Rushden Mind Merger News – May 2020
Following discussions with Staff, services users and commissioners, we are delighted to confirm that four of your Northamptonshire local minds have decided to merge together to form one larger organisation. These are:
Northampton & District (includes Brackley, Daventry & Towcester)
We will, of course, continue to work closely with Kettering Mind and hope to strengthen our formal collaborations in projects, bids and tenders as we move forward. We believe the merger will deliver on the following benefits:
The new organisation will start to come together in the Spring and the full transition will take place over 12 months. We do not anticipate any interruption to our service delivery, and we have clearly stated that we will not reducing front line staff, as part of this process.We will keep you informed of progress and if you have any questions please do let us know by either talking to us directly through firstname.lastname@example.org or by emailing email@example.com
Press Release March 2020
Rushden Mind charity announces new online support to continue providing much needed mental health services in East Northamptonshire
Rushden Mind, the mental health charity for East Northamptonshire have outlined their forthcoming plans to modify their current range of support services for adults and young people during the corona virus pandemic. (COVID-19)
With over 1,000 existing service users dependent on their support, plus many others in the community who will be feeling anxious and fearful, Rushden Mind will now be offering a range of NEW group and one-to-one support options either online or by telephone.
A word from our Chief Executive
Rushden Mind’s Chief Executive, Sherry Adams said “Inevitably the news around the pandemic is frightening and all of us find ourselves in extremely difficult times. I, myself am currently working from home, self-isolating for 12 weeks, but we can all practise self-care, find new routines and build up our resilience. I predict a huge rise in the number of people needing our support in the months ahead and we face a challenge to adapt swiftly to the demands and methods of delivery. Many people are losing their routines, their financial security, experiencing loss through face to face friendships, all relationships – family, intimate and professional will face new ways of living, some things we have no control of, but how we react to that change is within our control.
At our AGM just a few weeks ago, I spoke about building relationships, and building up our community, using #strongertogether , we just need to navigate a new way to do this. I have been overwhelmed by the support shown by the team at Rushden Mind, staff, counsellors, students, trainees, and volunteers who all underpin our services, showing true compassion and solidarity in the face of adversity.
People who struggle with their mental health are likely to feel even more isolated and extremely anxious. 1 in 4 people will be diagnosed with a mental health problem in their lifetime, I believe that 4 in 4 of us will be affected somehow by the effects of COVID-19 on our world. You need us, and we need you, to continue your support. Local charities depend on their community, so whether we are 1:1, online, or in a virtual setting we will do our utmost to continue to support you. Together we are stronger.
Adapting to new online support
As Dinah Washington once sung, ‘What a difference a day make’s’
These are unprecedented and certainly challenging times are ahead of us now. We have been closely monitoring the government guidelines and wealth of information and updates. In order to safeguard our team, support our community, we will be diversifying our core services and delivery methods. Our contingency plans are reviewed daily and subject to change, but what we have planned we want to share right now. Following government guidelines, we are reducing the number of social support groups for the remainder of March and April, pending further updates.
Monday – Art & Craft Classes – Suspended until end of April
Monday – Anxiety & Depression – Suspended until end of April
Tuesday – Happy Café – Suspended until end of April
Support after Suicide – Continuing 7th April & 21st April
Counselling – Continuing but can facilitate via telephone/Zoom if desired
Emotional Support – Continuing but can facilitate via telephone/Zoom if desired
Young People Drop in – Starting on March 26th as planned for 1:1 support.
Crisis Café Service – Continuing, however staff may introduce a triage service
limiting attendance to those in highest need to keep groups small.
Our aim is to focus on service users and clients in need of support for their mental health, whilst understanding the health of everyone is paramount. Groups will be restricted to less than 8. We are working hard to transfer our counselling and emotional support sessions to include telephone and online Zoom support services ensuring continuation for existing service users and clients. Our relationships with schools are equally important and we hope to be able to offer our support as they become accustomed to their new ways of working after the Easter period.
