Dudley Mind

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About Dudley Mind

We are Dudley Mind, part of the Mind family. We are a local mental health charity that aims to improve and promote recovery and wellbeing for people in the Dudley borough affected by poor mental health.

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News from Growing in the Park

It’s been a busy couple of months in the walled garden at Wollescote. Last year we were donated some fruit trees from The Woodland Trust and in January we did a tree planting workshop, learning how to plant them and get them off to a good start. Wollescote gardeners dug out a couple of shrubs that had died and the new fruit trees have made fine replacements, bringing new life to a couple of areas that were looking very sad.

We’ve also done some workshops on winter pruning and on lawn care. Just when we thought spring was making an appearance and we could growing, we were hit by ‘The Beast from the East’. It was bitter cold but amazingly some of our gardeners still came along to clear up and carry on with their woodwork projects.

This winter we’ve also been adapting the middle greenhouse - finishing the raised beds and adjusting the staging to make it more accessible. In the next few weeks we will start using the space to produce hanging baskets for sale to raise funds for the project as well as growing crops for the gardeners to share – peppers, cucumbers, chillies, tomatoes to name a few.

Sadly, another wall in the park collapsed before Christmas and our garden has been left more open in evenings and weekends. So for the first time in the four years we’ve been on site, we’ve had some problems with vandalism. It is dispiriting and has set back some of our plans but we put right any damage immediately and are soon up and running again. The police are coming to gather some evidence and give us tips on making the garden more secure. Hopefully, once the council put up the new (temporary) fence, it should make it harder to get in.

New anxiety & depression peer support group

Due to a recent increase in demand, Dudley Mind will be running a second peer support group for anyone affected by anxiety and/or depression who wishes to share their experiences with others in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental setting.

Day - Tuesdays

Venue – Food for Thought Wellbeing Café, Victoria St., Stourbridge .

Frequency – every 2 weeks, commencing Tuesday 27th March.

If you are interested in joining this new group please contact Tim at Dudley Mind 01384 442938 as we will need to speak with you beforehand to establish that a peer support group is right for you.

Mom's Meetup & Craft Sessions

Dudley Mind and Mom’s Mindful Hub will be holding a crafting session meetup for moms at our wellbeing café Food for Thought every Friday morning 11:00am – 1:00pm.

There will be some party-themed craft-based activities such as making things with playdo, craft cupcake making and party hats to keep the children entertained.

If you are a new mom and would like to come along next Friday and meet the other members of the group for a chat

Mental Health First Aid Open Course - Open to organisations or individuals

Between April and June 2018 Dudley Mind will be running a number of open Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses to organisations and individuals who would like to increase their knowledge and understanding of mental health.

MHFA Half Day Courses

April - Wednesday the 18th 9:30am - 1:30pm

May - Wednesday the 9th 9:30am - 1:30pm

June - Monday the 4th 9:30am - 1:30pm

The MHFA Half Day course is an introductory 4 hour session which aims to raise mental health awareness.

What the Half Day Course covers

  • An understanding of what mental health is and how to challenge stigma

  • A basic knowledge of some common mental health issues

  • An introduction to looking after your own mental health and maintaining wellbeing

  • Confidence to support someone in distress or may be experiencing a mental health issue

MHFA 2 Day Course

May - Monday the 21st and Tuesday the 22nd 9:30am - 4:30pm

June - Thursday the 14th and Friday the 15th 9:30am -4:30pm

The MHFA 2 Day Course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider

Mental Health First Aiders have:

  • An in depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing

  • Practical skills to spot the the triggers and signs of of mental health issues

  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress

  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening

  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support - whether that's self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix

Costs and bookings

All of our open MHFA courses are open to anyone, whether you are from an organisation or an individual who would like to attend on your own.

Each course will be held at Higgs & Sons Solicitors at the Waterfront Business Park, Brierley Hill, Dudley.

MHFA Half Day Course - £69 per person which includes a MHFA Half Day Course Manual and Certificate.

MHFA 2 Day Course - £224 per person which includes the MHFA 2 Day Course Manual and Certificate.

Payment is required before attending the course to confirm your place and will need to be made at least one week before the course is due to start.

If you would like to book a place please contact Simon on 01384 442938 or email enquiries@dudleymind.org.uk

Dudley Mind also provide mental health training to organisations in the West Midlands region.

For more information please visit our Mental Health Training & Workplace Wellbeing website page.

Walk the walk for Dudley Mind

Dudley Trail is in its 38th year and is a series of challenging walks in and around Dudley borough ranging from 6 - 28 miles.

Help Raise funds for Dudley Mind

Could you help us by raising funds for mental health while walking the Dudley Trail?

You can raise funds for us in a number of ways

LocalGiving - setting up a fundraising page of your own through our LocalGiving page is quick and easy. We can do this for you or you are welcome to set one up yourself. Just visit our Localgiving page: http://bit.ly/2FyIttl click on the ‘Fundraise for Us’ button and follow the steps to create your own fundraising page. If you need any help setting up a fundraising page on LocalGiving please feel free to email us: enquiries@dudleymind.org.uk

Sponsor form - If you would prefer to raise funds for us using a sponsorship form, please contact us via email: enquiries@dudleymind.org.uk or call Simon on 01384 442938.

