News & Events

Douglas and Friends run the Barcelona Marathon

5 March, 2017

Douglas and eight friends are running the Barcelona Marathon on Sunday March 12th 2017. They have the team name "Los Hermanos Cansados" or "The Tired Brothers"! They are running in part for fun….partly to raise awareness of the work of the Trust…. and partly to raise funds. Their Virgin Giving fundraising page can be found here. Thank you so much for your support.

Transforming Mental Health and Strengthening Suicide Prevention

9 January, 2017

The Prime Minister made important announcements about transforming mental health and strengthening suicide prevention today. (Listen here at 1:19:45)
These inlcude:

  • new support for schools with every secondary school being offered mental health first aid training and new trials to strenthen the link between schools and local NHS services
  • a Green Paper on children and young people's mental health to transform services in schools, universities and for families
  • a partnership with employers to improve mental health in the workplace led by Lord Stevenson and Paul Farmer
  •  a £247m investment in mental health liaison services to support A&E casualty units in assessment, counselling and support
  • an expectation that local authorities will develop and implement stronger, effective, multi-agency suicide prevention plans by the end of 2017
  • an increased focus on ensuring that those that have recently been bereaved by suicide receive information and follow-up support to help them cope with their loss

These are just some of the encouraging announcements today……
We welcome these new initiatives and hope that they will result in all schools, colleges, universities and workplaces taking a whole organisation approach to wellbeing and mental health. This is based on the fact that we all have wellbeing and mental health and need to understand its importance and how to look after it. We also need to have the confidence to ask for help and be confident that the right support will be available quickly.
Please read more here.

New Year Honour

31 December, 2016

We have been given an award in the Queen's New Year Honours, which recognises the important work of the Trust and the wonderful support of so many people over the last seven years. Thank you to everyone who has supported us in any way!
The award  is for our work in suicide prevention and bereavement support, where we have been promoting wider implementation of the Government's National Suicide Prevention Strategy and support being offered to everyone bereaved or affected by suicide within the first week of experiencing a loss.
We also promote the importance of wellbeing and good mental health in schools, colleges and universities and are working with the National Children's Bureau and Universities UK to promote a whole school and university approach to wellbeing and mental health.

Select Committee says "more needs to be done"

24 December, 2016

The Health Select Committee Inquiry issued its Interim Report on Monday December 19th and here is a summary of its findings:

  • the government needs to develop a clear implementation plan for its 2012 Suicide Prevention Strategy, underpinned by external scrutiny
  • services for people at risk need to be improved including those bereaved or affected by suicide
  •  Professionals need better training to avoid confidentiality acting as a barrier to involving families in a patient's assessment, treatment and receovery
  • Data on suicide needs to be more timely and consistent
  • Media guidelines on reporting suicide need to be followed… and action should be taken when breaches are made to avoid recurrence

The Trust appeared in a Radio 4 interview alongside the Committee Chair, Dr Sarah Wollaston.
Please read the full interim report here.

  

Property Week supports the Trust

8 December, 2016

Property Week very kindly invited the Trust to be the 'Charity of the Evening' for their Student Accommodation Awards on Wednesday December 7th.
500 accommodation providers gathered at the Marriot Hotel, Grosevenor Square and we had the opportunity to share our thoughts on the importance of student accommodation in supporting student mental health covering both room design and staff training in wellbeing and mental health. We also talked about the student accommodation guidelines that are being developed by Student Minds, generously supported by UPP. These will be available in March 2017.
A big thank you to everyone at Property Week and the hundreds of generous donors.