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World Mental Health Day: Mental Health in an Unequal world

World Mental Health Day, run by the World Foundation for Mental Health and recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), happens on 10th October every year. The aim is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilise efforts in order to support mental well-being.

It comes exactly a month after World Suicide Prevention Day.  The theme of this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day was “Create hope through action.” By being more aware of our own mental health needs and those of the people around us, taking action and offering support, which is what World Mental Health Day promotes, the hope must be that there are fewer deaths by suicide.

This year’s theme for World Mental Health Day aims to highlight the inequalities that exist between richer and poorer countries in terms of access to mental health services. Access to good mental health services is often determined by where we live or who we are. We are all only too aware of the difficulty many people find in accessing the services they need in the UK. How much more difficult it must be in developing nations.

On this year’s day, October 10th, ITN News will be launching a new news  style programme:  Forward Together for Mental Health in collaboration with the charity Mental Health UK.  The pandemic has made the public more aware of the importance of good mental health, particularly with regard to the demand for services at a time when greater investment is needed in not only these services but also wider community support. This support includes areas such as physical well-being, having strong social links, safe secure housing, financial and employment support. All of these things help us to sustain our mental well-being.

What can you do to help mark the day?

  • Start a conversation with someone. This can help them and you. Our recent blog will help you with ideas on how to do this
  • Speak openly about mental health
  • Share your story with others.
  • Look after yourself, including exercise and sleep

To mark the day, Jackie Scruton, a Jonathan’s Voice volunteer, will be running her first ever 10K race aptly named the Goose Fair Gallop. Jackie writes “This is a win, win event for me. Firstly, running helps me to stay strong mentally and secondly, I am raising funds for Jonathan’s Voice.”

What could your organization do to create a mentally healthy workplace? In July IP Inclusive launched its Senior Leaders’ Pledge  https://ipinclusive.org.uk/newsandfeatures/the-ip-inclusive-senior-leaders-pledge/  One of the commitment is  “Building trust and safe spaces throughout the organisation.”

Jonathan’s Voice can help your organization support the mental health and wellbeing of your people, build trust and safe spaces and create a positive working culture. We provide bespoke training and expert consultation to leaders. Our consultants are experienced NHS consultants and line managers. Our invited trainers and speakers are selected because of her mental health and training expertise. There is no charge. Get in touch at info@jonathansvoice.org.uk  for a preliminary discussion. We look forward to hearing from you.

Val McCartney and Jackie Scruton.

Oxford Half Marathon

We are delighted to have secured five charity places in the Oxford Half Marathon on October 13th 2019. A great opportunity to run through the streets of this historic city, admire the dreaming spires and support Jonathan’s Voice.

Contact us via info@jonathansvoice.org.uk if you’d like to take up one of these places. Jonathan’s Voice is already up there on the website as a charity partner. Check it out here. Don’t forget we have resources to support you: posters, customisable sponsor forms, information leaflets, supporters’ shirts etc

If you’re involved in a sponsored event of have a story to tell about the benefits you’ve gained from exercise of whatever kind, please do get in touch via info@jonathansvoice.org.uk or write us a blog.

The Great Outdoors

Jonathan loved to be outdoors and was particularly pleased to have completed the Coast to Coast Walk with his best friend Chris at the end of their time in Durham. Quite an achievement when carrying all the gear and camping every night! They look pretty happy in the picture – tired but relaxed. It’s sometimes hard to keep the exercise going when you’re really busy and there just seems so much to do. However, it’s recognized that exercise improves mood and a sense of well-being. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-benefits-of-exercise/#how-exercise-helps-your-mental-

Also take a look here 

In recent weeks, people have been out and about training for sponsored events. David, Sarah, Oliver (3) and Joshua (11 months) successfully completed the Blenheim 5 mile run. It is true that some of the party needed to take time out in the running buggy.

A group from Haseltine Lake and other supporters have entered the Bristol 10km and Chloe is training very hard for the Iron Man Triathlon in Bolton on July 14th. Good luck to you all!

Support Paul in the Great Bristol Half Marathon

On Sunday 23rd September Paul is running the Great Bristol Half Marathon to remember his friend Jon, to give  awareness to mental health issues and to raise money for Jonathan’s Voice.

To sponsor Paul just go to  https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/paul-meller

Good luck Paul and keep up with the training! This run with a view goes past the iconic Avon Gorge and Clifton Suspension Bridge. This is a fabulous setting , so book the date in your diary for a day out in Bristol and to support Paul.

Haseltine Lake complete the Bristol 10K

Congratulations to the Haseltine Lake team who completed the Bristol 10k on a very hot day. HL entered as part of the Business Challenge, in which the best times from our two teams were compared against those of around 70 other teams representing local companies for the chance to be crowned Bristol Business Challenge Champions.

A big thank you to all those who took part to raise money for Jonathan’s Voice and congratulations to the two HL teams one of whom finished as runner up, and the other which finished 7th!

In addition, they raised an amazing £1645 for Jonathan’s Voice!  If you’d like to donate, you can still do so here at our JustGiving page

Haseltine Lake Team to run the Bristol 10K

On Sunday 13 May 2018, staff from the Bristol office of Haseltine Lake, where Jonathan was a partner, will be taking part in the Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10k running event.

Some of the more experienced runners will be attempting to beat their personal best times, while others will be taking part in their first running event, having started running this year just for this event!

The runners are raising awareness and money for Jonathan’s Voice through sponsorship. You can click here to sponsor them.