Welcome to Mind in Mid Herts

We are an innovative and experienced provider of mental health services in Mid Hertfordshire and have our well being centres in St. Albans, Stevenage, Hertford and Welwyn Garden City. As both individuals and as an organisation we are committed to providing high quality services for people aged 16 and over.

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Raising Funds – Virgin Money London Marathon

Trish Jones a member of staff is running the London Marathon on Sunday 23 April 2017

I’m fundraising for Heads Together for Mind.
Please help me make a difference by making a donation to my Virgin Money Giving page.
To find out more about what I’m doing and why, please visit
http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/PatriciaJones6
where you can also sponsor me online.

Don’t forget to tick the box to reclaim Gift Aid on your donation if you’re a UK tax payer. Virgin Money Giving will pass this on in full to charity, making your donation go even further.

Thanks for your support,
Patricia

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LGBT – Peer Support Services

MIMH LGBT Poster_v1 (1)-page-001.jpgSome of us identify ourselves as LGBTQ, which means we may be lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer or questioning – or we may define our gender and sexuality in other ways.

LGBTQ people can be at a higher risk of experiencing a mental health problem than the wider population. If you are LGBTQ and have experienced mental health issues, you are not alone.
You might even experience discrimination, rejection, negative reactions or hostility from family members, friends, strangers, employers or members of the religious community. This can have a big impact on your self-esteem and mean you might feel unable to be open about your sexual or gender identity at work, at home or in the world at large. Therefore we would like to provide space for you to come and just be and also have the opportunity to talk about your emotional health and wellbeing.
Peer Support Services: For lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgender people
 
Starting Tuesday 25th April
…and then every last Tuesday of the month thereafter
4 – 5.30pm drop in session
5.30 – 7pm Peer support group
£2 per session
 
Taking place at:
The Stevenage Wellbeing Centre | 13 Town Square | Stevenage | SG1 1BP
 
For all enquiries please contact Nicky Kuklys on: 01438 369 216 or email nicky.kuklys@mindinmidherts.org.uk.

 

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Hearing Voices? Peer Support Group

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‘Hearing voices’ is described as hearing a voice when no-one is present with you, or which other people with you cannot hear. Some people also see things that others can’t see. Others have touch, smell or taste sensations which they can’t explain in everyday ways. These experiences are called hallucinations.
People have many different experiences, some people don’t mind their voices while others find them frightening and distracting. It’s common to think that if you hear voices you must have a mental health problem, but research shows that lots of people hear voices and most of them are not mentally unwell. It’s a common human experience.
If you are having these experiences; would like support or to talk to others in a similar situation then please come along to our new support group
Peer Support Group
Starting Thursday 27th April
…and then every last Thursday of the month thereafter
12.30 – 2pm
Cost: £2
Taking place at:
The Stevenage Wellbeing Centre | 13 Town Square | Stevenage | SG1 1BP
For all enquiries please contact Vicky Nunley on: 01438 369 216 or email Vicky.nunley@mindinmidherts.org.uk.
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Seas the Day – Charity Ball

Seas the day charity ball poster-page-001.jpgJoin us for a spectacular evening at the gorgeous St Michael’s Manor where you will enjoy a champagne reception, raffles, a champagne tombola and a delicious 3 course meal designed by Harry Lumsdown – young Masterchef 2016.

Over dinner, the first-class Toastmaster will guide you through the lots available for auction – there will be something for every budget!
 
50% of all proceeds will be donated directly to Mind in Mid Herts
Date and Time: Saturday 6th May 2017, 6.30pm – 11.30pm
Location: St Michael’s Manor Hotel, Fishpool Street, St Albans, AL3 4RY
 
For ticket purchases please visit:

 

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Five Ways to Wellbeing

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New Leaf – The Hertfordshire Wellbeing College

To book on this or any of our FREE courses visit www.newleafcollege.co.uk or call 01442 864966
Five Ways to Wellbeing – The Healthy Hub, Lytton Way, Stevenage
 
Mental health should be everyone’s business and this course gives practical ideas of how to connect with others; keep learning; take notice and give back. The course helps build on the things you already do and learn and learn new skills.
 
This course encourages you to plan ahead and take control of the ups and downs of daily living.
 
The course runs in four parts 26th April, 3rd, 10th and 17th May. The course will run from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.
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Steps to Success – Stevenage

Steps for success poster_Stevenage-page-001.jpgWe are offering two workshops to help you move towards getting the job you want on Friday 21st April.

CV Writing Workshop: How to write your perfect CV: 10am-11am
Interview Skills: Prepare for interview success: 11:30am-12:30pm
 
Venue: The Stevenage Wellbeing Centre, 13 Town Square, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 1BP
 
These workshops are fully funded so there is no charge. You can attend one or both workshops.
To enrol, speak to reception, phone 01438 369 216 or email charuni.perera@hpft.nhs.uk.
 
