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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 from September this year.

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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 – thanks in part to the London Sock Company, who donated a £1 for every mention of our hashtag and a percentage of the sales of their socks on the 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 delighted to welcome onboard more than 20 new mental health champions!

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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 our regular call, text and email service run by our volunteers. We also have a dedicated “Breathe – In It Together” Facebook group with more than 500 active members, so if you’re looking for some human interaction under lockdown, or even after lockdown, that’s the place to be. 

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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 recently launched a series of online interactive mental health and wellbeing training courses with our professional partners, Samantha Kendall, Ann Russell and Tana Macpherson-Smith.

The courses are aimed at everyone from individuals, parents, teachers and children to employees, HR teams and line-managers, and will equip attendees with a better understanding of a range of mental health disorders, how to spot the signs and how to access or provide basic support for themselves or others.

We’ve been inundated with enquiries and have started to book our first few sessions, but during Mental Health Awareness Week (18th-24th May) 2020, we’re going to put our money where our mouth is and give one lucky person access to the Basics of Mental Health Support course (worth £100) for free.

All you need to do to enter is book and pay for your place on any of our other courses between 9am Monday 18th May and 5pm on Sunday 24th May 2020. 

Anyone who books on a course will be automatically entered into the draw. A name will be selected at random and announced on our social media channels on Friday 29th May.

The four hour Basics of Mental Health Support course will be led by Samantha Kendall, Director of SK First Aid Training. Samantha is a highly qualified front-line emergency ambulance medic with seven years’ experience dealing with 999 emergency incidents.

Samantha is a qualified Mental Health First Aid England tutor and her sessions are packed with first-hand experience and easy to follow guidelines for beginners and those needing refresher training.

Meanwhile the six hour Mindfulness course will be led by experienced mindfulness teacher, facilitator and coach, Ann Russell from Our Minds at Work, in a sensitive and yet lively and enlightening way which involves humour, stories and examples. There will be short videos, online white board activities and small group breakout sessions throughout. 

Ann is also delivering our Mindful Approach to Personal Resilience Programme, which follows on from the Mindfulness course.

And finally, Tana Macpherson-Smith, Founder of ClearMinds Education Ltd, an organisation dedicated to enhancing the emotional and mental health and wellbeing of children and teenagers will lead on our parent, teacher and child sessions.

Tana, a mental health trainer; Child, Adolescent and Parent Coach and NLP Practitioner; a Psy-Tap Practitioner; holistic therapist; motivational speaker and former teacher, will take the lead in our introductory one-hour Mental Health and Wellbeing Workshop for Parents of Teenagers and Mental Health and Wellbeing Workshop for Parents of Younger Children.

She will also run our survival guide for parents (of 0-12year olds) and teenagers and specialist Monkey Wisdom: From Fearful to Fabulous (for teenage girls) and Monkey Wisdom: From Fearful to Fearsome (for teenage boys), all of which call for an hour of participation over six weeks.

All courses are split into 60-minute live online sessions to ensure everyone is able to participate.

To find out more about the courses and to secure your place visit www.shawmind.org/online-training/

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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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COVID-19 pandemic

Following the Prime Minister’s statement last night we have taken the decision to temporarily close our Breathe Café and to suspend our Breathe pop-up sessions. We intend to continue providing services to those in need through online offerings, through the mail and by telephone.

We recognise the need that many people have for our

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Nettl of Newark; Taking the Sting Out of Printing

In December 2019, Lesley Pashley and her team from Nettl of Newark and Grantham got in touch to say they wanted to champion Shawmind as their charity of the year for 2020.

The local web design studio had been so impressed by our presentation

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Meet Our Team – Su Hallam, Charity Manager

Having first volunteered at the age of 16 with a charity supporting people with memory issues, Su quickly realised she wanted to work within the mental health sector.

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Sock it to Stigma!

Shawmind, Newark’s number one mental health and wellbeing charity, is asking students, businesses and the local community to Sock it to Stigma during Children’s Mental Health Week (3-9February).

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