On the 29th of October Kensington Town Hall was host to our first co-produced youth mental health conference.
Today, 16th January, marks the launch of an exciting new two year charity partnership between Lloyds Banking Group and Mental Health UK. The partnership aims to promote awareness of the link between mental health and money problems, encourage discussion between customers and colleagues and raise at least £2million per year in offices and branches across the UK.
Did you know that four million people across the UK have money worries due to their mental health? In this special blog to mark the launch of the new partnership with Lloyds Banking Group which will enable us to create a new UK-wide Mental Health and Money Advice Service, Chris explains how having a mental illness can at times affect the way we handle money and why the new service is so important.
As you may know, today is known to some as Blue Monday.
A combination of factors – the lack of daylight hours at this time of year, and the fact that potential overspending before Christmas means you have to cut back – added to the inevitable post-Christmas lull, means this is often seen as the most depressing day of the year.
We’ve decided to turn it on its head by having a Bright Monday! Join us by wearing something bright or making someone’s day special.
We are always thinking of new ways you can get involved with our fundraising, and this year we are launching the Trihealthlon! You can help raise money for us by either Giving It Up, Taking It Up or Switching It Up. Below, Jemima, from our fundraising team tells us how it all works.
This morning, Monday 9th January, Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled new plans aimed to remove the ‘hidden injustice’ faced by people living with mental illness in the UK.
Trina Whittaker, is a mental health campaigner, who runs two support groups with Rethink Mental Illness in her local area of Braintree – an carers group and an art group. Louie, from our communications team, spoke to Trina about her journey with mental health, being mentioned in The Honours List and what she has coming up next.
Throughout the past year, our campaigns team have been working tirelessly to get your voices heard and make sure decision makers are paying attention to the issues surrounding mental health.
As supporters, you have been key to all of our successes and below we have done a quick round-up of the things you have helped us achieve.
Katrina Whitaker, from Braintree and Jonny Benjamin have both been honoured with the British Empire Medal for their contribution to mental campaigning for greater awareness of mental illness.
Oh, Christmas. The time of year where almost everyone is wearing a smile, nostalgia floats around us in the buzz of the colourful lights and the air smells like cinnamon. Why wouldn’t you be happy at this time of year?!
The truth is, Christmas can be one of the hardest times of year for those of us that suffer with mental illness. The stress that comes with the arrangements, the pressure of celebrating in large groups, the expense of it all, (and my least favourite of all) the shopping experience…
I’ve put together a little list of things I do at Christmas to make the whole event a little easier for me when I’m not quite feeling myself.