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
Every year ladies from Rowlands Castle WI collect presents on behalf of Havant and East Hants Mind, for in-patients who are staying in local acute mental health wards and care homes over Christmas.
Today, on Christmas Day, people who do not have any family or who otherwise would not be receiving presents on Christmas Day will be receiving presents right now thanks to the kind generosity of Rowlands Castle WI who each year donate presents for many isolated people. Our advocacy team members visit isolated members of the community who may be sectioned under the mental health act or in care homes with no family to look after them or to ensure that their views are heard and their rights protected.
We know that poor mental health can lead to isolation when in the community, but when on a ward or a care home, away from family friends and the outside world, receiving presents from the community, who just want to let them know that they are remembered and missed can be a great comfort.
The presents were delivered to Havant and East Hants Mind by Mrs Sarah Lee, chair of the Rowlands Castle WI.
We’d like to thank the WI ladies for all their efforts and to all the care staff who are working on Christmas Day.
If you run a club and would like to do something to support mental health or Havant and East Hants Mind, please contact us on 02392 498916 or email [email protected]
A big thank you to Petersfield Community Choir whose seasonal and sensational performance put everyone in the Christmas spirit. Amongst the Christmas cheer abundant at St. Peter’s Church in Petersfield, members of the choir and Petersfield community attending the event, donated £712 to Havant and East Hants Mind to continue their work in the local area.
Ross Borman of HEH Mind spoke at the event explaining the well-known physical and mental health benefits associated with singing. Perhaps you might like to consider joining a fun choir or any kind of musical activity to help promote good well-being
You can hear clips of their performance and see a list of upcoming events that they will be involved with here
We strongly recommend attending, it really was a treat. Once again thank you to everyone who attended and contributed from all at Havant and East Hants Mind
We were delighted to hear this morning from our Community Development Team, who attended the #MindMediaAwards on Thursday 29 November.
It was great, even for those of us watching online, to see the celebration of respectful mental health media coverage and the recognition of all the work local Minds do to support communities and individuals who may be struggling.
If you would like to find out more about our services, or supporting us as a Fundraiser or Ambassador contact Mike, [email protected]
We are sharing awareness this #InternationalMensDay as we support the men in our community.
In the UK, the theme and focus remains on how we can make a difference to men and boys, and, how we can give men and boys better life chances by addressing some of the issues that affect men and boys such as:
The high male suicide rate
The challenges faced by boys and men at all stages of education including attainment
Men’s health (including male cancers), shorter life expectancy and workplace deaths
The challenges faced by the most marginalised men and boys in society (for instance, homeless men, boys in care and the high rate of male deaths in custody)
Male victims of violence, including sexual violence
The challenges faced by men as parents, particularly new fathers and separated fathers
Male victims and survivors of sexual abuse, rape, sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, forced marriage, honour-based crime, stalking and slavery
The negative portrayal of men, boys and fathers
Follow the conversation online by using the below hashtags
#IMD18 #MensHealth #WorkplaceWellbeing
We were delighted to visit Staggeringly Good and count up the pounds and euros that have been donated over the last few months. A huge thank you for all the awareness raising you have been doing, as well as the donations.
A huge thank you to all the staff and patrons of Staggeringly Good who have donated a total of £138.03 and €1.20.
We were delighted to deliver mental health awareness training at Petersfield Rugby Club on 28 October, along with our first HEH Mind Ambassador training.
This was the first HEH Mind Ambassador training session delivered as our new Ambassador programme starts to accept applications and interviewing those wanting to volunteer and participate in the project.
The training includes discussing the importance of conversations, potential risk factors, the benefit of Ambassadors, signposting and relevant campaign information.
We look forward to working with Petersfield Rugby Club to support and celebrate those within our community.
If you would like to find out more about becoming an Ambassador contact Mike [email protected].