Mind in Mid Herts is a registered charity No – 1101678
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Managing Anxiety

Managing Anxiety Course_WGC_April 2017-page-001.jpg5-week CBT course, in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, supported by an experienced and qualified facilitator

Topics covered will include:

* What anxiety is and why it occurs

* Identifying and challenging unhelpful thinking

* Understanding the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviour

* Learning techniques for managing anxiety

 

COURSE DATES:

Tues 25th April – Tues 23rd May 2017

10am – 11.30am at the United Reformed Church, Church Road, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6PS. COURSE FEE £20.

TO BOOK YOUR PLACE:

 

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Thank you – Stephen Burn

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Mind in Mid Herts would like to say a massive thank you to Stephen Burn from @SBPTF who came into the office to run a fun and engaging workout at our Staff Wellbeing Day.

We know that we have to be physically active to look after our bodies and this is one of the Five Ways to Wellbeing, beneficial for both our mental health and emotional wellbeing too.

Thanks for the endorphins!

#5WaystoWellbeing #mentalhealth #exercise #wellbeing

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Mental Health – Raising Awareness Workshop

 MHA Workshop_St Andrews-page-001.jpgWorkshop 1 – an informative session on supporting and working with people with mental health issues

 
Workshop 2 – aimed at parents and based on mental health concerns for teenagers and recognising the signs
 
Everybody Welcome!
 
Saturday 6th May 2017
 
Workshop 1: 12.30 – 2.30pm
Workshop 2: 3 – 5pm
 
Venue: The St Andrew’s Centre, Hertford, Herts, SG14 1HZ
Cost: £5 per workshop – payable in advance and limited number of tickets available so booking is essential. 
 
If you would like to attend one or both workshops, or to find out more, please contact: Catherine Sleath on 01992 537 867
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Duke McKenzie MBE announced as latest Mind ambassador to tackle lack of mental health awareness in sport

Mind, the mental health charity, announced former three-weight world champion Duke McKenzie MBE as an official ambassador. The appointment comes after a recent Mind survey found that 65% of coaches stated they lacked knowledge about mental health.

The charity wants to encourage more sports coaches to undergo mental health training and offers Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity training in order to improve understanding around mental health problems within sport.

In his new role as an ambassador for Mind, Duke will help to champion the benefits that physical exercise can have in managing a mental health problem.

As well as being a regular pundit on ITV4’s ‘Big Fight Live’, Duke coaches boxercise at Mind in Croydon and is dedicated to supporting the cause. In 1995, his brother, best friend and mentor Dudley McKenzie tragically took his own life, aged 33. As a result of his brother’s suicide Duke became passionate about supporting good mental health, particularly within the sporting world.

While certain areas of the sports industry are moving forward in the way they approach mental health, through initiatives such as the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation, there is still a lot of work to be done. Mind has designed their Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity training, with support of sports coach UK, in order to provide coaches with the tools needed to support people with mental health problems. The training course has been delivered to over 150 sports clubs across England as part of Mind’s Sport England and National Lottery funded programme Get Set to Go, and helps coaches understand common misconceptions about mental health and identify the positive impact that being active has on both physical and mental health.

The charity hopes that with Duke’s backing, the workshops will not only provide coaches with the training they need to confidently support men and women with mental health problems, but also begin a necessary conversation about mental health in sport.

Duke McKenzie said:

“It’s fantastic that Mind is shining a light on the need for mental health awareness in sport. Whilst some sports like cricket and football are working with professional associations to provide support for their players, there are definitely other areas where improvements still need to be made. I’m passionate about the importance of wellbeing and, as a boxer, I know that there currently isn’t enough support for mental health in boxing. It’s great to see that England Boxing has signed the Mental Health Charter, but more needs to be done to support boxing coaches.

“With Sport England’s estimated total of 3.1 million people who have coached sport in the last year, providing specialised support is more important than ever. I’m excited to help promote Mind’s Mental Health Awareness Training throughout the year as I believe this is a vital first step that all areas of the industry should partake in.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Mind as an ambassador. Through my new role I’m determined to help sportspeople and coaches to feel supported, and able to talk about their mental health.”

Steph Ware, boxercise student said:

“Duke is an amazing coach, his energy and enthusiasm for people and for the sport of boxing are absolutely second to none. My boxercise sessions with Duke have had a huge impact on my life, helping to boost my confidence and literally fight my depression head on. Since beginning boxercise, I have competed in 4 amateur boxing bouts and completed my master’s degree in Sport Management. I wholeheartedly believe that Duke will be a fantastic ambassador for Mind, as he campaigns to support sports coaches and end the stigma associated to mental health.”

Paul Farmer, CEO for Mind said:

“We’re delighted to have Duke’s continued support and are confident that his commitment to Mind and our programmes will strike a chord with coaches and sportspeople alike across the country and inspire them to start a conversation about mental health.”

If you would like to watch the interview, please visit:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmyCQVg94L8&feature=youtu.be

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Walking Group

Walking group WGC poster_April 2017-page-001.jpgCome and join us for a walk out and about in Welwyn Garden City

Starting on Tuesday 18th April and weekly thereafter

Meeting outside the Campus West at 12 and the walk will last for approximately 1 and a half hours. Please bring a water bottle and wear appropriate walking clothes.

Campus West Arts & Entertainment Centre, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6BX

01707 326065

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