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14th MAY 2020

So – things are changing – gradually, and some of you may find that a ‘new normal’ is slowly emerging.
Despite this, the future is still very uncertain for most of us. Uncertainly inevitably brings worry and anxiety. So therefore its still really important to support the mental health of you and your colleagues  during these changing times – and into the future
In this week’s newsletter we will be highlighting some of the ways that you can support staff, as well as suggesting how you can contribute towards Mental Health Week next week (18th – 24th May)  We will also introduce you to another member of our Team. 
Any feedback on this newsletter? Are you or your organisation fundraising for us? 
We would love to hear from you. [email protected]

St Margaret’s Hospice take part in Lunch and Learn session.

Earlier this week we were really pleased to be asked to deliver one of our ‘Lunch and Learn’ sessions to St Margaret’s Hospice. The session was delivered remotely as part of a programme of staff support and development that the Hospice has put in place durng this time.
Sarah Ireland, St Margaret’s, Head of Learning and Personal Development said:-
‘Yesterday, as part of staff engagement and support programme, Alison Baker from our local MIND, led a virtual session for our staff on Mental Health Awareness. More than 25 people, both furloughed and working came along – it was a chance to learn, connect and ask questions. At the hospice we recognise  that staff need to feel even more connected to the hospice and each other during this period of challenge – this session was an opportunity for staff to share how they are feeling and get support from each other.
It has been hugely helpful and reassuring. Thank you’
If you think that your organisation would benefit from one of these ‘Lunch and Learn’ lessons please do get in touch. [email protected]

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Please vote for us!!

Your nomination really counts!
We are taking part in Ecclesiastical Movement for good awards which is a chance for us to win a £1,000 donation. 
£1,000 could make a real difference to the work we do helping to support people across Somerset with their mental health and wellbeing. From keeping our Mindline running through the night to allowing our support groups to help people in the community. 
Nominating us is free and easy! 
The more nominations we get, the greater our chance of winning, so please spread the word. Simply visit the website and enter our details ( our charity number is 1109626)

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Be Kind during Mental Health Week 18th – 24th May

Next week – 18th – 24th May –  is Mental Health week and this year’s theme, in response to the Coronavirus outbreak, is kindness.
Mark Rowland, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, said: “Now more than ever, we need to re-discover kindness in our daily lives. 
“We want to use Mental Health Awareness Week to celebrate the thousands of acts of kindness that are so important to our mental health. And we want to start a discussion on the kind of society we want to shape as we emerge from this pandemic.
Kindness unlocks our shared humanity and is central for our mental health. It has the potential to bring us together with benefits for everyone, particularly at times of great stress.’
We would love to hear about your acts of kindness during lockdown. Have you been doing the shopping or walking the dog for a colleague who is self isolating?  Have you taught somebody how to use Zoom so that they can connect with their grandchildren? 
Please tell us about your acts of kindness and we will do our best to cover it in a future newsletter. 
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Join The Happiness Project – Its FREE!!!

Next week – on 19th May- we are running ‘The Happiness Project’ as part of Mental Health Week. 
Being happy is what we all aspire to – but how do we achieve it?
This short interactive online course will explore some top tips to achieve greater happiness and contentment.
This course will be relevant to anyone who wants to be happier!
On this 2 hour online course delegates can expect to learn: 
· About the power of choice and being in control
· To explore what makes you happy and the importance of goal setting to achieve it.
· How to recognise the ‘Thoughts – Words – Action’ cycle and how to break it.
· The power of gratitude
· The ‘Happiness Lucky Dip’
The course will be followed by an informal, facilitated online session 1 month later for participants to share their learning and how they have put it in to practice.


Windwhistle Inn raises over £500!!

This week’s THANK YOU goes to The Windwhistle Inn near Chard who have done a fabulous job of keeping everyone entertain by holding a brilliant virtual quiz! Thank you for choosing to support Mind in Somerset and to your lovely patrons who donated and raised an incredible £547! This will help people in Somerset access long term support. 

…….and finally

We love how people are exploring their creativity during lockdown. Here is some beautiful creativity and creative fundraising!
The incredibly talented Stuart Tudball has created this one of a kind wingback chair inspired by the NHS rainbow and Somerset County Cricket Club which is being auctioned to raise funds for Mind in Somerset!
There is still time to bid simply click on the link below



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