We will announce NEW support lines with days and times for when specific groups such as NHS workers and key workers can call us for support in a confidential, space.
Projects – regarding our SHAPE (Self Harm) project in schools, we will have a further announcement in April. Get Set to Go has been paused whilst we navigate some physical classes online. SAFE (Suicide Awareness for Everyone) is in development and being adjusted for new delivery methods.
We are putting together a program of events in the form of webinars, NEW online Happy Cafes meetings, drop in online anxiety support groups, so all the people we support can stay tuned to their routines. Our range of training programs such as building resilience, anger management will be delivered by webinar and converted to short online courses.
At Phoenix House, our offices, training rooms and floors offer larges spaces, so we are confident we can facilitate small groups, and offer face to face sessions in a safe space respecting social distancing.
Our staffing contingency means some workers can be home based, so plans are being prepared for tasks. For the roles where the office facilities are critical, where some tasks can only be continued, we have allocated individual offices and adjusted office hours. We have been successful with our Zoom meetings in house and video conferencing so we can continue just in a slightly different way.
We remain open and here for you, referrals are still being accepted, we ask that you respect our response times may be slightly delayed, but we are still here.
Please follow us on social media where we will post frequent updates when our new online services start.
Stay connected. Remain positive. Wash your hands. Respect social distancing.
If people need urgent or crisis support with their mental health, they should call the Samaritans on 116 123, NHS 111 or Northamptonshire Mental Health Resource Hub on 0300 330 1011, all services are 24/7, 365 days a year.
Press Release 16th May 2019
Rushden Mind is using the power of sport to tackle mental health problems.
A mental health charity in Rushden has been awarded funding by Sport England and the National Lottery to help people to try new sports and activities to help improve their physical and mental health.
Through this work, Rushden Mind will be supporting people experiencing mental health problems – such as depression and anxiety – to build their confidence to join sports clubs, go to the gym or take up a new sport such as Swimming, Basketball and Cycling to name a few.
The Get Set to Go programme launched in 2015. Since then, more than 3,500 people with mental health problems have benefited and tried out new activities in a relaxed and friendly environment. An independent research team from Loughborough University conducted a two-year study which showed that 78% of people rated it as very good or excellent after just 6 months.
People with mental health problems who have taken part in the programme say that it not only increased their activity levels over a 12-month period, but also helped them feel more resilient and better able to cope with challenging life events. The hope is that people in Northamptonshire will benefit from this new phase of Get Set to Go. In this new phase of the programme, Mind aims to support over 120,000 people with mental health problems across the country to be more active through its work in communities and partners in the sport sector.
Rushden Mind CEO, Sherry Adams said:
“We’re are absolutely delighted to have received funding from Sport England and the National Lottery to enable us to bring the Get Set to Go programme to East Northamptonshire. Physical activity can play a vital role in reducing the risk of depression whilst increasing health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, we know that many people can be deterred from participating due to their mental health. Rushden Mind will be delivering Get Set To Go with support from a range of fantastic partners, and we look forward to supporting more people with mental health problems in the area to enjoy the benefits of getting more active.”
Rushden Mind will be working closely with partners such as Northamptonshire Sport, East Northamptonshire Council, Freedom Leisure, Northampton Town FC Community Trust and England Netball, to deliver community sessions and to create a more inclusive and welcoming environment within local sport and leisure facilities. As part of this work they will be offering Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity (MHASPA) training to sport sector staff, which has been developed with UK Coaching.
We will train Peer Volunteers, who understand how mental health problems can be a barrier to getting more active, to support participants to attend Get Set to Go sessions and try out different activities in their community.
Rushden Mind will be running a number of taster sessions over the coming months where you can try out different activities and see what suits you. Rushden Mind are also planning on running a range of 12-week sports and activity programmes, so if you’re interested in taking part then more details will be available via www.rushdenmind.org.uk/get-set-to-go/ or by contacting Rushden Mind or 01933 312800.