Welcome back to “Daniel in the Lion’s Den”, my guest this week is Jack Moore, Marketing and Communications Lead for Hull and East Yorkshire Mind. I’ve chosen to speak to Jack this week to investigate mental health in young people and the current steps that are being taken to continue supporting the local community. Discussing strategies and initiatives to create a pre-emptive strike when first spotting the signs of mental health, and how they create a safe environment for young adults.
Hull & East Yorkshire Mind:
Founded in 1976, HEY Mind have accumulated 40 years’ experience in providing mental health services to the communities of Hull and East Yorkshire. This independent charity governed by a group of local trustees; Hull and East Yorkshire Mind is affiliated to the National Mind network which is made up of over 124 organisations across England & Wales. Mind, as a network, deliver services, organise campaigning events, and provide a voice to people who suffer with mental health problems, as well as, to their families, carers, and surrounding community.
Their vision is simple, to work relentlessly until everyone experiencing mental health problems are given the support and respect, they deserve. They work tirelessly campaigning across the country, and in local areas, to improve services and reduce the stigma and discrimination that follows. A mindset following the notion that everyone has mental health, they, as I, strongly believe that there is no place for stigma regarding this ever-so-delicate topic of society. Statistics show that mental health affects one in four people in England. Mathematically speaking that is seventeen million people are currently in a battle with their own mind. People like Jack and the wider team are here to help make sure that you don’t go through this battle alone.
Jack is a huge believer in “everyone struggles with mental health”, and this is a belief that has been gathered from his over six-year career in the field. His job: to ensure that the local community know about the work that Mind do, and to ensure that key messages are delivered in a number of engaging ways. Jack also works part time for the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership, in their suicide prevention team.
Children and young adults:
According to the Hull and East Yorkshire Mind website, it is estimated that 1 in 10 young people experience some form of poor mental health. As an organisation, as well as individuals, they recognise the difficulty to speak about your own well-being for fear of ridicule from fellow youths. It is important to educate young people on the importance of talking. On the subject, Jack said, “[One of the] main things to do is to talk to someone, and it should be someone that you trust; friends, family, it doesn’t have to be a mental health professional”. It is also necessary to consider the time and environment in which you will be wanting to discuss this. In Jack’s experience he recommends the use of literature outlets and creativity. “For young people especially, it helps to write things down. you may not know the reason why you’re feeling that way…” – Jack added. It is important to analyse your writing habits and look out for and “Triggers” or words that cause an emotional reaction when confronting it. Diving deeper into the subject of triggers today, Jack emphasised that, “more recently, triggers can connect to something that you may have noticed in a movie or television series that can relate to personal encounters or events.”. Make sure you keep track of these words and create strategies to treat the effects.
I would like to take this opportunity to say that I concur with Jack’s beliefs and advice as I, as well as my guest, have benefitted from this method and having that person to talk to can develop bonds with a person of similar distress and traumas.
Speaking from personal knowledge, I can honestly say that I never felt like there were services that would be so relevant to my struggles, as well as, local in radius to myself, such as Hull and East Yorkshire Mind. Judging by the passionate words regarding Mind’s work ethic, they are continuously working at a high-efficiency level to keep ascending their workforce and expand their services to a wider demographic of a larger range of cultures.
HEY Mind’s, new “Whole School Approach”:
The Whole School Approach came around after a pilot with National Mind and is designed by young people, parents, school workforces, and Local Minds. According to Heymind.org.uk “[The WSA is programme that] aims to help young people, parents, and the school workforce to cope more easily with the challenges of everyday life, help them to manage stress and to build supportive relationships with their peers”. These are surveyed research that will assess the current situation of a specific educational centre and help provide interventions for the students including: Student resilience workshops, drops ins, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and so many more essential services to identify needs to counteract feelings and support thousands of adults and children. Although the pilot has now ended, Hull and East Yorkshire Mind continue to work with a number of local schools to improve mental health and wellbeing.
Jack also has announced their next initiative, Healthy Minds and Healthy You, which I set to officially launch sometime in the next few months. From what I was able to gather, this innovative concept will target a select group of schools in disadvantaged and deprived areas, delivering an introduction to Hull and East Yorkshire Mind, and convey activities and sessions with children and teachers. The project is in partnership with Hull Kingston Rovers, Hull CCG, Hull University, Paul 4 Brain Recovery and Mose Massoe. This is another effective way that they are trying to raise awareness for the younger demographic.
Since the start of lockdown back in March of 2020, Hull and East Yorkshire Mind have evolved their initial perspectives and are now extended their services to remain a key part of the community. Along with being able deliver more support online, Hull and East Yorkshire Mind have scrapped their 9-5 working hours and are now working 24 hours a day to support local people with their mental health.
Whilst 90% of the staff are still working safely from the comfort of their own homes, and most of the support been delivered online, A number of key services are still running such as their work with Humberside Police in their force control room, their support service at Hull Royal Infirmary for people who present In crisis, their face-to-face support groups and initiatives with local child and adolescent mental health service (CAHMS).
The Blanket Approach:
With mental health being a very large spectrum, it is unclear for these services to adopt specific objectives but embrace more of a blanket approach concerning their future aspirations. Hull and East Yorkshire Mind have already increased their staff force within the last year and see no sign in stopping as they are always seeking more and more volunteers, every year. Going back to the notion that “Everyone struggles with mental health”, is still a small statement when comparing to the vast number of cultures in 2021. Hull and East Yorkshire Mind pride themselves in that they are working with all cultures and age groups to show that they don’t visualise people as a demographic, but more of a family. Jack is right in saying “we are all human”, whether that be a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community, the elderly, young adults, or any other culture, and the work that they have done and continue to do backs-up that statement.
I would like to personally thank the hard workers of Hull & East Yorkshire Mind for their continuity and determination to the cause. You are all heroes.
Thank you to Jack for giving me the honour of this interview and I hope to work closer with Hull and East Yorkshire Mind within the future. I urge you to do the same. Each Local Mind is separate to the national headquarters and are responsible for their own funding. Individual Local Mind organisations create goals that will be beneficial and bespoke to their own communities.
I hope you have enjoyed this in-depth look into Hull and East Yorkshire Mind and their services as much as I enjoyed talking to Jack about it. Make sure you hit that heart button for this & all ‘Daniel in the Lion’s Den’ blog instalments and show support for our little corner of the internet.
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