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Community Development fund

As part of the Men’s Mental Health Project in Hastings, Mind in Brighton and Hove are administering a Community Development Fund that will enable positive changes by growing ideas, developing new projects and strengthening existing projects to support men’s mental health in Hastings.

The first round of bidding for funding has now been completed and we will be funding 6 exciting new projects in Hastings that will support men’s mental health.

We are now accepting applications for a second round. We are looking for ideas for projects, initiatives, activities or events that will raise awareness for men’s mental health and support and empower men to look after their mental health in Hastings.

If you are interested, take a look at our grant application process here.

The deadline for application is 5pm on Monday the 8th November 2021.

For further information please contact Hannah.richards@mindcharity.co.uk

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World Mental Health Day event Hastings 8th October

This Sunday 10th October 2021 is World Mental Health Day. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World’, as set by the World Federation for Mental Health.

World Mental Health Day is a day when we are encouraged to speak out, spread the word and make change happen. Throughout the day we will be sharing statistics on Twitter that give an insight into the scale of the inequalities that people experience. They highlight that we must keep fighting for mental health to make sure everyone can get the support they need.

On Friday 8th October, we are hosting an event for World Mental Health Day. The event will be held in Hastings at a new community venue ‘the common room’ at Eagle House. The event will run be between 11am and 3pm and we will be highlighting the issues around inequalities and mental health. There will be a number of wellbeing and mental health services and projects at the event supplying information and engaging the public in activities. There will be free wellbeing taster sessions, including mindfulness, crafts and powerhooping. More information is in the flyer here.

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World Mental Health Day Mini Ramp Jam

Come to Jubilee Square opposite the Jubilee Library on World Mental Health Day on the 10th October between 12 – 5pm for a Mini ramp jam.

  • FREE skateboarding taster sessions all day for ages 5+
  • Join in the mini ramp skateboarding competition from 2 – 3pm and win some prizes!
  • Get information on mental wellbeing
  • There will also be a children activity area

Come along find out about mental health, watch or even take part in some skateboarding!

Brighton and Hove City Council are celebrating the importance of mental health and the skateparks community on World Mental Health day. Skateparks are diverse, supportive and accepting free spaces in the city where confidence, resilience and great fun can be had by all!

#worldmentalhealthday

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HealthWalks programme October / November 2021

Physical exercise and being outdoors can be good for our mental health. Brighton and Hove City Council’s Healthy Lifestyles team have published details of free Healthwalks in October and November around Brighton and Hove, including a range of different distances and suitable for a range of abilities.

You can download their Interim programme here.

There is more information on Healthwalks on the Brighton and Hove City Council website.

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Coronavirus and your Wellbeing

You might be worried about coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) and how it could affect your life. However there is a lot of information available on how to look after yourself and where you can get help and support.

You can get information from the NHS on their website at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ which contains updated information both on how you look after your general health and what actions to take if you have concerns you may have been affected. Your local G.P. surgery will also have information on their website. Information from the UK government about the latest restrictions is available on their website www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Mind  www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/ has information and advice on how to look after your mental health, such as: managing feelings about the lockdown easing, mask anxietythe Covid-19 vaccine and mental health, how to cope with going into work, and many others.

NHS advice on looking after your mental health during coronavirus, including advice for parents and carers, is available on their new Every Mind Matters website here: www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/

Further information can also be found on the Mental Health Foundation’s website at  www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak and on the Samaritan’s website at www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/support-and-information/if-youre-having-difficult-time/if-youre-worried-about-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak/

If you would like information about local services or to speak to someone about support for your mental health you can also contact our Advice and Information Service on 01273 66 69 50

PLEASE NOTE this information was last checked on 3oth September 2021

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Stoptober: Local 1-1 Support to quit in Brighton and Hove

‘What will you start doing this Stoptober?’

The Healthy lifestyle Team’s Health Trainers are continuing to provide individual support to smokers who are ready to quit, with up to twelve weeks of appointments, Nicotine Replacement Therapy (gum, patches etc) and motivation available to keep you on track.  To make a referral for yourself or someone else, please complete our online referral form.

For more information or to book call the Healthy Lifestyles Team on 01273 294589 or email healthylifestyles@brighton-hove.gov.uk

This service is FREE, confidential and open to all adults in Brighton & Hove.

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Mind in Brighton and Hove volunteering opportunity: Men’s Mental Health Project Hastings

Mind in Brighton and Hove is looking for volunteers to assist with a new project supporting Men’s Mental Health in Hastings. We would  particularly welcome and encourage applications from people who identify as male. As a volunteer you will be assisting with the promotion, support and delivery of the project, which aims to create awareness of men’s mental health and provide support to men in the community.

To find out more about the opportunity and to find details about how to apply click here.

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World Suicide Prevention Day Friday 10th September

Friday 10th September 2021 is World Suicide Prevention Day, this year the theme is Creating Hope Through Action. Hope is a reminder that there is an alternative to suicide and that our actions, no matter how big or small, may provide hope to those who are struggling. This Friday, Mind in Brighton and Hove will be sharing suicide prevention resources and encouraging people to share what makes them feel hopeful using the hashtag #HopeinMind. For example going for a walk to your favourite coffee shop, connecting with a friend or listening to a certain song.

You can support World Suicide Prevention Day by sharing resources about suicide prevention and taking the time to reach out to someone. These simple actions can give someone else hope. Click here for a resource created for our Men’s Mental Health project in Hastings which includes details of resources that could help people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts.

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New ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ leaflet

As lockdown restrictions ease, it is still important that we continue to pay close attention to our own mental health and wellbeing and that of those around us.

Extensive research has shown there are five simple activities you can incorporate into daily life to improve your sense of wellbeing.

Brighton and Hove City Council have a new colourful A5 leaflet with information about the ‘5 Ways’: click here to view or download

They have introduced the acronym ‘CLANG’ as a good way to remember what the ‘5 Ways’ are.

Text reads "Think CLANG for good wellbeing" - CLANG is in bright capitalised lettering

Connect: Reach out to your local community, neighbourhood, colleagues, family and friends.

Learn: Learning new things can be fun and can improve your confidence. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Share what you have done with others.

Be Active: Exercising makes us feel good. If you can get outside, try and go for a walk everyday. Discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.

Take Notice: Look out as well as in. Notice your senses and what’s around you. Pay attention to the present moment. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”.

Give: Acts of giving and kindness can help improve your wellbeing by creating positive feelings and a sense of reward, purpose and self-worth. They also help you connect with other people.

Think of these as your 5 a day for positive wellbeing.

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Adult Carers of adults at risk of suicide survey

Are you an adult (18 years or over) who lives in England and currently cares for an adult family member or friend you think may be, or has previously been, at risk of suicide? Oxford Brookes University are carrying out a research project to help to understand what support might help adults in this position.

They are interested in carers’ perspectives of suicide risk.  If you are a non-professional carer and you think that the person you care for is at risk, or has previously been at risk, of suicide you are eligible for this research.

This research involves completing an online survey.  The survey takes around 20 minutes to complete and is anonymous (you won’t be asked for any personal details).  The survey also provides information about how to express interest in taking part in interviews which will explore the same issues as they survey in more depth.

The online survey and participant information can be found here

The survey will be live until 1st November 2021. After this time it will not be possible to complete the survey.

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