports clubs, schools, colleges and community spaces. Our staff, volunteers and Ambassadors all started conversations, destigmatised mental health and aimed to increase awareness of local services. Thank you to everyone that talked to us and shared their experiences. If you did not speak to our team, but would like to find out more you can visit our website (easthantsmind.org) or our social media channels.
We look forward to the next national campaign, which is World Mental Health Day on 10 October. If you would like to get involved you can contact the team by emailing [email protected]
Havant and East Hants Mind Children and Young Peoples Wellbeing Service supports children and young people to build resilience and to achieve and maintain positive mental health and wellbeing. This ranges from one-to-one support and group work, to outreach into the community and community engagement to provide a range of interventions and activities to support children and young people to manage their own mental health needs.
The Wellbeing Practitioner will support our new ‘Safe Haven’ Project. HEH Mind have been commissioned by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight CCG Partnership to deliver the Havant Safe Haven which is an out of hours crisis support service for any young person in the Havant Borough aged 11-16 experiencing self-defined crisis.
Havant and East Hants Mind are excited to share with you that we are launching a “Safe Haven” for young people aged 11 to 17 within Havant Borough.
The Safe Haven will provide a safe & confidential space for young people experiencing difficultly with their mental health or wellbeing. The service will open Tuesday the 30th of April 2019 – for full details of opening times and venue – please refer to our poster.
Maria Morrell (Director of Services), from HEH Mind has said “We are really excited to be launching the Havant Safe Haven and would like to thank Hampshire and Isle of Wight CCG for funding and supporting this service.
We are passionate about working with young people to promote better mental health, reduce stigma and discrimination and prevent mental health difficulties developing into severe and enduring health issues.
We will be working in close partnership with schools, colleges, GPs, CAMHs and other key services to promote the service and together bring about better mental health for young people in Havant”.
During March Mike, our Community Development Officer, attended the Havant Youth Conference, which this year focused on ‘Your vote matters’ and ‘Your voice counts’. Mike spoke about how mental health is an important topic when considering local and national elections and how it is something that affects everyone.
The young people in attendance discussed what mental health is and how it includes wellbeing, stating it’s not just about illnesses. There was also discussion about stigma and worrying what people may think when talking about mental health and why this could mean people don’t talk as much about this important topic. This lead into why topics that are not spoken about are important to keep in mind if you are thinking about local representation and campaigns.
Students from secondary schools across the borough joined the Mayor of Havant, councillors and community groups for Havant Borough Council’s fifth annual Havant Youth Conference. Held at the Plaza on Friday 15 March the Havant Youth Conference aimed to get young residents inspired about issues that affect them and to teach them about their local council and councillors.
Havant and East Hants Mind were delighted to attend the East Hampshire Sports Awards in March and to have the first screening of our Ambassadors in sport video. We look forward to sharing this video more widely later in April.
HEH Mind were represented by Julie, HEH Mind CEO, Maria, HEH Mind Director of Services, Mike, HEH Mind Community Development Officer and Wendy, HEH Mind Ambassador at Petersfield Rugby Club.
They were amazed at the achievements of those nominated for awards. A huge congratulations to all winners and nominees.
The East Hampshire Sports Awards Ceremony is an annual event, organised by East Hampshire District Council, which recognises sportsmen and women at every level, and the coaches, officials and volunteers who work behind the scenes to help athletes and clubs succeed.
This year’s prestigious event was sponsored by Everyone Active, the Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company and HEH Mind. Providing talented athletes in the district the chance to celebrate their achievements over the last year.
at an Alton café will be able to give their customers help with their mental
health and wellbeing alongside their morning coffee thanks to a new agreement
with a local charity.
Austen’s Café, on Lenten Street, has teamed up with East Hants MIND to help bring mental health into focus.
The partnership is the latest to take part in
East Hampshire District Council’s Business Buddies Scheme, which matches
businesses with local charities to explore how they can help each other.
The café is now part of East Hants MIND’s ‘community-minded business mental health ambassadors’ scheme.
Austen’s staff will receive regular support and information to help people with mental health and wellbeing issues that may come into the café. They will also support fundraising activities throughout the year.
McDonald, the owner of the café, said: “We are proud to be taking this first
step of working to support East Hants MIND. Their work really complements the
things we were already doing, including The Anxiety Café every Monday.”
Ross Borman, from East Hants MIND, said:
“Raising awareness of mental health and wellbeing and offering help to people
in need is what MIND is all about. We look forward to a long and successful
relationship with Austen’s.”
The Business Buddies scheme is part of EHDC’s
focus on welfare in the district. It seeks to join charities with businesses
which can support them, through manpower, expertise or fund-raising.
Cllr Richard Millard, EHDC Leader, said: “The Business Buddies scheme was set up with just this kind of association in mind.”
“These two organisations can achieve so much more for the community than they can working apart, and I am delighted they have come together in this way.”
“We are always looking for more community-minded businesses that can offer something to local charities – whether that is professional expertise, volunteer time or funding.”
If your business would be able to offer support to the local charity Havant and East Hants Mind , please get in touch with Ross Borman on 023 92498916 email – [email protected]
We are very excited about Andy’s 24 hour pool challenge at the Portsmouth Conservative Club, which will start on Friday 1st March at 8pm and finish at 8pm on Saturday 2nd March.
Please drop into the Portsmouth Conservative Club to cheer Andy on.
Andy’s workplace, Kier, will be matching the first £200 raised to contribute to the total amount. So every little really does help, please donate whatever you can in support for Andy in raising important funds for Havant and East Hants Mind.
Huge thank you to Havant and Waterlooville Swimming Club who invited us along for their annual Chris Hunt Swimming Challenge at Waterlooville swimming pool.
“I was delighted to be invited to Havant and Waterlooville’s Chris Hunt Swimming Challenge. It was great to see so many local individuals and families coming together for a community event in Chris’ memory.
At Havant and East Hants Mind we work to promote good mental health supporting and empowering people to lead a full life as part of our local community. Clubs like Havant and Waterlooville Swimming and events such as the annual Challenge mean we and other charities over the years are/have been able to continue this important community work.
It was a privilege that this year the club chose to support Havant and East Hants Mind and we were delighted to blow the starting whistle at the event on Saturday 5th January. Everyone at HEH Mind would like to say a huge thank you to all who took part in the challenge or donated on Saturday, raising £563.58. Thank you.” – Mike Lock, Community Development Officer