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News Archive February 2020

Pupils’ charity auction raises £1,500 for us

Sacha McVay, 17, Josh Elston, 17, and Adam Boutaleb-Cross, 18, recently raised a huge total for us as part of their college coursework. The resourceful and thoughtful students are all studying Business Studies BTEC at Richard Huish and spent three months arranging a dinner and auction at the White Post Cafe near Wellington. Twenty four people attended and all the prizes were auctioned off, including the headline exclusive tour of the V & A Museum in London.  

Sacha, who has suffered from mental health issues and depression in the past, said that one of the main motivations for the fundraising was that he was a big supporter of our Mindline telephone service, which now runs 8 – 11PM seven days a week, and also the message that it promotes of getting people to open up and talk. 

Anne-Marie Russ, our Community Fundraiser, said: “This a fantastic sum to have raised and we’re really grateful to the students for their enterprise and generosity. Thanks also to The White Post Café for providing cost-effective meals enabling the lads to make a profit on ticket sales.”

Find out more on how you can fundraise for us here, or get in touch via [email protected] to see how we can work together. 

Author: Alexander Priest
Posted on: 12th February 2020

Mindline emotional support helpline now available 7 evenings a week.

Distressed? Anxious? Feeling overwhelmed? You are not alone.

We are here to listen and support you every 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 01823 276 892

We believe that nobody should have to face a mental health problem alone.

That is why we at Mindline Somerset have decided to expand our unique style of telephone support to seven days a week. Mindline has been running since 2002 and is run by volunteer call handlers who are specially trained to provide callers with a safe space to talk.

It is one of our most valuable services in our charity, as proven by quotes from our callers:

“Mindline is an outlet for me”

“It’s reassuring to know somebody is there if I need them”

“An understanding safe place”


Mental health has many common misconceptions, leaving people feel isolated and vulnerable. However one in six adults experience a common mental health problem, such as anxiety or depression, and one in five adults have considered taking their own life at some point. Unfortunately only a third of UK workers who have experienced a mental health problem have felt supported at work by their manager. This is why Mindline continues to provide such neccessary and pivotal support to the people of Somerset. 

Source: The Mental Health Foundation

Author: Marc Lewis
Posted on: 10th February 2020

New schools programme launched

We are delighted to announce the launch of our Speak Up! programme, developed in conjunction with Soroptimist International Taunton and Taunton Women’s Aid. The programme focuses on important issues such as healthy relationships, boundaries and self esteem.

These issues are crucial; one in ten children and young people are affected by mental health issues, and 70% of children and young people who experience a mental health problem have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age. 

Speak Up! is part of our current work with schools, ensuring that we look after the young people in our county. The programme includes lesson plans, work with the Mind staff and pre and post programme assessments to ensure that the programe’s participants learn in a way that suits them. For more information on Speak Up!, please follow this link or get in touch with Jess McKeith

Author: Alexander Priest
Posted on: 4th February 2020

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