Supporters sought for second Newark sleep-out

During Homelessness Awareness Week (5th – 11th October), Shawmind began inviting supporters to take part in the second annual Newark Sleep Out. Launched by Newark and Sherwood District Council’s Housing…

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Progress vs. Perfection: The healthy way to achieve your goals

The word perfect originates from 13th Century France meaning “consummate state or form, that degree of excellence which leaves nothing to be desired”. Nothing to be desired… We all strive…

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Eleven Ways to Reduce Stress Right Now

We are under unprecedented levels of stress as a society. Even before the C word we were experiencing a stress epidemic. Stress is self-inflicted (sorry!) when you are trying to…

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Therapy Myths Busted

Let’s take a moment to consider Sigmund Freud, the so-called father of psychotherapy. A quick image scan on Google provides many images – most of which are similar; a stoic…

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The Battle for the Mind

I’m in a street fight with Depression and it fights dirty, using all the sneaky tricks it can. It knows they work – they’re tried and tested on millions of…

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Not Sleeping on the Job: an Event Manager’s Top Tips for Resting

If I wanted a 9-5, Monday-Friday routine then I definitely picked the wrong career. Working in events means that yes, some of my year is spent in the office working…

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Shawmind Supports Teacher Wellbeing

Preparations are under way as we plan to host a specialist wellbeing panel as part of a week-long festival led by Teachers Come First. On Friday 9th October,  just ahead…

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The Benefits of Writing a Mental Health Memoir

A lot of aspiring authors believe they have a story in them. But sometimes, what they fail to realise that they are that story. Writing a memoir can certainly be…

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How Can I Become a Shawmind Champion?

Passionate about mental health and wellbeing? Want to help others access the support they need? Looking for a cause to rally around and fundraise for? You sound like a Shawmind…

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Surviving Freshers Week – Mental Health Edition

Freshers’ Week activities have come a long way since our marketing manager went to university (back in 2001), but that doesn’t mean that her top tips for making it through…

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Breathe Café Relaunches Online for Nationwide Support

We are pleased to announce the relaunch of our popular Breathe Café to provide nationwide mental health and wellbeing support. With social distancing rules continuing to limit the number of…

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Walk A Mile With Donna

Donna is walking a mile with Shawmind in memory of her father, Graham, who she lost to suicide in 2008. Donna has attended one of our suicide prevention sessions and…

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Are you a dazzling designer or Picasso with a paint brush?

We are searching for brilliant Christmas card designs from talented Primary School artists to use in our Christmas Card Campaign to highlight the importance of children’s mental health and wellbeing.  Four designs will be chosen from the entries, and printed Christmas cards will be made available to purchase from our…

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Walk a Mile in My Shoes This September

From Thursday 10th September 2020, Shawmind is inviting people to take part in its month-long activity to encourage gentle exercise, raise funds and increase awareness around suicide, mental health and…

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What Back to School Means for Kids in 2020

This first full week in September has meant the return to school for millions of children in England after a six-month lockdown. For those who are starting at a new…

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Studying, Strategies and Staying Mentally Healthy

I’ve been a student for 7 years post high school. Studying both in my home town of Worthing and London, and now starting a Masters course in Brighton. It’s been…

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7 Signs to Signify Your Emotions Are Out of Balance

Looking after our physical and mental wellbeing are things that more and more of us are starting to do, because we’re becoming increasingly aware of the long-term benefits. But what…

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Support Us as You Shop with Savoo

We’ve just renewed our partnership with Savoo, a money-saving and online fundraising website with thousands of great exclusive discount codes and deals from the UK’s biggest retailers. How do I…

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Pay it Forward to Tackle the UKs Mental Health Crisis

With awareness of the support needs of children and teenagers growing, we are calling on the nation to ‘pay it forward’ and donate to ensure the next generation has the…

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Free Suicide Awareness Training – With Us

With almost daily headlines focusing on suicide rates and the rise in mental ill health, thanks in part to the Covid19 lockdown, we are planning to offer free suicide awareness…

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Introducing Our Mindful Meander Group

We are delighted to invite you to join our Mindful Meander walking group. The group has been established thanks to funding from The National Lottery and Sport England, delivered through…

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Teaching Mental Health Education, Are We Ready?

There has been great progress in the narrative surrounding mental health and education and it is wonderful that Shawmind, through their tremendous Headucation campaign in 2017, achieved the compulsory teaching…

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Free Mental Health Taster for Families this Summer

Teenagers and their parents are set to benefit from free mental health and wellbeing taster courses thanks to a partnership between Shawmind and Newark & Sherwood District Council. The East…

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How Do We Alleviate the Looming Mental Health Crisis?

