31 Jul

Applying for disability benefits during the coronavirus pandemic

Test four of our five tests asks the UK Government to provide a financial safety net to protect people with mental health problems from falling into poverty. A crucial part of this is making benefits assessments more accessible. Assessments can be stressful for anyone, but for those of us with mental health problems, being forced…

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25 Jul

Mind Mail – Coronavirus and Work

A new normal There are very few jobs that have not been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. From furlough to job losses and financial insecurity, to simply losing the structure of our daily routines, coronavirus has changed working life significantly. Furthermore, many people have been facing this time without being able to see their loved…

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21 Jul

Emily’s video – the impact of lockdown on her mental health

*We try to make sure our emails are as safe as possible for our campaigners, so want to let you know that Emily’s video and quote contain references to flashbacks and intrusive and suicidal thoughts.* Thank you to all of you who invited your MP to attend our virtual roundtable event last week. The event…

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10 Jul

Public Health England updated COVID-19 guidance

Public Health England has updated COVID-19 guidance in light of changes to the government’s advice and continues to work across government to ensure guidance for the public is timely and up to date. They have recently updated advice for people who are shielding, and mental health and wellbeing guidance for the public and parents. To…

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10 Jul

Update from Time to Change – 9 July 2020

Time to Change

As lockdown continues to lift, some of us might be feeling more anxious than relieved. Below, we share Seren’s experience of how lockdown lifting has impacted her mental health, along with our tips for supporting someone who’s worried about restrictions easing. This month we want to hear your ideas on how we can make your email…

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09 Jul

National Helplines launch #readytotalk campaign as lockdown eases

A group of the UK’s leading helplines have today launched the #readytotalk campaign, encouraging people to seek support for problems that may have been aggravated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, or which they may not have spoken to anyone about while in lockdown. As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, these organisations want to…

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08 Jul

Involvement Communication to Service Users and Carers No. 15 ‘Recovery Colleges’ – 26 June 2020

As with many services, organisations and businesses, due to COVID-19, ‘lockdown’ and the restrictions in place, the region’s Recovery Colleges have understandably yet sadly had to close their doors to students. In spite of this, all have managed to still provide a service to their students, have found creative ways of still being able to…

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08 Jul

Useful services in North Tyneside new leaflet

To help support the residents of North Tyneside as we start coming out of lockdown, VODA has put together a leaflet of useful services available. The leaflet, in partnership with the Ending Loneliness in North Tyneside campaign, SIGN directory and North Tyneside Council, is being distributed to beneficiaries of the North Tyneside COVID-19 Support Hub…

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03 Jul

YoungMinds Newsletter – July 2020

Supporting young people as we transition out of lockdown As lockdown restrictions are slowly lifted, it is only natural for there to be some anxiety about what comes next. But whether you are a young person, a parent or carer, or a teacher or professional, you are not alone. We are here for you. If you’re feeling…

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30 Jun

Online Threat Material: Guidance for Parents/Guardians

Dear All Download some useful information relating to Cyber security and online hate here; this is particularly relevant at the moment . We have seen an increase in social media usage with young persons being locked down due to Corona virus restrictions and this useful guide helps to identify warning signs that carers and parents…

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