Rethink Mental Illness was founded by carers over 40 years ago, and so we’re proud that this year we’ll be one of the official charity supporters of Carers Week, which takes place 10 -16 June. We will be using the week to celebrate the incredible work that carers do, and to highlight our carers’ groups, services and campaigns. Find out below how you can get involved.
We are also sharing the opportunity to take part in a photoshoot in east London, and highlighting new research into student mental health.
You may have seen our new fundraising campaign, asking everyone to help us fund vital new roles, like our new mental health care navigator. By donating or sharing details on the campaign today, you can help us support more people when they need us most.
Share your carer story
Could you share your experiences of caring for someone with a mental illness to help us reach and support more people in the same situation?
We are looking for carers who would be interested in being involved in Carers Week by:
- Sharing your story for our website, social media channels and other marketing materials
- Sharing your story with the media through newspaper, radio or TV interviews
- Taking part in a photoshoot that shows your role as a carer (either at home, at a group, or another setting).
If you are interested in any of the above, please contact email@example.com to find out more.
Take part in our services photoshoot
We’re looking for volunteers to take part in a photoshoot in April, at Mile End Hospital. We’re still finalising the details, but we know it will take place at the hospital in Tower Hamlets, it will be during a week day, and all models will have the option of being there for some or all of the shoot, depending on their availability. We’ll also be able to provide reasonable travel expenses.
The photos will be used on our new website, among other places, so you’ll be playing a vital role raising our awareness of our services and support for people severely affected by mental illness.
Let us know if you might be interested, and we’ll be in touch with more details as soon as we have them.
New research into student mental health
New research published last week suggests that rates of mental illness and psychological disturbance are on the rise in university students.
37,500 students at 140 universities took part in the research, and a third reported having a serious personal, emotional, behavioural or mental health problem which they felt needed professional help. The most common diagnoses overall were depression and anxiety disorders (10.2% and 8.4% respectively).
We have been working with the Insight Network, a team of therapists and psychiatrists, and Dig-In, a company which provides a welcome box to students at more than 140 universities, to raise awareness of this research.
Read our top tips for good mental health at university:
Give now to help us be there for more people like Jon
Returning home after a stay in a crisis house can be a difficult time. That’s why we have developed the pioneering role of the mental health care navigator. And we need your support to help us reach more people.
After an attempt to take his own life, Jon was referred to our crisis house in Sheffield, where he stayed for five days. There he was encouraged to open up about the depression he’d experienced for 20 years and given medication to aid his recovery. Jon said talking to others was a huge relief. But like so many other people who stay at our crisis houses or similar services, Jon felt very anxious about returning home.
That’s where Paula, our new mental health care navigator, came in to help. Paula helps people like Jon access the support they need to stay safe when they return home and move forward in their lives. It’s a pioneering new post that Rethink Mental Illness developed.
Please could you give today to help support innovative roles like this, and other support services urgently needed right now?