Please see below a letter from Karen Bryson Assistant Director - Public Health and Prevention st Staffordshire County Council which Support Staffordshire has been asked to circulate:
A leading Mental Health Helpline is offering a listening ear to people in Staffordshire as research published this week reveals that two thirds of UK adults feel they have nobody to talk to about their problems. A survey conducted by the mental health Time to Change campaign.
Brighter Futures ECHO service now offers a support group in Newcastle under Lyme every Wednesday for people with experience of self harm.
ECHO gives you the opportunity to talk in confidence to other people who understand how you are feeling, providing mutual support and information for people who have experienced self harm, who are aged 18 and above.
ECHO offers a chance to talk, information about alternative ways of coping, awareness and understanding and a safe, confidential and supportive environment.
Starting on Tuesday 13th February this new Senior Gent social group are looking for members to join them to:
- meet new friends,
- reduce isolation,
- chat about sport,
- play cards or dominos,
- join in activities,
- have fun.
Admission is free and the club will run every Tuesday between 10.30am and 12.30pm at St John’s Church, 8 John Street, Tamworth B79 7EX
For more information call 01827 431002.
Trent and Dove will be covering the common signs of disrepair in properties including Damp, Mould, Condensation and how they can be reported and also some tips and ticks on how to manage them.
South Staffs Water has a range of extra help services for their customers; one example is the Assure tariff, a new easy way for eligible customers to reduce their water charges by up to 80%.
Assure is a fairly new scheme and they’ve helped over 8500 people obtain a discount on their water charges since it started, and over 20400 customers are receiving extra help/priority services.
The Staffordshire Mental Health Helpline continued to be busy in the 3 months up to Christmas. Between October and December 2017 they received 8131 successful contacts, equally split between phone calls, instant messaging and texts over this time. This already takes the scheme over its 20,000 contacts for the year (currently at 24,878 by the end of December). Of these contacts, approximately a sixth were made by men with the majority made by women. This is the first quarter since the October to December 2014 period that they have seen a decline in the number of suicide related contacts.
The Thrive Mental Health Commission Awards will mark the first year of the Thrive West Midlands programme by celebrating the ground-breaking work across the region to improve mental health and wellbeing.
They are looking for Mental Health Stars – people who have made a significant contribution to improving mental health and wellbeing in your area. We will be giving out a Mental Health Star award to someone from each local area in the WMCA.
Nominations can be for friends or relatives, carers or colleagues, a mental health nurse or even a social worker.
The charity was formed in 1994 as North Staffs Users Group. Its origins began in a meeting in 1992 between a service user and an interested worker who at the time worked for the National Schizophrenia Federation (NSF). The idea evolved of establishing a group that could exert some influence over service provision in the statutory sector. The main impetus for this came from the dissatisfaction that service users felt about the way that they were treated by the statutory providers of mental health services.
The Staffordshire Mental Health Helpline is open evening and weekends 365 days a year, including the Christmas and New Year period, to provide support during what can be a difficult time for many.
The Staffordshire Mental Health Helpline offers support to people who have concerns about their mental health or that of someone they know. It is free to contact the Helpline from landlines, call boxes and mobile networks, and there is no set limit to the call duration.