For full details of the Dudley Trail please visit the official website: http://bit.ly/2sStibw

Promoting mental health awareness for frontline staff

Frontline staff and volunteers at Dudley Council and partner organisations have benefited from greater awareness of mental health problems thanks to training delivered by Dudley Mind on behalf of Dudley Public Health.

During February we’ve delivered three MHFA Lite courses to 60 frontline staff from a range of services, including Adult Social Care, Children’s Services, Health & Wellbeing, Housing and Healthwatch Dudley.

The training is part of the Council’s commitment to enable staff and volunteers in key frontline roles to have the skills to spot the signs of common mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression, the confidence to talk to people about mental health and to signpost them to self help or local services. This is part of the Council’s wider approach to help improve the health and wellbeing of local people.

As part of their training, staff have been given extra information about local mental health services and support in Dudley borough and have also had the opportunity to share experiences about talking to people about mental health, which many have found very useful.

Sarah Kuczora, Senior Health Improvement Officer at Dudley Council said: “Improving mental health and wellbeing is a key priority for the Council. We recognise that achieving this will require action across many service areas and we are committed to providing training to build staff confidence to talk to people about their mental health and signpost to appropriate support”.

A further two training sessions are planned to take place during March, bringing the total number of staff trained to 100.

New Venue for The Haven.

The Haven, our peer support group for mom's experiencing pre- or post-natal anxiety & depression will now be meeting every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at Food for Thought 11am - 1pm.

Their first meeting at Food for thought will be on Wednesday the 7th of March 11am - 1pm.

The Haven

A new space for women with pre- or post-natal anxiety and depression.

Come along for a cup of tea and a chat with other mums who understand.

Babies and toddlers welcome!!!

Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, 11 -1:30am, at Food for Thought, Victoria Street, DY8 1SP.

Please contact Tim at the Dudley Mind Head office on 01384 442938 or by email at enquiries@dudleymind.org.uk

Weekly Crochet Workshops at Food for Thought

Crochet Workshop

Join us weekly at Food for Thought on a Tuesday afternoon from 2pm onward

Would you like to learn crochet skills, or improve your existing ones?

Lianne form Mandala Yarn is an experienced crocheter who is happy to share her knowledge & skills with people of any age or ability.

Bring along any crochet problems or questions, projects in need of rescue, patterns you are struggling with, or just an interest in learning crochet.

Feel free to bring your own hooks/yarns, although there is no need to buy anything as practice yarn can be provided and crochet hooks will be available to borrow.

Contact Nagheena nagheena.qamar@dudleymind.org.uk

Food for Thought, Victoria Street, Stourbridge, DY8 1SP

Higgs & Sons new charity of the year

Leading Black Country law firm Higgs & Sons has unveiled its Charity of the Year for 2018 – and has opted to keep it local.

Dudley Mind, based on the Hagley Road in Stourbridge, said it is delighted to have been chosen and will now benefit from 12 months of fundraising by Higgs.

Mark Evans from Dudley Mind said: “Thank you so much to Higgs & Sons for choosing us as its charity of the year, we are so grateful.

“We have seen some of the extraordinary events the firm has been involved in over the years to raise money for other good causes, and we are incredibly grateful – and humbled.

“Dudley Mind is a local mental health charity that aims to improve and promote recovery and wellbeing for people in the Dudley borough affected by poor mental health.”

Higgs & Sons this week presented a cheque for over £22,000 to the NSPCC, their 2017 Charity of the Year. The funds were raised through an array of physical challenges and fun events that included the much anticipated Higgs Annual Football Tournament, which last year saw 48 teams compete to raise more than £8,000, and the annual Higgs Quiz that included 40 teams from across the Midlands raising almost £4,000.

Tim Jones, Partner and Head of the Corporate Social Responsibility programme at Higgs, said: “Choosing our charity of the year is huge responsibility, and one that we take extremely seriously with all colleagues involved in the selection process.

“After a couple of years of raising money for national charities, we are pleased to bring this year’s effort back to the Black Country and our neighbours at Dudley Mind, and I know everyone will pull out all the stops to make it a record breaking year.

“I am incredibly proud of the hard work, dedication and commitment of colleagues who not only help to fundraise but give untold hours to working directly with our charities, making a real difference to our community.”

Higgs & Sons' extensive CSR programme supports a range of projects throughout the region each year. As well as selecting a dedicated charity, Higgs employees also provide hands on support to many other organisations, committing time and resources in support of the work they do within the Black Country and the wider West Midlands.

Tim Jones added: “We look forward to working alongside Dudley Mind to raise much needed funds and awareness of the work they carry out in our community.”

For more information about Dudley Mind visit dudleymind.org.uk

Dudley Mind Walking Group

Dudley Mind’s walking group all meet up every last Saturday of the month for a bit of a chat and to go for a walk together. The members of the group all enjoy walking and use it as a way to improve their mental wellbeing.

The walks take place in various locations within the Dudley Borough and are organised and led by our two friendly walk leaders Kirpal and Ade. Both have their own experiences with mental health and are there to help support all members of the group when out on walks together.

If you would like to join our walking group please get in touch with Simon at Dudley Mind on 01384 442938 or by email at simon.bennett@dudleymind.org.uk