Volunteers Week 2020 – a big ‘thank you’ on behalf of the Board

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Volunteering - What does it mean to you? I am one of the many volunteers we have at Leeds Mind.  I am Chair of the Board of Trustees – all of the Trustees are also volunteers.  Without the large number of volunteers we have working alongside the team at Leeds Mind, we wouldn’t be

Volunteers Week 2020

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“Not our usual celebrations, but we are more thankful than ever”  Volunteers’ Week feels a little different this year. We would usually get together in-person, for a celebration of everything you, our volunteers, do for Leeds Mind. But over the last couple of months, we have not been able to see you as we usually do,

Reflections as Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 comes to an end

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"We have learnt that amid the anxiety, there is community, support and hope" The coronavirus outbreak took us all by surprise and has created anxiety, uncertainty and stress.   One positive thing we may have noticed, however, across the world, in our city and even in our neighbourhood, is that kindness is prevailing in these

An interview with Peer Support Facilitators

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What is peer support and how might I benefit? As part of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, we caught up with Alex Garbutt and Jamie Jeffreys, two of our peer support facilitators, to learn a little more about the Leeds Mind peer support service and what support looks like. Watch the interview below. Got any questions that weren't covered

Letterwriting: a simple act of kindness

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"A cherished lockdown hobby that I hope to keep up long after we return to 'normal'" Naomi, our Business Development Assistant, shares the way she's tackled feelings of isolation during lockdown, in the hope it inspires others to give it a try or find something similar that works for them. Since it's Mental Health Awareness

An interview with a Suicide Bereavement Service practitioner

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What does Suicide Bereavement Support look like? As part of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, we caught up with Surinder Rall, the interim lead for our Suicide Bereavement Services (we have two - one that covers Leeds, and a news service that is West Yorkshire, Harrogate and Craven). Surinder spoke to us about what the support

Fundraisers and kindness

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2020: Our fundraisers and how they embody kindness I’ll start by introducing myself, my name is Gemma (Green) and I am the Community Fundraiser for Leeds Mind.  As we enter week 8 of lock down, I must admit I’m still finding this all a little surreal, working from home was something

Access our ‘mental wellbeing and coping with social distancing’ webinars free online

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Learn ways to cope with social distancing In early May, Leeds Mind partnered with Clarion Futures to deliver a limited run of webinars with tips and advice on coping with lockdown and the social distancing measures.  As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, we wanted to make these webinars more broadly available, in

Parenting through a pandemic

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It's not only the pupils who are missing school... Despite many parents saying they're feeling the pressure during lockdown, it can sometimes feel as though it's only you that's struggling. Whether you're balancing home-schooling with working from home, or dealing with the emotional fallout of children missing their classmates or important milestones in their schooling,