Break the Stigma
The Trust is backing a campaign launched by service user Ben Salmons to combat the stigma attached to mental health issues. Ben has created the Break the Stigma initiative to help people understand more about the subject and to tackle common misconceptions.
The public are encouraged to write a message on a white board headed ‘Let’s be open about mental health to Break the Stigma’. Individuals are then pictured with their comment and the image is shared through @LetsBreakStigma on Twitter and the Let’s Be Open About Mental Health Facebook page.
It is also posted on the official East London NHS Foundation Trust Facebook page and Twitter account, @NHS_ELFT.
The campaign has been supported by Trust staff, politicians, members of the public and service users.Ben publicly launched Break the Stigma at the Trust’s AGM in September 2015 when invited as guest speaker.He has since been employed by the Trust to continue his work.
Email Ben for more information on how to get involved.
See the Signs, Save a Life
The Trust, local councils and charities are working together through the 'See the Signs, Save a Life' campaign to help the public to recognise when people they know might be struggling with suicidal thoughts and what action to take to support them.
The initiative is running in Milton Keynes, Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton.
The campaign focuses on the signs to look out for and what you can do to help. It also encourages the community not to be afraid to ask directly about suicide.
Full details are available here.
The Trust is also an active supporter of Heads Up, a campaign to help men stay happy.
The campaign targets men aged 30-59 in Milton Keynes and Bedfordshire. These men are less likely to seek help on mental health issues and tend to ‘suffer in silence’.
The campaign is designed to offer men a source of information and guidance about any mental health issues they may be facing, communicated in a style to which they can relate.
HeadsUp was created following research with men aged 30-59 years old, which led the creation of a website. The website is designed to signpost men to the resources available but written in a more informal language.
It also offers a wide range of tips and an online check- up tool to allow men to self-assess their symptoms without the involvement of other people.
Other features include a ‘hide my screen’ button to allow men to explore the site, but quickly move off the site if they are interrupted. A ‘toolbox’ offers lots of different resources to address issues that lead to feelings of low worth, anxiety and depression such as money problems, a relationship breakdown and trouble sleeping.