As we prepare for World Suicide Prevention Day (on 10th September 2019), we at HEH Mind are saddened to read the report published by the Office of National Statistics which identifies there has been an increase in the number of deaths caused by suicide.
The ONS report states there has been an 11.8% increase in
deaths by suicide in the UK (686 individual deaths) from 2017 to 2018. This is
the first time in five years there has been a recorded increase in the suicide
rate. In Hampshire on average someone takes their own life approximately every
It is little known that for each 1 recorded suicide, 25
people make an attempt to take their own life. This means that it is likely 7
people each day in Hampshire make and attempt to take their own life.
Every single death by suicide is a tragedy, and something
we actively try to prevent. Unfortunately, despite our efforts, in the last
year our community has been affected by suicide.
While there is no simple solution, it is important to
say suicide is preventable, and people can recover from the thoughts,
feelings and emotions they may be having.
Julie Parker, CEO of Havant and East Hants Mind has
taken the opportunity of world suicide prevention day to publically renew the
commitment of all at Havant and East Hants Mind to
continue challenging the culture around mental health, changing how our
communities talk about mental health illnesses and deliver the much needed
wellbeing support for those in our local communities.”
Mike Lock, Community Development lead at HEH Mind
explained “Suicide prevention is part of our training courses, awareness
activities, community engagement and our ethos at Havant and East Hants Mind.
Our Ambassadors Project highlights this; where our training focuses on starting
conversations about wellbeing, regardless of someone displaying signs of poor
mental health. Ambassadors are trained and recruited to support their
communities, be that in the workplace, a sports club, education or a wider
community setting. Through them we hope to change the culture around mental
health and show at certain times it is ok, and important, to ask someone ‘are
you thinking of harming yourself?’ This could allow someone to open up, it
could start a ‘real’ conversation, lead to signposting and potentially saving a
As a recovery service HEH Mind supports people –some who may
previously have had suicidal thoughts, to manage their illness, symptoms and to
access support. We know from their feedback how valuable they have found
developing wellbeing tools and behaviours as part of our workshops, groups and
If you would like to find out more about our services,
whether it is for yourself or someone you know, please visit easthantsmind.org
or call 02392 481886.
Havant and East Hants Mind is a recovery service, if you are in crisis please contact your GP, the emergency services on 999 and/ or Samaritans on 116 123 or www.samaritans.org.
Havant and East Hants Mind hopes that with more people talking about mental health (illnesses, wellbeing, and support), we will see these figures reduce next year as we work towards zero suicides (as outlined by the Zero Suicide Alliance).
Havant and East Hampshire Mind is
delighted to collaborate with Messy4Mind founder Tom Mills.
“Our collaboration means we are
able to offer supporters the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for HEH
Mind by taking part in the Messy4Mind challenge.” Mike Lock, Community
Development Officer, HEH Mind.
Find out more about fundraising for HEH Mind, including our other activities/ events, resources and support by visiting our website or contacting [email protected]
We are delighted to round off #VolunteersWeek by mentioning one of our amazing volunteers, who recently received the 2nd place certificate for ‘Unsung Hero’ at the Havant Volunteer Awards.
Bruce helps in many ways at HEH Mind and we are very pleased to see him recognised by Havant Borough Council. Bruce is a volunteer that goes above and beyond, and never asks for or expects thanks/ recognition. Many local charities, including ourselves, rely on people like Bruce to keep us positive, motivated and smiling. A huge thank you and well done to Bruce.
At the end of April Sandra completed the quite remarkable 100 metre abseil of Spinnaker Tower. In doing so Sandra raised awareness and over £360 for Havant and East Hants Mind.
We would like to say a huge thank
you to Sandra for abseiling Portsmouth’s iconic Spinnaker Tower and sharing the
message that its ok to need support.
Sandra stated “I’ve known so many people that have had and still
suffer with mental health issues including myself. It’s heartbreaking when you
can’t take the pain away, but one thing I have learnt is that it’s good to talk
and that it’s definitely ok not to be ok”
On Sunday 28th April Dan and
Eddie took on the challenge of the London Marathon. Both runners had their own
reasons for wanting to support HEH Mind and being part of the 42,436 people who
completed the Marathon.
Dan stated “We all face
our inner demons at some stage of life and as many as 1 in 4 suffer from some
form of mental illness. Unlike many other illnesses those of the mind cannot be
seen and are often misunderstood or attached to a stigma.”
Eddie had told us “I’m
glad I’m supporting such an amazing cause and will try and do you guys proud“.
We can positively say you made us proud and have done something amazing.
We hope both Dan and Eddie have
rested up and taken a moment to reflect on how amazing their achievement is.
Thank you both for your support.
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 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.