For Mental Health Awareness Week 2021, we want you to join us in shouting that mental health matters.
Take action now and pledge to #BeThereForBradford.
You can #BeThereForBradford in one of two ways – by being there for yourself, or by being there for others.
#BeThereForYourself by practicing self-care and checking in on your mental health.
Trying out some simple self-care techniques can play a big part in protecting your mental health. One of the best ways to keep your mind healthy and to improve feelings of connectedness is by finding ways to connect with nature every day.
Be there for others and #CarryTheBurden this May to help our vital work.
The #CarryTheBurden Challenge aims to raise awareness of mental health difficulties, as well as raising vital funds for us so that we can continue to support people with mental health difficulties.
Carry any item for 24 hours to represent the invisible burden that people with mental health difficulties carry with them every single day. Your support will help to raise awareness and funds for us, your local mental health charity, so we can help people who are struggling across the Bradford district and Craven.
Take a look at our Mental Health Awareness Week calendar to get started
We’ve included ways you can #BeThereForYourself, such as wellbeing tips and groups from our wellbeing timetable – find out how to book here. We’ve also included ways you can be there for others, such as getting involved with #CarryTheBurden to help us support more people.
"From believing Black people feel less physical pain, to sectioning them more frequently, to Black women being 4 times as likely to die during childbirth than their white counterparts, the biases are there within the health care sector."There is also a lack of cultural awareness. Some Black people express themselves loudly, and professionals who lack awareness may perceive this as threatening or disruptive."Angela blogs about her experience of accessing mental health care as a Black woman for Mind - read her full story: www.mind.org.uk/information-support/your-stories/the-biases-i-face-as-a-black-woman/#BlackHistoryMonth... See MoreSee Less
Following our focus groups with South Asian men and women this summer, we have launched a report with the findings, themes and recommendations that have surfaced.We found that stigma, shame, guilt and embarrassment were common barriers to South Asian men and women accessing mental health support, as well as family pressures and lack of accessible information.SMI Programme Manager Masira Hans, who co-led the groups alongside Leeds Mind, elaborated: "For the women, there were myths around ‘if I disclose I’m suffering with my mental health, I’m going to be classed as an unfit mother, or an unfit wife or daughter-in-law.'"With the men it was similar, they were saying ‘if I disclose I’m suffering with ill mental health, then my standing in the community, my credibility as the breadwinner, as the person in control, as a protector of other people, is going to come into disrepute.’"We have chosen to launch the report this week to mark #HateCrimeAwarenessWeek and show our commitment to there being #NoPlaceForHate at Mind in Bradford. We will continue to work with minority groups to understand and listen to experiences, and ensure that everyone feels comfortable and able to come to us for mental health support. Hate crime can have a huge impact on mental health, and we are here for anyone that needs us.Read more about the report: www.mindinbradford.org.uk/news/report-on-mental-health-support-for-south-asian-communities/... See MoreSee Less
This #ThankYouThursday, we'd like to say a HUGE thank you to Matt Dodds of Queensbury RC who has run seven half-marathons over seven consecutive days to fundraise for us!What an incredible challenge - we're worn out just thinking about it...Matt has raised an amazing £545, which could provide over 60 calls to our helpline Guide-Line, supporting 60 people with the advice and care that they need.Thank you Matt! 💙It's not too late to donate - Matt's JustGiving page is still open: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/matt-dodds3... See MoreSee Less
We have a new job vacancy!We are looking for an Administrator to assist our Office Manager and fulfil the role of frontline communicator with clients, enquiries and visitors to our HQ. You'll be providing general administrative support to ensure that daily operations are maintained in an effective, up-to-date and accurate manner.For more information and to apply, visit: www.mindinbradford.org.uk/administrator/... See MoreSee Less
"The biases are there within the health care sector."
Angela blogs about her experience of accessing mental health care as a Black woman for @MindCharity - read her full story: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/your-stories/the-biases-i-face-as-a-black-woman/