The mental health and wellbeing of the nation has been pulled into sharp focus following the lockdown and subsequent limitations imposed on ‘normal life’ thanks to Covid-19. In a range…

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Small Change Funds Big Change

In these challenging times, extra pennies can have a big impact and therefore Shawmind is proud to be available on Pledjar – a new and innovative mobile app. Through Pledjar you…

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Bring a Bro to Our Next ManCave Group

Our ManCave group was developed to encourage guys to open up, talk to and support one another. The next group meets this Wednesday, come along and talk or bring along…

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Three Top Tips to be More Mindful: The Yoga Edition

The top tips I share below stem from yoga and are great ways to be more mindful, reducing both mental and physical stress. I hope you find ways to implement…

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Men Open Up About Their Mental Health Thanks to Charity

Men’s mental health was high on the agenda during Men’s Health Week (15th – 21st June) for mental health and wellbeing charity, Shawmind. Shawmind, which is based in Newark, Nottinghamshire,…

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How to Cope When a Loved One Suffers from Bipolar

I have been sitting on my laptop, staring at my screen for the past hour trying to think of a way to introduce this blog, but I’m struggling. How do…

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First Day Nerves: Returning to Work During a Pandemic

Anyone else remember how novel it was to work from home (WFH) for those first few days of lockdown? Many of us were casually checking in on friends and family…

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Your End is Not Defined by Your Start

For many people we look at what happened to them earlier in life as a reason for why they are shaped the way they are and for me this is…

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10 Good Reasons Why Every Man Should Read This Blog!

‘Being a British man means that the idea of talking therapy or counselling with a stranger is like being asked to run naked through a funeral!’ This quote from one…

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Work/Life (Off) Balance

I wanted to share some of my more recent/ongoing experiences of mental health so throughout the week I’ve been jotting down a few thoughts on my Google Keep notes app…

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Chess at 100MPH

Motor racing is more than just being able to drive fast, it’s about consistency, preparation, strategy, mental stamina and more. Excelling at anything, at work or home, calls for these…

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Weep And The World Weeps With You!

As we approach the halfway point of the year you could be forgiven in thinking ‘I’ve had enough’. We should be looking forward to a summer of sport on the…

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Children’s Mental Health During Coronavirus

I work as a mental health researcher. That means one of my favourite things to do is look stuff up on the internet. And the pandemic has given me plenty…

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Local Man Goes All Out in Support of Cricket and Mental Health

Cricket enthusiasts from across the county are being invited to bowl around the clock on Summer Solstice to raise funds for Farndon Cricket Club and leading mental health and wellbeing…

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Being Kinder to Yourself Despite Mental Illness

I first experienced severe depression when I was twenty-three. Up until then, I’d had the odd bout of heartbreak but I’d been lucky enough not to have any serious mental…

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Don’t Just #bekind – Be Kind!

I am personally delighted to see more empathy, promises of kindness, and trends to #bekind in the world right now. It is a shame that extreme events e.g. high-profile celebrity…

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Insomnia and Mind States

In my previous profession, I spent many years treating patients with, amongst other issues, insomnia, anxiety and depression. After a lifetime of being an ‘easy sleeper’, I never expected to…

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Mental Health Training for the Nation

In 2017 our charity championed children’s mental health education by raising 103,000 signatures for the landmark Parliamentary debate which led to children’s mental health education being made mandatory in schools…

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Fundraising Update

As coronavirus arrived on our shores, we were celebrating a month of successful fundraising activities that included our Sock it to Stigma campaign which raised almost £1,000 in one day –…

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Our Mental Health Heroes

In response to an increase in the number of people who are looking for mental health support during this crisis, we put out a call for volunteers – and are…

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Breathe – In It Together

Since we went into lockdown at the end of March we have made some significant changes to our services. Now, the people who regularly visited our Breathe Café, ManCave and Breathe Pop-ups can access our support and signposting through…

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Set an Inner Compassion Compass for a Kinder Life

Many new Facebook groups have sprung up and two of my favourites are Project Kindness and What Do You See From Your Window? #StayAtHome The first one speaks for itself…

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Eight Acts of Kindness We Can All Implement

Anne Frank once wrote, “no one has ever become poor by giving”, and the difficult times we are living in now are a true testament to these words. Giving doesn’t…

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Mental Health Training Giveaway

We believe that everyone should have access to mental health resources when they need them. To help achieve this and break the stigma of mental ill health for good, we…

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It’s No Bad Thing to be Nice

Cardigans are nice. Autumn sunsets are nice. Portraits of you drawn by your nursery-aged relative are nice (or at least that’s what you tell their parents, whilst trying to work…

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Shawmind Challenges Mental Health Advocates

Leading mental health and wellbeing charity, Shaw Mind, is urging mental health champions to take part in the national Two Point Six Challenge on Sunday 26th April.

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Staying Emotionally Well While Working at Home

Su Hallam, Charity Manager at Shawmind, has shared her top tips for maintaining good emotional health while working from home.                    …

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